It's getting harder and harder to coach youth soccer these days.
A 12-year-old boys team in Phelan, Calif., was kicked out of the local AYSO
playoffs because its coach was only licensed to coach players up to 10 years old. Bill Shaw
, the Soccer Mafia coach, needed two more AYSO courses
to earn certification. Without them, Soccer Mafia, first in its division in the regular division, will not enjoy a postseason run.
Soccer Mafia parents were upset that Shaw wasn't told of
the problem early enough so it could be rectified.
"Rules are rules," Charlie Johnson
, who is AYSO's director for the High Desert region, told
the San Bernardino Sun. "They apply to everybody. ... I support 11 regions -- 600 to 700 teams. I can't possibly keep track of each coach's
certification. Unfortunately, sometimes adults mess up and, in this case, it was a bad one."