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Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Mandates Coaching Education

Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Mandates Coaching Education

On September 1st, 2007 Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors implemented a minimum coaching policy for those working with Select Soccer Players. Currently there are no minimum coaching standards for recreational coach's but Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors recognizes and fully supports coaching education for all levels and would like to emphasize that there is no substitute for an educated coach.

Coaches will have until September 1st 2009 to meet these requirements

The rationale for coaches of all age groups to hold a minimum coaching requirement is as follows.

  • To increase your effectiveness as a volunteer or paid coach by enhancing your knowledge of fundamental coaching concepts such as:

Ø       Philosophy of Coaching
Ø       Age appropriate training of children
Ø       Prevention of injuries
Ø       Care of injuries
Ø       Team management
Ø       Risk Management Issues

  • To protect you from civil lawsuits. If you are ever sued for an injury to one of your youth soccer players (although rare), you can present a much better legal defense as a result of being educated and trained
  • To increase your knowledge on how to properly teach technique and tactics
  • To ease the worry of volunteer coach's who have never played or have limited knowledge in the game
  • To provide the coach with soccer related activities that will provide for a safe and fun learning environment. Instead of placing them into drills, standing in lines and running laps.

The table below is what will be a minimum coaching requirement for Club Directors of Coaching/General Manager, Select Soccer Head & Assistant Coach's. It is recommended that each coach attempts to exceed these minimum requirements.

All of these requirements are expected to be met by September 1st 2009.

Minimum Coaching Standards as of September 1st 2007 

* Club Directors of Coaching
Full Time Select & Recreational:      USSF ""C"" License and USSF National Youth License
Part Time Select & Recreational:     USSF ""D"" License and USSF National Youth License
Volunteer Select & Recreational:     USSF ""D"" License and/or USSF National Youth License

*        A Club Director of Coaching is defined as an individual coach who is directly involved with the hiring and/or releasing of coaches for the club. Additionally, they are in charge of overall education of coaches, players and parents. These positions will play a vital role in implementing these policies on behalf of Kentucky Youth Soccer. A volunteer is defined as a person who receives no payment or expense reimbursement for their services.

* Select Soccer Coaches 

U9-U12 Select Teams
Head Coach:            USSF ""E"" Certificate
Assistant Coach:      US Youth Soccer Youth Module

U13-U19 Select Teams
Head Coach:            USSF State ""D"" License
Assistant Coach:      USSF ""E"" Certificate 

Below is the recommendation for Recreational Head & Assistant Coaches

 All Age Groups:       US Youth Soccer Youth Module

License Conversion

 Candidates who have completed the equivalent of the minimum coaching requirement from a foreign country or another organization such as NSCAA can have their license converted to the USSF equivalent. In order to receive a conversion the candidate must provide proof of completion of an equivalent course (copy of certificate/license) and submit it to the Kentucky Youth Soccer Director of Coach & Player Development.

The table below shows the NSCAA equivalent to the United States Soccer Federation License

USSF License

NSCAA License

USSF ""A"" License

Premier Diploma

USSF ""B"" License

Advanced National Diploma

USSF ""C"" License

National Diploma

USSF ""D"" License

Advanced Regional Diploma

USSF ""E"" Certificate

Regional Diploma

US Youth Soccer Youth Module

State Diploma

A candidate who has completed the equivalent of the minimum coaching requirement from another US Youth Soccer State Association or has previously received coaching certification with Kentucky Youth Soccer, certification must be presented to Kentucky Youth Soccer Director of Coach & Player Development. If an appropriate proof can not be provided or the state office has no record the person in question must take the appropriate course.

Waivers

To receive a waiver into the USSF ""D"" License, a coach must meet two of the following requirements

  • Have professional or semi professional playing experience; proof of playing contracts must be provided to the Kentucky Youth Soccer Director of Coach & Player Development
  • Have eight years experience coaching youth soccer at the at the U13-U19 select level or five years coaching experience at the high school or college level
  • Posses a NSCAA Regional Diploma or an equivalent coaching qualification from a foreign country

Candidates requesting a waiver must write a letter to the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Director of Coach & Player Development at least 45 days prior to a course. Each request will be dealt with separately and the decision made by the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Director of Coach & Player Development will be final.

Waiting Periods

Any candidate that has successfully completed the USSF ""E"" Certificate after September 1st 2007 must wait a period of 6 months before they can attend a USSF ""D"" License.

Any candidate who fails the USSF ""D"" License will have to wait 6 months before retaking the entire course.

Candidates who have successfully obtained the USSF National ""D"" License must wait a 1 year period before they can attend a USSF ""C"" License.

Upgrading ""D"" License

Candidates that wish to upgrade from State ""D"" License to a National ""D"" License must wait 3 months. The candidate will have to attend the second weekend of the course and pay half of the course fee.

Prerequisites

License/Certification

Prerequisites

USYS Youth Module

Candidate must be at least 16 years old

USSF ""E"" Certificate

Candidate must be at least 17 years old

USSF ""D"" License

Candidate must be at least 18 years old. Must have held an ""E"" Certificate  or equivalent for at least 6 months or received a waiver from the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association DOC

USSF ""C"" License

Candidate must be at least 18 years old. Must have held an ""D"" Certificate  or equivalent for at least one year or received a waiver from the United States Soccer Federation

 

Monitoring & Policing

Kentucky Youth Soccer will monitor coaching qualifications through the League One system. If the system does not show the correct data a copy of the appropriate coaching certification needs to be sent to the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Head Office for them to enter the details into the system.

If the team head & assistant coach do not posses the appropriate qualification the official roster and player passes will not be stamped and issued.

Any coach who does not meet the required criteria by September 1st 2009 will not be allowed to coach with a Kentucky Youth Soccer Association member.

Following September 1st 2009, coaches who are assigned to new teams will be required to obtain the appropriate certification within six months.

Any Director of Coaching/General Manger whom has not received the appropriate qualifications at the end of the phase in period may not have their name placed on any of that teams rosters nor can they receive a coach's pass.

Kentucky Youth Soccer Association Roles & Responsibilities

The 24 month phase-in period will allow those individuals in need of attending a coaching education course plenty of time to do so.  During the phase-in, Kentucky Youth Soccer will be providing additional coaching education opportunities in and around the state of Kentucky.  We are going to try our best to provide each District with ample course selections in time periods which are typically slow for coaching.

Although the prime responsibility does fall upon the state association we also rely on the members to set up courses to help coaches within their own and neighboring clubs. To encourage clubs and associations to do this Kentucky Youth Soccer Association will provide the members with the appropriate marketing materials. 

Clubs will also be strongly encouraged to reimburse or pay for their coaches to obtain the appropriate certification.

Kentucky Youth Soccer will continue to work with US Soccer Federation to host a National Youth & ""C"" License.

If you have any specifics question regarding coaching education, please contact Adrian Parrish, Kentucky Youth Soccer Director of Coach & Player Development adrianparrish@kysoccer.net