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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

 

Women In Soccer

Sam Snow

A few weeks ago I attended a symposium for Women In Soccer - http://women-in-soccer.com/.  Almost 110 people attended the symposium. The speakers included Carrie Taylor, Diane Scavuzzo, Lynn Berling-Manuel, Lesle Gallimore, Shannon McMillian, Louise Waxler, Rosalie Kramm, Sally Grigoriev, Chris Moore, Jeff Plush, Jerry Zanelli, Duncan Riddle, Steve Hoffman, Yvette Brown and Angela Hucles.

The day was filled with a great exchange of information from the speakers and the audience members. The fundamental goal of the symposium was to get more women, especially the former players, more deeply into coaching, officiating and top tier sport management. We also need more women in soccer media, marketing, governance, sports sciences, etc.

The push toward a tipping point gained real momentum at this symposium. To keep that momentum going there will be a meeting to devise action plans to achieve the goal of more women in soccer leadership at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Workshop in Baltimore next month. The session will be led by Carrie Taylor and Ruth Nicholson. That session will be in convention center room 321 beginning at 2:15 PM on Saturday, January 16th. If you support this effort tin any way then please do attend that session.

In the meantime you can email Carrie Taylor (carrie.taylor@lagunaunited.org) your goals or reach out through Twitter @Carrie1v1 #WIS2015GOALS. PLEASE also include the #WomenInSoccer hashtag. You may also read and add to the document via Google.

Carrie Taylor has shared a link to the following document:

WIS 2015 Goals

Goals list. Please invite people to add their goals as you see fit:

Open in Docs

 

We hope that you’ll actively participate with us at the January 16th meeting.

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A Peek Inside a National Youth Coaching Course

Sam Snow

A Peek Inside A National Youth Coaching Course

The National Youth Coaching Course is designed to provide club directors of coaching, youth coaches, physical education teachers, and soccer administrators with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children aged 4-12.

 
The role of the coach as a facilitator is explored; the physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of players from 4-12 are explored; the lessons from developmental psychology are explored; and the art of teaching is explored. Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions. Take a look below into what goes on at a National Youth Coaching Course and then see if one is taking place in your area.
 
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Figure 1: Coaches and instructors come together each day for presentations on the characteristics of children and the methods to effectively coach them

 
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Figure 2: A lecture opens each day of the course to provide information on effective coaching for young soccer players

 
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Figure 3: Candidates have study groups to discuss the course material, work on a group project and prepare session plans for each day

 
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Figure 4: Candidates get to practice coach with children throughout the course

 
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Figure 5: Each practice coaching session is videotaped for review by the study group

 
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Figure 6: The videos are critiqued by the study group and an instructor

 
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Figure 7: Instructors then consult one another on how to help each candidate improve their coaching

 
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Figure 8: Direct guidance by the instructors is given to guide each course candidate toward successful coaching

 
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Figure 9: Each day the course candidates are given essential information and guidance by the lead instructor

 
 
 
 
 

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US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Coaching Manual

Sam Snow

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The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has contributed to the improvement of players, coaches, administrators and referees since its inception in 1977. No other high performance soccer program has such a long and deep history in growing the game in America. In 2014 we began a process with both the boys and girls programs of helping the players and coaches learn and execute the American style of play. The contents of the accompanying Manual are derived from the information shared with us by the Youth National Teams of the USA to raise the level of performance for international competition. US Youth Soccer encourages all teams participating in high performance soccer to utilize the Manual to its fullest. By doing so clubs will raise their overall level of play and should, in time, produce more players and coaches capable of making their way farther along the pathway toward the Youth National Teams.

View and download the US Youth Soccer ODP Coaching Manual here.

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A Few Tips On Running Your Training Session

Sam Snow

A Few Tips on Running Your Training Session

Before you take the field for your next training session, check out some of these tips that could enhance your session.

 

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Figure 1 -  At the outset get eye level with the players – it helps to bond the group and to keep the attention of youngsters

 

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Figure 2 - Get into action quickly - less talk, more play

 

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Figure 3 - When you are explaining the rules of the activity or making a coaching point for the team, gather them in front of you for clear communication and undivided attention

 

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Figure 4 - Organize the equipment, the training space and the players before you start an activity during the training session

 

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Figure 5 - Sometimes you can adjust the training space [dimensions of the grid] on the fly

 

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Figure 6 - There's not always a need to stop an activity as you set up for the next activity

 

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Figure 7 - Occasionally have a fellow coach video tape your training session

 

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Figure 8 - Ask for feedback on that video from your club director of coaching or a more experienced and higher licensed coach in your club

 

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Figure 9 - ALWAYS maximize the kids playing time

For more tips on creating a training session check out our freshly updated document on "How to Write a Training Session Plan"

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