More than 230 coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Region II Coaches Symposium held March 1-3 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The attendees, the largest number since the event began in 1997, were treated to a weekend focused on "Attacking Play," and more than 50 USSF "A" licensed coaches attended the event to earn U.S. Soccer Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits toward their license renewal.
With the help of the US Youth Soccer Region II U-16 Boys Olympic Development Program Team and the Ohio North U-15/U16 Girls ODP Team, coaches explored elements of attack spanning from the foundation of technique and skill to direct and indirect tactical ideas.
During the weekend, coaches were presented with training ideas for combination play, direct play, counter attacking, indirect play, flank play, and beating a flat back line. U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches, Janet Rayfield (Women) and Carlos Menjivar, provided notes and video that highlighted the U.S. Youth National Team programs, where the ideas came to life at the higher levels.
The list of presenters represented many of the top Region II and national coaches including: Ohio South Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching and Region II Staff Coach (Boys), Roby Stahl; Ohio State University Women’s and Region II Staff coach, Lori Walker; Minnesota Youth Soccer Director of Coaching and Region II Boys Staff coach, Ian Barker; U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach (women), Janet Rayfield; U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach (Multicultural Outreach and Development), Carlos Menjivar; Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North Director of Coaching and Region II Head Girls Coach, Tom Turner; Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching and Region II Head Boys Coach, Jim Launder; and U.S. Soccer National Instructional Staff Coach and Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Tim Carter.
The Ron Wigg Memorial Dinner and Roast added to the event as it highlighted a wonderful evening of camaraderie and fond memories of those who have had a great impact on the game of soccer.
Congratulations to the winners of the Ron Wigg Award, Glen Tourville (Girls) and Brian Doyle (Boys), respectively. Also, a smile and wink to both Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North Executive Director Kay Catlett and Evansville University Men’s Head Soccer Coach Fred Shmalz, who’s "roast" provided laughter as well as recognition.
Also, special recognition and thanks to Ohio South Youth Soccer Association Executive Director and US Youth Soccer National Championships Committee Chairperson, Jim Martella, for handling the administration of this event.