I'm Taking the NYL
November 20, 2007 07:00 AM
This past week, Matt Moran, Member Services Specialist for US Youth Soccer registered and completed the National Youth License (NYL), a U.S. Soccer course, focusing on the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them.
Matt kept a daily blog to offer insight into the course and its impact. You can read Matt's blog here
to see how wild giraffes, jumanji and Jean Piaget's model of Youth Development all played a role in the experience.
The NYL course curriculum covers children 4-12 years old. Each day of the course, the focus is on one of the traditional soccer age groups of U6, U8, U10 or U12. Each day, children of the appropriate age group are brought to the course site for the candidates to work with in a practice training session.
The candidates are videotaped while coaching the kids and the video is reviewed with each candidate to aid in the education of the coach. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions. The course concludes with written, oral and practical examinations.
The National Youth License course is six days in length, sometimes being held over two weekends rather than 6 days in a row. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach. Also, "A" license coaches can earn 8 CEUs by completing the National Youth License course.