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Coaching Education | October 2009

September 30, 2009 10:00 PM
Youth soccer coaches, are you developing or stunting your team's creative process? More often than not, coaches will focus too much on structure, putting creativity on the backburner. In this month's Coaching Education article, Frank Trovato, of Alaska State Youth Soccer, breaks down, by age group, what should be stressed fundamentally. To enhance creativity, Trovato argues coaches of younger teams should help the individual develop a working soccer thought process. Furthermore, he states a case for mid-teen players to focus on group play, and late-teen players to look at the 'why' of team tactics.

Click here to read this month's coaching education article –Creative Players – How and When Ideas are Forged. US Youth Soccer Technical Department offers a number of programs to educate new youth coaches and enhance the skills of current coaches, continuing the progress of the game. Don't forget to check out the newest offering from US Youth Soccer - The Novice Coach: An Introduction to Coaching Youth Soccer DVD Two-Disc Set. Created by the US Youth Soccer Technical Department, it is designed for coaches that are new to coaching youth players regardless of previous experience. Get your copy today at US Youth Soccer's Online Store!

An additional program is the Coaches Connection, established to educate and further the flow of information between the coaches across the nation, the Connection connects you to the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Network. Open to anyone, the Coaches Connection is for coaches, administrators…you. Click here to learn more.



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