Friday, Feb. 26 | 9-10:15 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. - Noon | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | 3-4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 | 9-10:15 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. - Noon | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | 3-4 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26
9 – 10:15 a.m.
201A | Changes to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, National Championships Committee
Join us in an open discussion regarding the US Youth Soccer National Championships Series new format for 2010. The Committee will be answering questions regarding the rules and format of the tournament.
201C | Responsible volunteers, where are they and how do I keep them? Wendy Zielen, Michigan State Youth Soccer Association volunteer
What is necessary to fuel the volunteer machine that keeps our youth programs viable? In tight economic times, the role of the volunteer in making our youth sports organizations run smoothly takes on even more significance than it has in the past. It is important for program longevity to have a trained corps of volunteers who are engaged, knowledgeable and satisfied with the outcome of their volunteer activities. This presentation will review the motivation behind volunteerism and volunteer management best practices, including recruiting, implementing a program, staff/volunteer relations, task descriptions and volunteer recognition.
202A | Insurance overview and roundtable, including top 10 claims paid, Risk Management Committee, Pat Pullen, Tony Petruzzi and John Spiotta
What's covered? What's not? Do you need more? Learn what's included in a standard policy for your State Association and its players, coaches and administrators. Understand director and officers, travel, medical and liability coverage and additional coverage such as supplemental and bonding. See how your policy protects your association and when it may not. We'll also review the top 10 claims paid out and discuss how they could have been prevented.
202C | Media relations with results, Julie O'Neil, Ph.D., Texas Christian University College of Communication
Looking for a way to gain better media coverage of your nonprofit? In this session, you'll learn how to build long-term relationships with journalists, bloggers and online influencers and to garner measurable results both in traditional outlets and online. Find out what journalists and other influencers really need to cover a nonprofit and in what format they want it. Join this lively discussion to discover what works and doesn't work for achieving results in today's shrinking news hole.
203A | Implementing respect in your referee program, Bill Rushing,Louisiana State Referee Committee chairman
Retaining referees has been a recent issue in the United States. This presentation will outline a new program implemented within Louisiana Soccer Association called R.O.O.M., Respect Our Officials More, aimed at combating this problem. The program, with its goals and elements aimed at increasing referee retention, will be discussed and explored.
203C | Preventing common soccer injuries – FIFA 11+, Don Kirkendall, Ph.D., FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre member; Department of Exercise and Sport Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill adjunct assistant professor
All sports, soccer included, carry a risk of injury. In soccer, injuries are obviously concentrated on the lower extremity. The most common injury is a contusion, but this rarely leads to any significant time loss. The top four time loss injuries are ligament sprains of the ankle and knee as well as muscle strains of the hamstrings and groin. Recent research has shown that up to a third of all injuries can be prevented and over half of selected injuries are preventable through the use of a structured warm-up program. The 11+ is a progressive program of running, dynamic flexibility, plyometrics, strength, and agility that serves as a warm-up for training and competition. Using The 11+ prior to each session is effective for both warm-up and injury prevention.
204A | An American abroad, Dan Gaspar, University of Hartford men's soccer head coach and Portugal National Team head coach
The Portugal National Team's 2010 South Africa World Cup draw includes: Ivory Coast, North Korea and Brazil. Group G has been designated as the ""Group of Death"". The presentation will focus on the process and strategies of how to prepare the Portuguese National team's goalkeepers to meet the unique challenges of each World Cup group opponent. Each team's style of play, their restarts, tempo and individual actions as well as how that will impact preparation and training. In addition, the presentation will include how to cope with pressures at the highest level of competition and experiences in Portugal's difficult journey to secure a place in the World Cup qualification.
204B | Coaching principles of midfield play, Austin Daniels, Connecticut Junior Soccer director of coaching
The focus is on the tactics of field players as they play through the midfield third and the skills necessary to execute the tactics of midfield play. The theme is the strengths and weaknesses of the American player in the midfield third.
Exhibit hall ABC | Games to teach heading, Miriam Hickey, Vardar East Michigan girls coaching director
As youth players get older it becomes more important that they are able to head the ball with confidence. There are several reasons a ball should be headed in the game: defenders need to be able to clear the ball away from their own goal, forwards and attacking midfielders need to be able to finish a cross on goal and all players need to be able to pass a flighted ball to a teammate and to control a flighted ball with their head. This training session will help coaches to create an environment in which players will learn to head the ball when the situation demands it. Hickey is the 2008 US Youth Soccer Coach of the Year – Girls Competitive.
Exhibit hall DEF | Playing off the ball, Nick Zlatar, US Youth Soccer ODP Region III staff coach
A player usually has the ball less than two minutes during a game. What does the player do during the rest of the time? Demonstrations will show movements off the ball, in relationship to the ball and teammates.
10:45 a.m. – Noon
201A | Parliamentary procedure? What's that? Larry Monaco, US Youth Soccer president
The first part will briefly consider the concept of parliamentary procedure and review some of the major concepts of parliamentary procedure in regard to chairing a meeting: basic parliamentary principles; different types of meetings; how to expedite running a meeting; different types of motions; bringing a question again before the organization; amendments; debate and cutting off debate; and how to count votes.
201C | US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, National Presidents Cup Committee
Roundtable discussion of the newest competition offered by US Youth Soccer, this session will provide information on the specifics of the 2010 events and an overview of the 2011 contest. Information for the state registrars as to the rostering requirements will be reviewed in depth. Appropriate state levels of play will be compared and discussed as we continue to plan for the future of the Presidents Cup. This is an informative session that will help your State Association plan for participation in a national level competition.
202A | Trademarks and copyrights: What you need to know to protect your logos and marks, Debbie Lively, Thompson and Knight LLP attorney
This presentation shall focus on intellectual property protection soccer clubs should consider before using a logo, design or tagline. An overview of basic trademark and copyright law will be discussed, with a focus on strategies for protecting marks, logos, mascots and taglines, along with tools and steps to reduce risks of violating the intellectual property rights of third parties. This session will help clubs recognize important issues in protecting their logos and marks as well as those of US Youth Soccer.
202C | Politics and power…you thought this was soccer! Dan Freigang, Ph.D., sports psychologist
You thought the game was about soccer. Now you are working in the biggest game on earth and there are a lot of politics. Decisions get made in different ways, some are formal, some are informal and some you wonder about. This session is about how politics influence organizations and people. The way people think and behave can be helpful or destructive depending upon some key elements we will explore.
203A | Recreational town meeting, Recreation Committee
This session will be a round table discussion with the eight regional finalists for US Youth Soccer Coach of the Year Recreation Boys and Girls. You will get a chance to meet them and hear their secrets to teaching and working with the recreational players and parents.
203C | The modern American player, Gary Williamson, North Texas State Soccer director of coaching
Soccer is over 100 years old. Looking back, can we improve the present? As we look through the crystal ball to the future, we can predict what will be required of the modern youth player from a technical, tactical, physical and mental perspective. Consequently, it is possible for youth coaches to shape and mold the competitive environment of today's elite player, to optimize performance and strive for excellence.
204A | TOPSoccer: coaching without tears, Tom Hart, North Texas State Soccer staff coach, Plano ISD adapted physical education specialist
Terrified of coaching special needs players? This session is intended to help those who coach players with mental or physical disabilities. Often coaches are fearful of coaching outside their comfort zone. Some panic at the thought of coaching kindergartners, others at the thought of teenagers. We will compare and contrast coaching methods for soccer players of all abilities.
204B | What's your role in player development? Ian Mulliner, Illinois Youth Soccer director of coaching education
This session will seek to address a youth soccer player's development from the perspective of the coach, parent, administrator, referee, spectator and player. We will discuss the interactions and relationships between adults and youth players. We will attempt to plot the course for our future and look at where we are currently. The goal is to have a positive influence and ensure the best experience for the today's player.
Exhibit hall ABC | Secrets and tips for the assistant referee, Paul Scott, MLS assistant referee
See what's not in the manual. Tips, tricks and hints for running a good line. Raise your game to another level, take it back and share with the locals. The nuances which will strengthen the team and add to your competency, what can be controlled, what can be prepared for, and what it takes to do the job, will be covered.
Exhibit hall DEF | Under-12 Principles of play in 8v8, Tom Turner, Ph.D., Ohio Youth Soccer-North director of coaching and US Youth Soccer Coaching Committee chairman
The principles of play are the basic tactical rules that guide decision making in soccer. The attacking principles are penetration, support, width and depth. The defending principles are pressure, support, balance and compactness. The most dangerous moments in soccer occur when the ball changes possession; however, with drill-based coaching, the principles of play, and particularly the lessons of transition, are often lost to the natural learning process. This session provides examples of how the principles of play are taught through competitive games.
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
201A | Registrars roundtable: US Youth Soccer Rules and Regulations
, Tim Mellander, US Youth Soccer Registrars Committee chairman
The session will review several recent changes in the US Youth Soccer travel policy and the USSF International Clearance procedures. Also a new interstate release form will be discussed and a possible change in playing rule 205. These sessions are always lively and informative regardless if you have been a registrar for six months or six years. We all learn when we share our experiences.
201C | Marketing and promoting a Kohl's American Cup, Kim Goggans, US Youth Soccer senior marketing manager, and Rachel Knight, US Youth Soccer marketing assistant
Looking for new, innovative ways to market and promote your Kohl's American Cup? Trying to increase registration for your event? Come hear US Youth Soccer share their marketing techniques and ideas on how you can bring awareness to your tournament and make your Kohl's American Cup a great experience for recreational players.
202A | Review of the new IRS 990 Form, Peter Moore and Larry Nichols, Wagner, Eubank and Nichols, LLP
The new Form 990 for 2009 represents the most significant change to this form in nearly 30 years. The new 10 page form and supporting schedules are intended to provide increased transparency and facilitate comparisons between similar types of tax-exempt organizations. This session will provide an overview of the basic filing requirements as well as the impact of the changes on the individual forms and schedules. This information will include a basic outline of the new forms and information required including the organization's governance and safeguarding of assets.
Going from organization to brand, Brian Powell, TracyLocke Advertising Agency managing director
What does your organization really stand for? Do you struggle getting your message out? This session will look at creating a memorable brand and packaging your assets to deliver a consistent message, to both your membership and potential sponsors. Powell has worked with premier nonprofit and corporate brands such as Lance Armstrong Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Nokia, Dr Pepper and Pizza Hut. As an advocate of ideas with business and social impact, he is a leading cause marketing consultant and commentator.
203A | The need for an effective league and club referee academy, Rodney Kenney, USSF national instructor and assessor
This presentation highlights why a league and club referee academy should be an essential part in any local soccer program and why and how it should be supported.
203C | Teaching principles of group defending, Michael Swanwick, Eastern New York Youth Soccer director of coaching
This classroom session will explore group defending and the players' roles within the principles of defense. We will examine key defensive concepts such as, pressuring technique, covering defender positions and angles as well as how each function changes based upon the oppositions' ability to attack. How systems of play affects group defending will also be analyzed and discussed.
204A | Player development for the future, Mike Parsons, South Texas Youth Soccer director of coaching
Key elements of player development necessary to create an accelerated teaching environment for the next generation of youth players in the United States will be presented. The attributes and deficiencies of young players will be discussed and contrasted to the technical proficiency and tactical awareness that will be required for the players of the future. The session will answer the questions – Where are we now? Where are we going? Where do we need to go? How do we get there?
204B | US Youth Soccer ODP: the international experience, Nick Zlatar, US Youth Soccer ODP Region III staff coach
The international travel component of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program provides a unique opportunity which impacts the development of players, coaches and administrators. Following are the questions considered. Where are we and how do we compare? How do they perceive the game? How do they do it? What's new? Can we apply the new ideas to our setting? How do we get better?
Exhibit hall ABC | Under-6 playtime is serious business, Ron Quinn, Ph.D., Xavier University associate professor and 2005 Dr. Thomas Fleck award winner
This session will present activities that allow children to play with the game of soccer and thus begin to unlock their soccer potential. Today, we view play as a frivolous or optional endeavor, especially when it comes to sport instruction and attempt to train players, rather than educate them. However, it is only through creating an engaging and challenging environment through play that the passion, love, creativity and inner brilliance can come out from a child.
Exhibit hall DEF | Under-10 principles of play in 6v6, John Thomas, Ph.D., US Youth Soccer assistant director of coaching
Six-on-six training exercises often consist of just one situation in which a player can improve a particular technical or tactical movement. The drawback is these exercises don't offer the connecting actions as they occur in the game. Activities that provide the game-like pressure of an opponent that may help improve a player's ability to deal with the psychological pressure of the game will be introduced.
3 - 4 p.m.
201A | U.S. Soccer Federation appeal process Dave Laraba, USSF Appeals Committee chairman, Lisa Levine, USSF general counsel
, Greg Fike, USSF staff attorney
The presentation will review the U.S. Soccer Appeal Process on the first day. There will also be an update on the decision made by the Appeals Committee in 2008. A sample case will be available on U.S. Soccer's Web site and at the end of the first session for review at the second session on Saturday. During the second session, the participants will be divided into mock appeal panels to discuss the sample case. The instructors will then reveal the actual decision of the U.S. Soccer Appeal Panel. The second section is Saturday from 9-10:15 a.m., in room 202A.
201C | Futsal: FIFA's official indoor sport, Frank Bonardi and Alex Para, U.S. Futsal Federation
The presentation will focus on two areas: Futsal's organization and tactics of the game. The first part discusses how U.S. Futsal is organized and how it currently operates, discussing Futsal's work with affiliated organizations, colleges, leagues, etc. The second part discusses Futsal and its tactics. This section covers how to play the game, its rules and the game's finer points.
202A | Preparing and planning for an audit, Jennifer Parker, Wagner, Eubank and Nichols, LLP
The world of financial statement audits has typically been a stigma in the minds of responsible accounting personnel. This session aims to explain the need for these audits as well as their advantages to each organization and the applicable interested parties. We will review the need for and the requirements of internal controls relative to a general organization. We will illustrate how an audit can assist in the identification and evaluation of the effectiveness regarding these controls. This session will further assist in identifying the steps needed to assist in the preparation and planning for an audit as well as focusing on specific requirements applicable to nonprofit organizations.
202C | Marketing youth sports, Rich Jensen, Solutions by Bridges
Who is talking about your organization? What are they saying? Is your message consistent? Is your organization quickly recognized? This session will introduce the steps your club should take to create an energy-filled marketing strategy to promote your program to your members and community. The discussion will also highlight bridging the gaps and taking the steps needed to effectively tell your story about the value of participation in your association.
203A | Managing the technical area, Alfred Kleinaitis, USSF manager of referee development and education and Paul Tamberino, USSF director of referee development
Referees will learn more about the fourth officials' duties and responsibilities. Stoppage time will be explained. Bench decorum and handling injuries will be discussed.
203C | Technical analysis of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Mike Dickey, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach
Review of the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. Video analysis of players around the world and a close look at the United States World Cup champions. .
204A | Coach development, not just a course but a way of life, Les Howie and Jamie Houchen, The FA head of grassroots coaching
The FA has a long and proud tradition of delivering coaching education courses. We will look at the journey coach development has undertaken in England in recent years. We will discuss the coach's pathway and how the courses have been updated to include modern learning techniques to benefit the coach and player. You will be introduced to the new courses and be able to sample some of the resources and techniques. We will also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities available to coaches and how to develop a learning culture across the game.
204B | The attacking goalkeeper, Van Taylor, South Carolina Youth Soccer director of coaching development and player education
The focus of the discussion will be on the role the goalkeeper has as a first attacker when distributing the ball. Tactical decision making in building the attack will be explored. Further discussion will include the goalkeeper's ability to move in relation to the ball and the technical elements that facilitate attack building from this position.
Exhibit hall ABC | Scoring in Small-Sided Games, Carrie Taylor, United FC assistant director of coaching
Competitive activities that highlight scoring opportunities within Small-Sided Game situations will be demonstrated. Special focus will be placed on games that instill confidence and the willingness to take chances.
Exhibit hall DEF | Developing match fitness, Greg Maas, Utah Youth Soccer Association director of coaching
The objective of this session will target the development of a team's match fitness by combining the elements of fitness training within the structure of a technical and tactical training session. The session will present a range of activities in an economical environment that will challenge both the individual player and team, as they prepare for the demands presented in future match environments.
Saturday, Feb. 27
9 - 10:15 a.m.
201A | US Youth Soccer's electronic risk management package, Risk Management Committee
The welcome to US Youth Soccer risk management electronic package is a complete compilation of risk management guides developed by the Risk Management Committee. It includes key risk management elements for use by all State Association risk management coordinators and registrars for electronic transmittal to their members. We recommend usage by all registrars as they register players, coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, administrators and volunteers.
201C | Soccer advocacy 101, the politics of promoting soccer in your community, Dave Tyahla, USSF director of government relations and Don Rawson, Mass Youth Soccer executive director
As the saying goes, all politics are local. Your soccer organization can, and should, have a seat at the table. This session will include specific examples of how organizations can be actively involved in your area's decision-making processes. At all levels of government, your organization can have a voice. While youth soccer advocacy is an everyday event, Youth Soccer Month in September is US Youth Soccer's non-partisan approach to engaging government's support for soccer. How do you obtain a proclamation from your city mayor or state senator? What can you do to give soccer a voice in your community? This session will give you plenty of ideas!
202A | U.S. Soccer Federation appeal process, Greg Fike, USSF staff attorney; Dave Laraba, USSF Appeals Committee chairman; Lisa Levine, USSF general counsel
The presentation is the follow-up session to Friday's review of the the U.S. Soccer appeal process. There will also be an update on the decision made by the Appeals Committee in 2008. A sample case will be available on U.S. Soccer's Web site at the end of Friday's session. During this session, the participants will be divided into mock appeal panels to discuss the sample case. The instructors will then reveal the actual decision of the U.S. Soccer Appeal Panel.
202C | Parents: our biggest problem or our second largest asset? Les Howie, The FA head of grassroots coaching
No matter where you go in the world or which sport you watch, you will find pushy parents! This session will explore how The FA developed education programs to support clubs and coaches to work with parents. It will include practical ideas on how to support parents so they can develop good learning environments in youth football and how we turn the over enthusiastic parent into the coach or volunteer of the future!
203A | Implementing respect in your referee program, Bill Rushing, Louisiana State Referee Committee chairman
Retaining referees has been a recent issue in the United States. This presentation will outline a new program implemented within Louisiana Soccer Association called ROOM, Respect Our Officials More, aimed at combating this problem. The program, with its goals and elements aimed at increasing referee retention, will be discussed and explored.
203C | Playing through the thirds, Bill Furjanic, North Carolina Youth Soccer director of coaching
The ability to play through the thirds of the field is critical to a team's success both offensively and defensively. The approach that each team takes in these thirds is based on the level of talent each team possess, the opponents strengths and weaknesses, the importance of the game, the field conditions, the coaches comfort level, etc. This session will explore the various options in each part of the field from the coaches as well as the players' perspective.
204A | The coach as a moral guide and educator, Ron Quinn, Ph.D., Xavier University, associate professor and 2005 Dr. Thomas Fleck award winner
This session will be a discussion on the coach's role regarding the process of moral development and reasoning of a young person through sport. The focus will be on how coaches can adopt a more holistic coaching approach that includes character development and effective moral reasoning, and sets the stage for the development of a true competitor who values and respects the sport experience.
204B | Female coaches, where are they? Miriam Hickey, Vardar East Michigan girls coaching director, Jim Kelly, US Youth Soccer Coaching Committee Region I representative and Carrie Taylor, United FC assistant director of coaching
We will be discussing the gender gap that currently exists in sports leadership today, especially in soccer. We will address Dr. Terry Eguaoje's new book, ""Bridging the Gender Gap in Sports Leadership"" in the following areas: Title IX, females coaching males, difference in coaching styles, females attending coaching courses, etc. Finally, we will discuss ways for sports administrators to attract and retain more females in leadership roles.
Exhibit hall ABC | Art of youth goalkeeping, Dan Gaspar, University of Hartford men's soccer head coach and Portugal National Team goalkeeper coach
Through the discovery process, we will focus on key goalkeeping technical points to establish the proper building blocks for safe goalkeeping in a fun environment. Unique activities such as, labada time, hammer, statue of liberty, follow the leader, Simon says, shadow, tag, around your world, three point stance, the goalkeeper dance, gaspar's pit, plus many more activities will be introduced.
Exhibit hall DEF | Combination play in the attacking third, Gary Williamson, North Texas State Soccer director of coaching
This session will demonstrate options for youth players to be more creative on and off the ball with approach play and finish in the final third. Specifically, the demonstration will focus on attacking through the center and down the flanks to create and exploit space as players look to combine with each other with give and go, overlaps, third man runs and overs. This practical session will help youth soccer coaches recognize key factors involved in attacking play in this crucial area of the field. Your team will score more goals if they have an edge in breaking through, around or over opposing teams' defenses.
10:45 a.m. – Noon
201A | Do's and Don'ts of field building, Stan Strifler, Andromeda Soccer Club president
Commitment. Patience. Vision. And maybe a bit of luck. All necessary when building your own soccer complex. As president of Andromeda SC, throughout the construction of their 42-acre complex, Strifler has experienced and utilized the necessary tools to build, operate and maintain a soccer complex. Beginning with the acquisition and financing of the land purchase, to the final ribbon cutting ceremony, this seminar will provide guidance for such a project from someone who has been a part of the entire cycle. With the addition of their own facilities, Andromeda SC has seen firsthand the growth a new facility can foster within an organization or association.
201C | Soccer in disadvantaged communities, John Kukitz, Soccer Across America chairman and Sarah Pickens, U.S. Soccer Foundation
Focused on making soccer available to lower-income children in underserved communities, Soccer Across America (formerly known as Soccer Start), is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. As the chairman of the Soccer Across America committee, Kukitz will present the challenges of operating soccer programs in underserved communities while also highlighting new funding opportunities available through US Youth Soccer. Equally committed to underserved communities, the U.S. Soccer Foundation will discuss the Passback program and the Urban Soccer Collaborative.
202A | Fiduciary duties of officers and directors, John Murphy, US Youth Soccer Bylaw and Policies Committee chairman
Every director and officer of a corporation (such as State Associations, leagues and clubs) owes fiduciary duties to the corporation, including duties of care and undivided loyalty. Fiduciary duties are one of the highest and most demanding duties and obligations imposed by law. This session will explain the nature of fiduciary duties, who owes them and what they mean to both directors and officers as individuals and to the corporation. It will address a number of fiduciary obligations owed such as confidentially, the duty of candor and avoiding conflicts of interest.
202C | Managing a successful tournament, Gordon Jago and Randy Jones, Dallas Cup Inc.
Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has played host to teams and referees from over 45 states, 100 countries and six continents and averaged more than 160,000 spectators during a week in April. Arguably the most prestigious international youth tournament in the world, Dallas Cup has provided a stage for the world's finest players to shine (Beckham, Rooney and Raul to name a few). Former U.S. National Teams men's coach, Gordon Jago, and tournament manager, Randy Jones, will deliver the keys to managing a successful tournament. Whether it's volunteer management or securing sponsorships, Randy and Gordon have experienced it.
203A | Free kick and restart management in the youth game, Alfred Kleinaitis, USSF manger of referee development and education
This presentation includes information to assist referees with not only the basic requirements in managing free kicks, but also the level of referee involvement in the process. What is the difference between the quick free kick and the ceremonial kick? What is the correct positioning in each? Dealing with players preventing, interfering and intercepting the free kick, will also be a central focus.
203C | Attacking against high and low pressure, Jeff Hill, North Texas State Soccer staff coach
Your team's attack must stay one step ahead of your opponent's defense. This lecture will provide a how to on attacking against high pressure and low pressure defense with applications to the principles of attack, while taking a look at the responsibilities of the team, the three lines within the team, as well as each individual player.
204A | Movement exploration, Don Kirkendall, Ph.D., FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre member; Department of Exercise and Sport Science UNC at Chapel Hill adjunct assistant professor
Two questions, coach. How many of your teams have had basic physical education where they developed motor skills, those basic to playing our complex activity? In today's environment, probably none. Are you prepared to develop these skills? Children go through predictable stages of motor development in order to grow and play sports. You want to develop their game, but in doing so, do you ignore the developmental process to focus on the game? Movement exploration is a concept for teaching basic skills to help children use motor skills to explore their world. It's all in how you present and challenge your team. The creative coach can apply these skills during training, once the special skills are known.
204B | FC Dallas Youth, Oscar Pareja, FC Dallas director of player development
Learn how FC Dallas has structured their youth program and what pieces of their structure can help your own. FC Dallas Youth covers Under-8 through Under-19 age groups. The developmental program is tiered from academy to select to juniors. The FC Dallas philosophy reflects increased training, less total games and ability-based competitive games based on U.S. Soccer's Best Practices. An intramural Academy Liga has been devised to suit the soccer needs of the youngest players. The Select teams play in leagues in the Metroplex.
Exhibit hall ABC | Play days, Virgil Stringfield, Florida Youth Soccer associate director of coaching-educational services
The play day model is an inclusive approach to early zone one player development in accordance with the best practices philosophy. A US Youth Soccer recommendation serves as a non-binding, no cost statement that there is a better approach than the adult model to introduce young players to soccer. Progressive soccer programs are currently using the play day model to an effect. A US Youth Soccer recommendation provides weight and tacit approval to those programs and the opportunity to produce supporting visual and printed materials.
Exhibit hall DEF | TOPSoccer, Tom Hart, North Texas State Soccer staff coach, Plano ISD adapted physical education specialist
One size doesn't fit all. Each TOPSoccer program has its own challenges that affect how the game is played. This session will present local TOPSoccer athletes participating in a variety of competitive game formats: 11v11, Small-Sided, unified/buddy/peer assisted and skills.
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
201A | Event and meeting planning and contracts 101, Dave O'Lenick, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau national sales manager
Contracts, we all hate them, but we know we need them. What is negotiable, what is not? Always get it in writing. Cover your assets. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, this in-depth session will outline everything you need to know about event meeting planning and contracts. What are the key elements in discussing your event with the convention and visitors bureau, hotel and others wanting your business? How many years of history should you have? What information is important? How can event organizers and host cities work better together for a more positive outcome?
201C | U.S. Soccer Foundation funding, resources and initiatives, Sarah Pickens and Dave Tyahla, U.S. Soccer Foundation
This session will provide an introduction to the U.S. Soccer Foundation grants and resources, which focus on developing players, coaches and referees and building or enhancing fields and soccer complexes. As the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, the Foundation has invested more than $51 million in the game, supporting hundreds of projects in every state in the country. This session will also cover the Foundation's movement to use soccer for social change and will introduce Foundation initiatives in 2010 and beyond.
202A | Background screening for youth organizations, David Bartley, General Information Services, parent company of backgroundchecks.com, vice president
Background screening programs for employees and volunteers are of immeasurable importance to organizations serving children and their communities. There are many ways to approach the design of a screening program. The standards that exist for effective and legal screening programs as well as strategies for increasing the scope of screenings while controlling cost will be discussed.
202C | Futsal: FIFA's official indoor sport,
Frank Bonardi and Alex Para, U.S. Futsal Federation
The presentation will focus on two areas: Futsal's organization and tactics of the game. The first part discusses how U.S. Futsal is organized and how it currently operates, discussing Futsal's work with affiliated organizations, colleges, leagues, etc. The second part discusses Futsal and its tactics. This section covers how to play the game, its rules and the games finer points.
203A | How the referee impacts the welfare of those they referee, Rodney Kenney, USSF national instructor and assessor
This presentation explores, through video clips and discussion, how soccer referees in today's game impact not only the game but the lives and careers of those involved in the game.
203C | The role of play in player development, Virgil Stringfield, Florida Youth Soccer associate director of coaching educational services
This presentation examines the nature of play and the different environments that contribute to player development. The current cultural trends will be discussed and how these trends affect implications for soccer programs. It will cover both the educational foundations and practical application in youth soccer training.
204A | Club director of coaching, why and how? Carrie Taylor, United FC assistant director of coaching
The session will give a comprehensive look at how clubs organize their director of coaching positions, including the benefits of having a director of coaching and what their roles and responsibilities are within their various organizations. Special topics to be discussed are the importance of good communication skills, differing leadership styles and how to best attain the vision and mission of your club by utilizing the strengths of your director of coaching.
204B | Player development pathways, Craig Carlson, Wisconsin Youth Soccer assistant director of coaching
Using resources from US Youth Soccer and the different pathways for developing the youth soccer player in the United States will be explored. Information will be presented about what is available at this time and how it affects our youth players. We will then have an open discussion on ways we can maximize the playing experiences that will lead to the best developmental opportunities for our players at different age levels, from Under-10 through the collegiate level.
Exhibit hall ABC | Defending to win, Jeff Tipping, NSCAA director of coaching education
Organizing aggressive defending exercises to win the ball and counter attack. This involves collective defending and a strategy for counter attacking.
Exhibit hall DEF | Intercepting passes, Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer director of coaching
Quick and decisive counterattacks can begin in advantageous spaces on the field when the ball is intercepted by the defense. We will look at physical, technical and tactical cues for defenders to read and act upon to get the ball back for their team. Reading the game leads to quality soccer.
3 - 4 p.m.
201A | College recruiting in 2010, Charlie Kadupski, The Sport Source founder and CEO
How do you present your college-bound player to colleges who are looking for players? Charlie Kadupski can show you and provide practical tips for securing scholarships.
203A | Teaching youth referees how to manage players and coaches, Bob Wertz, Referee Committee chairman
An important skill for the young, aspiring referee is learning the ability to manage players and coaches during a soccer match. In this presentation, the six steps of player management will be demonstrated along with practices that can be used to become a successful referee.
Exhibit hall DEF | Movement off the ball, Oscar Pareja, FC Dallas director of player development
Moving off the ball serves as a crucial way to maintain possession, dissect an opponent's defense and produce goal scoring opportunities. It requires intelligent players, and it is indeed a game where everyone has to think first and then run, if you do the opposite, the development of the players will be very difficult.