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2012 Workshop Sessions Synopses

What does a youth national team player look like today?
April Heinrichs and Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer's Women's Youth National Teams Program
A presentation of the vision and mission of the U.S. Women's Youth National Teams Program and a discussion of internal and external strategies and ideas to enhance player development of our Youth National Team.

1 hour in 10,000/Developing Technique One Player at a Time!
Steve Swanson, April Heinrichs and Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer's Women's Youth National Teams Program
The aim of this session is to provide some new ideas to coaches on how to structure an individualized or small group technical session. Specifically, this session will focus on long range shooting and will not only provide some useful exercises and drills for improving players ability to strike balls from distance, but will also target the kind of feedback that is critical in order for players to educate themselves. If it takes 10,000 hours to truly perfect a skill or technique than it is important to make each of those hours count as much as possible.

What's the issue with ability based coaching for 4-year-old players?
David Newbery, SoccerPlus director of player and coach development
In speaking with most education professionals, you will find few that will argue against the merits of an ability-based approach to learning, but try having a similar discussion with non-educators on a Board of Directors in a youth soccer organization and you really have your work cut out to make a persuasive argument. Research, logic and emotion often clash when debating the topic of ability grouping. We will address mounting evidence support ability based grouping starting with children as young as 4-5 years old, provide both sides of the debate, uncover the 'facts' and 'myths', and offer 10 important steps to implement an ability based program in a volunteer youth soccer organization.

Implementing a possession playing style
Jacob Daniel, Georgia Soccer
This field session will focus on the key points for teaching youth teams to play out of the back. The role of the keeper, the back line and the defensive midfielder will be addressed within the overall team shape.

Implementing a possession playing style
Jacob Daniel, Georgia Soccer
The most successful teams in the modern era play a patient possession style. This presentation uses video clips and Power Points to illustrate how a possession playing style can be implemented and taught at the youth club level and the state ODP level. Key steps include defining a playing style, training priorities through the ages, and implementing a curriculum.

The American goalkeeper, don't start practice without them
Bill Stara, Maryland State Youth Soccer technical director
Incorporating the goalkeeper in to the team practice.

The elite soccer mind, longitudinal development
Michael Singleton, Massachusetts Youth Soccer executive director and national staff coach
Top managers from around the world have attested to the fact that the best players in the world THINK better than their colleagues and their ability to process the game is typically the deciding factor that allows them to excel. Being a great athlete is simply not enough to qualify as a great soccer player. Nor is 10,000 hours of practice enough...not if your players are not focused on critical parts of those hours! Just as you plan for technical, tactical and physical development, you must prepare a mental development plan for your players. We will discuss longitudinal considerations in the creation of a plan and the positive and negative factors that may influence success.

Principles of Defending U-12 4v4
John Curtis, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association director of coaching
This session helps players to recognize and employ the principles of defending through Small-Sided Games.

The administrator's role in creating a positive soccer environment
Tom Condone, Tennessee Soccer executive director
Administrators are a key component of building a successful club. A full service club will need a number of people to oversee and administer the wide range of duties required to fulfill the club's mission. The ultimate goal is player development, and this presentation will highlight how administrators can facilitate the process, thereby creating playing opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.

Liability claims, are you covered?
Tony Petruzzi, Gracechurch Associates senior vice president, and Lori Windolf Crispo, AJ Morgan senior executive vice president
What happens when you fail to follow your own rules, procedures and guidelines and an injury is reported? Are you covered for claims involving: goal posts, sexual abuse or lightning?

Speed of play
Bryan Scales, New England Revolution director of youth development
Coaches from the Revolution Academy will put their U-16 team through a training session that emphasizes sharp passing, quick decision-making and movement off the ball. This session will give coaches and players a good picture of the training demands associated with an MLS Academy team.

Cognitive baseline testing for concussion management
Dr. Jim Moriarity, Notre Dame head team physician and Polly James, Axon Sports CEO
Cognitive Baseline testing is considered a best practice for concussion management, as reflected in the US Youth Soccer concussion procedure and protocol. This seminar will provide you with a foundation for what baseline testing is and is not, why and how it will assist qualified medical providers in helping your players' return-to-play safely and efficiently, and how to integrate it within an overall concussion management program. You will also learn about the Axon Sports Baseline test and how their application and resources can assist you in integrating baseline testing in to your concussion management program.

One hour in 10,000/Developing technique one player at a time
Steve Swanson, U.S. Soccer U-20 Women's National Team coach
The aim of this session is to provide some new ideas to coaches on how to structure an individualized or small group technical session. Specifically, this session will focus on long range shooting and will not only provide some useful exercises and drills for improving players ability to strike balls from distance, but will also target the kind of feedback that is critical in order for players to educate themselves. If it takes 10,000 hours to truly perfect a skill or technique than it is important to make each of those hours count as much as possible.

Small games make smart players
Dean Conway, Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer and Fleck Award recipient
This session is a progression of small games, from warm up and keep away through two games to one goal, finishing with 3 v. 3. The emphasis will be on helping players to see patterns, recognize possibilities and solve problems. Lots of technical and tactical points will be highlighted, as well as pointers on the craft of coaching. The session will demonstrate how to go, in a practice, from visually simple and technically easy to visually complex and technically challenging.

Training creative attack minded players
George Kuntz, Hawaii Youth Soccer Association technical director
The United States Soccer Federation has set forth a new curriculum that is ambitious in creating more dynamic and attack minded players. Every coach is seeking ways for his or her team to score more goals. Oor goal is training players to attack with the freedom to express themselves teams will be more productive with their attacking play. This is a short version of a series of progressive exercises that create a synergy to goal with groups of players using a creative approach to teaching attack minded players. This session will address key technical and tactical issues related to an attack minded system of play.

Goalkeeping - Collecting the ball
Mark Godwin, Louisiana Soccer Association technical director
This session is specifically for the youth goalkeepers handling of the ball. More importantly on how to integrate your goalkeeper as part of your team session and get your team to work on improving your goalkeeper's technique.

Success means a lot at the National Presidents Cup
Ed Loucks, National Presidents Cup Committee chairman
A quick overview of the 2012 event to be held in Sacramento, Calif., and a lively question and answer session about how players' lives are impacted by this great event. Who should be participating, and why; participate in formulating the future of Presidents Cup with your ideas and suggestions. Coaching Directors, how does the Presidents Cup fit into your Club strategy for growth? How does the additional layer of play impact the longevity of your older players?

Referee training and development
Adrian Garibay, U.S. Soccer director of registration and referee administration, and Ryan Mooney, U.S. Soccer manager of referee education resources
Overview of the recent changes and initiatives related to entry level referee education.

Laws of the Game changes 2000-2012
Alfred Kleinaitis, U.S. Soccer
A brief review for non-referees and referees who want to understand why players, coaches and spectators drive them crazy.

Soccer officiating 101
Alfred Kleinaitis, U.S. Soccer
Significant changes in the Laws of the Game 2000-2012 and what impact they have on the modern game. Are the changes beneficial? Are the changes progressive?

Chairing a meeting
Larry Monaco, Professional Registered Parliamentarian
The first part of this session will review some of the major concepts of parliamentary procedure in regard to chairing a meeting: basic parliamentary authority and principles; the different types of meetings; the authority of the chair; ways to expedite chairing a meeting; and common errors that occur. These basic concepts will then be put to use in a "practice" US Youth Soccer Board of Directors meeting involving participants at the session.

Academy soccer for 9-12 year olds
Ric Plante, Montana Youth Soccer director of coaching
We will discuss 'What is Academy Soccer?' How to start an academy program in your state, club, or league. Training and play dates for academy soccer. Parent education within the program along with benefits and pitfalls.

Volunteer recruitment and retention
Dr. Sheranne Fairley, University of Massachusetts, and Dr. Christine Green, University of Texas
Youth sport relies heavily on the time and efforts of volunteers, without whom the provision of services would not be viable. Thus, youth sport organizations must be concerned with the management of volunteers. This session will discuss some of the latest research findings on sport volunteers and include activities to adapt the latest research to your sport program. In particular, this seminar will help youth soccer officials identify key issues in volunteer management including strategies for the successful recruitment and retention of volunteers, including event volunteers and volunteer coaches.

Building sustainable youth soccer programs in underserved communities
Stephanie Gabbert, Notah Begay III Foundation director of soccer
The ability to create and sustain youth sport programs in underserved communities can be a challenging process. Soccer has many advantages in these communities including relatively low cost, the ability to incorporate large numbers, and proven physical health benefits. This session will explore meaningful practices in building the sustainability of youth soccer programs in underserved communities such as building partnerships, engaged community involvement, unique programming opportunities, and incorporating State Associations. Attendees will be provided information that will enable them to replicate similar programming in their targeted communities. 

Player-centered training
Gary Allen, US Youth Soccer national staff coach
This field session will present a sample training session using dynamic, game-like activities that encourage and require players to apply technique and decision-making in progressively more complex environments. This session should help coaches recognize how to create realistic training environments, and provide some insights as to how to allow players to make their own decisions. It should also help coaches focus their efforts in the chaos of game-like atmospheres.

Coaching from the game
Gary Allen, US Youth Soccer national staff coach
This session will help coaches understand the importance of creating game-like training sessions in all phases of training. It will also discuss many of the various coaching tools available to coaches and the effect of these tools for creating different emphases in the application of technique and decision-making by the players.

Cyber insurance: a new must have coverage for soccer organizations
Patt Pullen, Pullen Insurance Services, Inc., president, and Jeanne Zabuska, Philadelphia Insurance Companies underwriting manager
This session will identify and discuss cyber liability risk exposures facing state soccer associations and their member clubs, such as, collection and storage of personal identifiable information in either electronic or paper format, the operation of a website or server, and the financial and legal costs which can result from the failure to protect information. The discussion will include appropriate risk and privacy controls soccer organizations should have in place to protect themselves from cyber liability and privacy claims as well as an overview of cyber security liability insurance policies available to soccer organizations.

Developing a successful referee program in a small state
Bill Nelson, Arkansas State referee committee chairman
This session will present how a small state can develop a successful referee program. Items that will be discussed are recruitment, training, mentoring, monitoring and marketing. This can be used by a small state to improve and expand its referee program.

How credible coaches create confident competitors
David Benzel, Growing Champions for Life
Having an understanding of the strategies and technical aspects of a sport is not enough for today's coach. Athletes are discriminating customers who give their loyalty only where it is earned and deserved. For this reason coaches must demonstrate a mastery of emotional issues and relationship skills. To help an athlete reach full potential a coach is required to have more EQ than IQ. It's time to learn what that means! Workshop goals: Learn how to avoid undermining your credibility with athletes. Discover effective strategies for replacing fear with confidence. Identify the elements that create the most effective learning environment for athletic excellence.

Treasurer's roundtable
Dennis Brumfield, US Youth Soccer treasurer, and Jennifer Parker US youth Soccer director of accounting and finance
Open forum discussion with the treasure of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors Dennis Brumfield and US Youth Soccer Director of Accounting and Finance Jennifer Parker. This session is intended to be an open Q&A session for generic or organization specific accounting and finance related questions. We welcome all questions and comments at this time and would enjoy the opportunity to address any concerns you may have.

Concussion management plans: the good, the bad and the ugly
Dr. James Moriarity, University of Notre Dame and Steve Clark
All concussion management plans work on paper, but do they work in a real world setting? Our session will examine the key elements necessary for the development of an effective concussion management plan and will be geared towards team administrators and coaches. We will discuss the specific roles of administration, coaching, medical, athlete and parent. We will discuss the role of concussion testing such as SCAT2, King-Devick, balance testing, computerized neuropsychological testing and return to play protocols. Emphasis will be placed on designing a plan that best fits the needs and resources of your teams.

Improving the high school athlete's experience
Mark Koski, CMAA, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) director of sports and events
This interactive presentation is geared for coaches and administrators at all levels. NFHS staff will discuss the role of the organization and each member state high school athletic/activity association and the best practices of working with each, so that the high school experience is successful. This discussion will also be centered on the NFHS rules writing process and how you have a voice regarding high school soccer playing rules that are utilized by all 19,000 member schools and 759,907 high school soccer participants nationally.

Understanding athletes with disabilities
Chris Hersey, New York State West Youth Soccer Association director of coaching education
This classroom session will provide an understanding of a variety of disability areas, behaviors commonly associated with them and strategies to modify problem behavior. The goal is to provide coaches the opportunity create realistic and fulfilling learning environments for our TOPSoccer players.

Website design, best practices and where it's going
Shawn Griffin, Americaneagle.com
Learn great tips to improve your existing site or how to better plan your next website from one of the industry leaders.  This session will also take a look at where the web is going.

Transitioning to defending
Austin Daniels, Arizona Youth Soccer Association technical director
Working on the field with players on the principles of defending in transition from attack to defense. The activities will be presented in a game like setting.

Encounters with concussions
Taylor Twellman, former national team striker/ESPN commentator and Chris Nowinski, Sports Legacy Institute co-founder and president
Both presenters are professional athletes whose careers were prematurely ended due to multiple concussions suffered playing sports. Taylor Twellman, U.S. Men's National Team striker and prolific goal scorer for the New England Revolution, will share his firsthand experiences and the work he is currently doing to raise awareness of the issue. Chris Nowinski, former Harvard defensive tackle turned WWE pro wrestler has now dedicated his life to this serious issue by creating the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis.

Building a model club from the ground up
Ian Mulliner, Massachusetts Youth Soccer
The session will focus on how to create a model club with specific focus on player development, infrastructure and multi-faceted exit routes.

Analysis of team play – techniques, templates and tools
Dave Chesler, U.S. Soccer Federation director of coaching development
This theory session will focus on current methods for collecting data and measuring patterns related to the analysis of team performance. A variety of analytical levels will be demonstrated and discussed in order to provide practical examples that are appropriate for a variety of coaching levels.

Long-term athlete development- mirage or reality
Gwynne Williams, Alabama Youth Soccer director of coaching
Long-term athlete development is about achieving optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete's career. If a long-term approach is not adopted, there is every possibility athletes will not reach their potential. In an every increasingly competitive environment is the emphasis on winning a detriment to progress. Is a long term approach a reality or just a mirage?

Teaching organized spontaneity
Carla DeSantis, US Youth Soccer national instructor
A discussion of ideas on the evolution of street soccer and giving the game to the players. How can coaches create and incorporate organized spontaneity within a training session to allow the game of soccer to be more of a teaching mechanism and less a game of restrictions.

Changing the club culture
Tom Goodman, Wellesley United Soccer Club director of coaching
To change the culture of a soccer club, we must first understand, what is club culture? It is characterized by a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. Changing a culture is very challenging. This presentation will focus on how to apply human, physical and financial resources to an existing culture to achieve positive change.

State referee committee and your national/state championship matches
Barry Towbin
An open attendee discussion on how and what should the state referee committee be doing for their State Associations' state cup games. Topics to be discussed: the assignor, the state director of assessments, the state director of instruction, the mentor, the mentor and assessor, the same team referee pre-meetings, follow up with the referees, what is done with the information gathered from these games.

Good coaches adjust
Timothy Bradbury, Eastern New York Youth Soccer director of coaching instruction
Discussion and observations on how proactive soccer coaches adjust to the ever increasing multisport athlete that they train. How planning a microcycle in this culture can be done.

The global game: women's soccer in the Middle East
Sari Rose, North Carolina Youth Soccer
In the United States soccer is the most popular sport for young females. Our women's national team players are heroes and role models for our children. Across the globe soccer is also a growing sport for young females, but opportunities are just emerging. Over two trips and four weeks, I had the chance to travel to the Middle East and work with players in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Qatar. In places where religion, culture, and even war have restricted opportunities, strong forces are at work to see that the beautiful game is available to everyone. Through pictures and stories I hope to share my experiences with the amazing people and players that are creating change.

Adaptations for players with disabilities
Anne Moore, Wyoming State technical director
This presentation will cover characteristics for a variety of disabilities, the needs of the players, and adaptations within the game of soccer for all players to have success. I will also cover the TOPSoccer curriculum and how to start a program in your area.

Open forum referee administrators and referees
Jim Albertson, US Youth Soccer referee committee chairman
The US Youth Soccer Referee Committee members will be conducting an open forum for the discussion of national, regional and state issues related to referee administration, activities, and areas of mutual concern.

Governance -- What it is and why you care about it
John Murphy, US Youth Soccer member at large
Governance is the base of all soccer operations, yet it is rarely considered by those involved. This presentation will address what governance is, its basic principles, governance lessons from experience, the different forms of governance and their implications, and the responsibilities of those who are involved in governance.

Improvisation in attack
Doug Williamson, NSCAA assistant director of coaching education
This session will demonstrate a number of exercises, from 1v1 battles to small-sided games, designed to encourage and facilitate improvisation, one of the principles of attacking play.

Scoot and shoot
Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer director of coaching
Give 'em a waggle and belt! In other words - turn and shoot. How do players get themselves free for a shot? Combinations to play in and around the penalty area are key dynamics for players in Zones 2 and 3 to master. Let's add something more than just the through ball to our attack.

Match management
Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer director of coaching
We'll discuss the key factors for a coach to address on game day for ages six to 18. Pre-game, game, halftime, game and post-game are the major phases of game day that we'll kick around. Highly important will be our examination of a coach's observation skills during a match.

The value of coaching education
David Carr, Ph.D., Ohio University and US youth Soccer national instructional staff
There are millions of youth sports participants in the United States and soccer engages a large number of players. It is estimated that there may be more than one million youth soccer coaches but it is also estimated that a relatively small percentage (as low as 20%) receive little or no formal training on how to be an effective youth soccer coach. This session will explore the benefits for all participants when coaching education is mandated by youth soccer sponsoring agencies. The session will explore foundational coaching knowledge and strategies for delivering effective coaching education programs for all soccer coaches.

Taking the four pillars of soccer from the desk to the field
Nate Shotts, Colorado Youth Soccer CEO
This session will teach you how to prepare yourself to establish an open mind set on and off the field through practical preparation, psychological preparation and efficient session planning.

Kohl's American Cup
Kim Goggans, US Youth Soccer director of marketing, and Juan Paz, Kohl's field marketing initiatives coordinator
Learn more about hosting a Kohl's American Cup and features that make this recreational tournament different from others. Share your best practices and learn how other tournament directors create a successful event. All of your questions about the American Cup will be answered in this session.

The elite-level soccer environment
Lewis L. Atkinson III, Ed. D., Delaware Youth Soccer director of coaching
This presentation will look at the challenges facing US Youth Soccer in creating a consistent, high quality elite-level player and coaching environment; and offers structural and administrative solutions to the soccer landscape.