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Education Sessions

2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop — Education Sessions

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Club Model/Management
Mike Barr, Technical Director – Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
Many club administrators, parents and coaches are asking themselves, "What are the responsibilities of youth soccer clubs today, and how can my club remain relative and progressive in meeting the needs of youth soccer players moving forward?" The challenges facing all clubs, large or small, seem endless and have become more complicated in an ever-changing youth sports environment. This presentation will examine the problems facing all clubs and provide various solutions in a balanced, clear and non–biased approach.
NYL Theory for Administrators
Sam Snow, Technical Director – US Youth Soccer
The problem we are all faced with is the stagnation of soccer in America. From the team manager to the national board of directors, administrators have an important role in growing the game. We will discuss solutions to the problem of stunted player development as presented in the National Youth License coaching school. 
Soccernastics — Games-Based Training
Sam Snow, Technical Director – US Youth Soccer
If you’re still doing drills in your training sessions then you’ve fallen behind in modern coaching methods. This practical demonstration will take a group of U-12 players through activities to improve both their technique of shooting and their recognition of tactical moments in the game for taking the shot.
Tactical Preparation for the National League
Bill Stara, Technical Director – Maryland Youth Soccer
This lecture will explore what every coach should consider when preparing their team for playing in the National League.
Administrators Role in Player Development
Gwynne Williams, Executive Director – Issaquah Soccer Club
The game is for the players and their development is the single most important aspect in the game. Therefore, every supporting position needs to be cognizant of the magnitude of player development and understand how their role is best suited to maximize player enjoyment, potential and long-term future growth in the game. 
Gold Medal Coaching: Building the best coaches in the world using high performance planning and athlete development concepts
Chris Snyder, Director of Coaching Education – United States Olympic Committee
The session will explain the key factors of "Athlete Development" and how the concepts can be used by coaches to build better athletes and impact success of your team. In addition, the USOC high performance planning process will be explained and linked to those development concepts to give you deeper ideas of how you can positively impact your programs. 
Maintaining Defensive Shape While Attacking
Mike Parsons – US Youth Soccer National Instructor
The session will look at transition from attacking to defending as a group. It will address the questions: What are the priorities that players should be concerned with when their team loses the ball? Who is responsible for what (pressure, cover, balance) and how do we, as a group on the same page, respond/prepare for the moment of transition to defending?
Playing and Thinking – teaching choices in attack
Mike Parsons – US Youth Soccer National Instructor
If one was to describe the game involving young players (11-15), it might include words like frantic and a-hundred-miles-an-hour (yes, that's a word!). This classroom session will look at how we can make the game simpler for the players to understand. It will also look to answer the questions: (1) What cues in the game can be used to highlight my choices, and (2) What should I do next to have an impact on the game?
Inside Iran’s Road to Brazil World Cup 2014
Dan Gaspar, Technical Coaching Staff – Iran National Team
Diversity in Coaching
Sue Ryan, Head Coach – US Youth Soccer Region I ODP Girls
This session will explore the multiple ways in which a diverse environment can positively affect your soccer organization. We will look at the layers of a diverse staff, both obvious; i.e., gender, race and not so obvious; i.e., life experiences, playing experience etc. We will discuss action plans for recruiting and retention of desired individuals for your group.
Lifetime Development of a Goalkeeper
Dave Saward, Technical Director- Vermont Soccer
Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Through Soccer
John Shiels, Chief Executive - Manchester United Foundation
Scoring Goals with Social Media: An Inside Look at Promoting Effectively
Jenna Sherlock, President – Jenna Communications
Learn some of the latest tips and tricks to ensure you’re getting the most out of your social media presence and engaging your target audience.
Sponsor Activation is Fundamental to Enduring Partnerships
BJ Zellers, President - Activation Sports Marketing
Participants will learn the basics of identifying, customizing and activating sponsor assets. Strategic activation will deliver maximum value for the sponsor and increase renewals and revenue for your club, team or organization.
MLS Youth Soccer Programming
Mike Smith, Portland Timbers; Larry Sunderland, Chicago Fire; Tommy Wilson, Philadelphia Union
How and where it came from, where it is now and what the future might bring.
Academy Youth Soccer
Tommy Geis, Assistant Technical Director – Mass Youth Soccer
Remember, in order to grow U.S. Soccer globally, we must continue to act locally. Academy Style Training can fit the needs of any program and all abilities of play. Come see what Academy Style Training is and how you can use it to help your program grow.
Implementing Parent Education in a Club
Dr. Lee Hancock, Professor – Cal State Dominguez Hills
This workshop discusses how to implement a comprehensive club-wide parent education program. The discussion centers around how potential is developed, the critical role parents can play in the developmental process, and suggested ways clubs can deliver this critical information to parents at various times throughout the year.
Internal Controls Update
Jen Parker, Director of Accounting – US Youth Soccer
TOPSoccer – Coaching Without Tears
Gordon Henderson, Technical Director – Ohio South Youth Soccer
Why do we coach? It is common to hear that 'helping kids' is near the top of the list for many coaches. However, when you tell someone that the child has 'special needs' – invariably, a sense of doubt and fear can come into play. "I can't do that – I have no experience." This presentation will seek to break down some of the myths about working with the special needs population and show that 'kids are just kids' – irrespective of perceived limitations. 
How can we improve our recreation program?
Lee Smith, Technical Director – Tennessee State Soccer
This presentation will discuss and analyze four main areas of a recreation program: Administration, Parents, Coaches and Players and how each one is vital for player development and satisfaction. We will examine how modifying one or more of these areas can improve the player/ team dynamic and encourage player return and overall program success.
Positive Soccer Parents
Lee Smith, Technical Director – Tennessee State Soccer
This presentation will focus on how clubs and coaches should educate and inform parents of critical elements for player development within the club structure, ultimately benefiting the player and the team dynamic. Important aspects of this talk will include the logistics of timing, message content and the best mechanism of delivery on how to get this information to parents.
US Youth Soccer Player Development Model
Matt Badiee, Assistant Technical Director – Virginia Youth Soccer
Why do countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia have the top long distance runners in the World? Why have Santos, Manchester United, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Barcelona produced some of the best players in the world? What was their map-quest to success? 
The Administrative Role of a Club D.O.C.
John Madding, Technical Director – Oregon Youth Soccer
The modern-day club Director of Coaching deals with all aspects of youth soccer operations. This presentation will identify and elaborate on some of the administrative skills necessary to succeed in the current youth soccer landscape.
Kohl's American Cup
Juan Paz, Field Marketing Initiatives Coordinator – Kohl's Department Stores
Coaching Players with Disabilities
Jason Hawkins, Assistant Technical Director – Oklahoma Soccer
TOPSoccer Coaching Course
Austin Daniels, Technical Director – Arizona Youth Soccer
The TOPSoccer course guides both the novice and experienced soccer coach in providing a fun growth experience for soccer players with disabilities. The course presents information on player characteristics, the qualities of a good coach, how to utilize the TOPSoccer Buddy and modern coaching methods.
TOPSoccer 301
Chris Hershey, Assistant Technical Director – New York State West Youth Soccer
The social nature of the game of soccer poses particular difficulty to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This classroom session will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how it affects athletes. Specifically, we will discuss characteristics of children who fall within the Spectrum as well as strategies and adaptions to better include them into the game.
Mental Skills for Developing Resilient Players
Dr. Max Trenerry, Sports Psychologist – Mayo Clinic
Soccernastics – Games-Based Training
Sam Snow, Technical Director – US Youth Soccer
13 – The Pivotal Age
Peter Mellor, National Technical Director – United Soccer Leagues
What is the Pivotal age? In a child’s/player’s development there is a time that they reach an age where the player and their parents look to take the best pathway for their continued development, not only as a player but also as a good citizen. There are many pathways for a 13-year-old player to take, this can be influenced by the players parents and other factors, but most of all by their coach. Attend the session to be a part of an interactive session where we can share our thoughts and discuss this topic so that we can all become more knowledgeable and wiser coaches.
Risk Management for the Club Coach
Rick Tompkins, Region I Rep – US Youth Soccer Risk Management Committee
Small-Sided Games Reality
Andrew Latham, Head Coach – Lower Island Soccer Association
Small-sided games are certainly a better environment for our developing players, but what really goes on in a small-sided game? We all know about Barcelona’s pass-completion rate but what about our local U-9 team, what are they doing in a small-sided game?
Practical Implementation of LTPD
Alex Chiet, Chief Technical Officer – The Ontario Soccer Association
 The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) has made strides recently in implementing the Canadian Soccer Associations Long-Term Player Development Model. Changes to grassroots soccer are making the game more fun and child-friendly while ensuring that we develop the skills of all youngsters. This will keep them in soccer and also, over time, help to create a broader base of talented players nationally. The introduction of a standards-based high performance league beginning in 2014 is one key element of the player development strategy. This presentation will outline how the OSA has focused on consultation and education throughout the implementation process and finding solutions while working through the expected pushback around technical, operational and governance challenges. 
Stronger Partnering Techniques with Parents and Children
Lynn Kachmarik and Clark Power
Kindersoccer; U-5 Programming
Dr. Ron Quinn, Professor – Xavier University
This workshop will discuss the nature and abilities of children under the age of 5, as well as provide suggestions on how to introduce the game to such a young population.
Your Team’s Training Session
Shea Durham, Technical Director – North Dakota
Creating a training session based on team needs often proves difficult for many youth soccer coaches. Through an interactive approach, Shea Durham will work with attendees through the development process of a training session.
Psychological Preparation for the National Championship Series
Dr. Max Trenerry, Sports Psychologist – Mayo Clinic
This session is designed for adults associated with teams who hope to compete in the National Championship Series and other competitions. Participants will develop an understanding of: 1) Motivational principles influencing the youth soccer player. 2) When, where, and how to communicate about soccer to enhance emotional support and motivation. 3) Cheering, goal-setting and burn-out.
Speed of Play Session
Carlos Menjivar, Technical Director – California Youth Soccer North
Managing Your Team in Championships
Skyler Bell, Assistant Technical Director – Idaho Youth Soccer
Tournament play is a reflective of coaching as a whole in that it requires everything from administration and logistical preparation to acute tactical awareness, and also requires team, player and parent management. We will cover these items as well as selecting events, team/individual meetings, guest players, playing time, off-field activities, pre-event training and post-event evaluations.
The Technical Role of a Club D.O.C.
Gary Stephenson, Assistant Technical Director – Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
Examine the external and internal pressures placed on Club Director of Coaching to run and support a soccer club. This presentation will present the skills needed for a club to survive the ever changing landscape of youth soccer. We will examine organizational structure, leadership, technical skills, conceptual tools, registration, parents input, evaluation of players and coaches, fiscal and legal responsibility, moral responsibility and coaching development for the good of the game.
The Future of Club Soccer: implementing a club wide curriculum
Don Norton, Director of Coaching – Academy Club Highland/N.J. Rush
The presentation will start with a club philosophy, mission statement, age-appropriate progression and several factors that can help (or hurt) your club’s implementation process. Those topics would be facilities, club coaches, educating parents, coaches and the atmosphere created for players.
The Complete Guide to Small-Sided Games
Mike Freitag, Technical Director – Colorado Youth Soccer
A look at small-sided games. What are they? What are their purposes? How and when should they be used? Is it the magic formula for player development? 
Recreation Soccer
Auke Wiersma, Technical Director Recreation – North Carolina Youth Soccer
During the presentation, discussions on what recreation soccer really should be like (according to the US Youth Soccer and State Associations), what the current role recreation soccer is within your organization and how the administration and technical staff of your organization can improve the recreation program after determining what the goals of recreation soccer are within your organization.
The Elite Player Pathway
Heather Dyche – Assistant Technical Director – New Mexico Youth Soccer
Youth players are now presented with endless opportunities in their soccer careers. There is a chance for players at every level to succeed. In this session we take a look at the multiple pathways of the elite players.
How Goalkeepers Dominate Ball Possession
Dan Gaspar, Assistant Coach – Iran National Team
AXON Sports
Jason Sada
"What are the big issues in your state?"
Risk Management Committee and Pullen Insurance
Futsal: The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer
William Samaio and Alex Para
What Makes an Effective Grant: Writing How-to
Dave Brown
Myths of Background Checks
Alicia Jones, Vice President of Sales –
National Championships 14.0
Jim Martella, National Championships Committee Chairman – NCS Committee
Motives and Experiences of Volunteers
Sheranne Fairley, Senior Lecturer School of Tourism – University of Queensland
National Presidents Cup
Ed Loucks, National Presidents Cup Chairman National Presidents Cup Committee
Futsal: The Official Indoor Game of FIFA
Alex Para
Coaches and Referees -- Improving Relations for the Good of the Game
Barry Towbin and Mike Woitalla
Whether referee or coach, the aim is for kids to enjoy the beautiful game and to create an environment to help them excel. This session explores various ways to make the coach-referee relationship cooperative rather than adversarial.
The Game is the Greatest Teacher
Dave Chesler
How do we apply this in the real world of coaching and teaching? This is a theory session that emphasizes how to transition from a moment in the match to the development of a reality-based, practical training session. The session will model the use of current video analysis tools and session planning strategies.
Lifetime Development of a Goalkeeper
Jennifer Pfeiffer
Let’s look at the path of goalkeepers in the current scope of soccer from the professional level then move backwards to youth and how we develop them with current trends and coaching philosophies. What is the view from a youth goalkeeper? How do we build sessions with the goalkeepers in the sessions and what traits will make them successful beyond the youth…assuming we did our job as parents, coaches and teachers on the enjoyment and development of goalkeeping.
Cultural Impact of the NYL
Dr. Ron Quinn, Dr. Sheri Huckleberry and Sam Snow
National Youth License: Coaching Efficacy Study - 18 years of lessons learned. The U.S. Soccer National Youth License is believed to be one of the first large-scale coaching education programs to take a child development approach. This presentation will discuss the development, curriculum, impact and lessons learned from the past 18 years. The course educates those individuals who coach children 12 and younger. In addition, the presentation will discuss two studies on coaching efficacy of the National Youth License candidates, one conducted in 2010 and another using the same cohort two years later to determine the long-term effects of the NYL.
Warm up, Train and Recover with SKLZ
Cody Carter and Michael Cummings – SKLZ
A comprehensive approach for teams and/or clubs to follow, to elevate the play among soccer players. Learn how to implement key SKLZ Performance Tools into team training, using the SKLZ Coaches Resource Center as a template. Also, find out how some of the top clubs in the country are using evaluate, educate and elevate as a differentiator in their club program.