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Annual Workshop and Coaches Convention Nears

January 22, 2007 09:00 PM

Registration Discount Available Through January 26
Workshop and Demonstration Overviews [pdf]
Schedule of Workshop and Demonstration Sessions [pdf]

The 2007 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop and Coaches Convention will be held March 1-3, 2007, at the America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo.

The event, the largest of its kind for youth sports in North America, features more than 90 educational workshops and demonstrations for administrators, coaches, referees, parents and soccer enthusiasts.

What could be in it for you? How about learning from some of the leading clinicians in the areas of coaching and player development as well as the best practices to club development and management?

See if any of these hit home…

Are you a coach with players looking to get a college scholarship? Do you know the questions to ask? Proper format for your cover letter and resume? Parent of a player, coach of a player? Do you know what a college coach is looking for?

How to Get Recruited to Play College Soccer
Presenter: Charlie Kadupski, Founder and CEO, The Sport Source
This seminar will cover the following topics: NCAA Clearinghouse, scholarships, financial aid, admission requirements, academic and athletic eligibility, what a college coach is looking for in a player, questions to ask a college coach, how to write a resume and cover letter, parent’s role and responsibility, and how to get noticed by college coaches. The seminar will include a college coaches’ panel.

Looking to develop a soccer league? Would you like to enhance what you are currently offering? Would some insight into one of the fastest growing elite level leagues help?

Developing and Managing a Successful League
Presenter: Paul Luchowski, Commissioner, US Youth Soccer Region II Midwest Regional League
Utilizing the model developed by US Youth Soccer Region II in structuring and managing its Midwest Regional League for elite level teams, this session will present an overview on developing a youth soccer league. The session will cover such areas as organizational structure, governance, competition issues, communication needs, rules and regulations, dispute resolution and growth/development. The session will provide administrators, club officials and club coaches insight into the practical application of proven management methods for an elite league.

What should your player eat during a day of tournament play? What choices are there? What is the overall understanding of nutrition among youth players and parents?

What is the interest level of nutrition within a youth sports setting?
Presenter: Angel Planells, Clinical Dietitian, Sodexho Inc.
This session is based on a survey of nutrition knowledge and food choices of youth soccer players and parents. Consider the typical weekend at a youth soccer tournament: The players just played their first match, and now have two hours to prepare for the second match. The players go to the snack stand, and the only offerings are hamburgers, hot dogs and doughnuts. What is the player going to do? This survey attempted to assess the nutrition education levels and food choices of both youth soccer players and their parents. The objectives of this seminar are: 1) To discuss the results and information learned from the survey; and 2) To provide coaches and club officials with resources to disseminate to its members.

What’s trendy and what works when it comes to technical development of youth players? What do some current and former national team coaches believe in?

Trends in Technical Development for Youth Soccer Players
Presenter: Stephanie Gabbert, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach
Technical development should be a focus for all youth soccer players. This seminar will present ideas from current and former national team coaches regarding key areas of technical development on a national and international scale. The information provided will be applicable to youth players of all playing abilities. This session will be a combination of a discussion format as well as the use of video analysis. As a result of the session, coaches should expect to have a greater understanding of the current technical areas of focus for youth players as well as provide training ideas for technical development.

Is soccer really the game for all kids? Is there place for children with disabilities to enjoy the game? What is it? How can I get involved?

TOPSoccer: What is It and How Do I Start a Program
Presenter: Brett Thompson, Director of Coaching, Ohio South Youth Soccer
This interactive classroom session will cover the how tos of a TOPSoccer program. It will also give insight to the benefits to the participating children as well as the parents and those who help in the development of programs. The emphasis of this session will be to show how the TOPSoccer program focus is on development, training and meaningful participation rather than on competition. The goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer.

What does my Under-14 goalkeeper need to be learning regarding technique? What is both age and developmentally appropriate?

Technical Training for the Youth Goalkeeper
Presenter: Greg Maas, Technical Director, Utah Youth Soccer
The objective of this age-appropriate session is to address the overall technical development of youth goalkeepers ages 10-14. The session will focus on activities specific to youth goalkeepers that are both age and developmentally appropriate.

What role does competition and team play in player development? If my child doesn’t play with the top team are they going to miss opportunities?

Sport Education: Separating Fact from Fiction for Coaches and Parents
Presenter: Dr. Ronald W. Quinn, Professor at Xavier University
Parents and coaches request and require more information regarding player development and the role that competition and teams play. There are no shortage of answers, however are the beliefs that: to be the best you must play with the best; or if my son or daughter doesn’t play on the top team how will they be seen, fact or fiction? This session will address areas such as the influence that competition plays on child development and how to communicate that to parents, coaches and club administrators.

How can I better teach my players to get the ball? Are there cues to chances to intercept a pass or make a tackle?

Get the Ball!
Presenter: Sam Snow, Director of Coaching, US Youth Soccer
This session will teach players the cues to read in a match when the chance to intercept a pass or to make a tackle may occur. The skills and tactics of intelligent and skillful defending will be addressed.

What should my warm-ups consist of? Is this the time for me to plan my training session?

Getting Started: Maximizing Your Warm-up
Presenter: Dr. John Thomas, Assistant Director of Coaching, US Youth Soccer
A good coach will take advantage of the first 15 minutes of a training session with creative and topic related warm-ups. If you want to focus on possession throughout your session don’t run laps. The coach should view the warm-up stage as an integral time for player development not a time to plan out your training session. Although the warm-up should offer plenty of repetition, the coach should be creative in presenting various exercises to keep things fresh.

I want to be able to better instruct my players on how to cross. My team needs to know proper footwork for running and striking properly as well as a variety of game situations. Where can I learn more?

Presenter: Denny Vaninger, Director of Coaching, Missouri Youth Soccer
Learn drills and skills for crossing. A general warm-up will be followed by a lesson on running and striking the ball properly, for example, inside and instep. Near and far post crosses will be covered, in addition to lofted balls and driven balls.

Should my player keep the ball or pass when a defender is approaching? Are there lessons to be learned?

Dribbling – Under Pressure and For Possession
Presenter: Stephanie Gabbert, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach
Players need to feel comfortable with the ball at their feet, especially with pressure from an opponent. Most youth players choose to solve pressure by passing the ball away, when a better choice may be to keep the ball and solve pressure individually. In this field session, the goal will be to help players recognize when they have the opportunity to keep the ball versus passing to a teammate and how to deal with close pressure from one or more opponents.

How can I save money and educate my volunteers? Is there a way to blend online and traditional courses?

101 E-Learning Tips to Support Volunteer Education in Youth Soccer
Presenter: Robin Russell, Managing Director, Sports Path International Ltd.
Building a web-based volunteer education system will save money and provide more opportunities. Learn how to maximize online registration and enrollment for courses. Also effectively blend online and traditionally taught courses as well as provide alternative online modules to traditional courses. In addition, learn how to build an archive, use free materials for courses and support existing tutors.

What is the latest regarding growth and maturation information on youth players? Is there anything specific that these findings can tell us?

A Primer on Growth and Maturation: Applications to Youth Soccer Players
Presenter: Robert M. Malina, Ph.D., FACSM, Tarleton State University
This presentation will incorporate updated growth and maturation information on youth soccer players and specific application to general performance and sport-specific skills. Most information is available for boys, though limited information on girls will also be considered.

What are the real risks regarding sexual predators? Is there really anything we can do?

Darkness to Light – Protecting the Children
Presenter: Lane Aspinwall, Marketing Coordinator II, Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light will present an overview of the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training program. The presentation will include video clips from survivors. The video will also contain information from experts in the field as to the prevalence of child sexual abuse as well as the financial and emotional impact this problem is within our society. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

I have been asked to get sponsors for our league, how do I do that? What does it take to be successful?

Sponsorship Boot Camp: How Sponsorship Works, What It’s Worth, How to Get Results
Presenter: Stacey Spaeth Goldberg, IEG Advisory Services
If you’re involved with sponsorship at any level or plan to get involved, this is the session for you. You’ll get the inside scoop on what it takes to succeed in sponsorship. Learn the latest fundamentals of the sponsorship industry, including why companies sponsor, most active sponsor categories and where sponsorship dollars are going.

How can I assist in getting soccer in all communities? What are the real numbers, opportunities for growth?

Soccer Start: Tackling the Challenges
Presenters: John Kukitz, US Youth Soccer Region I Soccer Start Committee member, Luis Montoya, Big Apple Soccer League, Dr. John Thomas, US Youth Soccer, Evelyn Gill, US Youth Soccer Board of Directors
In a concentrated two part session, the Soccer Start Committee has brought in experts to break down specific issues faced by those involved with growing soccer in the urban and rural communities. Examples of the subtopics to be covered are finding players, overcoming cultural barriers (emphasis on the Latino and African-American communities), gaining parent involvement, maintaining volunteers, finding funds and grant writing.

I can’t find anything on our web site. Is there a better way to organize our site? Are there easy to use tools that can make updates fast?

Is Your Website as Good as Your Organization? 
Presenter: Dick Groendal, e7 Sports
Come find out cost effective ways to keep your website current and fresh looking for your organization. Content ideas, marketing, e-mail newsletters, audio, video and all the things that your members want and how to give it to them. Don’t let money stand in the way of having the website you want. With US Youth Soccer’s website partner, new doors may be open for you to get the website you have always wanted. Come by and find out. This is your key to getting a good looking website, the one you have always wanted. 

What affect can the referee really have on the game? Is there anything that the coach can do to help in situations?

You Don’t Coach the Referees
Presenter: Rodney Kenney
This course covers what affect the referee has on the game and how a coach influences the players and spectator opinion of the referee. The course also describes how a coach can improve relations between themselves and the referees and the positive results of the improved relations. Also covered is how to identify and report a deficient referee.

Are there changes in the Laws of the Game? What should I know about updates and revisions to the Laws?

Current Law Changes and Points of Emphasis
Presenter: Alfred Kleinaitis, Manager of Referee Development and Education for U.S. Soccer Federation
Recent law changes and the interpretations of those changes are important parts of any official’s in-service training. This session highlights the points of emphasis from both FIFA and USSF.

How can I protect my team when we travel? What safety tips can I teach my players and their families when we stay in a hotel?

Tournament Hotel Safety
Presenter: Pat Pullen, President, Pullen Services Insurance Company
Lodging for players is an important element to holding a successful tournament, yet it presents various risk management issues, which need to be addressed in preparation for attending events that require hotel accommodations. This session will discuss what type of hotels should be considered and what your club needs to know about hotel security and keeping players safe.

That’s just some of the great opportunities offered. This year’s event will include topics from the challenges and realities of international travel, risk management, organizing and financing field development. You will also hear the latest in marketing techniques and tactics, sports medicine and nutritional topics, developing and retaining youth referees and recreational, elite and disabled players.

In addition to the educational offerings, the event features the announcement of the 2006 US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year as well as an exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors featuring the latest soccer equipment, technology, apparel, fundraising ideas and more.

Attendees can still save 25% by taking advantage of the early event registration available now on Early registration is currently at $150 through January 26, 2007. On-site registration is $200.

Full registration fee includes entry to all workshops, US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year dinner, President's Reception, Coach of the Year Celebration, and Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall. All official activities of the event are intended for adults.

Just looking to get in on the educational sessions and exhibit hall? A Day Pass for Friday, March 2, or Saturday, March 3, may be purchased on-site for $25/each to access the educational seminars and exhibits only.

Please note, registering for the event does not include a room reservation. More information is available on regarding hotel blocks.


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