By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
April 18, 2013-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and its coaching instructional team led by Tim Bradbury are delighted to announce that following six months of continuous efforts supported by Bryan Alcantara, the Director of Coaching from the Hicksville Americans Soccer Club, there will be a US National Youth License on Long Island this summer.
The course takes place over the weekends of June 14-16 and June 23-24. It is the only National Coaching License in which the candidates actually work with youth players. The course will be held at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage and Kevin Kolm Memorial Park in Hicksville. Register here.
"This is the one course that allows candidates the practical experience of working with 6-, 8- and 10-year old players and they get to have their efforts videotaped for analysis," Bradbury commented, "It is truly an exceptional educational event and one that I believe should take place each and every year until all those that consider themselves professionals in the youth game have this license."
The course, which begins on Friday night, June 14 with an evening theory session, combines practical and theory sessions on educational theory and good coaching practices. Bradbury further commented that the work of Alcantara has been fundamental in making the course happen.
"It has been refreshing that one of the club’s Director of Coaching from Long Island has taken such an interest in ensuring this vital course takes place."
Any United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A license coach needing their six CEUs to keep their A license current can attend the National Youth License and, by passing it, will be granted their CEU credits from the USSF. Any coaches with a USSF D license or with a waiver granted from Bradbury can also register for this great opportunity.
Alcantara will be working diligently on ensuring that players are available for all the practice coaching sessions and stated, "About two years ago, I took the National Youth License seeking a new perspective on youth development. I drove to Virginia on two separate weekends because it was the closest location I could find. 1600 miles later, I have never made a better decision."
"I’m very excited that Long Island is finally going to have the opportunity to benefit from the depth of this unique course," Coach Alcantara continued. "You’re guaranteed to walk away with superior confidence and an abundance of knowledge to share with those who deserve it most. Hopefully, this course will be offered here consistently so everyone can take advantage of what it has to offer. Long Island can continue to make large steps towards success."
The cost for the course is $750 payable to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. Anyone interested in registering for the course can do so at http://www.enysoccer.com/
The National Youth License will be limited to only 18 registrants. Any coach wishing to register who has yet to obtain his/her USSF D license can seek a waiver by e-mailing Tim at his firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. Eastern New York exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. Eastern New York is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.