By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
January 30, 2013-It is an exciting time for all those involved in soccer education. The joint NSCAA/US Youth Soccer Convention held in Indianapolis in mid-January was one of the largest soccer conventions ever. Thousands of youth coaches, college coaches, high school coaches, professional players and professional soccer educators were on hand to exchange ideas on the beautiful game.
As part of this convention, US Soccer completed their final training and unveiling of the new "D" license for the 55 technical directors of each state. US Soccer, led by Technical Director Dave Chesler, are in the process of rewriting each of the nationally recognized licenses. Work continues on the A, B and C courses which all look as though they will evolve into more long-time learning opportunities than their previous versions.
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and our expert instructional staff led by Director of Coaching Instruction Tim Bradbury are offering the new "D" throughout ENYYSA. When asked about the changes to the "D" course, Bradbury said, "It is great to see US Soccer invest so much effort and time to design courses that will really impact the quality of youth coaching. By spreading the course over a 3/4 month period, the candidates really get to practice the coaching craft."
The new "D" course has four distinct phases:
1. "Preparation Phase"
Candidates pre-register for a course two to three months in advance. Each candidate is assigned five coaching sessions which he/she plans, prepares and teaches. Each session plan is discussed with a course instructor and feedback given.
2. Instruction Phase (face-to-face) - Friday night, Saturday and Sunday (weekend 1)
• Instructor executes an individual review of the following documents with his/her assigned candidates.
–– E course performance review
–– 5 session plans and self evaluations
3. Deliberate Practice Phase - 10 weeks duration after instruction phase
Each candidate completes five coaching sessions and has dialogue with course instructor while planning and evaluating these five sessions.
4. Performance Review Phase - Saturday and Sunday
During this final weekend, some additional instructor sessions are presented and final field testing takes place. All candidates must bring their five deliberate coaching sessions plans to course.
Post Course Procedures
Two weeks following the completion of the performance review, each candidate receives a copy of their course results and is given one of the following:
• National "D" License.
• State "D" License.
• Not Ready (NR)
Bradbury explained that although the grading system had led to some confusion in the past, it was believed that each state had to do a better job in educating coaches as to what each grade meant. He stated it really is a simple matrix in that only those with a National D may move on to the C course, those with a State D must retest before moving on to the C and those with Not Ready must retake the whole course before being allowed to move on.
Any club, league president or coach wishing to learn more about the new D, can contact Bradbury directly by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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. ENYYSA 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. ENYYSA 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.