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The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Coaching Course Overview

 
By Tim Bradbury, Director of Coaching Instruction, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
 
The ENYYSA Coaching Education Program is designed to meet the needs of today's modern youth soccer coach. We have established a comprehensive Coaching Education Menu that offers a wide variety of ENYYSA/USSF and NSCAA approved courses that cater to the needs of coaches at every level in the game. It works for both the first-time parent/coach who simply wants to know how to run a practice and make it fun to a high school coach working with advanced players. ENYYSA has a course that meets your needs.
 
In selecting a suitable course, each candidate should note that only our USSF courses, if passed, result in obtaining a coaching license.
 
Successful completion of any of our NSCAA courses results in a coaching diploma.
 
For those parents who wish to know a little bit about the game, its techniques and fundamental tactics, we recommend following the NSCAA pathway. For those coaches that wish to follow a more demanding learning journey, we recommend the USSF pathway.
 
The ENYYSA coaching education program provides:
• A program in which coaches can earn state and national coaching credentials
• A system which improves a coach’s knowledge of the game, methodology and teaching methods
• Valuable information and current coaching trends state-wide, nationally and internationally
 
The objective of the coaching licensing curriculum is to provide all soccer coaches, from the beginner to the advanced, with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge, so that coaches in Eastern New York can help ensure that our players develop their fullest potential.
 
All courses are taught by highly qualified ENYYSA Instructional Staff Coaches who hold a variety of National licenses and have great teaching expertise. All courses must be scheduled through the ENYYSA State Office. A list is maintained at the State Office and posted on our website http://www.enysoccer.com
 
All courses are available in Spanish and English. Please visit us on a continual basis to hear about updates pertaining to this opportunity.
 
Individuals wishing to attend a course or clubs, leagues wishing to host a course may do so by contacting Tim Bradbury, ENYYSA Director of Coaching Instruction, e-mail DirectorofCoachingInstruction@enysoccer.com. An application to host a specific course and a course checklist will be sent to you via email within 72 hours of request.
 
The Philosophy of the Coaching Program
Coaching courses are an experiential endeavor and practical participation is encouraged. Each course is a mixture of online or classroom learning and practical sessions on the field. The higher the license or certification is typically the longer it takes to obtain. A complete description of the Coaches Education program is provided below. A complete listing of ongoing coaching licensing clinics across Eastern New York is listed on the ENYYSA website (listed above). A minimum of 18 participants must be pre-registered for any course at least five days prior to the start of the class.
 
The Certification Process

General Requirements
Every ENYYSA Coaching Education candidate must complete the requirements of each specific course in order to obtain a license. Attendance for the duration of each course is mandatory.
 
The following is a brief description of each ENYYSA Coaching Education course complete with information pertaining to: name of course, minimum candidates needed, cost per candidate, topics, pre-requisite, course length and testing measures.
 
For further details contact Tim Bradbury, ENYYSA Director of Coaching Instruction. You can e-mail him at DirectorofCoachingInstruction@enysoccer.com
 
ENYYSA "F" Certificate 8 Hours Minimum Candidates: 18
Prerequisites - none
ENYYSA F Certificates will be issued to those coaches that complete the following modules.
Candidates should note that each module is available as an individual unit and certificate of participation will be issued to all that attend.
U8 online coaching module Cost $35
 
Online coaching module with video and quizzes that takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
Field Session 1 – Me and My Ball (2 hours) Cost $25
Practical field session that deals with individual ball mastery and leads into a variety of 1v1 games. Focus of the class is exploring good practices that lead to players having a sound technical base in the game.
 
Field Session 2 – Me and My Partner, Sharing the ball and two player combinations (2 hours)
Cost $25
Practical field session that deals with deals with the techniques of short passing, receiving the ball and progresses to examine two player combinations from both an attacking and defending standpoint.
 
Field Session 3 – The Start of Us, Small Group Possession (2 hours) Cost $25
Practical field session that deals with deals with the techniques and associated tactics involved in keeping possession of the ball.
 
 
USSF /ENYYSA "E" License 18 Hours Minimum Candidates: 18 Cost: $125
Cost: $125 per candidate (plus any prorated facility cost / instructor expenses)
 
The "E" License is an entry-level course for all competitive coaches.
 
This 18-hour course combines field and classroom instruction in coaching and teaching methodology. The E course involves candidates completing a number of pre-course assignments that they must bring to course registration. Candidates have a chance to receive invaluable feedback from practice coaching from the instructor. Practical evaluation is included.
 
Topics:
• Planning and running a session
• Philosophy of coaching U12 and over
• Methods of coaching
• Periodization
• Coaching technique
• Coaching tactics
• Laws of the Game
• Principles of attack and defense
• Small-sided games
Prerequisites:
• Completion of pre course assignments – Concussion, laws of the game, planning a session
• Minimum age – 18 years old
Course Length: 18 hours of instruction
• 5 hours classroom
• 13 hours field
Testing:
• On field practical evaluation. Pass/Incomplete rating
 
USSF/ENYYSA "D" License 36 Hours plus Minimum Candidates: 24 Cost: $215
Cost: $215 per candidate (plus any prorated facility cost / instructor expenses)
 
The "D" License is strongly recommended for all competitive coaches of players 15 years old and up
The D now consists of two teaching weekends that are placed a minimum of two months apart. Prior to attending the first teaching weekend each candidate must design, teach five session plans. Each session plan must be submitted to the candidates mentor for discussion.
 
Another five session plan are also designed and taught following the procedure outlined above before the candidates return for the 2nd teaching weekend
 
This new D involves four days of instruction plus 10 sessions conducted by the coach in their home environment. This course is the most comprehensive course offered and is ideal preparation for national licensing. Only a limited number of courses are offered each year and registration for this course must be accomplished through the ENYYSA Office. The participant must hold an "E" license and provide a copy of it when registering for the course. A candidate who takes this course will be awarded a level based on their performance in the course: Fail, State "D", National "D". A candidate who does not pass and receives a "Fail" will be awarded an "E" license, if they do previously have one.
 
Topics:
• Methods of coaching
• Team management
• Prevention and care of injuries
• Coaching technique
• Coaching tactics
• Systems of play
• Match analysis
• Principles of play
 
Prerequisites:
• Completion of pre-course assignments – Concussion, Laws of the Game, planning and teaching five sessions before and between each weekend.
• Minimum age – 18 years old
Course Length: 36 hours of instruction plus 10 sessions in between 2 teaching weekends.
 
Testing:
• On field practical evaluation. rating Incomplete / State pass/ National pass
 
Testing:
• Methods of coaching – Oral and Video Test
• Tactics – Oral Video Test
• Laws of the Game – Take home Test
• Prevention and Care – Take home Test
• Methods of coaching – Practical Field Session
 
USSF /ENYYSA "D" Retest 9 Hours Minimum Candidates: 12
Cost: $115 per candidate (plus any prorated facility cost / instructor expenses)
This course is offered to coaches that did not pass their "D" course and are looking to receive a National "D". A candidate who takes this course will be awarded a level based on their performance in the course: Fail, State "D", National "D". A candidate who does not pass and receives a "Fail" will be awarded an "E" license, if they do previously have one.
 
Topics
• Methods of Coaching
• Coaching technique
• Coaching tactics
 
Prerequisites:
• A State "D" License, a Recommended Retest from a "D" Course • Minimum age – 18 years old
Course Length: 9 hours
• 3 hours classroom
• 6 hours field
Testing:
• Methods of Coaching and/or Tactics - Oral Test
• Methods of coaching – Practical Field Session
 
Goalkeeper Certificate - Level 1and 2 Minimum Candidates: 15
Cost: $75 per candidate (plus any prorated facility cost / instructor expenses)
 
The objective of the Goalkeeping Level I Diploma Course is to explore manners in which the goalkeeper can be incorporated into a team practice. The six-hour course is directed towards the team coach - not the specialist goalkeeper coach. The object is to empower the coach with knowledge and practice methods that will enable the coach to evaluate a goalkeeper in game situations and then design an appropriate practice program for goalkeepers in and outside of team practices. The course includes lecture (theory) and field (practical) sessions.
 
Topics
• Goalkeeping and Development
• Principles of Goalkeeping
• Techniques/Tactics
Prerequisites:
• Minimum age – 18 years old
 
Course Length: 9 hours Testing = None
• 3 hours classroom
• 6 hours field
 
Recreation League Coaches Clinic 4 Hours Minimum Candidates: 20
Cost: $680 flat rate (plus any prorated facility cost / instructor expenses)
 
A four-hour coach’s clinic is available for Recreation Leagues Only. There is no state certification for clinic attendance. The Youth Clinic can be catered to meet the needs and demands of those attending. Active participation is strongly encouraged to add to the participants understanding and experience gained from the clinic, but is not required. Each league can host this clinic, once a year, at a time coordinated with the ENYYSA Director of Coaching Instruction.
 
Topics can include:
• Teaching Proper Techniques
• Organizing and Running Effective Practice Sessions
• Small-Sided Soccer
• Fun Games Kids Love to Play
• (Optional) Team Management (Coaching Philosophy, Roles of the Coach, Methods of
• Coaching, Sideline Coaching)
• Beginners Guide to Team Tactics (U12 and above)
Pre-requisites:
• Minimum age – 18 years old
• Minimum class size: 20 participants
Course Length: 4 hours • 1 hour classroom • 3 hours field
Testing: None
 
Special Topic Certification 4 Hours Minimum Candidates: 15
Cost: $45 per candidate (plus any prorated facility cost / instructor expenses)
This certification addresses special topics throughout the year: i.e. Zonal Defending, Sports Psychology, Striker Play, Management of Soccer Programs, Defending and Executing Set Plays, Current trends in soccer, Fitness, Fast footwork and College Search.
Course Length: 4 hours • 1 hour classroom • 3 hour classroom
 
ENYYSA/NSCAA Coaching Diplomas
Through our agreement with the NSCAA, ENYYSA is able to provide any of the following coaching diplomas. These diplomas are user-friendly, typically involve no practical assessment and are designed with the interested parent coach in mind.
 
LEVEL 1 Coaching of U6-U8 Minimum Candidates: Minimum candidates-18   4 hours
This Diploma is designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun and safe environment. The Diploma has three parts, classroom with theory of coaching U6-U8, field work with coaches and field work with U6-U8 players. Coaches not working at this age group would benefit greatly from an appreciation of the developmental abilities and needs of this important age group.
 
 
LEVEL 2 Coaching of U8-U10 Minimum Candidates: Minimum candidates-18  6 hours
 This Diploma develops on the ideas in Level 1 and is designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun, safe and challenging environment. The Diploma has three parts, classroom with theory of coaching U8-U10, field work with coaches and field work with U8-U10 players. Coaches not working at this age group would benefit greatly from an appreciation of the developmental abilities and needs of this important age group.
 
LEVEL 3 "Novice Team Coach" Minimum Candidates: Minimum candidates-18  9 hours
This Diploma is a valuable and necessary one for many coaches. The material in this course is designed to assist the coach who has been asked to step up for the first time to coach a team in competition. The course is, in part, conducted in the classroom covering the role of the coach, methodology and player development. The field portions of the course cover a variety of helpful training ideas primarily designed to improve technical ability. The field work also shows coaches a variety of small sided games to use and features a sample session conducted by the instructor.
 
LEVEL 4 Technique (and Tactics) Minimum Candidates: Minimum candidates-18  12 hours
This Diploma is strongly partnered with Level 5. The primary focus of the Level 4 Diploma is to assist coaches in their teaching of technique as it is applied in the game. The course includes coaches designing a lesson plan, participating in practical field work and observing a model session. Level 4 concludes with the presentation of small side game activities that teach technique.
 
LEVEL 5 Tactics (and Technique) Minimum Candidates: Minimum candidates-18  12 hours
This Diploma is strongly partnered with Level 4. The primary focus of the Level 5 Diploma is to assist coaches in their teaching of tactics as applied in small groups. The course discusses the principles of play and the roles of players. Coaches spend time designing a lesson plan. Coaches also see tactics taught in small games and are exposed to a series of different teaching methodologies.
 
 
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