By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
October 24, 2016-It might seem strange that soccer coaches would want to get a “D” but that’s exactly what will happen starting this week when the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) brings its “D” license course to Massapequa.
The National “D” license is a 36- to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National ”E” license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams. The National ”D” course is only administered and instructed by Eastern New York.
The new US Soccer ”D” license has four distinct phases:
1. ”Preparation Phase” - Candidates can pre-register for a course up to two months in advance. Each candidate is assigned three coaching sessions which they plan, prepare and teach. Each session plan is discussed with a course instructor and feedback is give. Each candidate must be prepared to video and send segments of their recorded sessions to their instructor for review and evaluation.
2. Instruction Phase (face to face) - Friday night (information session), Saturday and Sunday (weekend #1 in November) - Instructors executes an individual review of the following:
• E course performance
• Three session plans and self-evaluation
3. Deliberate Practice Phase - multiweek phase after instruction phase. Each candidate completes three coaching sessions and has a dialog with the course instructor while planning and evaluating these three sessions. Each candidate must be prepared to video and send segments of their recorded sessions to their instructor for review.
4. Performance Review Phase - Saturday and Sunday in February - During this final weekend, some additional instructor sessions are presented and final field testing takes place. All candidates must bring their three deliberated coaching session plans to course.
”E” Licensee - held for a minimum of six months
Six months of coaching experience
Coaches MUST have access to a Under-14 team. Team is needed for practice plan and video of practices.
What are the key components of the ”D” license course?
• Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team.
• Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of US Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
• Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.
What are the specific target outcomes of the course?
• Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment, such as 7v7 to 9v9.
• Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
• Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.
Coaches should dress for physical activity, bring plenty of fluids plus bring an inflated soccer ball and pen.
Friday, October 28, 2016 – 7 to 8 pm – MANDATORY INFORMATION SESSION
Saturday, November 26, 2016 – 8 am to 4 pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016 – 8 am to 4 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 8 am to 4 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 8 am to 4 pm
Register here: http://www.enysoccer.com/events/ussf_d_license_-massapequa-mandatory_information_session/?
For more info, please contact Joanne Roth at Eastern New York at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-766-0849.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and 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 11 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 Children With Special Needs. 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.