Coach Education Contacts

Michael Green

Mark Cascolan

Technical Advisor

Assistant Technical Advisor

Michael@alaskayouthsoccer.org 907 723-2944

Mark@alaskayouthsoccer.org

Matt Dusenberry

Robert DeVassie

Coach Education Consultant

TOPSoccer Coach Instructor

Matt@alaskayouthsoccer.org

Robert@alaskayouthsoccer.org

 
USSF E and D Courses

August 22-24 - D Course #1 Weekend Valley/Anchorage (will be held in Anchorage location)

September 5-7 - D Course #1 weekend - Fairbanks

Course Descriptions Below

Registration Info:
Cost
E Course 150.00 (by check) 160.00 (credit card)
D Course 300.00 (by check) 310.00 (credit card)
Refund Policy:
Course cancelled by Alaska Youth Soccer- Full Refund
Candidate cancels 20 day prior all but 25.00 refunded
Candidate cancels up to 10 days prior all but 50.00 refunded
After 10 days prior or failure to attend after registering, full payment is expected.

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Youth Modules Registration
Youth Modules:
Finished - May 10th - Hosted by CYSA
Finished - May 15/16 - Hosted by Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association
Finished - May 18th - Hosted by Homer Soccer Association
June 14th - Hosted by Wasilla Youth Soccer

How to Register for the FREE Youth Modules

  1. Coaches sign up for the course by going to: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/online-educaton/, they will click the red button that says "SIGN UP FOR EDUCATION"
  2. If they already have an account with US Youth Soccer, they can log in, If they do not have a USYSA account, they will click the word Register to create an account.
  3. From there they log in, click on Course Search.
  4. They'll want to search for a course by clicking on the state AK and then the red button SEARCH.
  5. This should pull up the U6-U8 module and the U10-12 modules options for Alaska. They just click on the age-group course they'd like to sign up for. (Coaches who've registered online for the youth modules before, might not see course offerings due to previous registration; if this is the case, candidates will want to go to their course history for details.)
  6. From here, coaches should see a list of Alaska locations where courses are being held, they just click on the venue they'd like to attend.

Coaches can always contact Matt Dusenberry or Michael Green if they encounter any issues with signing up.

 
USYS Youth Modules

Youth Module Information
•Youth Modules take place at each recreational club
•Youth Modules are free to all Alaska Youth Soccer affiliated recreational coaches
•Youth Modules are online-classroom and on field events, no testing
•Plan to come and participate on field and in classroom
•Coaches must complete the full times to receive certification
•Coaches missing time at a given course can make it up at any youth module in the state

U6/U8 Youth Module
•Online learning component covering philosophy of coaching and characteristics of U6/U8 Children, Prevention & Care, Team/Risk Mgt., Modified Laws
•Field Session with Instructors and Coaches,
•Field Session with U6 Players-age appropriate U6 activities presented for coaches to see
•Field Session with U8 Players-age appropriate U8 activities presented for coaches to see
•Time alloted for coaches Q & A

U10/U12 Youth Module
•Online learning component covering philosophy of coaching and characteristics of U10/U12 Children, Prevention & Care, Team/Risk Mgt., Modified Laws
•Field Session with Instructors and Coaches,
•Field Session with U6 Players-age appropriate U10 activities presented for coaches to see
•Field Session with U8 Players-age appropriate U12 activities presented for coaches to see
•Time alloted for coaches Q & A

 
Alaska Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer additional FREE online programs.

This is an exciting new way to present educational opportunities.

Currently available online is:

Heads Up: Concussion in Sports Intro Course

We are encouraging every coach and adult who works with players to take this course. All clubs are asked to develop their own policy regarding coach education and concussion awareness. Our recommendation is it should be a requirement! Each participant who successfully completes the program will receive a certificate.

Parents Guide and Introduction to Youth Soccer

What a great way to introduce your parents to soccer. Or have your board members take this course online so they can help promote and market your product which is SOCCER!

To register and participate in the free online programs offered http://education.usyouthsoccer.org

 
TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer is "The Outreach Program for Soccer" providing soccer for kids with disabilities from age 4 on up.

"We Play Soccer, Because We Can"

The course is for coaching in The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer). The TOPSoccer coaching course is a state association delivered four hour course. The course is three hours of classroom work and one hour on the field. The field session is done with the instructor and candidates, so no players are required for that portion. There are PowerPoint presentations and group breakout work during the classroom session. Our broad goal with the course is to get more folks involved in coaching TOPSoccer players and to increase the number of participants nationwide in this program.

TOPSoccer Coaching Course:

This National recognized TOPSoccer Coaching Course is a 4-hour introductory course (2.5 hours in classroom and 1 hour of field work) for coaches in TOPSoccer. This course guides both the novice and experienced soccer coach in providing a fun growth experience for soccer players with disabilities. The course presents information on player characteristics, the qualities of a good coach, how to utilize the TOPSoccer Buddy, and modern coaching methods.

TOPSoccer Buddy Clinic:

This TOPSoccer Buddy Clinic is a 2-hour introductory course (1.5 hours in classroom and 0.5 hour of field work) for buddies in TOPSoccer. This course guides both the novice and experienced buddy with little to no soccer background in providing a fun growth experience for soccer players with disabilities. The course presents information on player characteristics, the qualities and expectations of a good buddy, and modern methods to assist the players so they may get the most out of their soccer experience.

Learn More about TOPSoccer

 
USSF E Course

Fee: $150.00 for coaches affiliated with Alaska Youth Soccer,

DESCRIPTION
U.S. Soccer Coaching certification begins at the state level. The National "E" is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepare interested coaches for the 36-hour "D" license course.

The National "E" course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.

USSF is no longer allowing waivers for the E or D License at the State Level. Requests to be waived to the National C can be made directly to USSF - Click Here for Additional Info on their Waiver Process

What are the key components of the "E" License Course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Athlete Development Model
  • Establish a 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?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9 v 9 adaptable to local competition structure)

Candidate Guidebooks, Pre-Course Assignments and Candidate Resources can be found by clicking the following USSF link:

http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-e

Candidate Notebook for Lectures

Have questions about the E? Answers for common questions regarding the E can be found by clicking the following USSF link:

http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-e/e-license-faqs

 
USSF D Course

Fee: $300.00 for coaches affiliated with Alaska Youth Soccer

The "E" License is a required prerequisite for the "D" License and must be held for a minimum of 6 months before entering the "D" License course.

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 "D" License course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.

USSF is no longer allowing waivers for the E or D License at the State Level. Requests to be waived to the USSF National C can be made directly to USSF - Click Here for Additional on their Waiver Process

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 U.S. 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 "D" License course?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (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.

The "D" License is a four-phase process. Advanced planning is critical to a coach's ability to
successfully complete all four phases. We encourage our "D" License Candidates to pre-register 1-3
months in advance of the scheduled Group Instruction, first weekend.

I. Preparation Phase - includes the completion of pre-course assignments

II. Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.) -includes individual candidate feedback, classroom discussion, field sessions lead by the instructor(s) and 1 field session conducted by each candidate

  • Held over 1 weekend
  • Candidate has one-on-one session to review Preparation Phase with Instructor
  • Participate actively in classroom discussions and field sessions led by the Instructor (you are not graded on your playing ability and we understand some many not be able to physically participate)
  • Create and present Practice Coaching session
  • Candidates selects 5 practice sessions for Deliberate Phase

III. Deliberate Practice Phase -provides the candidates with the opportunity to develop their ideas about the coaching process in their local environments

  • Minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 18 months
  • Conduct a minimum of 5 team training sessions with 5 different session plans, Deliberate Practice Topics PDF
  • Write a self-analysis of each of the 5 sessions (Click Here for Self-Analysis Form)
  • Submit those 5 sessions with your self evaluation to Alaska Youth Soccer, 2 weeks in advance of Phase 4

IV. Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.) -is the final coaching assessment weekend, which includes classroom and field sessions and practical testing. Candidates must wait a minimum of 10 weeks before attending the Performance Review weekend.

  • Held over 1 weekend
  • Candidate has one-on-one session to review Deliberate Practice Coaching with Instructor
  • Participate actively in classroom discussions and field sessions led by the Instructor
  • Create and present Final Coaching session

The "D" License consists of theoretical (classroom) and practical (field) instruction on teaching the four components of soccer -- technique, tactics, fitness and psychology -- as they relate to games component, designed to improve the pedagogical skills of participating coaches and prepare candidates for the US Soccer national coaching schools.

License includes a formal testing process to qualify coaches for the national coaching schools. Coaches are assessed on their ability to create and implement a written lesson plan and license is based on coaching 11-a-side soccer.


There are three possible outcomes for "D" License candidates:

1. Coaches can be assessed as capable of succeeding at the national coaching schools and awarded a "National" pass.

2. Coaches can be assessed as "not ready" for the national coaching schools and awarded a "State" pass. Coaches who wish to proceed to the national coaching schools can retest at a future "D" License course after 3 months.

3. Coaches who fail to complete the course requirements or who fail to demonstrate the minimum competencies to pass the course are not awarded the "D" License, National or State


Candidates must complete the following reading PRIOR to the course:

National "D" License Candidate Guidebook

National "D" License Goalkeeping Guidebook

National "D" License Guidelines for Evaluating Soccer

National "D" License 4v4 to 11v11 Progression

US Soccer Coaching Curriculum

Helpful forms for Candidates Prior to the course:

For Session Planning:

Session Planning Components Explained

D License Content Detail Guide

Typical Course Schedule

First Weekend - Instructional Phase
Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*The candidate must wait a minimum of 10 weeks between the first and second weekends.

Second Weekend - Performance Phase
Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Course schedules will vary due to specific facility availability - Each specific course schedule will be emailed to each candidate prior to the course.

Candidate Guidebooks, Pre-Course Assignments and Candidate Resources can be found by clicking the following USSF link:

http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-d

Have questions about the D? Answers for common questions regarding the D can be found by clicking the following USSF link:


http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-d/d-license-faq

 
USSF National Courses

National Youth License

The National Youth License is designed to provide club directors of coaching, youth coaches, physical education teachers, and soccer administrators with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children aged 4-12. The role of the coach as a facilitator is explored; the physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of players from 4-12 are explored; the lessons from developmental psychology are explored; and the art of teaching is explored. Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions.

The National "C" License course

is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players ages 11 – 14. The course focus is on getting coaches to think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer. Candidates will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves.

A primary emphasis in the National "C" License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. In this course, technique and tactics will be addressed together. In practice field sessions and the final field exam, the candidate is required to address the impact that technique has on tactics.

Three (3) General Goals of the National "C" License Course:

  1. To prepare coaches to better recognize problems and solutions as they occur in the run of play and to communicate this information to their players,
  2. To create rich soccer environments that allow players to grow, and
  3. To provide a foundation for any coach wishing to pursue higher levels within U.S. Soccer's Coaching Education Program.

The National "C" License course will also provide a foundation in the following areas: tactics, technique, methods of coaching and issues in youth player development, some of which have been introduced in the "D" License course, and will be expanded upon in the National "B" and National "A" License courses. These include but are not limited to the following objectives:

  • Observe and identify the technical and tactical demands of the game.
  • Focus on the application of technique and small group tactics in games up to 7v7 to big goals.
  • Organize, develop and implement appropriate training sessions to correct and reinforce the demands of the game.
  • Recognize soccer problems and offer appropriate technical and tactical guidance to the players.
  • Develop a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have held the National "D" License for a minimum of 12 months (attach a copy to application).

National "D" License certification may be waived ONLY under one of the following conditions:

  1. Applicant received the NSCAA National Diploma and has held it for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Applicant has three (3) years of coaching experience (any level) AND three (3) years playing experience with a Senior National Team or three (3) years of FIFA recognized professional playing experience.
  3. A foreign license of equivalence; to be reviewed by the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department.

- See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaches/licenses/national-c.aspx#sthash.4jkNTnFo.dpuf

The National “B” License Course

is designed to introduce concepts that are targeting toward coaching players age 16 to college level. The National “B” License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 9v9 game situations. Candidates will learn to teach and implement these principles through functional training sessions leading up to the 9v9 game. The course will help candidates get a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching at advanced levels and will prepare those coaches who wish to pursue the National “A” License.

Key Elements of the National “B” License course:

  • Help coaches to observe and identify tactical and technical breakdowns in game situations.
  • Learn to develop and implement appropriate training sessions to meet the demands of the game.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and have held the National “C” License for a minimum of 12 months.

National “C” License requirement may be waived ONLY under one of the following conditions:

    1. Applicant earned the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and has held it for a minimum of 12 months.
    2. Applicant has five (5) years of coaching experience (any level) on AND five (5) years of playing experience with a Senior National Team or five (5) years of FIFA recognized professional playing experience.
    3. A foreign license of equivalence; to be reviewed by the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department.

- See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaches/licenses/national-b.aspx#sthash.MmZ1PoNf.dpuf

The National "A" License course

is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players). The National "A" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player.

Key Elements of the National "A" License Course:

  • Candidates are encouraged to understand the "Four Pillars of the Game" (Technical, Tactical, Psychological & Physical) and to devise plans for and effectively improve those areas with their team
  • Candidates are encouraged to explore the variety of methodologies open to them and to solve coaching problems in the 11v11 game format. This varies in task from team management, game management, and practice management issues.
  • Much attention is given to breaking down the principles of play and the various systems by watching games played (video analysis) and playing in the games themselves.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have held the National "B" License for a minimum of 12 months, and meets the 3.2 rule requirement.

Absolutely no waivers will be considered for entrance into the National "A" License course.

- See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaches/licenses/national-a.aspx#sthash.w0sXHRXo.dpuf