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Coaching Course Schedule

 
 

COACHING COURSES

U.S. Soccer has announced some new and exciting changes that went into effect in 2018. The changes include a new introduction into the pathway, referred to as the “grassroots” path, which will focus on helping novice coaches. These changes will be implemented across the country and offered in Soccer Maine starting in February 2018. With the creation of the Grassroots path, the current F and E license will no longer be taught or be a part of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education curriculum. For current holders of these licenses, U.S. Soccer and Soccer Maine will continue to recognize both as national licenses that meet all prerequisites and or coaching license standards.

The U.S. Soccer Grassroots courses formats are as follows:

  • 4 v 4 – U6, U8
  • 7 v 7 – U9, U10
  • 9 v 9 – U11, U12
  • 11 v 11 U13+

The Grassroots path has been introduced as part of the overall U.S. Soccer Coaching Education structure to permit easy access and entry points. The new structure will allow a coach to enter the pathway in one of two separate ways:

  1. the candidate may take the Online (OL) course or
  2. take the In-Person (IP) course

The online and in-person courses will be treated as two separate licenses. Ex. 4v4 License online OR 4v4 License in-person.

The new in-person licenses to be offered by Soccer Maine are four (4) hours in length. Each IP course contains two hours in the classroom and two hours on the field. The highlight of the IP course is that it offers coaches the ability to have hands-on experience learning with an instructor and players in a realistic environment and promote best practices in coaching education.


‍1.  Click here to access the USSF Learning Center

2. Sign up (free of charge) or log-in to your LC profile.

3. Under “Available Courses”, select “Begin Course” to launch the introductory module.

4. Complete U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching.

Scheduled Courses:

Course

Location

Date(s)

Cost

Registration Link

Status

Introduction to GR Coaching

Virtual

Ongoing

Free

U.S. Soccer Learning Center (ussoccer.com) 

Open

7v7 Course

Warren, ME

April 6

$85

U.S. Soccer Learning Center (ussoccer.com)

Open

9v9 Course

Warren, ME

April 4

$85

U.S. Soccer Learning Center (ussoccer.com)

Open

D Course

Saco, ME

March – May**

$375

U.S. Soccer Learning Center (ussoccer.com)

Full (waiting list)

 

Introductory to Grassroots Coaching

Course Info

The free introductory course, which represents the first step in the newly revised coaching license pathway, is now the general starting point and is the required prerequisite to undergo any of U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Licensing Courses. Coaches who complete the module will also be provided with four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions.

 

The module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

https://learning.ussoccer.com/coach/courses/available/16/details/1546

 

Grassroots Courses

Goals

  • To create game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision-making)
  • To create a game day environment that encourages players’ ownership (decision-making)

Eligibility - Grassroots Courses

Complete the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module via the Learning Center

Learning Objectives

  • To observe the game, recognize moments and basic player actions
  • To demonstrate a basic understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology (P-P-P)
  • To execute and reflect on a P-P-P training session
  • To create a player centered environment

Course Experience

4 hours in-person (2 hours virtual classroom/2 hours field)

REGISTRATION

  • Cost: $85
 
 

4 V 4 COURSE
PURPOSE - To prepare coaches to work with players U6 to U7.
GOALS
  • To understand the basic needs of grassroots players
  • To understand the basic structure of the game
  • To understand the basic structure of a training session

ELIGIBILITY - Complete the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module via the Learning Center.
ADMISSION CRITERIA - None
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The candidate will discuss, collaborate, and develop knowledge and skills in the following context:
Player characteristics and needs:

  • Age:   U6 to U7
  • Skillset:   Beginner to Intermediate
  • Motivation:    Like to play / variance in interest level and participation in multiple sports
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • To observe the game, recognize moments and basic player actions
  • To demonstrate a basic understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology (P-P-P) 
  • To execute and reflect on a P-P-P training session
  • To create a player centered environment
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Formative Assessment in:
  • Coaching Games
  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Leading the Player
  • Leading the Team
  • Managing the Performance Environment
  • Leadership
COURSE EXPERIENCE
  • Blended - 2 hours virtual classroom/2 hours in-person
  • Traditional - 4 hours in-person (2 hours classroom/2 hours field)

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7 V 7 COURSE
Course Cost:  $85
 
PURPOSE - To prepare coaches to work with players U8 to U9.
GOALS
  • To understand the basic needs of grassroots players
  • To understand the basic structure of the game
  • To understand the basic structure of a training session
  • To understand the basic tasks of a grassroots coach

ELIGIBILITY - Complete the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module via the Learning Center.
ADMISSION CRITERIA
     None - LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The candidate will discuss, collaborate, and develop knowledge and skills in the following context:
Player characteristics and needs:

  • Age:  U8 to U9
  • Skillset:  Beginner to Intermediate
  • Motivation:   Like to play / variance in interest level and participation in multiple sports
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • To observe the game, recognize moments and basic player actions
  • To demonstrate a basic understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology (P-P-P)
  • To execute and reflect on a P-P-P training session
  • To create a player centered environment
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Formative Assessment in:
  • Coaching Games
  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Leading the Player
  • Leading the Team
  • Managing the Performance Environment
  • Leadership
COURSE EXPERIENCE
  • Blended - 2 hours virtual classroom/2 hours in-person
  • Traditional - 4 hours in-person (2 hours classroom/2 hours field)
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9 V 9 COURSE
Course Cost:  $85
 
PURPOSE - To prepare coaches to work with players U11 to U12.
GOALS
To understand the basic needs of grassroots players
To understand the basic structure of the game
To understand the basic structure of a training session
To understand the basic tasks of a grassroots coach
ELIGIBILITY - Complete the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module via the Learning Center.
ADMISSION CRITERIA - None
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The candidate will discuss, collaborate, and develop knowledge and skills in the following context:
Player characteristics and needs:
Age:   U11 to U12
Skillset:   Beginner to Intermediate
Motivation:    Like to play / variance in interest level and participation in multiple sports
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
To observe the game, recognize moments and basic player actions
To demonstrate a basic understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology (P-P-P)
To execute and reflect on a P-P-P training session
To create a player centered environment
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Formative Assessment in:
Coaching Games
Coaching Training Sessions
Leading the Player
Leading the Team
Managing the Performance Environment
Leadership
COURSE EXPERIENCE
  • Blended - 2 hours virtual classroom/2 hours in-person
  • Traditional - 4 hours in-person (2 hours classroom/2 hours field)
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11 V 11 COURSE
Total Course Fee:  $85
 
PURPOSE - To prepare coaches to work with players U13 to U19 in a participation environment.
GOALS
To understand the basic needs of grassroots players
To understand the basic structure of the game
To understand the basic structure of a training session
To understand the basic tasks of a grassroots coach
ELIGIBILITY - Complete the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module via the Learning Center.
ADMISSION CRITERIA - None
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The candidate will discuss, collaborate, and develop knowledge and skills in the following context:
Player characteristics and needs:
Age:   U13 to U19
Skillset:   Beginner to Intermediate
Motivation:    Like to play / variance in interest level and participation in multiple sports
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
To observe the game, recognize moments and basic player actions
To demonstrate a basic understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology (P-P-P)
To execute and reflect on a P-P-P training session
To create a player centered environment
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Formative Assessment in:
Coaching Games
Coaching Training Sessions
Leading the Player
Leading the Team
Managing the Performance Environment
Leadership
COURSE EXPERIENCE
  • Blended - 2 hours virtual classroom/2 hours in-person
  • Traditional - 4 hours in-person (2 hours classroom/2 hours field)
 
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BLENDED NATIONAL D LICENSE
Total Course Fee: $375
 

REGISTRATION

D Course

Goals

  • To create game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision-making)
  • To create a game day environment that encourages players’ ownership (decision-making)

Eligibility - D Course

To register for the U.S. Soccer D Course, candidates must meet the following prerequisites:

· Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

· Two (2) Grassroots In-Person (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11)

· One (1) Grassroots Online (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11)

or

· Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

· Previously Earned USSF E License

or

· Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

· Previously Earned USSF F License

· Two (2) Grassroots In-Person (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11)

Learning Objectives

  • To observe the game, recognize formations and all player actions
  • To create a safe, fun, inclusive and organized game-day environment
  • To further develop a comprehensive understanding P-P-P methodology
  • To demonstrate an understanding of how to structure one activity/exercise
  • To plan, create, organize, facilitate and reflect on 1 P-P-P training session based on the same goal in 1 week
  • To demonstrate an understanding of developmental stages & age characteristics
  • To implement a plan for child safety and risk management.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of how to inform, involve and inspire parents
  • Identify individual learning needs to create a player-centered environment

Course Experience

12 Weeks Minimum/24 weeks Maximum

2 Weekends (2 day in-person meetings each weekend)

  • Two (2) in-person meeting
  • Virtual meetings
  • Independent learning and development periods
  • 1 on 1 meeting with instructor
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NATIONAL C LICENSE

C Course

Goals

  • To create a series of progressive game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision-making)
  • To create a game day environment linked to training session goals

Eligibility - C Course

Holds a U.S. Soccer D license for at least six months

Learning Objectives

  • To observe the game, recognize formations and systems with players’ roles and responsibilities
  • To observe and analyze one team – identify trends in the game
  • To create a game plan and coach players based on training session goal(s)
  • To create a safe, fun, inclusive game-day environment
  • To demonstrate an understanding of how to structure the training session
  • To demonstrate an understanding of Orientation-Learning-Implementation methodology (O-L-I)
  • To plan, organize, execute and reflect on four (4) training sessions based on two (2) different goals over 2-weeks
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the influence of developmental stages & age characteristics on player development
  • To create a team development process
  • To define and implement a child safety and risk management plan within the team
  • To apply a parent engagement process
  • To develop an understanding and process of self-assessment

Course Experience

4 months – scheduled throughout the year

  • Two (2) in-person meetings
  • Virtual meetings
  • Independent learning and development periods
  • 1 on 1 and 1 on 2 meetings with instructor

REGISTRATION

  • Cost: TBD

All other questions should be emailed to John Curtis at doc@soccermaine.com.

 

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