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TYSL Coach Education Standards

 

Well-educated and experienced coaches are a critical component to the successful long-term development of youth soccer players.  The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and its local affiliate, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) as well as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) are all excellent resources for developing Tewksbury’s Youth Soccer (TYSL) coaches.  Formal coaching education granted in the form of Licenses or Diplomas by a sanctioned professional organization, combined with coaching experience and mentoring, will help build well-rounded coaches who in turn help build stronger players and consequently stronger teams.

 

In addition to formal coach education courses, TYSL coaches are also encouraged to: 1) seek new on-field activities that both introduce and reinforce player learning of technical and tactical concepts; 2) promote small-sided games as a foundation to player development; 2) learn about proper warm-up activities and stretching for the prevention of soccer injuries and 3) understand the Laws Of The Game.  Some great information can be attained through the TYSL web site at www.tewksburyyouthsoccer.org and click on the Links page.

 

The coach education standards outlined below are not meant to be an obstacle nor a prerequisite to coaching a team.  Instead, the standards are meant to convey reasonable expectations that TYSL has for new and existing coaches to embark upon and continue the life-long journey of learning and growing as a soccer coach, in the classroom, on their own and, ultimately, on the pitch . 

 

Coach Education Standards:

 

Min Standard

U4

U5

U6

U8

U10

U12

U14

U16+

NSCAA

-

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4/5

Level 6

Level 6

NSCAA

-

-

-

-

GK Level 1

GK Level 1

GK Level 1

GK Level 2

USSF

-

-

-

National F

National E

National E

National D

National D

 

The USSF Licenses and NSCAA Diplomas cover similar content areas and therefore can be considered equivalent for the purposes of TYSL Coaching Standards.  It should be noted, however, that they are distinctly different education pathways.  The pathway the coach chooses is ultimately a personal preference, based on the individual’s level of experience, the age groups currently being coached, the age groups the individual plans to coach in the future and the individual’s affinity for a particular learning experience.  It is recommended that individuals experience some elements of both pathways throughout their educational journey.

 

  1. Time Period for Obtaining Appropriate Coaching Standard:  A new or existing TYSL team coach is strongly encouraged to obtain the targeted minimum, age-appropriate coaching standard by the end of their 2nd season (fall and spring count as two seasons).

 

  1. Start of Time Period:  The suggested time period for obtaining the appropriate coaching standard commences when a new soccer coach begins their first soccer season.  For example, the time period would start September 1st for a new coach starting his/her first season in the fall or April 1st for a new coach starting in the spring.

 

Reimbursement Policy:

In order to encourage coaches to actively seek out coach education opportunities, TYSL will reimburse each coach for:

 

  1. USSF License course tuition up to and including the National D License (subject to USSF National D License Reimbursement Conditions of Eligibility referenced herein).   
  2. NSCAA Diploma course tuition up to and including the Level 6 Diploma.  
  3. NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma course tuition up to and including the Level 3 Diploma (subject to the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma Reimbursement Conditions of Eligibility referenced herein).
  4. NSCAA Special Topics Diploma course tuition.

 

Reimbursement Policy Restrictions and Limitations: 

  1. Maximum Annual Tuition:  Coaches will need time to properly apply their classroom learning into their soccer training sessions. Consequently, a coach’s maximum annual tuition reimbursement for all courses taken in a calendar year will be limited to $250.00/year with the exception of the USSF National D License course.  The National D License course tuition will be reimbursed at the then-current tuition rate.  However, if a coach submits reimbursement for the National D License course tuition, they will not be eligible for any further reimbursement of tuition for any other courses until the following calendar year.  Further, National D License course tuition may not be submitted for reimbursement if a coach has already received reimbursement for other courses during the current calendar year.
  2. USSF National D License and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma Reimbursement Conditions of Eligibility:  The National D License is geared towards experienced coaches that are coaching soccer teams playing matches in the 11 v 11 format. The NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma is intended for those coaches working as specialist goalkeeping coaches at the team or organizational level. Coaches interested in taking the USSF National D License or the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma courses are demonstrating a serious commitment of time and energy to their coaching career.  TYSL wishes to encourage this commitment while also reasonably ensuring a beneficial return on the organization’s investment in that coach.  Therefore, the following eligibility requirements apply to USSF D and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 course tuition reimbursement:

 

  • USSF D:  The coach must have at least two seasons of soccer coaching experience at the U10 age group (or higher), with at least one of those two seasons at the U12 age group (or higher).
  • USSF D:  The coach must commit to coaching at least two more seasons for TYSL at the U14 age group or higher.
  • USSF D: The coach will be expected to volunteer as an organizational staff coach for coach mentoring, player development clinics and player evaluation committees. 
  • NSCAA GK Level 3:  The coach must have at least two seasons of soccer coaching experience at the U10 age group (or higher) with at least one of those two seasons at the U12  age group (or higher).
  • NSCAA GK Level 3: The coach will be expected to volunteer as an organizational staff coach for coach mentoring (in the area of GK development), goalkeeper development clinics and player evaluation committees. 

 

USSF COACHING LICENSE DESCRIPTIONS  (as of 11/10/2015)

 

NATIONAL F LICENSE

 

DESCRIPTION

The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.

 

ELIGIBILITY

The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.

 

COURSE CURRICULUM

The F course is broken into four key modules:

Kick-off, 1st Half, Halftime and 2nd Half.

The following webinars make up the required components of the course:

·         Kick-off

o    Introduction

o    Philosophy

o    Characteristics

·         1st Half

o    Teaching

o    Designing an Activity

o    Designing a Lesson Plan

·         Halftime

o    Laws of the Game

o    Prevention and Care

o    Physical

o    Sleep

o    Nutrition and Hydration

·         2nd Half

o    Technique

o    Small Sided Games

o    Facilitator Games

o    U6 Activities

o    U8 Activities

·         Closing

 

NATIONAL E LICENSE

DESCRIPTION
The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.

The National “E” course is administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.Please contact your State Association for more information on these courses and course schedules.

ELIGIBILITY

The “E” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “F” license (Feb. 2015) and who are 16 years of age.

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 U.S. Soccer's 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 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).

 

NATIONAL D LICENSE

DESCRIPTION
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.

ELIGIBILITY

The “D” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “E” license for a minimum of 6-months and who are 16 years of age.

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 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 course is broken into four phases:

  I.  Preparation Phase

  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.

  III.  Deliberate Practice Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
  • Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.
  • Candidates are required to complete the three assigned training sessions on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner:
    • Download - D License Session Planner Instructions
    • Download - D License Session Planner
  • Candidates are required to complete a Self Reflection Form for each training session.

  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Final on-field exam.
  • Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.

 

 

NSCAA DIPLOMA COURSES  (as of 11/10/2015)

(Beginner Courses)

Course

Description

Time Commitment

Testing

Level 1

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.

*No pre-requisite

4 hours

No

Level 2

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.

*No pre-requisite

6 hours

No

Level 3

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.

9 Hours

No

NSCAA DIPLOMA COURSES  (as of 11/10/2015)

(Intermediate Courses)

Course

Description

Time Commitment

Testing

Level 4

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.

*No pre-requisite

12 hours

No           

Level 5

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.

*No pre-requisite (Level 4 encouraged)

12 hours

No

Level 6

This Diploma is an excellent preparatory course for coaches going onto the National Diploma. One third of the course is dedicated to candidates presenting on assigned topics and enjoying feedback on their performance in both methods and content. Expanding upon the content of the Level 4 and 5 Diplomas this course includes a session on reading the game as well as coaching technique and tactics with in 4 vs.4 and 6 vs. 6 models of play.

*No pre-requisite

18 hours

No

 

 TYSL Coach Education Standards

 

Well-educated and experienced coaches are a critical component to the successful long-term development of youth soccer players.  The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and its local affiliate, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) as well as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) are all excellent resources for developing Tewksbury’s Youth Soccer (TYSL) coaches.  Formal coaching education granted in the form of Licenses or Diplomas by a sanctioned professional organization, combined with coaching experience and mentoring, will help build well-rounded coaches who in turn help build stronger players and consequently stronger teams.

 

In addition to formal coach education courses, TYSL coaches are also encouraged to: 1) seek new on-field activities that both introduce and reinforce player learning of technical and tactical concepts; 2) promote small-sided games as a foundation to player development; 2) learn about proper warm-up activities and stretching for the prevention of soccer injuries and 3) understand the Laws Of The Game.  Some great information can be attained through the TYSL web site at www.tewksburyyouthsoccer.org and click on the Links page.

 

The coach education standards outlined below are not meant to be an obstacle nor a prerequisite to coaching a team.  Instead, the standards are meant to convey reasonable expectations that TYSL has for new and existing coaches to embark upon and continue the life-long journey of learning and growing as a soccer coach, in the classroom, on their own and, ultimately, on the pitch . 

 

Coach Education Standards:

 

Min Standard

U4

U5

U6

U8

U10

U12

U14

U16+

NSCAA

-

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4/5

Level 6

Level 6

NSCAA

-

-

-

-

GK Level 1

GK Level 1

GK Level 1

GK Level 2

USSF

-

-

-

National F

National E

National E

National D

National D

 

The USSF Licenses and NSCAA Diplomas cover similar content areas and therefore can be considered equivalent for the purposes of TYSL Coaching Standards.  It should be noted, however, that they are distinctly different education pathways.  The pathway the coach chooses is ultimately a personal preference, based on the individual’s level of experience, the age groups currently being coached, the age groups the individual plans to coach in the future and the individual’s affinity for a particular learning experience.  It is recommended that individuals experience some elements of both pathways throughout their educational journey.

 

  1. Time Period for Obtaining Appropriate Coaching Standard:  A new or existing TYSL team coach is strongly encouraged to obtain the targeted minimum, age-appropriate coaching standard by the end of their 2nd season (fall and spring count as two seasons).

 

  1. Start of Time Period:  The suggested time period for obtaining the appropriate coaching standard commences when a new soccer coach begins their first soccer season.  For example, the time period would start September 1st for a new coach starting his/her first season in the fall or April 1st for a new coach starting in the spring.

 

Reimbursement Policy:

In order to encourage coaches to actively seek out coach education opportunities, TYSL will reimburse each coach for:

 

  1. USSF License course tuition up to and including the National D License (subject to USSF National D License Reimbursement Conditions of Eligibility referenced herein).   
  2. NSCAA Diploma course tuition up to and including the Level 6 Diploma.  
  3. NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma course tuition up to and including the Level 3 Diploma (subject to the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma Reimbursement Conditions of Eligibility referenced herein).
  4. NSCAA Special Topics Diploma course tuition.

 

Reimbursement Policy Restrictions and Limitations: 

  1. Maximum Annual Tuition:  Coaches will need time to properly apply their classroom learning into their soccer training sessions. Consequently, a coach’s maximum annual tuition reimbursement for all courses taken in a calendar year will be limited to $250.00/year with the exception of the USSF National D License course.  The National D License course tuition will be reimbursed at the then-current tuition rate.  However, if a coach submits reimbursement for the National D License course tuition, they will not be eligible for any further reimbursement of tuition for any other courses until the following calendar year.  Further, National D License course tuition may not be submitted for reimbursement if a coach has already received reimbursement for other courses during the current calendar year.
  2. USSF National D License and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma Reimbursement Conditions of Eligibility:  The National D License is geared towards experienced coaches that are coaching soccer teams playing matches in the 11 v 11 format. The NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma is intended for those coaches working as specialist goalkeeping coaches at the team or organizational level. Coaches interested in taking the USSF National D License or the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma courses are demonstrating a serious commitment of time and energy to their coaching career.  TYSL wishes to encourage this commitment while also reasonably ensuring a beneficial return on the organization’s investment in that coach.  Therefore, the following eligibility requirements apply to USSF D and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 course tuition reimbursement:

 

  • USSF D:  The coach must have at least two seasons of soccer coaching experience at the U10 age group (or higher), with at least one of those two seasons at the U12 age group (or higher).
  • USSF D:  The coach must commit to coaching at least two more seasons for TYSL at the U14 age group or higher.
  • USSF D: The coach will be expected to volunteer as an organizational staff coach for coach mentoring, player development clinics and player evaluation committees. 
  • NSCAA GK Level 3:  The coach must have at least two seasons of soccer coaching experience at the U10 age group (or higher) with at least one of those two seasons at the U12  age group (or higher).
  • NSCAA GK Level 3: The coach will be expected to volunteer as an organizational staff coach for coach mentoring (in the area of GK development), goalkeeper development clinics and player evaluation committees. 

 

USSF COACHING LICENSE DESCRIPTIONS  (as of 11/10/2015)

 

NATIONAL F LICENSE

 

DESCRIPTION

The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.

 

ELIGIBILITY

The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.

 

COURSE CURRICULUM

The F course is broken into four key modules:

Kick-off, 1st Half, Halftime and 2nd Half.

The following webinars make up the required components of the course:

·         Kick-off

o    Introduction

o    Philosophy

o    Characteristics

·         1st Half

o    Teaching

o    Designing an Activity

o    Designing a Lesson Plan

·         Halftime

o    Laws of the Game

o    Prevention and Care

o    Physical

o    Sleep

o    Nutrition and Hydration

·         2nd Half

o    Technique

o    Small Sided Games

o    Facilitator Games

o    U6 Activities

o    U8 Activities

·         Closing

 

NATIONAL E LICENSE

DESCRIPTION
The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.

The National “E” course is administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.Please contact your State Association for more information on these courses and course schedules.

ELIGIBILITY

The “E” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “F” license (Feb. 2015) and who are 16 years of age.

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 U.S. Soccer's 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 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).

 

NATIONAL D LICENSE

DESCRIPTION
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.

ELIGIBILITY

The “D” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “E” license for a minimum of 6-months and who are 16 years of age.

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 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 course is broken into four phases:

  I.  Preparation Phase

  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.

  III.  Deliberate Practice Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
  • Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.
  • Candidates are required to complete the three assigned training sessions on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner:
    • Download - D License Session Planner Instructions
    • Download - D License Session Planner
  • Candidates are required to complete a Self Reflection Form for each training session.

  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Final on-field exam.
  • Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.

 

 

NSCAA DIPLOMA COURSES  (as of 11/10/2015)

(Beginner Courses)

Course

Description

Time Commitment

Testing

Level 1

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.

*No pre-requisite

4 hours

No

Level 2

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.

*No pre-requisite

6 hours

No

Level 3

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.

9 Hours

No

NSCAA DIPLOMA COURSES  (as of 11/10/2015)

(Intermediate Courses)

Course

Description

Time Commitment

Testing

Level 4

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.

*No pre-requisite

12 hours

No           

Level 5

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.

*No pre-requisite (Level 4 encouraged)

12 hours

No

Level 6

This Diploma is an excellent preparatory course for coaches going onto the National Diploma. One third of the course is dedicated to candidates presenting on assigned topics and enjoying feedback on their performance in both methods and content. Expanding upon the content of the Level 4 and 5 Diplomas this course includes a session on reading the game as well as coaching technique and tactics with in 4 vs.4 and 6 vs. 6 models of play.

*No pre-requisite

18 hours

No