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Wednesday, January 13
 

7:30pm

Last Line of Defense, First Line of Attach — the U-12 Goalkeeper
SESSION OVERVIEW:
“OK, I made the save. Now what? Punt? Dang, six seconds goes by fast. Gulp!”
Some players in the U-12 age group have passed through being the shot blocker to the shot stopper and are now on the verge of becoming a goalkeeper. In this training session, we’ll improve on seeing distribution choices and using the right ball skill for the moment in the game.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Snow

Sam Snow

Director of Coaching, US Youth Soccer
Sam Snow is the Director of Coaching for US Youth Soccer — a position he has held since 2003 — and he has been a U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor since 1998. Prior to working for US Youth Soccer nationally, Snow acted as the Director of Coaching for the Louisiana Soccer Association... Read More →


Wednesday January 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Hall A/B
 
Thursday, January 14
 

12:45pm

The American Developmental Model
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Chris Snyder of the United States Olympic Committee will explain the driving trend in long term athlete development in the U.S., show what various sports are doing to make their sport more consumable by the public through ADM principles, and explain how coaches, parents, athletes, clubs and NGBs can all use the ADM concepts to use best practices in sports that will retain athletes and grow programs.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Snyder

Chris Snyder

Director of Coaching Education, U.S. Olympic Committee
Chris Snyder is the Director of Coaching Education for the United States Olympic Committee. His department works with NGBs, coach educators and U.S. National Team coaches to identify best practice and work to close gaps in coaching development, coach engagement and system quality... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm
316-17

2:15pm

The Starting 11 of Technology
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Eleven simple and almost free tools to integrate technology for your team or club environment. The Starting 11 will offer a variety of ways to utilize technology within your organization. Everything from “Free to low cost” apps, webinar ideas and the use of Twitter are just some of the ideas demonstrated in this workshop. How to train in-house soccer programs with technology will be the focus of this workshop. In addition to training in-house soccer programs, ways to utilize technology for player development will also be delivered. Be prepared to interact, learn and enjoy!  

Speakers
avatar for Vince Ganzberg

Vince Ganzberg

Coaching Education Consultant, U.S. Soccer
Vince Ganzberg has more than 25 years of youth soccer coaching experience, including a decade as the director of coaching education for Indiana Soccer. He has been a member of the U.S. Soccer National Staff, NSCAA Academy Staff and a presenter at the NSCAA Convention since 1999... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm
318

2:15pm

How To Create A Goalkeeper Development Program Within Your Organization
Speakers
avatar for Dan Gaspar

Dan Gaspar

Technical Coaching Staff, Iran National Team
For more than 25 years, Dan Gaspar has studied and created ideal training methods for goalkeeper and field player development. He has worked with world-class coaches, and his knowledge, expertise and savvy earned him the invitation to join the Portugal National Team coaching staff... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
316-17

3:45pm

Small-Sided Games — A New Reality
SESSION OVERVIEW:
With the player development initiative from U.S. Soccer taking full effect over the next two years, the youth soccer landscape will change on game day with small-sided games. We’ll discuss the new laws of the game for Zone 1 and logistics for fields, goals, referees and coaches. We’ll touch on how SSG fit the players and not the other way around. We’ll go over tactics in SSG for these age groups. We’ll finish with highlights of the continuum that SSG provides in a player development curriculum. 

Speakers
avatar for Sam Snow

Sam Snow

Director of Coaching, US Youth Soccer
Sam Snow is the Director of Coaching for US Youth Soccer — a position he has held since 2003 — and he has been a U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor since 1998. Prior to working for US Youth Soccer nationally, Snow acted as the Director of Coaching for the Louisiana Soccer Association... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
316-17

3:45pm

Understanding the Physical Demands & Outcomes of Soccer-specific Training Activities to Optimize Player Development
SESSION OVERVIEW:
The focus of this session will be on developing a better and more clear understanding of the physical demands of soccer-specific training activities, and their contribution to long-term physical development of youth and adolescent players. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Cone

Dr. John Cone

CEO and Founder, Fit for 90
Dr Cone is a former player and coach who has worked at every level of the game from youth to professional. He is formerly an assistant coach with Sporting KC, and director of sports science with the Portland Timbers.  | | Dr. Cone has a M.S. in exercise physiology, where he focused... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
318
 
Friday, January 15
 

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

Building Community Through Soccer
Provides a panel discussion of ways that soccer activity can build community.  Conversations will be facilitated between panelists and audience in areas: identification of underserved communities; the makeup of these communities; and strategies that have been used to engage communities through soccer.  This discussion will look at ethnic, racial, gender and community impacts.

Speakers
MV

Michael Vaughan Cherubin

US Soccer Foundation
TC

Tom Condone

US Youth Soccer - Soccer Across America Committee
SR

Sari Rose

Greenwood Soccer Foundation


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
321

9:00am

Advancing Too Soon? When is Too Soon?
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Ability vs. Maturation vs. Mindset — Empowering and Encouraging Players and Coaches to Think Outside the Cones

Sports science has discovered that the difference in maturation rates between 6-to-10 year-olds can be as high as 5 years. When and how do we encourage players to think, create and push the boundaries to think outside of the cones? 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Panayiotou

Chris Panayiotou

Developmental Technical Director, Rush Soccer
Chris Panayiotou is the Director of Coaching for Virginia Rush Developmental Programs and Grass Roots Technical Director for Rush Soccer — a position he has held since 2014. Prior to working for VA Rush, Chris held the Youth Director of Coaching Position at MYSC and now Wisconsin... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
323

9:00am

Communicating with Parents
SESSION OVERVIEW:
This program highlights key challenges in working with youth sport parents. Participants will discuss parent-coach communication issues, will receive theoretically based materials, and will engage in workshop activities designed to address communication issues. Participants should come prepared to participate, interact, learn, and enjoy.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Judy Van Raalte

Dr. Judy Van Raalte

Professor of Psychology, Springfield College
Judy L. Van Raalte, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Springfield College; Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology; and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. | | Dr. Van Raalte compiled a 51-12 record during her five-year... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
325

9:00am

Fueling Tactics for Championship Performance
SESSION OVERVIEW:

  • Fueling Tactics for Championship Performance
  • Performance - Height/Weight/Body Type
  • Science of Soccer
  • 10 Tips for Fueling Success
  • Collegiate Nutrition throughout the year
  • Injury Nutrition Plan
  • Dietary Supplements/NCAA Banned Supplements
  • Tournaments 
  • Youth Soccer and Application

Come join us for a fun, interactive session looking at nutrition and how it impacts the performance of your players. 


Speakers
avatar for Angel Planells MS, RDN

Angel Planells MS, RDN

Nutrition Consultant, ACP Nutrition
Angel Planells MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist located in Seattle, Wash. He is the owner of ACP Nutrition, a consulting business recently formed in 2015 helping to transform lives through health, wellness, and fitness. | | Angel also works as a clinical dietitian... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
324

9:00am

Psycho-Social Adaptation to the College Game: Players Start from Home. Now They're Yours, Coach.
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Session attendees will understand (1) an overview of psycho-social adaptation in college, (2)  the potential influence of parenting style on player development, (3) Self-Determination Theory of Motivation, (4) How previous authority style and motivation can interact.

The session will include a review of theory and research findings, and an experiential workshop.

Don't know if I'll have survey data from players at that point.  Regardless, I thought it might be instructive for all to use small groups (interaction is good) to 

(1) describe traits and values of well- and poorly-adapted first year players, 

(2) provide ratings of mothers and fathers across Authoritarian, Authoritative, and Permissive parenting styles for Hi- and Lo-Adapted players they have seen.  

(3) Assuming we have enough attendees, provide 2 short role plays on dealing with (a) a recruit and parent(s), and (b) a first year player and parent(s). 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Max Trenerry

Dr. Max Trenerry

Sports Psychologist, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Trenerry is a neuropsychologist and sport psychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, as well as a licensed psychologist in the State of Minnesota, and is Board Certified by the American... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
322

9:00am

Mentoring the Youth Referee
Speakers
avatar for Rob Fereday

Rob Fereday

USSF National Instructor


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
318

9:00am

Understanding and Addressing the Risk of Sexual Abuse in Youth Soccer
Speakers
avatar for Gregory Love

Gregory Love

Attorney, Love & Norris


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
320

10:30am

Building a Trusted Brand in the Digital Age
SESSION OVERVIEW:
In the era of social media and smart phones, everyone's attention span seems to be getting shorter and shorter. Given this environment, how can you build a brand based on trust and two-way communication? In this session, marketing executive Greg Abel will take you step-by-step through the components of a "Thought Leadership" program, where you'll identify your key points of differentiation, and then learn how to share them with the audiences who matter most. Greg will discuss social and traditional media and the growing area of content marketing, all with an eye toward building a trusted brand. 

Speakers
avatar for Greg Abel

Greg Abel

President, Abel Communications
Greg is President of Abel Communications, a 10-person public relations and marketing firm based in Baltimore. The Abel team supports clients including lacrosse leader STX, weight loss products manufacturer Medifast, and national healthcare provider UnitedHealthcare. For these clients... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
321

10:30am

Internal Protocols

Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
319

10:30am

Coaching Philosophy
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Background and experience forms the basis of one's philosophy.
What is soccer?
What are the benefits?
Methodology...Let the Game be the Teacher.
Role of the Coach.
Success vs. Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Howe

Bobby Howe

2016 Dr. Thomas Fleck Award Recipient, US Youth Soccer
Bobby Howe will be honored at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala as the 12th recipient of the US Youth Soccer Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Youth Coaching Education. The award was designed to honor a lifetime of dedication where one has — with integrity, honor, humor... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
316-17

10:30am

Developing Positional Understanding
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Helping players understand where, when, how and why to move in relation to the game is an important facet of player development that is generally overlooked or ignored by drill-minded coaches. Soccer is a positional game and "playing" soccer must be more than the afterthought to end practice. "Developing Positional Understanding" explores ways coaches can structure practice games to help players learn soccer by playing soccer. 

Speakers
avatar for Tom Turner

Tom Turner

Technical Director, Ohio Youth Soccer North
Tom Turner is currently the director of coaching for the Ohio North Youth Soccer Association. Turner is active in several other roles within US Youth Soccer, as he is a member of the US Youth Soccer National Instructional Staff, the US Youth Soccer Coaching Committee, the US Youth... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Hall A/B

10:30am

Technical Training for U11-U13
SESSION OVERVIEW:
We will discuss the four progressive stages in a training session with emphasis on the technical aspect of the game. We will work on how the coach can use correcting methods and fun to accomplish the learning objectives of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Menjivar

Carlos Menjivar

Director of Coaching, California Youth Soccer Association North
Carlos has been the director of coaching for Cal North since 2010, while also holding roles as a national instructor for US Youth Soccer and the NSCAA. From 2007 to 2008, Carlos was the director of player development for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association, where he oversaw... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
322

10:30am

Adaptive Practices for Soccer Players with Disabilities
SESSION OVERVIEW:
This workshop will look at a wide variety of impairment groups and discuss the various methods that can be deployed to ensure meaningful inclusion. The tutors will discuss practical examples of positively including soccer players with disabilities into mainstream sessions, in addition to providing disability specific activities. 

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Sharp

Stuart Sharp

Head Coach, U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team
Stuart has more than 18 years of experience coaching soccer from the grassroots to professional academy level in the U.S., and across four continents, including delivering workshops on behalf of UEFA and The Asian Football Confederation. Stuart has been the head coach of the U.S... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
323

10:30am

Nutritional Supplements to Enhance Soccer Performance: Debunking the Myths
SESSION OVERVIEW:
The key objective of this session is to provide evidence-based information regarding the use of caffeine, creatine and beta-alanine to enhance soccer performance. A second objective is to address the myths and misinformation surrounding these three nutritional supplements considered particularly relevant to soccer players.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ajit Korgaokar

Dr. Ajit Korgaokar

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee at Martin
Ajit Korgaokar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Health & Human Performance department at the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Director of Coaching for Jackson Futbol Club in Tennessee.  He has presented and published research on dynamic stretching, caffeine supplementation... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
325

10:30am

Recovery: Looking Forward to the Next Match
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Once the match is over, players should start looking toward the next competition. This means that it is essential that teams and players develop an effective recovery strategy. This presentation will describe the energetic and physical demands of a match and training. It will also discuss several strategies for enhancing recovery. These include proper diet, sleep and physical methods such as ice and massage. The ultimate goal is to give coaches the necessary background to help their team recovery and ensure that their players continue to perform at their peak. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jay Williams

Dr. Jay Williams

Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Jay Williams is currently a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech. There, he teaches courses on Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. In 2009, he was named the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s inaugural Professor of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
324

10:30am

Law 11 Offside – Updated for 2015
Speakers
avatar for Rob Fereday

Rob Fereday

USSF National Instructor


Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
318

11:45am

Poster Session
SESSION OVERVIEW: The Poster Session will feature several short topics accompanied by visual presentations, along with questions and answers with the presenters.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lindsey Blom

Dr. Lindsey Blom

Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Ball State University
Dr. Lindsey Blom, CC-AASP, is an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Ball State University and a Graduate Program Coordinator. For the past decade, she has investigated positive youth development through sport and using sport to promote peace at the individual... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stuart Currie

Dr. Stuart Currie

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee - Martin
Dr. Stuart Currie is an Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Stuart studies physical education and sport pedagogy with research interests in motor learning and development. He has presented his research on tennis, golf... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Rick Eckstein

Dr. Rick Eckstein

Professor of Sociology, Villanova University
Rick Eckstein has been teaching sociology at Villanova University since 1990 and has been an active “sports sociologist” for past 10 years. He has received numerous university teaching awards and is co-author of the 2003 book, Public Dollars Private Stadiums, The Battle over Building... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sheri Huckleberry

Dr. Sheri Huckleberry

State Director, NSCAA
Huckleberry is the NSCAA State Director in Ohio. She has taught many NSCAA coaching courses, including the National Diploma. Her desire to educate coaches arose from witnessing poor coaching and being given opportunity to be the NSCAA State Director for Iowa in the early 90s. She... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Max Trenerry

Dr. Max Trenerry

Sports Psychologist, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Trenerry is a neuropsychologist and sport psychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, as well as a licensed psychologist in the State of Minnesota, and is Board Certified by the American... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jay Williams

Dr. Jay Williams

Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Jay Williams is currently a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech. There, he teaches courses on Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. In 2009, he was named the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s inaugural Professor of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
US Youth Soccer Booth Pratt Street Lobby, Baltimore Convention Center

1:00pm

All Things College – Powered by US Youth Soccer & The Sport Source
Speakers
avatar for Charlie Kadupski

Charlie Kadupski

Founder & CEO, The Sport Source®
Former NCAA Division I and Professional Player – Charlie Kadupski is the Founder & CEO of The Sport Source® the #1 Network For College Admissions & Sports.  A leading author and publisher, Charlie and The Sport Source® has been helping aspiring college bound student-athletes... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
320

1:00pm

American Development Model Final Report
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Matt Robinson

Dr. Matt Robinson

Director of Sport Management Program, University of Delaware
Dr. Matthew J. Robinson is a professor of Sport Management in the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. Dr. Robinson serves as the director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) and the International Coaching Apprenticeship... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
322

1:00pm

Futsal
Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
319

1:00pm

The Road to the 10,000 Hours — Free Play and Deliberate Practice
SESSION OVERVIEW:
In building the incredible amount of time required in mastery, most expert performers hit the 10,000 hours, but not in the way you think. Past expert performers followed a predictable path, far different than most do today. They played at it first, putting in thousands of hours through unstructured play. They worked at it second, with more formalized training later, sometimes as late as the age of 16.

Is it possible that in deferring formal training for play these expert performers were on to something? We will show that their success was no accident, and that a curriculum filled with play early powers more difficult deliberate work later.  We will show the how this elegant template may provide the long lost secret to player development.

What is Free Play? What does it teach?
Why is it important? And, if it's so important, why is it no one does it?
What is Deliberate Practice? How are they related?
How do they shape development?
How can we build a more cogent pathway for our kids?


Speakers
avatar for Ted Kroeten

Ted Kroeten

Artistic Director, Joy of the People
Ted Kroeten is the founder and Artistic Director of Joy of the People, a groundbreaking organization devoted to study and delivery of Free Play. Kroeten has developed Powered By Joy®, a new youth sport model that  focuses on a more organic and healthy learning pathway. Kroeten... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
324

1:00pm

Adaptive Practices for Soccer Players with Disabilities — Part 2
SESSION OVERVIEW:
This workshop will look at a wide variety of impairment groups and discuss the various methods that can be deployed to ensure meaningful inclusion. The tutors will discuss practical examples of positively including soccer players with disabilities into mainstream sessions, in addition to providing disability specific activities. 

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Sharp

Stuart Sharp

Head Coach, U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team
Stuart has more than 18 years of experience coaching soccer from the grassroots to professional academy level in the U.S., and across four continents, including delivering workshops on behalf of UEFA and The Asian Football Confederation. Stuart has been the head coach of the U.S... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
323

1:00pm

1:00pm

Mental Warm-Up for Youth Soccer
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Participants will be introduced to a brief, structured mental warmup that can be incorporated into training sessions on a daily basis. The mental warmup is designed to help players become psychologically ready to perform their best and implement mental skills commonly used in soccer. Participants will have an opportunity to try the mental warmup and explore how to best implement it with players of various ages and levels of play. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Judy Van Raalte

Dr. Judy Van Raalte

Professor of Psychology, Springfield College
Judy L. Van Raalte, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Springfield College; Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology; and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. | | Dr. Van Raalte compiled a 51-12 record during her five-year... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
325

1:00pm

Referee Recruitment, Retention and Encouragement
Speakers
avatar for Paula Hildman

Paula Hildman

State Referee Administrator, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
Hildman first registered as a Referee in 1992. She reached a State Grade 5 status and was able to referee youth through the semi-pro levels. She refereed throughout US Youth Soccer Region II and was flown to England in 2001 to participate in a variety of their semi-professional leagues... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
318

2:30pm

Integrating Developmentally-Appropriate Competition Structure and Talent Identification Program
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Creating a bio-banding structure within the youth clubs to help produce appropriate levels of competition and instruction for players depending on age and ability. Encouraging organizations to open up avenues for players to expand their learning curve and build relationships that allow players to enhance their development as youth players.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Parrish

Adrian Parrish

Technical Director, Kentucky Youth Soccer
Adrian has been the Kentucky Youth Soccer Technical Director since September 2005. In this role, he is responsible for the Coaching Education Program and the management of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, U-9 Academy Programs, State League Technical Director and general... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
323

2:30pm

2:30pm

Moving Beyond the Glass Ceiling — Keeping Female Coaches in the Game
SESSION OVERVIEW:
This presentation explores the gendered experiences of women working as coaches in the sport of soccer and includes strategies for dealing with the phenomenon typically referred to as the “glass ceiling.” For many female coaches, the limitations blocking advancement in this field are not immediately apparent and lie beneath the surface. It is not necessarily one large obstacle that prevents women who coach from advancing and staying in the sport but rather the cumulative effect of many issues which can be varied and complex. Strategies for how both men and women can improve access to necessary resources such as support, opportunity, and networking will be discussed.  

Speakers
avatar for Jené Baclawski

Jené Baclawski

Assistant Director of Coaching, South Texas Youth Soccer Association
Jene’ Baclawski is currently the Assistant Director of Coaching for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association. In addition to her experience as a youth club coach, academy director, board member and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program coach, she also worked at the NCAA Division... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
321

2:30pm

Secrets to Making Your Volunteer Program Effective and Sustainable
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Volunteers are not free. Learn the critical steps to building and sustaining a volunteer program that supports your organization and survives volunteer turnover. 

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Nicholson

Ruth Nicholson

Principal, Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC
Ruth E. Nicholson, MPA, CPF is the Principal of Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC, a woman-owned consultancy offering services in organizational development, facilitation, conflict resolution, training, and professional assessment in North America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
319

2:30pm

TOPSoccer 301 — Teaching Children with Sensory Processing Disorder
SESSION OVERVIEW
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) may be present with individual characteristics that have the potential to impact their participation and success in sports, particularly team sports. Occupational therapy helps children gain independence and promotes the development of sensory motor skills, visual and perceptual motor skills, and fine motor skills to enhance success in desired sports. Soccer is at the top of the list for many school age children. It is the goal of therapy to help develop the skills needed to interact with others and their environment, and be confident and happy as they pursue their love of the sport.

This 1-hour workshop will be an introduction to sensory processing disorder and how it relates to each aspect of team soccer. The presenters will outline a typical presentation of children with SPD on the field and the sidelines. They will describe and demonstrate applicable, hands-on strategies for the coaches, as well as strategies that coaches can provide to families for home practice.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Julie Bonham

Dr. Julie Bonham

Co-Founder, Pediatric Therapy Specialists
Julie Patrick Bonham, OTD, MSOTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. In 20 years of practice, her professional pursuits have embodied the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tasha Malhotra

Dr. Tasha Malhotra

Co-Founder, Pediatric Therapy Specialists
Tasha is the co-founder of Pediatric Therapy Specialists, a private pediatric therapy clinic established in 2001 in Fairfax, Va.  She has been a practicing occupational therapist for 20 years and has dedicated her career to providing children the tools to be successful in life.  Her... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
324

2:30pm

D.C. United's Academy Game Project
SESSION OVERVIEW:
A look at D.C. United's youth program, from player identification to on-field player development strategies and teaching methods.

Speakers
avatar for Nolan Sheldon

Nolan Sheldon

Youth Director, D.C. United
Nolan Sheldon joined D.C. United in 2010 after spending three years as a staff coach for IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He served as an Assistant Coach for the D.C. United's U16 Development Academy team during the 2010-2011 season and was named the U-18 Developmental Academy... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
316-17

2:30pm

The Youth Player's Pathway to College Soccer
SESSION OVERVIEW:
There are many pathways for a youth soccer player to prepare for the opportunity to play soccer in college. For each path, there are obstacles, opportunities and many misinformed and misguided parents and coaches. The most important people in the appropriate development of our youth players are parents and coaches. Well-intended parents and coaches can also be the obstacles in the development and retention in soccer of their children and players. A current Division I college coach, with four sons all immersed in club soccer, will share his knowledge, experiences and anecdotes that will help you determine the right pathway for your child and how youth coaches can best develop young players. 

Speakers
avatar for Dean Koski

Dean Koski

Head Coach, Lehigh University Men's Soccer
The 2015 season marked Dean Koski’s 24th season as head coach of the Lehigh’s men’s soccer program. Since taking over the program in 1991, Koski, the 15th coach in school history, has guided the Mountain Hawks to a Patriot League regular season championship in 2006, a Patriot... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
322

2:30pm

How Should the Referee Prep For and Recover From a Match?
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jay Williams

Dr. Jay Williams

Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Jay Williams is currently a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech. There, he teaches courses on Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. In 2009, he was named the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s inaugural Professor of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
318

2:30pm

The NOT FUN MAPS: Youth Soccer’s Conceptualization of All Things Impeding Fun

SESSION OVERVIEW:
The quality of youth sport experiences is a central component to sustaining sport participation; in fact, children cite “fun” as the primary reason they continue to play. In turn, its absence is the principle explanation given for dropping out of sports. Unfortunately, recent estimates indicate participation in team sports is declining, with a 10.7 percent decrease in soccer participation among 6-12 year-olds from 2008 to 2012 (Sport and Fitness Industry Association, 2013).

Recently, research identified the determinants responsible for facilitating fun in youth sports (Visek et al., 2015) and mapped the fun-determinants into what is known as the FUN MAPS. However, it is equally critical to identify the things impeding children’s fun. In order to identify the entire scope of fun-obstacles children experience and to understand how they are interrelated, youth soccer players (n = 144), parents (n = 52), and coaches (n = 48) contributed to the development of the NOT FUN MAPS. Workshop attendees will learn how to navigate the NOT FUN MAPS, which identify 91 fun-obstacles within 12 overarching factors that get in the way of fun.

The NOT FUN MAPS will also be discussed relative to the FUN MAPS and how both can be used as data-driven frameworks to position youth soccer communities with the necessary information for developing sport programs that maximize fun, thereby leading to children’s sustained participation, skill development, and personal growth through positive sport experiences.


Speakers
avatar for Heather Manning

Heather Manning

Research Associate, The George Washington University
As a Research Associate in the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, Heather Manning co-authored the paper, “The Fun Integration Theory: Towards Sustaining Children and Adolescents Sport... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Amanda J. Visek

Dr. Amanda J. Visek

Associate Professor, The George Washington University
Dr. Amanda J. Visek is a tenured Associate Professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is a scientist-practitioner with extensive applied field experiences providing... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
325

7:30pm

US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
At the 2016 Awards Gala, the ninth class of inductees to the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame will be announced, along with the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award honoree for excellence in youth coaching education, Boys and Girls Competitive and Recreation Coach of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Male and Female Young Referees of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, and the TOPSoccer Buddy and Coach of the Year.

 
Saturday, January 16
 

9:30am

Leading Your Organization
SESSION OVERVIEW:
The Positive Coaching Alliance believes that the leaders of Youth Sports Organizations have a unique role as the developers and guardians of an organization's Culture. In the workshop Leading Your Organization, Dr. King will discuss the four major constituents of an YSO's culture, namely Coaches, Parents, Athletes and Leadership, and why it is vital to get all four on the same page and speaking the language. Implications of the ADM and tools for creating a Development Zone Culture for your Team, State, or Region will be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Roch King

Roch King

Assistant Professor of Athletic Coaching Education, West Virginia University
Dr. Roch King is an Assistant Professor in the Athletic Coaching Program and Co-director of the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science at West Virginia University. His primary focus is the Philosophy of Coaching. Prior to arriving at WVU, Roch served as the Head Age Group Coach... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
316-17

9:30am

National Presidents Cup
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
320

9:30am

Filling the Tool Box for the Recreational Coach
SESSION OVERVIEW
The seminar will discuss the items a club can provide for its recreational coaches so they can provide a more enriched learning environment for the recreational player.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Albertson

Jim Albertson

Chair, US Youth Soccer Referee Advisory Group
avatar for Bill Stara

Bill Stara

Director of Recreation & Academy Programs, Broomfield Soccer Club (CO)
Bill Stara is currently the Director of Recreation and Academy Programs for the Broomfield Soccer Club in Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, Bill lived in Maryland, where he was a high school coach, club technical director and the Technical Director for Maryland State Youth Soccer... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
322

9:30am

Kohl's American Cup
Speakers

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
319

9:30am

5 Years of Free Play — The Building of a Free Play-Based Model

SESSION OVERVIEW: 
Remember the "good old days" of neighborhood games, pick up baseball, basketball and pond hockey? What if pick-up soccer could be revived here in the U.S.? This is the story of Joy of the People (nickname of Garrincha) and our five-year adventure of putting a crazy theory to practice: just let the kids play. We will share our successes, mistakes, shortfalls and discoveries as we show what happened when the inmates (the kids) run the asylum.

Looking at expert performing players, talking to them, speaking with coaches and reviewing the literature, those players grew up far differently than today’s players: 1. They played at it first, a lot, mostly without coaching 2. They worked at it second, with more formalized training later, sometimes as late as the age of 16.

If this is how the best players developed, why not replicate it? If it’s important, why not place it in the curriculum? Joy of the People (JOTP) presents an elegant long term player development model, an approach to person-centered sport that combines free play and deliberate practice with long-term planning and an understanding of human development.

JOTP will show the theory behind this model and the practical implications:
1. Why is free play important?
2. What does it teach?
3. Is there a developmental window?
4. How does it relate to Deliberate Practice and the 10,000 hours?

And we will show the practical implications of the model:
1. Building the environment from the ground up
2. Methodology
3. Attributes of great free play environments
4. How to build it in your club/park/neighborhood
5. Building long term sustainability 


Speakers
avatar for Ted Kroeten

Ted Kroeten

Artistic Director, Joy of the People
Ted Kroeten is the founder and Artistic Director of Joy of the People, a groundbreaking organization devoted to study and delivery of Free Play. Kroeten has developed Powered By Joy®, a new youth sport model that  focuses on a more organic and healthy learning pathway. Kroeten... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
324

9:30am

Coaching Philosophy
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Background and experience forms the basis of one's philosophy.
What is soccer?
What are the benefits?
Methodology...Let the Game be the Teacher.
Role of the Coach.
Success vs. Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Howe

Bobby Howe

2016 Dr. Thomas Fleck Award Recipient, US Youth Soccer
Bobby Howe will be honored at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala as the 12th recipient of the US Youth Soccer Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Youth Coaching Education. The award was designed to honor a lifetime of dedication where one has — with integrity, honor, humor... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
325

9:30am

Creating a Pathway of Development
Speakers
avatar for Glen Buckley

Glen Buckley

Director, Glen Buckley Soccer
Renowned as one of the major coach and player educators in the U.S., Glen Buckley has grown up around the game and made it his life. He has amassed close to 34 years of experience in the coach education and player development arenas. From his early days in his native England working for his home town club Wigan Athletic, the English Football Association and Lancashire Football Association, he focused his attention and devoted his adult life to further education, gaining his FA... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
321

9:30am

Half-Time Strategies: : Preparing for the Second Period

SESSION OVERVIEW:
The intermission between the first and second periods is a time to allow players to recover and to provide strategic adjustments. However, too much rest during this interval can leave players wanting at the start of the second period. In this presentation, we will discuss potential approaches to half-time that can aid players in prepping for the second period. These include diet, hydration and a re-warm up before starting the second period. The overall goal is to give coaches several options to effectively use the half-time to enhance their team’s performance.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jay Williams

Dr. Jay Williams

Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Jay Williams is currently a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech. There, he teaches courses on Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. In 2009, he was named the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s inaugural Professor of... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
323

9:30am

Update of USSF Referee Administrative & Technical Activities
Speakers
avatar for Rick Eddy

Rick Eddy

USSF Director of Referee Development


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
318

11:00am

Especially for Athletes
Speakers

Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
321

11:00am

Improving Your Off-Field Team - Integrating Club Operations to Support Players and Coaches
SESSION OVERVIEW:
What are common points of friction between coaches, board members, and administrators? Explore the important roles of the three basic components of a well-functioning club and how they can work together to more effectively support players and coaches on the field. 

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Nicholson

Ruth Nicholson

Principal, Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC
Ruth E. Nicholson, MPA, CPF is the Principal of Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC, a woman-owned consultancy offering services in organizational development, facilitation, conflict resolution, training, and professional assessment in North America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
316-17

11:00am

Treasurer’s Roundtable

Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
320

11:00am

Delivering Developmentally-Appropriate Skill Instruction and Activities

SESSION OVERVIEW:
This presentation will take an in-depth and interactive look at the many factors that impact those wishing to understand and deliver developmentally appropriate sessions. Example practices will be presented along with a checklist which can be used to ensure sessions and activities are developmentally appropriate.


Speakers
avatar for Tim Bradbury

Tim Bradbury

Technical Director, Eastern New York Youth Soccer
Tim Bradbury hails from Stoke-On Trent, England, and earned a teaching degree at a prestigious London University, where he graduated with the class teaching award. During his time at the university, he captained the British Colleges Soccer team for a record four years. After completing... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
324

11:00am

How Parents Can Change the Youth Soccer Culture
SESSION OVERVIEW:
The role that today’s parents play in their child’s participation in sports continues to receive much scrutiny as stories of “problem” parents crossing the line are all too common in the news. However, most parents are positive sources of support for their children, even though it is the negative ones who receive more of the attention. 

The role of parents in youth soccer is paradoxical — on one hand an area of concern, but on the other hand the active involvement of an educated and supportive parent is essential to a child’s continued participation and long term development. Recognizing this, US Youth Soccer has adopted the Athlete Development Model (ADM), which is viewed worldwide as a best-practice for cultivating young players. This presentation will discuss the changing role parents play in youth soccer as the child ages and suggest strategies for educating parents about the ADM with the ultimate goal of creating great athletes, not just great soccer players. 

Speakers
avatar for Jené Baclawski

Jené Baclawski

Assistant Director of Coaching, South Texas Youth Soccer Association
Jene’ Baclawski is currently the Assistant Director of Coaching for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association. In addition to her experience as a youth club coach, academy director, board member and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program coach, she also worked at the NCAA Division... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
322

11:00am

Open Forum with Referee Administrators
Speakers
avatar for Jim Albertson

Jim Albertson

Chair, US Youth Soccer Referee Advisory Group


Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
318

11:00am

Overuse Injuries in Soccer: Prevention, Identification and Recovery

SESSION OVERVIEW:
In this presentation, Dr. King will cover what an overuse injury is, why they occur and the types of overuse injuries commonly seen in soccer. Within each type of injury seen, Dr. King will also review signs and symptoms of that injury, best forms of treatment/what to do, and how that injury could have been prevented.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stacy King

Dr. Stacy King

Doctor of Physical Therapy & Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Aspire PT & Wellness
Stacy King, PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT, CSCS, is the owner and operator of Aspire Physical Therapy & Wellness in Bethesda, Md. Dr. King received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana and is recognized as an expert in injury prevention and rehabilitation in adolescent... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
325

11:00am

The Need to Have a Good Plan for Regeneration and Recovery
Speakers
avatar for Ralph Perez

Ralph Perez

Head Men's Soccer Coach, University of Redlands
During his eight seasons with Redlands, Perez has guided the team to four NCAA Championship appearances, including an Elite 8 finish in 2007 and a Sweet-16 finish in 2011.  In December 2011, Perez was honored as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region... Read More →
avatar for Angel Planells MS, RDN

Angel Planells MS, RDN

Nutrition Consultant, ACP Nutrition
Angel Planells MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist located in Seattle, Wash. He is the owner of ACP Nutrition, a consulting business recently formed in 2015 helping to transform lives through health, wellness, and fitness. | | Angel also works as a clinical dietitian... Read More →
avatar for Bill Stara

Bill Stara

Director of Recreation & Academy Programs, Broomfield Soccer Club (CO)
Bill Stara is currently the Director of Recreation and Academy Programs for the Broomfield Soccer Club in Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, Bill lived in Maryland, where he was a high school coach, club technical director and the Technical Director for Maryland State Youth Soccer... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
323

12:45pm

Business Models for Youth Soccer Clubs
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Matt Robinson

Dr. Matt Robinson

Director of Sport Management Program, University of Delaware
Dr. Matthew J. Robinson is a professor of Sport Management in the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. Dr. Robinson serves as the director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) and the International Coaching Apprenticeship... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
323

12:45pm

Mandating and Providing Standardized National Coach and Volunteer Trainings and Certifications
SESSION OVERVIEW:
The session will cover the importance of creating a standardized knowledge base for all levels of coaches, whether professional or volunteer, through coaching education courses. Attendees will explore the differences and similarities between professional and volunteer coaches as it relates to coaching education expectations. The session will close with an overview of the State of Maryland current practices and beliefs on mandating coaching licenses for courses including current class offerings.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon

Technical Director, Maryland State Youth Soccer
Phil Gordon is the Technical Director for Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and has been the Director of Coaching at Potomac Soccer Association since 2015. Along with these roles, Gordon is on the US Youth Soccer ODP Region I Girls staff and coaches two teams at Potomac Soccer... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
324

12:45pm

TOPSoccer Roundtable
Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
320

12:45pm

Futsal
Speakers

Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
319

12:45pm

The Benefits Female Coaches Bring to Youth Soccer

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Of the 300,000 youth soccer coaches in US Youth Soccer less than 20% of them are women.  Globally there are continued conversations on how to get more women involved in coaching.  This session will present the societal changes and challenges of being a female coach, the strengths women can bring to youth sport and provide strategies to engage more women in coaching.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sheri Huckleberry

Dr. Sheri Huckleberry

State Director, NSCAA
Huckleberry is the NSCAA State Director in Ohio. She has taught many NSCAA coaching courses, including the National Diploma. Her desire to educate coaches arose from witnessing poor coaching and being given opportunity to be the NSCAA State Director for Iowa in the early 90s. She... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
321

12:45pm

Video Analysis Made Simple

SESSION OVERVIEW:
This lecture will focus on practical ways to film and analyze games and training live and post game, such that games/training sessions are ready for team video presentations.

1. Keys: How to capture video on the fly with no need to start, stop or rewind video — "tagging on the fly."  
2. Fast and simple post game editing.
3. Choosing clips to make a presentation — Creating a story board of a match, length of clips, how many clips should correspond to a topic, and methods of speaking over the video.
4. Trend analysis and scouting. What to look for when scouting an opponent and how to keep scouting video presentations simple and concise.
5. Sharing video to the net and other laptops. Methods of transferring video clips to players for self study and highlight creation.
6. Cameras, desktops, laptops, tablets, projectors, TVs and cell phones: What hardware do I need to get started. What is the best set up  for team video presentations and why?


Speakers
avatar for Bert Leonard

Bert Leonard

Assistant Coach, Atlanta Silverbacks
Bert Leonard is from Decatur, Ga., and attended Decatur High School. He played for the University of Hartford and Georgia State University, as well as one season in Oslo, Norway for Ready FC. | | Bert is currently an assistant coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks and is responsible... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
322

12:45pm

'What is going on in the head of a soccer player?' The Psychology of Small-Sided Games

SESSION OVERVIEW:
The concept of coaching soccer (or any invasion sport) using small-sided games is considered cognitive where integration of self-efficacy, flow and play theory occur. Self-efficacy, flow and play are considered closely related and interdependent acting as reflective and formative constructs, providing intrinsic motivation, and encouraging a player’s skill learning, performance and resilience development. 

The premise of the presentation being: the greater the understanding of these concepts and how to integrate them into practice, the greater the likelihood of successful learning and execution to take place.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Desmond Lawless

Dr. Desmond Lawless

Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Sport Studies, Shepherd University
Dr. Desmond Lawless is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Health, and Exercise Science at Shepherd Univerisity in West Virginia. | | Lawless was born in London, England, and has taught, played and coached soccer in various countries, including England, the Bahamas, Ethiopia... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
325

12:45pm

Regional Referee Group Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Jim Albertson

Jim Albertson

Chair, US Youth Soccer Referee Advisory Group


Saturday January 16, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
318

2:15pm

Resolutions for Results in 2016 for Women
SESSION OVERVIEW:
An interactive workshop to affirm goals for raising the number of women in all aspects of the game and for identifying specific action plans and commitments to make these goals a reality in 2016.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Nicholson

Ruth Nicholson

Principal, Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC
Ruth E. Nicholson, MPA, CPF is the Principal of Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC, a woman-owned consultancy offering services in organizational development, facilitation, conflict resolution, training, and professional assessment in North America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Taylor

Carrie Taylor

Director of Coaching, Laguna Niguel Youth Soccer
Carrie Taylor is currently the Technical Director Laguna Niguel Youth Soccer Association and Director of Coaching for Laguna United Football Club. She is the head coach and program director for Dana Hills High School girls’ soccer. In addition to being a Cal South instructor, she... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
321

2:15pm

Allowing for and Facilitating Free Play within Adult-organized Youth Sports
SESSION OVERVIEW:
This workshop will discuss and provide participants the opportunity to create developmentally appropriate activities for their team, based on a particular technical, tactical, physical, psychological, or social topic or theme. It will also help the coach to work through a process that will allow their players to be involved in creating such activities.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ron Quinn

Dr. Ron Quinn

Associate Professor, Xavier University
Dr. Ron Quinn is in his 39th year of teaching and coaching, and he has worked at every educational level holding such positions as a school health and physical education teacher, director of athletics, sports information director, and coach. He is currently an Associate Professor... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
324

2:15pm

2:15pm

Long-term Planning of Individual Physical literacy and Sport Skill Development
SESSION OVERVIEW:
Our continuous striving for winning disorganizes regularly not only our physical potential, but also creates a lot of mental problems. Today, our society is most of all a meritocracy so that we over focus on the best and many times through a selection policy prioritizing physically and mentally early matured children, we only aim short term results and impose a performance framework that for many talented children (and there are more than we can think) paralyze the individual physically literacy and sport skill development. How can we exclude a number of organizational bottlenecks to get a bigger proficiency in our long term planning? 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michel Bruyninckx

Dr. Michel Bruyninckx

Soccer Educator and Consultant
Michel is a renowned soccer educator who has worked with clubs all around the world in various positions. In the past few years, he has worked as a consultant for several clubs in Europe, including the AC Milan Youth Academy in Italy. | | Bruyninckx holds a UEFA ‘A’ License... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
323

2:15pm

Coaching Healthy Habits
SESSION OVERVIEW:
What do Carli Lloyd and Neymar eat after a game? Cupcakes and candy? Definitely not. What do youth athletes eat after a game? Cupcakes and candy? Maybe? And how much physical activity do youth athletes get during a typical 60-minute practice? 60 minutes? Nope. 45 minutes? Surprisingly, probably not.  This interactive and informative session will equip coaches with the tools to implement simple changes at trainings and games to support healthy habits among their players. Focusing on athletes aged 5 to 12, we’ll discuss age-appropriate ideas for encouraging good nutrition and hydration, ways to keep players moving during practices, and provide simple ways to get parents and even concession stand staff on board. Healthy Kids Out of School has developed the free Coaching Healthy Habits online training that is helping coaches across the country create a healthy youth sports environment. 

Speakers
avatar for Megan Halmo

Megan Halmo

Tufts University


Saturday January 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
322