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Thursday, January 14
 

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 on... Read More →


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

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, January 16
 

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

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

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

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 and a... Read More →


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