2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop Coaching Synopsis


Friday, March 6, 2009 - 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Conditioned Games for Passing and Receiving, Part I
Presenter: Mike Smith
The objective is to provide games with many opportunities for receiving.Small-sided games allow more opportunities for players.This session will progress from the simple fundamental phase of getting the players warmed up in a thinking mode, to possession games, adding direction and then scoring.The emphasis will be on the technical aspects of receiving, including receiving surfaces, body position, receiving method and the preparation for the next move.Teaching within the game and letting the players solve the problems will be the teaching method.

Games to Teach Heading
Presenter: Nate Schotts
This session will begin by teaching heading technique to the young player in the early stages of their development.The same technical applications will then be used while coaching within fun games for these young players.The final stage of this session will address the advanced player through age 14 in the tactical applications of heading within the game!

Mental Challenges to Develop Players' Skills
Presenter: Dr. Dan Freigang
People are different. They look, think and act differently.Why in the world would you teach them the same way?The answers from science have provided interesting insights into how thinking can affect learning, performance and motivation. People have distinct learning styles that dominate their thinking and behaviors.Do you have a child or player that seems distracted or does not apply themselves? The answer may be the style in which they look at the world.What is the difference between learning and performance?What does this matter as a parent or coach? The answers are critical for success. We will explore how people feel competent, perform and use their concentration skills in sport and school.This interactive workshop is designed for participants to test and employ learning methods in their lives.

Player Empowerment
Presenter: Brett Thompson
A player-centered approach to youth soccer is important to facilitate maximum development. Players who can think for themselves and take responsibility for their own development will have great success in moving to higher levels of play.This interactive session will help explore ideas for empowering your players in their development, including ideas for game management, as well as training tools.We must teach our players to think on their own!

US Youth Soccer ODP: The International Experience
Presenter: Gary Williamson
In 2007, US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region III sent the ‘92 age group to Barcelona, Spain, and the ‘90 age group to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This presentation covers the preparation for both events, in video, still photography and Power Point, detailing the entire travel experience and competition, and playing against some of the best youth programs in the world.Topics will cover specific game-day preparation, post-game analysis and future recommendations for the elite youth player in the United States.

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:45 a.m.–Noon

Combination Play in the Attacking Third
Presenter: Karl Dewazien
Both cooperative and competitive Small-Sided Games will be utilized. Options in a two-on-one situation, and the wall pass, will be discussed.

Soccer Speed
Presenter: Chochi Valenzuela
Make your players faster in just 15 minutes each practice!Learn my top-three tested and proven soccer-speed activities guaranteed to build confident, fast players and quicker teams.It's hard to set aside your valuable practice time for speed training, even though it works tremendously well when done properly.Come see how I mix several skills into speed training to save you time and build faster, more skillful players.

Teaching Principles of Group Defending
Presenter: Jay Hoffman
This classroom session is designed to analyze group defending and the roles of players within the defensive principles of play. We will look at how roles and functions are affected within the team based upon decisions made by the pressuring player, defensive posture of teams and tactics. Also, we will look at systems of play and how defending in groups can be enhanced.

TOPSoccer Coaching
Presenter: Steve Adlard
The classroom session links to the field session with TOPSoccer athletes.The classroom presentation covers the formation of a program in Idaho, from the beginning concept to the finished product of field practice and weekly games.Rather than an academic approach to coaching these players, this lecture will cover the stages from forming a program to recruiting the players, and the growth required to sustain it.

Principles of Midfield Play
Presenter: Rene Miramontes
We will examine the relationship of the midfield as used by different teams throughout the world.We will look at the functions of midfielders within the system used by the team.We will also take a close look at the principles that guide the midfield, their relationship and the application to modern systems of play.

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Coaching Dead Ball Plays in Each Third
Presenter: Sam Snow
Most coaches give good attention to training free kicks and corners, but tend to overlook the importance of goal kicks, penalty kicks, the drop-ball and throw-ins.We'll take a look at the major points of effective play in all of these dead-ball situations in each third of the field.

Make Your Move
Presenter: Platini Soaf
There's no question everybody loves to see a world-class dribbler; the player that can run past defenders with ease. They set the crowd alight; young players want to be them. Every player wants to know their secret; the simple trick is hard work, dedication and sacrifices. During training, try to get as many touches on the ball as possible.There are a vast array of tricks world-class players use to beat their opponents, but the truth is that you really only need to master a couple to be an effective dribbler.

The Role of Play in Player Development
Presenter: Virgil Stringfield
This presentation examines the nature of play and the different environments that contribute to player development. It will cover both the educational foundations and practical application in youth soccer training.

Training Elite Players: The Plays Americans Must Learn
Presenter: Jacob Daniel
This presentation starts with an analysis of the style of play used by the most successful countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Spain.The analysis is provided via a mix of Power Point and game footage and demonstrates that even though each country has a different soccer culture, they all share common plays.The Men's and Women's U.S. National Teams' style of play is analyzed and compared to the top teams, leading to some key lessons and conclusions regarding player development in our country.The presentation concludes with practical examples of training sessions for U10s through U16s that can help our players develop the tools needed to compete against the best.

Leadership: Raising Our Game
Presenter: Dr. Terry Eguaoje
Whether winning a game or leading a sport organization, vision is critical to success and advancement. The lecture will emphasize the necessity and impact of vision as it relates to managing a team or sport organization.Decision-making techniques and models will be discussed in context with the consequences and time constraints of decisions.Effective communication is the most challenging issue faced by teams and sport organizations and will be explored as a never-ending process.Happy players or employees are more vital, creative and productive to the team or organization.Through the use of fun, players or employees are more engaged with team or organizational goals and are likely to perform better.

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 3–4 p.m.

Games to Improve Support Around the Ball
Presenter: Jay Hoffman
This session is designed to give coaches games and activities that will help their players improve the attacking principles of play.Activities will address and focus on the roles and functions of both the first and second attacker in effective support play for both possession and penetration.

Play Days: A Recreation Solution
Presenters: Vince Ganzberg, Ric Plante and Oscar DeLemos
Recreational programs are challenged because they do not have enough volunteer coaches.A solution for programs caught in this dilemma is to develop a "Play Date" approach.In this format, a recreation program can utilize the qualified coaches they do have to offer players good training, develop future coaches and perhaps solve the lack of volunteerism.This session will show how to incorporate the Play Date for your recreation program.The presenters will demonstrate on the field how to combine teaching and playing into a Play Date.

Player Assessment in US Youth Soccer ODP
Presenter: Sue Ryan
Explore ways in which elite players are evaluated and tracked. A detailed account of the assessment process the US Youth Soccer Girls’ Olympic Development Program utilizes will be discussed.How are the players selected?How does it vary by age and location?How does the process work? These are some of the questions that will be answered. Special emphasis will be given to identification of the US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Teams and then the U.S. National Team.Discussion will include the role of the state program and state coaching staff, club programs and regional and national leagues. Specific technical, tactical, physical and psychological traits of successful athletes at this level will be addressed.

Athletic Triad: Parents Are Part of the Team
Presenter: Dr. Dan Freigang
A new focus in youth soccer; one of the key ingredients to a successful youth development is to have the three major influences — coaches, athletes and parents — on the same page.What are the keys to building healthy, high-performance players? How can we improve our relationships and programs at the club level?We will address some of the best practices from successful family systems and profile the families of high achievers.This session is designed for coaches and administrators to better understand the potential of player development and review educational data.

Game Day Management
Presenter: Platini Soaf
Games are the time where the players put their skills and tactics to the test.It is the time for the coach to observe and assess the effectiveness of his prior teaching.If his team is having difficulty handling a strategy or tactic used by the opposing team, take notes to avoid forgetting things which need to be covered.This session will discuss various strategies to see on game day to better encourage and communicate with players, whether they are on the field or the sidelines.

Saturday, March 7 - 9-10:15 a.m.

The Goalkeeper's Role in Penetration and Possession
Presenter: Greg Maas
The objective of this session aims to provide the goalkeeper opportunities to link with the rest of the team in a range of technical and tactical activities. The session will also progress and present game situations to help both the goalkeeper and field players recognize when to combine together in an attempt to achieve penetration, maintain possession or to simply relieve pressure in the defending third of the field.

Conditioned Games for Passing and Receiving, Part II
Presenter: Mike Strickler
The objective is to provide games with many opportunities for receiving.Small-Sided games allow more opportunities for players.This session will progress from the simple fundamental phase of warming players up up in a thinking mode, to possession games, adding direction and then scoring.The emphasis will be on the technical aspects of receiving, including receiving surfaces, body position, receiving method and the preparation for the next move.Teaching within the game and letting the players solve the problems will be the teaching method.

Coaching Elite but Difficult Players
Presenter: Dr. Dan Freigang
Some people are just tough; they can work hard, achieve much and enjoy demanding environments.Others tend to fall apart and choke just thinking about the next game.We will explore difficult problems players experience, including fear of failure, perfectionism and high anxiety.Bouncing back is obvious when you observe differences in how people perform in demanding environments.Is the idea of resiliency genetic or can it be learned?The answer may surprise you. We will explore how people can become resilient and become tougher and more confident.This session is designed for players and parents to better understand how to utilize resiliency effectively in their everyday lives.We will provide a framework that both players and parents can work with to become optimistic and resilient.

Practice: Critical to Learning the Game
Presenter: Dr. David Carr
Regularly scheduled games have become the generally accepted method for learning how to play soccer in the United States.Organized games have replaced free play and the practice environment that, for decades, has been a mainstay of how players learn the game.The value of practice has been dismissed by coaches, parents, administrators and players.Those of us who are involved in developing the game for children are partly to blame.The games approach has been stressed for nearly two decades and people have listened; everyone is playing games but fewer are learning how to play.This presentation will examine why well-developed practices need to be more of the rule than the exception. Research, conducted with national team players, will also be explored.

Female Coaches: Where Are They?
Presenters: Dr. Terry Eguaoje, Tracey Leone, Carrie Taylor and Sue Ryan
We will be discussing the gender gap that currently exists in sports leadership, especially in soccer. We will address Dr. Eguaoje's new book, Bridging the Gender Gap in Sports Leadership, in the following areas: Title IX, females coaching males, difference in coaching styles, females attending coaching courses, etc.Finally, we will discuss ways for sports administrators to attract and retain more females in leadership roles.

Saturday, March 7 - 10:45 a.m.–Noon

TOPSoccer Coaching
Presenter: Steve Adlard
Learn activities that are specific to coordination, motor-skill learning and soccer skills.Learn to structure games in ways the players will enjoy them, and ways that allow players to grow into playing a traditional soccer game.

Decision-Making Games
Presenter: Dr. John Thomas
There is no single right way to coach. Most coaching approaches are developments, not “Eureka!” moments. Development is often most productive when coaches work together with theory and practice.Games will be carefully chosen and progressive. Certain key points will be addressed to the group (usually tactically). Once the games are underway, the coach will be able to step in and help individuals or small groups with appropriate challenges.The keys to development are appropriate challenges, appropriate models and lots of games. If players solve it, they will learn it. The game sets the problem and provides the solution.

Academies: What Are They?
Presenter: Jeff Tipping
The development of players that becomes a business is now at the core of the clubs.We will look at the development of players in England, Brazil, Canada and the United States.

Club Director: Why and How
Presenter: Ric Plante
We define the responsibilities of a director of coaching (DOC), selecting the appropriate DOC for your type of club (competitive, recreational or a combination of both) and how having this person in place can benefit your club.The checks and balances that should be in place to evaluate the performance of your club DOC and how to pay for this position will be covered.

Flank Play: Strength in Numbers
Presenter: George Kuntz
This lecture will be interesting for coaches who would like to be more effective at creating opportunities or scoring goals.The focus will be on the specific demands and the importance of flank play in the modern game.Several examples of how effective flank play can be in various attacking situations will be reviewed.There will be emphasis on the ingredients that foster quality flank play at the youth level and above.

Saturday, March 7 - 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Finishing Under Pressure
Presenter: Tracey Leone
The ultimate goal of soccer is to score goals — that is fun!In order to be successful in this area, a player must learn and repeat the proper technique of a variety of ways to finish, over and over. He must also be taught the tactical decisions to increase his finishing percentage and must practice.Lastly, he must have a competitive attitude, take chances and focus to capitalize. This field session will touch on the techniques and tactics of finishing under pressure.

Footwork, Ball-Handling and Shot-Stopping
Presenter: Greg Maas
The technical development of goalkeepers in a dynamic and challenging environment will be addressed.The session will focus on activities specific to goalkeepers that are both age- and developmentally appropriate. In addition, the session will present a range of activities that will further the technical, tactical, physical and psychological development of each goalkeeper in an effort to prepare for future game environments.

Model Soccer Clubs
Presenter: Brett Thompson
The cornerstone of player development in the United States is the club soccer system. Youth soccer clubs have grown tremendously over the past decade, but it is important that the quality and development of club soccer continues in order to elevate the sport to a new level.Many components must come together to create the ideal environment.This interactive presentation will address the key components of a model club, including staffing (both volunteer and professional), facilities, programming and long-term strategic planning.

Building Childhood Connections
Presenter: Dr. David Carr
This presentation will explore Hallowell's (2002) “five-stage reciprocal model” that includes connection, play, practice, mastery and recognition, Gallwey's (2000) “performance = potential – interference model” and Calvin and Hobbes' favorite game, Calvinball.Ideas for developing children's involvement in play and its importance to growth, development and learning will be discussed.Concepts of unstructured free play, developmentally appropriate practice and player-centered activities will be explored.This session will have opportunities for audience interaction.

Implementing the US Youth Soccer Player Development Plan
Presenter: Sam Snow
The session is the premiere of the new Player Development Model from US Youth Soccer.The Player Development Model is a complement to the U.S. Soccer Best Practices document and gives clubs a more detailed curriculum for the growth of players from the U6 age group to the U20 age group.Additionally, we will present and discuss player development pathways within US Youth Soccer.

Saturday, March 7 - 3-4p.m.

Developing a Rhythm of Play
Presenter: Frank Yallop
The general trend in American youth soccer is to attack with a rush forward of the ball and players, basically a kick-‘n’-run style.When that style is executed by skillful players it lacks tactical savvy.We will show the moments when the attacking team should put a foot on the ball and change the rhythm of the match.We'll look at when and why to change the rhythm of the game and how it can help teams keep possession of the ball and create a higher percentage of scoring chances.