2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop Schedule Available!

Admission to the Workshop provides many opportunities, including access to educational sessions that will accelerate and enhance knowledge of the game for anyone involved in youth soccer, from parents and coaches to regional, state and club administrators. See the front page of this e-newsletter for full workshop schedules and descriptions! Online registration ends Feb. 13 — however, you will be able to register on-site!

US Youth Soccer is celebrating its 35th year in 2009. The celebration begins at the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop in San Jose, Calif., Mar. 5-7, 2009. Thousands of soccer coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts are expected at the organization's annual convention held this year at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

The convention features numerous educational sessions for those involved in youth soccer including field demonstrations for coaches.In addition to the educational opportunities, the convention features an exhibit hall.Opening Thurs., Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. and running through Saturday afternoon, over 200 exhibitors are expected, featuring the latest soccer equipment, technology, apparel, fundraising ideas and more.

Friday night is highlighted with the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala.The Gala will showcase successes of the past year and over the past 35 years. In addition to the second class of the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame the association is presenting awards for Recreational and Competitive Coach of the Year (boys and girls), Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Coaching Education, Administrator and Volunteers of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year and Young Referee of the Year (male and female). The Gala is followed by The After Party presented by adidas.

On Saturday, the Kick Zone opens to provide an area for players featuring soccer skills challenges and games. The exhibit hall and Kick Zone are free and open to the public on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids of all ages. Also, a free clinic for the children will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and the first 50 players attending the clinic will receive a soccer ball.

The event, the largest of its kind for youth sports in North America, features more than 90 educational workshops and demonstrations kicking off on Fri., Mar. 6 at 9 a.m. and running through Saturday afternoon.

Full registration fee includes entry to all workshops, US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, President's Reception, The After Party presented by adidas and exhibit hall. Registration will not include hotel room reservation; however, US Youth Soccer has secured room blocks for hotels in close proximity to the convention.