News & Info
State Law Change Affects All Clubs
The PA Child Protective Services Law changed recently. The change requires all coaches and volunteers involved with youth organizations to complete a State Police Criminal Record Check and a PA Child Abuse History Clearance. For those individuals who have not resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years they must also complete an FBI Criminal Background Check.
PA West Soccer’s Risk Management Policy will be amended to comply with the changes in the law. We will make the necessary adjustments to our online Risk Management system to help manage this change. PA West Soccer is committed to providing every player with the safest experience possible and as soon as we have the necessary changes in place we will share them.
Paid employees are immediately required to comply with the law. While it's legally permissible for volunteers to wait until July 1, 2015 before completing the mandated clearances it is recommended that all individuals take the necessary steps to fulfill their obligation as soon as possible.
Coaching Courses For a complete list of our current course offerings go to our Coaching Calendar page.
Region I Boys ODP Coaching Symposium
The Region I Boys ODP Coaching Symposium is set for January 3-4, 2015 in State College. The symposium runs jointly with Region I ODP Boys pool training at Penn State. Registration fee is 90.00. A License coaches will also get two CEU credits for attending (cost $75.00 per credit). For a registration for and hotel info click here.
Amendments To The Laws Of The Game
The 2014 meeting of the IFAB and there were two amendments to the Law 4 as well as a statement of the IFAB's position on the use of cameras and microphones by officials for broadcast purpose. More click here.
Time To Register For US Youth Soccer Workshop and NSCAA Convention
Registration is open for the 2015 US Youth Soccer Workshop, held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention, which will take place Jan. 14-18, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia —bringing thousands of coaches, administrators, referees and soccer enthusiasts together in one place.
Registration for the US Youth Soccer Workshop and NSCAA Convention, held through the NSCAA website, is open now through Jan. 13,after which attendees can still register on-site. Attendees are encouraged toregister before Dec. 15 to receive a discounted rate.
USYouth Soccer members, when registering six or more from the same club, areeligible to receive a 10 percent group discount on registrations made beforeDec. 15. Clubs should contact Andrew McGinnis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for agroup discount code and more information.
The US Youth Soccer Workshop features 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 with more than 300 exhibitors expected, featuring the latest soccer equipment, technology, apparel, fundraising ideas and more.
Inaddition to learning from leading clinicians in the areas of coaching andplayer development, the event will include topics such as the psychology ofyouth players, risk management, and organizing and financing field development.Registrants will also hear the latest in marketing techniques and tactics,sports medicine topics, developing and retaining youth referees and additionalareas of interest regarding recreational, elite and disabled players.
US Youth Soccer Introduces Spatial Awareness Coaching Guide
US Youth Soccer has announced the release of "Spatial Awareness-A Progression for Coaching the Tactical Use of the Field of Play through Concepts of Space." The new coaching resource provides age appropriate approaches to teaching players tactical concepts.
Spatial Awareness features a simple structure to guide all coaches through the steps of strategically training players on the tactical use of spaces on the soccer field. Principles are broken down by age and gradually broaden players' awareness of space and the use of space.
Spatial Awareness is also considered a companion piece to the Player Development Model released in 2012. The Player Development Model is a curriculum designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer's 55 member State Associations and more than 5,000 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.
Available for coaches of all youth age groups and abilities, the Spatial Awareness coaching guide can be downloaded from the coaching education document center.
Youth Modules To Be Required
Beginning in September 2015 all U6 and U10 coaches will be required to have completed the appropriate Youth Module. To provide additional options for coaches looking to fulfill the requirement, PA West Soccer now offers the U6-8 and U10-12 classroom portion of the modules in an online format. Once the online course has been completed a coach can then register to attend an on-field session to complete the course requirement. A link to the online course can be found on the Coaching Calendar page; a schedule of on-field courses will be listed on the Coaching Calendar.
National C License Offered
Eastern PA Youth Soccer, Delaware Youth Soccer, and Maryland Youth Soccer a joint offering of a National C License course. It is slated for August 6-10 and 14-17 in Kirkwood, DE. The course is limited to 40 candidates. For more info or to register click here.
Guest Players Permited
PA West Soccer rules permit guest players to be added to game day rosters. Coaches should add the players to their game day roster before printing it; names written onto a game day roster will not be accepted. They must also present the player's pass from his/her other team in the club at the time of team check-in.
For instructions on how to add a guest player to the game day roster click here.
Printing Game Day Rosters
Click Here for step by step instructions for printing game day rosters.
US Soccer Course Sizes
US Soccer is transitioning all of its educational courses to accommodate smaller class sizes. The instructor/candidate ratio for future courses will average one instructor per every 12 to 14 candidates.
“We are in the process of making progressive changes to our methodology for coaching development across all of our license levels,” said Director of Coaching Development Dave Chesler. “We will begin by offering courses with fewer candidates and increased Instructors – this effectively creates more opportunity for interaction and a candidate-centered environment. Our content is changing rapidly and will include current, reality-based projects and analysis by the candidates.”
Registration for courses being held in January 2014 will be available in early October. For additional details, please visit the National License Course schedule page in the Coaches section of ussoccer.com.
Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
At a course, coaches will interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching coaches current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches with the ability to improve the everyday training environment for elite players.
To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course visit the Coaching Education section of ussoccer.com.
SportsPath Offers Online Coaching Course
Coaches can learn the simplest ways to improve their team’s performance online from SportsPath.
US Youth Soccer Announces Release of Player Development Model
The Player Development Model features a simple structure to help guide coaches through the steps of training players and preparing for games. The model provides a curriculum for clubs from the U-6 to U-19 age groups. Check here to access the US Youth Soccer Player Development Model.
- Coaches need to inspect portable goals for anchoring prior to any activity taking place on the fields. This should include goals that may be located directly outside the field of play. Portable goals of any size need to be anchored in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines for Movable Goals.
- Players and parents need to be warned of the dangers involving unsecured portable goals with zero tolerance for any horseplay on or around goals.
- Portable goals that have been moved (by either the club or field owner i.e. municipality, park & rec department) need to be immediately re-anchored after simple field maintenance has been accomplished.
-Portable goals should always be moved by adults.
Coaches...US Youth Soccer Needs Your Help
US Youth Soccer is building a national database of coaches. The goal is to establish accurate contact information to share information with coaches about programs, benefits and educational opportunities offered by US Youth Soccer to those who impact the game daily, specifically at the grassroots level.
PA WEST COACHING AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MISSION STATEMENT
TO AID USSF, THE YOUTH AND AMATEUR DIVISIONS IN THEIR STATED AIMS, BY CREATING THE BEST POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUTH AND AMATEUR SOCCER PLAYER IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH:
SPECIFICALLY OUR GOALS ARE TO:
- Emphasizing that playing soccer should be made an enjoyable experience.
- Encouraging the creation of age-appropriate environments through the use of small-sided games.
- Asking coaches to utilize appropriate teaching methods (age-appropriate activities and games), whilst letting the game be the teacher.
- Increasing the awareness of safety issues/adult behavior issues.
- Allowing participation in that level of competition that enables players to be challenged at their appropriate level....including the elite player.
- Emphasizing player development over winning/losing, especially amongst younger players.
- Improve the soccer education of coaches working with recreational players, with specific focus on those coaches new to soccer (U6 and U8).
- Support the development of coaches working with 10-14 year olds, who are emphasizing "technical development in the game," through the provision of PA West Coaching Schools.
- Identify and educate coaches who can enhance coaching development and player development programs.
- Enable 4 to 10 year old children in recreational soccer to have fun, to develop a passionate desire to play and to acquire new skills in age-appropriate environments.
- Enhance the technical development of players by offering player development programs.
- Support the player development efforts of clubs in older age groups by reducing conflicts/overlap with programs like the PA West Olympic Teams.
- Make PA West Olympic Teams identification orientated, competitive and inexpensive.
- Aid in the creation of "Fear Free" and age-appropriate environments for our younger players that prioritize player development over winning and/or large-sided games.
- Develop competitions/awards that encourage/recognize skill development and the promotion of other "task goals" amongst PA West clubs and players.
- Lobby clubs with older teams (U15+) to participate in the highest level of competition available (e.g. for elite players, regular participation in recognized regional leagues/tournaments).
- Help the spread of soccer into all communities regardless of race, gender, disability, etc.
- Encourage and nurture a passion for soccer amongst our member players, so that retention rates improve and the continued growth of the Amateur Division is enhanced.