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Saturday, July 30, 2022 - Sunday, July 31, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Blended National D license is a 40 to 45-hour course, that begins in May 16, 2022 with an online experience and ends with a one or two-day on-field component in July 30-31, 2022. The course is designed for the grassroots coach working with youth players U6 to U13 in a participation driven environment and focuses on all four game models as outlined in the Player Development Initiatives (4v4 / 7v7 / 9v9 / 11v11). 

 

The goals of the course are to help coaches understand how:

 • to create game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision-making)

 • to create a game day environment that encourages players’ ownership (decision-making)

 

 The learning objectives of this course are to facilitate coach improvement in the Six Tasks of a Coach with an emphasis on developing the team and individual players by learning how:

 • to demonstrate an understanding of developmental stages & age characteristics • to observe the game, recognize formations and all player actions

 • to further develop a comprehensive understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology • to organize, execute and reflect on 2 Play-Practice-Play training sessions based on the same goal in 1 week

 • to demonstrate an understanding of how to inform, involve and inspire parents

 

Coaches who register for this course can expect up to 3 to 5 hours weekly learning opportunities that will feature a mixture of independent learning using online modules and live virtual meetings led by a licensed U.S. Soccer Instructor. Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to the internet and a web-camera/live video capabilities. The virtual meetings will take place agreed upon days and times (see below). Coaches may be asked to participate in the field component as either coaches or players, so please come prepared to actively learn. Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend all course meetings to be eligible to receive the license.

 

 Eligibility Requirements: A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. Specifically, candidates must have completed a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course: • Two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11) • One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

 

Coaching candidates who have earned the E or F License will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:

• U.S. Soccer E License Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module

• U.S. Soccer F License Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module 11v11 in-person license one other in-person license

 

Course Structure:

 First Meeting (Monday, May 16, 2022)

• Opening Virtual Meeting Date: (Monday, May 16, 2022)

• Opening Virtual Meeting Time: (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Access to Virtual Course - is using the Big Blue Button (BBB). To find the BBB, Log into US Soccer LC, Then go to the course you are registered to, then to find the virtual classroom it will be under either Calendar Tab or the Communications Tab in the General Discussion on the left side of the page. There you will find the video icon for the BBB (it looks like a camera in RED). Click here.

 

NOTE: DO NOT LOG IN FOR THE COURSE MORE THAT 5 MINUTES BEFORE START TIME. If you accidently log in early, please log out and try again FIVE MINUTES PRIOR TO COURSE. If you have difficulty in connecting, please call Terry Eguaoje's cell phone

412-609-8012.

 

Development Period: The Development Period is the time in between the initial meeting and the on-field component. The Development Period will consist of weekly learning opportunities that will feature a mixture of independent learning using online modules and live virtual meetings led by a licensed U.S. Soccer Instructor. Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to the internet and a web-camera/live video capabilities. The virtual meetings will take place agreed upon days and times (see below). It is vital that candidates have access to a grassroots team during this period so that they can practically apply what they learned during the Development Period.

 • Weekly Virtual Meeting Date(s): (Every Tuesday and/or Thursday to be determined by candidates and instructors)

 • Weekly Virtual Meeting Time: (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Weekly BBB Access - Follow instructions above, when in BBB click on your Instructor.

 

On-Field Component

• Date: July 30-31, 2022

 • Time: Specific on field times TBD

• Location: in Monroeville, PA - Field Location TBD

 

 Please contact Amy Fogle at afogle@pawest-soccer.org with any questions.

 

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