FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON (February 23, 2010) — Washington Youth Soccer, the largest youth soccer organization in the state, announced Tuesday that the association has received approval from U.S. Soccer and US Youth Soccer to host three national-level coaching courses in 2010 — including two prestigious National “C” License courses and a National Youth License.
As part of the state association’s all-new statewide coaching education program, Washington Youth Soccer will hold a National “C” License course both in Spokane (May 6-9 and May 13-16) and in Tukwila (Sept. 9-12 and Sept. 16-19). The National “C” License is one of the most esteemed coaching licenses offered by U.S. Soccer, and is available to all coaches who have held a National “D” License for at least a year.
The state will also host a National Youth License, designed to give a more novice coach the detailed knowledge to succeed in developing soccer-training programs for kids aged 4-12, Nov. 3-7 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tacoma. The National Youth License will be taught by Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education.
As National-level courses, both the “C” Licenses and the Youth License will be open to coaches throughout the nation, cementing Washington’s status as a hub of soccer and soccer coaching education in the United States. Space will be limited in all courses. Complete information, including registration details, can be found on the “Technical Zone” page at wsysa.com.
“Washington Youth Soccer is continuing to set new levels of education opportunities for our coaches to develop,” says Gary White, the state’s Technical Director. “This is the first time we have had the honor to host two National ‘C’ Licenses in our state during the same year. Also, this will be our first national ‘C’ License hosted in Eastern Washington, as part of our ongoing effort to expand coaching education to all corners of the state.
“Education for our coaches to better serve our players and the development of the game is clearly at the forefront of Washington Youth Soccer,” White added. “We continue to break records in terms of programs offered to our coaches and I believe we will see the fruits of our desire to educate in the coming years at every level of the game here in Washington.”
In addition to the National courses, Washington Youth Soccer will host a number of State-sponsored programs, seminars and courses and coaching certificate courses. For example, a US Youth-Washington Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coaches Certification course will be offered in 2010 where novice to premier level coaches will be trained in running TOPSoccer programs. It’s all part of Washington Youth Soccer’s new statewide coaching education program, launching in March, that is bringing a new structure to coaching development programs in Washington state.
The new program expands and streamlines the coaching education process in Washington by creating a standard calendar for coaching education, and bringing more programs to more areas of the state. Part of this new process will be a team of high-level Regional Development Officers (RDOs), who will work in a collaborative manner with Associations to deliver a constant flow of local and statewide courses. The RDOs will in turn oversee a select group of staff instructors with the knowledge and experience to make a difference and inspire the next generation of coaches in Washington state.
The seven RDOs will work within the seven current regions of Washington Youth Soccer. In addition, they will be teamed with a new State Diversity Development Officer who will focus on offering courses to Washington Youth Soccer’s diverse communities and membership statewide. For a complete list of the RDOs and the State Diversity Development Officer, visit the “Technical Zone” on wsysa.com.
The Regional Development Officers and the Diversity Development Officer work under the direction of Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director Gary White and the Technical Department to insure the overall offering and implementation is of the highest level.
Washington Youth Soccer will be releasing a 2010 coaching education brochure in the coming weeks which will include information on the Regional Development Officers and Diversity Development Officer, and will have detailed information on the 2010 courses, an annual statewide schedule, and the new process involved for participating and requesting courses.
For more information on Washington Youth Soccer coaching programs and services, visit the “Technical Zone” at wsysa.com.
About Washington Youth Soccer
Washington Youth Soccer is the largest youth soccer organization in Washington. Washington Youth Soccer is the state’s affiliate for US Youth Soccer, which is the largest sports organization in the United States and the most populous member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. The Washington Youth Soccer is the sixth largest membership in the nation; our organization represents over 128,000 players (ages 4-19) and their families, 15,000 coaches on 12,000 teams and 6,500 referees in the state of Washington. Washington Youth Soccer’s mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.