Eastern New York is Offering Two U.S. Soccer “C” License Courses in 2019
By Tim Bradbury, Director of Coaching Instruction, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Each New Year brings a sense of promise and hope.
Perhaps it is inspired by many people creating New Year’s resolutions and promises to themselves as they recognize the person they want to be.
For Eastern New York, 2019 also started with a sense of hope as our instructional team was expanded with two new additions, both already holding their US Soccer instructional license.
This brings the educational team to a mass of 16 quality coaches, all with an intrinsic desire to learn all they can about best practices in adult education and how to best share methods on teaching the game.
These 16 staff spread between Long Island and Albany can provide any of the following educational offerings to any clubs or leagues.
• Full suite of U.S. Soccer Grassroots licenses
• Full suite of United Soccer Coaches diplomas
• US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer courses
• Custom-built clinics and classroom presentations on topics that range from zonal defending, systems of play, best practices in player development or parent engagement.
In addition to the above grassroots courses, Eastern New York will also offer two US Soccer “C” license courses this year, one in Albany and one in Westchester.
A considerable part of my feeling of new hope is born out of the fact that many of these grassroots licenses are extremely USER-friendly and have been designed to meet the needs of both the players and busy parent/coaches. They deal with a play practice play methodology that ideally fits the needs of our youth players now.
The courses are easy to access, easy to register for, practically based and there is really no reason at all why any club or league that wish to do so should not have an educated parent coach teaching the game to players of all ages by the end of the summer.
Whenever I talk to parents they all want an educated coach for their child and seem aware of the importance of getting their child to fall in love with the sport. They all recognize the vital life skills that an educated, holistic coach can bring. From communication, cooperation discipline, through conflict resolution, skill acquisition to dealing with winning and losing all parents want their child to be placed in a sporting environment where these life skills are front and center.
I ask all clubs, leagues and even individual parents to pledge that 2019 can be a landmark year in coaching education and that we can, with all the tools available to us, make a vow that every player in New York will have the benefit of having an educated coach teach the beautiful game this year.
Anyone reading this can reach out to me at email@example.com to book a course for your club.
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association: With over 100,000 youth soccer players–both boys and girls–and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) reaches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees, and administrators.