The New Soccer Coaches Summit Tackles The Role of the Coach in Times of Unrest.
New Two-Day Series Kicks Off June 3 – 9:00 AM PST
#SoccerCoachesSummit2020 #CoachesHelpingCoaches The highly successful Soccer Coaches Summit produced by America Scores Bay Area presented over 150 speakers. Now back with a two-day session, the Soccer Coaches Summit is a fabulous and FREE program not to be missed.
AMERICA SCORES IS HOLDING A NEW FREE SOCCER COACHES SUMMIT JUNE 3-4, 2020.
Learn directly from world-class soccer coaches, clinicians, and trainers. LIVE conversations, presentations, and Q & A sessions — on Zoom.
“This week has been a profound one for our country. From coast to coast, people have joined protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor,” says Colin Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of America SCORES Bay Area. “These protests are fueled not only by outrage at these individual tragedies but an intense need to address long-standing pain and anger about systemic racism and injustice.
The confluence of the Floyd’s, Abery’s, and Taylor’s deaths and the COVID 19 pandemic with the resulting economic upheaval have only heightened America’s pain.
“The America SCORES Coaches Summit was born out of the COVID 19 pandemic and the need to help coaches during a period of isolation. With the events of recent days, we now face further waves of hardship and dislocation amid unparalleled social unrest,” says Schmidt.
“Our question for the summit: What is the role and responsibility of a coach during this time of unrest?”Colin Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of America SCORES Bay Area
“What can we learn from some of this country’s best coaches on how they respond to current events with their players, teams, and institutions? How do we create both physically and emotionally safe spaces for players to develop and grow? We can not underestimate the role of the coach in helping their players navigate hardship whether it be social isolation or social injustice,” said Schmidt.
“Excellent coaches don’t simply help develop players — they help shape people.”Colin Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of America SCORES Bay Area
“The best coaches create a culture of trust, inclusion, and authentic communications,” said Schmidt.
Launched in April, the Soccer Coaches Summit series attracted approximately 10,000 participants from 110 countries. The series provided 150 speakers in more than 125 sessions — all for free.
The collective brainchild of board chair Jon Denholtz, Schmidt, and the America Scores Bay Area team, the Soccer Coaches Summit is back for a new two-day session in June.
The series of zoom sessions start on Wednesday, June 3 at 9 AM PST and feature phenomenal presentations and discussions from an all-star roster of master coaches.
Coaching legend Bruce Arena headlines June’s America SCORES Soccer Coaches Summit.
The theme of the June Summit is a holistic approach to player development focusing on the men’s game and school-based soccer programs. The holistic method centers on enabling the player to fulfill their potential, not only as a player on the field but also as an individual off the pitch.
More than timely, this new session of the Coaches Summit will provide everyone in soccer the ability to connect and discuss the racial tension and protests that have exploded in cities all across America since George Floyd’s death.
“Soccer done right can be a vehicle to help move this country forward, to create bridges and pathways in a reality that is full of walls and divisions.”Colin Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of America SCORES Bay Area
“At the highest levels in the country, these coaches are talking the same language as America SCORES. They connect soccer to education and holistic development; they embrace a ‘person first’ methodology into their culture and training sessions,” said Schmidt.
Centered on the unique and important role that high school and college can play in advancing American soccer, Sasho Cirvowski from the University of Maryland will make the case for why college soccer can be the best U23 player development platform in the world.
Storied coaches Mike Noonan from Clemson, Mike Potempo from Monteverde Academy, and Rick Jacobs from St. Benedict’s Prep School will talk about the importance of culture and how they develop world-class players in the context of their educational institutions. Oguchi “Gooch” Onyewu will talk about his journey from college to international fame.
Coaches helping coaches — This is what inspires us.Alicia Yanow, Operations Lead – SCORES Soccer Coaches Summit
A non-profit organization that promotes soccer and poetry to kids all across the country, America SCORES, created the Soccer Coaches Summit, the most successful mega-series connecting coaches all across America and answering the question “How can we advance the game during the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown?”
While contributions to the non-profit organizations are welcome, they are not required to register or participate in the Zoom sessions. Donors receive as a thank you lifetime access to the archived Soccer Coaches Summit sessions. Kicked off 25 years ago, America SCORES has impacted over 130,000 kids across North America. America Scores provides soccer and poetry enrichment afterschool programs to “poet-athletes” and teaches the value of teamwork and community.
Coaches and soccer fans are invited to attend the free live sessions. All the talks will focus on creating a culture of excellence and involve the opportunity for Q and A. FREE TO ATTEND! Sign up now!
Attendees will learn the methodology used by the New England Revolution Soccer Academy and will gain tremendous insight from the exemplary programs at Monteverde Academy, Clemson University, University of Maryland, and St. Benedicts Prep School.
On Wednesday, June 3 at 11 AM PST, coaching legend Bruce Arena will offer his insight on the past, present, and future of soccer in America.
Soccer Coaches Summit DAY ONE Wednesday, June 3:
- Bruce Arena, Head Coach, New England Revolution
- Mike Noonan, Head Coach, Clemson
- Mike Potempa, Head Coach, Montverde Academy
- Rick Jacobs, Head Coach, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School
- Oguchi Onyewu, Entrepreneur & Elite Coach, former US Men’s National Team
Soccer Coaches Summit DAY TWO Thursday, June 4:
- Sasho Cirovski, Head Coach, University of Maryland
- Toni Hernandez, Director of Methodology, Monteverde Academy (formerly of Valencia CF in La Liga)
- Bryan Scales, Director of Youth Development & Head Coach U-15, New England Revolution; Patrick Ouckama, Head Coach U-17, New England Revolution; Jasir Charris, Assistant Coach & Director of Goalkeeping U-17 & U-19, New England Revolution
Since April, Soccer Coaches Summit produced a special two-day session, the Legends of Indoor Soccer. Hosted by Keith Tozer and JP Dellacamera, the Legends of Indoor Soccer featured the legends of the MISL and the stars of the MASL. Held in May, it raised over $13k which was split equally between America SCORES and Feeding America.
According to Yanow, the Soccer Coaches Summit was inspired by the unprecedented pandemic as a way to bring all levels of the soccer community together to share their knowledge and experiences.
“Producing this event gave America SCORES an amazing opportunity to share its mission and message with top coaches in America,” said Alicia Yanow, Operations Lead – SCORES Soccer Coaches Summit.
Diane Scavuzzo, Editor in Chief of SoccerToday is proud to support the Soccer Coaches Summit and appreciates the opportunity to partner with this organization. Scavuzzo believes in America SCORES’ goals. Schmidt is also pleased to have SoccerToday as an ongoing partner in these public forums. “Diane and her team do an exceptional service, day after day, elevating the discussion about soccer in these uncertain times. SoccerToday provides information on a daily basis that will guide the future direction of soccer in this country,” said Schmidt.