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Sep, 2021

Intermediate Coach Training 9/18-9/19

What: Intermediate Coaching Course 
Where: AYSO Building, 305 E 14th Street, Davis CA 

When: Saturday 9/18/2021, 3PM – 8PM Working Dinner Provided
            Sunday 9/19/2021 8AM – 3:30 PM as number of participants necessitates. 

3:00pm - 8:00 pm        Classroom (& Field Pending on Numbers):
                   Culture,    Age Appropriate
                    Psychosocial and Physical
                    Quality Training, Coaching Cycle
                  Field: Delay the advance & scoring, back 4
                    Phases of Play,    Principles of Play
                    Match Analysis,    Reading the Game
                    Periodization, the 14U Training Session
                    Style of Play
    8:30 AM - 9:00AM        Review the day, set the field        
    9:00AM – 10:00AM              Field: Coach Presentations & Evaluations       
   11:00AM – 12:00PM          Field: Coach Presentations & Evaluations
    1:00PM –  1:30PM             Lunch (Pending on Numbers)
    1:30PM  -  2:30PM        Field: Coach Presentations & Evaluations
    2:30PM –  3:30PM        Field: Coach Presentations & Evaluations 
                            Pick up the field, thank the players, Review all material to this point, class & field

    Pre-requisites for this course:
U12 AYSO Coach Certification
AYSO’s Safe Haven
Laws Module
CDC Concussion Online Module
14U Pre-Course Online Module
                Intermediate Coaching: Part 1
                Intermediate Coaching: Part 2

Send me (email me, [email protected]) a Training Plan (see AYSO U Intermediate Coach Training – both a print and digital version can be found there) We will go over these training plans on Saturday, and I will give you a specific topic to work on after that discussion that you will present to the class on Sunday where your performance will be evaluated.

The goal of having coaches present and then deliver a training plan to a group of players is to ensure that players get the best opportunity to develop. Here’s a key thought as to what is expected, your theme should be based on the tactical (objective of the game of soccer) evaluation that was the major deficit in your team’s prior performance (based on your match analysis - who what where when & why). For example, it is often the case that coaches state that the theme of the training session is passing or dribbling. That’s a technical theme, not a tactical theme, objective or principal of play. It could be that we couldn’t advance the ball through the midfield. Part of the reason could be poor technical passing, but it is the objective (advancing the ball and maintaining possession) that opens a player’s mind to tactical development and reading the game (why passing is important, but also why creating width, supporting the on ball player, moving to space, moving to receive while shielding and maintaining good first touch all become important), which is our ultimate coaching objective. That’s the thought process I want to see in all your training plans and in all stages of your plans, one through four.

Familiarity with the Laws of the Game, Guidance for Referees and Coaches, the U-12 Coaching materials is critical. There are many points on the final exam that come from knowledge of the laws of the game.

The Laws of the Game (2021-22) are available for download as PDF files from.

Contact your Regional Coach Trainer for the 2015-21 U-12 Coach Manual, or consider purchasing one online from the AYSO Supply Center yourself, if you are not already in possession of one.

The new Intermediate Coach Manual is now part of the online material (you must take the online intermediate course to download it) and you will need to download it. This is an excellent manual and there are many examples of lesson plans that you can use as a guide to develop your own. You will develop one before the course and send it to me prior to Saturday’s session (I must have this by Thursday 9/16/21 by 10PM so I can review it and incorporate it into the discussion we will have on Saturday). We will go over a number of them in class late on Saturday to access how well they are structured and how well they follow the guidelines. You will then develop a complete lesson plan after class on Saturday and you will present one of the stages of this second lesson plan on Sunday morning (you will make two copies, one to give me for evaluation and one to use to deliver the plan)

Please Bring
1.      Size 5 ball properly inflated
2.      Playing attire, including shin guards
3.      face towel
4.      sunscreen & hat
5.      notebook and pen you can take into the field
6.      snacks and your favorite sports drinks

Instruction will continue through Dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday will be included if number of participants dictates. Water will also be available at all times.
If you have a team that can help us on Sunday 8:30-12:00 please let me know. We must have players to get this accomplished!

Send me an email  [email protected] so I can send you additional preparatory material.   

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