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Course Descriptions

Here are the coaching courses offered by the West Virginia Soccer Association:


"G" Certificate - 3 hours


WVSA Members: No fee. Non Members: $25
Minimum number of coaches required: 15


Facility required: Large gym or field and classroom, with TV / DVD, black or white board.

 

Objective:
· Expose new and inexperienced coaches to the essentials involved in dealing with young soccer players.
· Topics include organization of practice sessions, small-sided games and an introduction to the basic skills in a fun environment.

Candidate Expectations:
· Participate in field sessions
· Bring pen, paper, a soccer ball and questions.

 

 

"F" License 6 hours

 


WVSA Members: $30. Non Members: $50
Minimum number of coaches required: 15

 

Facility required: Gym or field
A list of registered coaches must be received at the State Office 14 days before the course commences.

 

Objective:
· To provide further information to parent coaches who have previously attended a "G" License.
· To allow parent coaches an opportunity to observe an experienced staff coach work with young players.

 

Candidate Expectations:
· Coaches are expected to participate in field sessions.
· Coaches need to bring pen, paper, and a soccer ball.

 

The host club needs to provide a group of players of the appropriate age for field sessions, e.g. U6 group for 45 minutes (8 to 10 players), U8 group for 1 hour (10 to 12 players) & U10 group for 1 hour (12 players per group).


The course consist of one-hour lecture, field sessions with players, a one-hour field session with coaches, each coach attending the course will receive a coaching manual. The manual contains field sessions, a player skill developmental plan, and information on small-sided games.
 

 

E License 18 hours

 

WVSA Members: $60. Non Members: $75.
Minimum number of coaches required: 15

 

Facility required: Large gym or field and classroom, with TV / DVD, black or white board. A list of registered coaches must be received at the State Office 14 days before the course commences.


Objectives:
· Prepare coaches for training players U14 and younger by providing activities that enhance technical competence, while also addressing some tactical concepts.
· To provide a framework of understanding of appropriate coaching tools that will provide the players an enjoyable learning experience.


Candidate Expectations:
· Participate in all activities.
· Demonstrate a basic grasp of the material presented.
· Coaches need to bring pen, paper, and a soccer ball.

 

 

D License - 36 hours

 

WVSA Members (non residential): $200. Non Members: $300
Minimum number of coaches required: 15


Facility required: Large gym or field and classroom, with TV / DVD, black or white board.
A list of registered coaches must be received at the State Office 14 days before the course commences.


Objectives:
· Prepare coaches for training players U15 and above by expanding the player’s tactical awareness, while further developing their technical ability.
· To provide the framework and understanding of practical coaching methods for the preparation of players and the team.
· To serve coaches for whom this represents their final coaching course as well as those who plan to pursue a National License.


Candidate Expectations:
· Participate in all activities (field and discussion groups).
· Demonstrate coaching ability and basic soccer knowledge.
· Coaches need to bring pen, paper and a soccer ball.

WV Soccer Association is excited about the new direction the United States Soccer Federation is heading with the "D" class. We are working hard in conjunction with them to implement these changes as well as curriculum updates to improve the overall level of coaching in the state of West Virginia. These changes will only benefit the overall development of our players and teams in the long run!

 

Effective January 1, 2013 candidates and hosting clubs will need to be aware of the following requirements and changes with the "D" class:

Waivers will no longer be granted to any coach - all coaches must attend and pass the USSF "E" License first. The registration deadline will now be 10 days prior to the pre-course homework.

The course will no longer be held on consecutive weekends. There will now be a long gap of time between the first and second weekends to help accommodate deliberate practices.

West Virginia Soccer Association is establishing a mentoring program to help candidates prior to the course and during the deliberate practice stage. These mentors will be responsible to provide guidance and feedback to the candidates as they conduct their sessions.

Candidates are not required to attend the same venue for the "Instructional Stage" (week 1) and the "Performance Review (Week 2); however, it is preferred.

Thomas Olivier
WVSA State Coaching Education Coordinator

 
 
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