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US Youth Soccer and NJYS “Y” Field Clinic

The "Y" Field Clinic is a part of a coaching education module curriculum designed for the novice parent coach. It is free to all members and can be accessed here The U6/8 and U10/12 Coaching Module courses described below have both an online presentation component and an on-field practical session. The online presentation component contains short video demonstrations and true/false and multiple question form quizzes along the way which must be viewed and completed successfully before being able to proceed further to the next chapter of the presentation. The online modules take approximately 30 minutes to complete. During a 1.5 to 2-hour field session a NJYS Coaching School Instructor will demonstrate the philosophy and coaching methodology addressed in the online presentation through developmentally appropriate activities and games using children from the host organization. Coaches will also be given some time to demonstrate and coach an activity related to the respective age group and given constructive feedback.

At the conclusion of these clinics the participant/coach should be able:

  • Describe the term 'developmentally appropriate' and how it relates to player centered coaching using the game of soccer as the vehicle (especially for the coach and child being exposed to organized youth soccer for the very first time).
  • Design and apply practices and game-like activities that will provide many opportunities to stimulate children into moving, thinking, acting, deciding, and problem solving in an uninhibited and spontaneous learning environment.
  • Apply a coaching/teaching philosophy of working with children that stresses enjoyment of learning through different stages of development.
  • Discuss the balance between skill and challenge and how it relates to the joy of participation and satisfaction of learning to know oneself.

Note: Both sections must be completed in order to fulfill the course requirements. At the successful conclusion of these programs, a coach will be able to download a certificate of completion.

Interested in hosting one, we would need one full size soccer field, lined and the host would need to also provide a minimum of 12 players depending on module age group. To host contact Rick Meana, Director of Coaching Education, Recreation and TOPSoccer: coach@njyouthsoccer.com