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I’ve Volunteered to Be a Youth Sport Coach, Now What?
by Sam Snow
Content expert Sam Snow, is the director of coaching for US Youth Soccer. Snow joined the US Youth Soccer Technical Department in 2003 as the assistant director of coaching education and assumed his current role in 2004.
Snow has earned the United States Soccer Federation A license and National Youth license, a premier diploma, and a national goalkeeping coaching license. Coaching is second nature for him: He’s coached at the high school (Norfolk Catholic High School), collegiate (Florida Southern College, University of South Florida, Virginia Wesleyan College), state (Florida Youth Soccer Association), and regional (US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region III) levels.
Before joining the US Youth Soccer Technical Department, Snow held positions as a US Soccer national staff instructor and a director of coaching for the Louisiana Soccer Association. Snow received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1977 and his master’s degree in physical education from the University of South Florida in 1979.
Snow served as the subject matter expert for the forthcoming fifth edition of ASEP’s Coaching Youth Soccer book.
You’ve volunteered to be a youth sport coach, now what do you do?
This webinar will assist first-time and inexperienced coaches in dealing with the challenges and enjoying the rewards of being a youth sport coach. In this hour-long webinar, expert presenter Sam Snow addresses topics that include the following:
Coaching education—Courses and resources available through the American Sport Education Program and organizations like US Youth Soccer to further your understanding not only of the sport you’re coaching, but other equally important items often overlooked by youth coaches: developing a coaching philosophy, communicating with players and parents, player safety, and teaching techniques.
Season planning—Hold preseason parent meeting (to articulate your coaching philosophy, distribute practice and game schedules, address other team management items); work from the end to the beginning on developing a season plan curriculum that emphasizes player development over wins and losses and defines what you consider to be “success” for your program.
Designing a training session—Developing practice plans with a purpose, how to structure/what are the mechanics of a training session, keeping players engaged, small-sided games/games approach to coaching.
The ASEP Successful Coaching webinar series is offered free of charge to coaches, athletic administrators, athletic trainers, instructors, students, professionals, and parents interested in learning about the hottest topics in the sports arena. Webinars to date have addressed concussion management, bullying and social media, sports nutrition, and college recruitment.
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