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The United States Soccer Federation “C” License Experience

Storm Soccer Academy Director Miguel Lopez took his USSF “C” License in December 2015. Over the last few years, numerous structural changes have been made to the courses offered by the Federation in order to enhance and improve the licensing experience. With observations made by Mike Woitalla in the following article: License-mania–Aggrandizing the coach in… Continue reading The United States Soccer Federation “C” License Experience

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Intentional Youth Leadership Development

Change is inevitable, growth is intentional. Colin Wilson – writer, philosopher, and novelist Background Story: On Saturday mornings in Savannah, I coach a soccer program for children that are U8 soccer players. Within this program, the coaching staff and I have set up six teams of seven or eight players to participate on a field… Continue reading Intentional Youth Leadership Development

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Youth Team Development – Keep Families In the Game

  Why do certain families and players participate with the same youth sport organization for their entire youth sports career while others move to other sports, other activities, or other youth sport organizations. Three reasons I believe organizations are able to retain participants are: Organizational values and beliefs that match the families values and beliefs… Continue reading Youth Team Development – Keep Families In the Game

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Player Growth through Coaching Course Participation

Over two weekends in January, I had the pleasure of being the site coordinator for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Course. During this unique experience, the coaches taking the course are evaluated on their teaching ability. On the second weekend of participation, we were able to bring in youth soccer players… Continue reading Player Growth through Coaching Course Participation

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Coaching Tips – Miguel Lopez Style

Miguel Lopez is the Hilton Head Academy Director at Storm Soccer Academy.  A young coach in age, he has numerous experiences working with young soccer players between the ages of 5 and 13.  The number of hours he has spent coaching and education he has received at such a young age has created his ability… Continue reading Coaching Tips – Miguel Lopez Style

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Learning Through Mentorship on the Athletic Field

“To reach people no one else is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing.” Craig Groeschel (LifeChurch.tv) Leaders within organizations must realize that in order to be a success, they must build a climate calculated to build potential leaders.  Leaders that surround themselves with other leaders create more success for their organization.… Continue reading Learning Through Mentorship on the Athletic Field

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Youth Soccer Coaches in the United States: Development is a Worthy Process

Youth soccer clubs must be able to teach hired coaches their specific philosophy and curriculum in order to develop players that can eventually perform at the top levels in the manner in accordance with the prescribed developmental methods of the soccer club. At Storm Soccer Academy we play a possession-oriented style focusing on basic possession… Continue reading Youth Soccer Coaches in the United States: Development is a Worthy Process

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The Hard Work has Paid Off – Back to the Soccer Field

Austin Seelbach, who is a 15 year old student at Hilton Head High School writes another blog post to be included in her series about her ACL recovery story. Her determination, courage, and fearlessness are expressed in each written passage and I hope we all have strengthened our own mindset through Austin’s persistence for SUCCESS.  I hope… Continue reading The Hard Work has Paid Off – Back to the Soccer Field

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My New Sport is Recovery

Austin has been doing an amazing job letting all of the EducatedCoaches.com readers know how she is recovering from her ACL tear.  Her story continues below.  To read the other sections of her inspirational pieces click on the following links: Austin Seelbach – ACL Operation, Recovery, and Rehabilitation Austin Seelbach – ACL Surgery and First Days… Continue reading My New Sport is Recovery

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The Education of A Coach Part VI: Coaching Attributes that Lead to Participant Success

Excellent teacher-coaches are able to provide a meaningful journey for the athletes they find themselves around.  They create experiences that set in motion the athletes aspirations to provide more: Effort Desire Passion Commitment Development Intensity Skill Development Leadership Growth Athletes that participate for teacher-coaches like this love to interact with the coach, be praised by… Continue reading The Education of A Coach Part VI: Coaching Attributes that Lead to Participant Success