Indiana Soccer recently completed serving as the regional host site for the 2011 U.S. Soccer National Youth License which took place at the Indiana Soccer office and Lawrence Park fields. Vince Ganzberg, Jacob Daniel (Georgia Youth Soccer Association) and John Curtis (Minnesota Youth Soccer Association) served as the course instructors/clinicians for the July 25-29th course. Twenty-eight candidates from across the United States, as far away as Washington and Vermont took part in the week long course.
Special thanks should be given to the area youth boys and girls soccer players from FC Pride, NEYSL (recreation program for Lawrence-Geoff Gordon), St. Francis, and Westfield.
The National Youth License is designed to provide club directors of coaching, youth coaches, physical education teachers, and soccer administrators with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children aged 4-12.
The role of the coach as a facilitator is explored; the physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of players from 4-12 are explored; the lessons from developmental psychology are explored; and the art of teaching is explored. Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions.
For those wishing to possibly take the National youth License course in the immediate future, the remaining list of courses can be found at the US Youth Soccer website: National Youth License Course offerings.