The new AYSO National Coaching Program curriculum was spotlighted at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) annual convention in Philadelphia, Jan. 13-16, in a session entitled, “It’s Environmental! Recreational Player Development.”
The session, attended by over 50 coaches and administrators from soccer organizations across the U.S., was presented by Scott Gimple, AYSO Director of Player Development and Scott Snyder, AYSO Player Development Technical Advisor.
“AYSO is a thought leader in youth soccer education. We wanted to help coaches of all organizations better understand what’s important in developing young players for success,” said Gimple.
The new curriculum features age-appropriate interactive manuals that have QR codes that can be scanned on a smart phone and immediately take the user to demonstration videos. Each manual has a season’s worth of training plans that easily help a coach have a successful and fun season.
The AYSO booth at the NSCAA convention was swamped by coaches wanting to learn more about the new AYSO curriculum and purchase AYSO coaching manuals. However, the curriculum and manuals are only available to AYSO Regions through the AYSO Supply Center.
“Our new content is designed to encompass the latest methodology from all across the soccer globe and it is being received with great enthusiasm both internally (at AYSO) and externally in the soccer community,” explains Scott Snyder. “It’s such an honor to share a platform with top soccer coaches and leaders like Dave Chesler, U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Development and Ian Barker NSCAA Director of Coaching. It is a fitting compliment to AYSO and our contribution to the game in this country.”
“Our NSCAA presentation was to highlight, discuss and present solutions to some of the challenges young players have in today’s climate, like over-coaching for example,” said Snyder. “We must create a safe and healthy learning environment for our players to take risks, try new things and express themselves on the field. Soccer is a player’s game and it’s the responsibility of both coaches and parents to let them own it. AYSO does that better that anybody!”
Mike Hoyer, a member of the AYSO National Board of Directors and liaison to the National Coaching Commission was also featured at the convention in presentations of the NSCAA Robert Robinson High School Long Term Service award, which was sponsored for the third year by AYSO.
This year’s recipient was Gary Avedikian, who gained national fame for his 15 years as head coach of Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio amassing a 228-33-13 overall record including a state championship. He then went on to serve as head men’s soccer coach of Ohio State.