AYSO Debuts Player & Coach Development Program
AYSO is proud to introduce the official AYSO Player & Coach Development program.
This program provides an in-season educational soccer program for both players and coaches with AYSO’s official Player Development Provider, UK International Soccer.
This unique opportunity allows your Region’s coaches to have a professional trainer work alongside them and their teams during the season. The staff members are professional, certified trainers who are expertly screened and background checked. In addition, they are AYSO Safe Haven, U6, U8, U10, U12 & VIP trained and certified. Learn more about the Player & Coach Development Program here.
Region 58 in Van Nuys, Calif. has been working with AYSO Soccer Camps since 2009. Recently, they began utilizing the Player Development Program. AYSO spoke with Jeffrey Hartsough, Regional Commissioner for Region 58 to ask him about his experience with the program.Why did you choose AYSO Soccer Camps for your Region?
We had been using another provider but we realized we needed to support our national sponsor. After the success of the first camp, we wanted to keep these guys in our Region for the duration of our season. The insight they give our coaches, the relationships they build with the kids and the excellence and professionalism in everything they do has really benefited our Region.What services do you use from AYSO Soccer Camps?
In 2012, we ran our second annual Spring Play Program, a spring camp and a summer camp. They also assisted with tryouts for our EXTRA™ program and they were the trainers for those EXTRA™ teams in the fall. The program also ran our Jamboree program in the fall, as well as weekly skills clinics, coach clinics and throughout the week they came to the fields to help our less experienced coaches in the Coach Mentoring Program. In 2013, it will continue to be much of the same!Your Region currently uses an in-season training program with AYSO Soccer Camp Trainers. Please explain how that works, and what benefits it has for your Region.
It benefits our Region in so many ways. The coach mentoring is superb for new coaches. Just knowing that the AYSO Soccer Camp trainers are there to assist them is a big incentive to becoming a coach in the first place.
The trainers are clear with their directions, they articulate where and how to make appropriate coaching points, they inform the coaches on how to run a session, technical and tactical insights and so much more.
Our U-5 Jamboree is a huge success because of the structure, enthusiasm and understanding the AYSO Soccer Camp Trainers have with this age group. The kids and parents have a terrific introduction to soccer; many of which become coaches at the U-6 level based on the fun the whole family had during Jamboree.
For EXTRA™ teams, having another voice come into practices and assist the team with tactical ideas is crucial to their growth. Last season, we had two AYSO Camp Trainers assist the EXTRA™ teams, but this year we will add at least one more.
The skills clinics, coach clinics, goalkeeper sessions and everything else that the AYSO Soccer Camp Trainers offer are wonderful for the kids.How would you describe the quality of the Player Development staff you’ve worked with?
For the summer camps we have 8-12 brand new coaches come into our community and run a fun week of soccer in the sun. Every year host families line up to look after the guys and girls and welcome them into our town.
The customer service and management that the AYSO Soccer Camps deliver is beyond anything we ever expected. They are always reliable, on time, professional and informative, and we would highly recommend any other soccer organization benefit from their world-class service.
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