OSA Technical Directors Diploma

Feb 8-11, 2016 marked the first ever OSA Technical Directors Diploma geared towards current Technical Directors, Club Head Coaches, and Coaches looking to make the jump to becoming a Technical Director. The course was 4 action packed days and huge credit has to go to, Mark Marshall and Bobby Lennox who not only helped build […]

Sports Path Award: $1000 For Youth Soccer Clubs

For anyone involved in a youth club, please check out the document below and hopefully your club will apply for the $1,000 Sports Path Award to the Youth Soccer Club that has the best Online Learning Network to support the development of Coaches at their club. Sports Path Awards 2015

Notes: Youth Module 2 – English FA

English FA Youth Module 2 Notes: To follow from posting Module 1 notes last week, here are notes for module 2! No matter what course I go on, I try to make sure I take good notes so I can always go back and reflect on the learning. Having found a few minutes during the […]

Notes: Youth Module 1 – English FA

English FA Youth Module 1 Notes: No matter what course I go on, I try to make sure I take good notes so I can always go back and reflect on the learning. Having found a few minutes during the recent holidays, I wanted to post my notes so those who are unable to attend […]

Book Review: The Modern Coach by Gary Curneen

Gary Curneen’s  ‘The Modern Coach 2014’ should be a part of every coach’s library. Gary has been able to truly grasp many of the trends of the modern player and found insightful ways to showcase different ideas for coaches to undertake in their own environments, to get the most out of each one of their players. […]

NSCAA Top 30 Under 30

NSCAA Top 30 Under 30

I certainly feel very fortunate to be a recipient of the NSCAA 30 Under 30 Award in 2013/4 (the Inaugural Year for the award). You can meet the rest of the recipients: Top 15 Male and Female by clicking HERE Many have asked about my experience in the program especially considering the fact that 2014/5 applications […]

Role Model

Much has been made in recent times of players, coaches and parents being role models. I recently came by this video while I was in the UK doing my Youth Modules. I think the video (below) summarizes the situation quite well and even though they are not using coaches as the Role Models in the video, parallels […]

Small-Sided Game with Changing Numbers

Small Sided Game with Changing Numbers  Objective: Help players recognize cues within the context of a game Organization:  2 Teams of 4+ Players, 2 Goalkeepers, 1 Neutral Before play begins, the players assign themselves numbers from 1-4. During the course of the play the coach will call out a number, for example “4.” Both players with […]

Renee Meulensteen (Man Utd) – NSCAA Special Topics Diploma

Day 1 And so it begins….arrived in Manchester just a couple of hours ago, got to the lovely hotel and just killing some time in the lobby catching up on emails until we get our rooms. First session begins at 4pm local time (GMT). I’ll do my best to post at the end of each […]

English FA – Intro to Age Appropriate Training

On my trip recently to the UK I had the opportunity to attend the English FA Introduction to Age Appropriate Training Module run by Essex FA and Alan Ackrell (FDO Hertfordshire FA) as the course instructor. Here are some of my notes from the course: Learning Outcomes: define movement skills incorporating agility, balance, coordination and relevance to […]