What follows is part of my coursework for the USSF National Youth License. it is the oral question I was set, and my prepatory notes. I hope this helps.
Present a plan to convince a club board of directors why a coaching license should be mandatory for all coaches in your club.
Relatively few of today’s coaches grew up playing soccer; that lack of experience can limit a coach’s knowledge of what to teach our young players.It is important for us to be clear that knowing what to teach does not ensure an understanding of how to teach it, especially to young players. By ensuring our coaches are licensed, we can be confident…
- they will have an applicable level of knowledge on what to teach our players
- they will have the tools to do so
- the level of coaching in the club will be consistent
Ensuring our coaches have an appropriate coaching license will mean we can provide quality instruction for our coaches and quality development for our players.
We must do all we can to ensure that our players receive the best possible coaching in a manner that is consistent with the Club’s philosophy. As coaches we facilitate the best possible development of our players. As a club we must facilitate the best possible development of our coaches.
There are several coaching licenses available. The introductory licenses only require a few hours investment of time. We know that our volunteer coaches are busy, but it is a privilege to coach our players and I believe they are worth that investment of time.
As our coaches looks to advance through experience and application, we should reward them by supporting their development. Licensing is the best way to do this. It helps them, which helps us, which helps our players.
For the sport of soccer [and our club] to develop we need to assist with the goal of ever increasing professionalism at all levels. We can do this by supporting the licensing programs of US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and our State Office.