General Coaching Information
United Soccer Alliance of Indiana believes coaching education is a cornerstone to its commitment of providing the best possible environment for area youth and key to achieving its goal of fun, fair play, and player improvement.
- Minimum Coaching Standards (USA of Indiana Travel and USA of Indiana Rec Plus coaches should exceed these standards. USA of Indiana Rec coaches are required to obtain Youth Modules 1 or 2.
- USA of Indiana Weather Policy, Wind Chill, Heat Index
- Fundamental Ball Skills School Manual (By US Youth Soccer Coaching Director Sam Snow, Coaching Director. Key coaching points of each major technique in soccer are presented and there is an example training activity for each technique. Major training concepts for learning specific physical movements are discussed)
- US Youth Soccer Vision Statement Youth Soccer in America How Do We Measure Success?
- Winning and losing are not the correct measures of success in youth soccer. Instead we should measure the development of the players. The next obvious follow-up question then is, “How do we measure the development of a single player?” How do we measure success? How do parents know if the team coach is doing a good job of teaching soccer to the players? How does the novice coach know if the kids are growing within the game? By US Youth Soccer Technical Department
- Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States by USSF
- USA of Indiana Technical Director Job Description and Responsibilities
- NSCAA video: Flipping the Field by Vince Ganzberg
- NSCAA video “The Youth Soccer Coach” written by Mike Berticelli
- Referee Evaluation Form
- USA of Indiana Travel Coaches Lesson Plan Form (PDF version)
- USA of Indiana Travel Coaches Lesson Plan Form (word version)
- Concussion Resource: It’s Better to Miss One Game Than the Whole Season To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC published Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes. Posted here is important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. If you think your athlete has sustained a concussion… don’t assess it yourself. Take him/her out of play, and seek the advice of a health care professional. http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html
- Coach clipboard document: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/clipboard_Eng.pdf
- Coaching Carousel Setting the foundation for a new coach-athlete relationship by Stephen Woodward
- Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Youth Sports: A Position Statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
- Why Does USA of Indiana play small sided games for U4-U12 players? US Youth Soccer guidelines.
United Soccer Alliance of Indiana Coaching Certification Course
USA of Indiana Coaching Certification Course 101