Ten coaches from our 2017 coaching staff spent a weekend in Sacramento together last month to participate in the 11v11 Diploma course being put on by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The course focused on developing the coaches’ abilities to run training sessions to prepare players to play 11v11 tactics. 11v11 refers to the numbers of players on the field and is standard for U13 and older play.
Following up on this external education opportunity, we held our annual coach retreat on April 1 for all head coaches on staff. Coaches worked together in groups to prepare practice plans that they presented to the rest of the staff for feedback. The collaborative environment allows our coaching staff to share ideas and further enhance our knowledge of the game and how to coach our players.
As a club, we continue to make coaching development a priority to ensure we are able to continue improving the experience our players get year after year.