Home » Education » Club Standards Project

Club Standards Project

Case Studies

Wakefield (Mass.) Soccer Association

Vision Soccer Academy


"The NSCAA Club Standards Assessment process was highly educational. The consultant’s onsite visit gave him the opportunity to see the YMCA’s program within the context of our community. As a result, the report we received at the end was an incredibly thorough evaluation tailored specifically to our club. It will be a useful tool in shaping our plan for the future."

Geoff Weller
Program Director, YMCA of Lincoln


"The assessment of our soccer organization's strengths and weaknesses was extremely thorough, professional, and done with the highest integrity.  The analysis provided in the subsequent report has given us many very important suggestions to help us improve the development of our players and coaches.  We give the assessment provided by the NSCAA our highest recommendation."

Mark Rampey
Director, Prairie Cities Soccer League, Illinois.


“There is no question in my mind that your report hit the nail right on the head. Many of the things that you have recommended are consistent with what the board has been suggesting for years. As a colleague once told me, you cannot be a prophet in your own land and must live at least 100 miles away to be considered a prophet. I consider you the prophet.  Your external review was what we needed.”  

David Gosselin
Lincoln Spirit Soccer Club, Nebraska


“The upfront time spent with the assessment program was extremely beneficial for our club. The process clearly outlined the club’s strengths and weaknesses, providing a blueprint to advance out club to the next level.  Over the past 3 years, the Litchfield Soccer Club has implemented many of the recommendations.  We have seen tremendous improvement with our players, along with increased support from our Parents through the educational programs.”

 Scott Shakley
President, Litchfield Soccer Club


“Our Club completed the assessment process in 2010.  I certainly can endorse the process as being very thorough in both fact gathering and in forcing us to perform a good self-assessment in all key areas.  The report was well organized, thorough and addressed the issues we faced and identified opportunities we should consider.  We have implemented a few of the recommendations and are continuing to strive towards long term goals developed from the report.  I would recommend the process to any club whose mission is to do the best job of developing players while growing a well-managed organization, whether they are a new or a well-established club.”

Bruce Guest
VP Player Development/DOC, Montgomery Travelers SC


“The detail provided in the assessment was wonderful and thought provoking. The Consultant provided detailed information on what we do very well as an organization and areas we can improve upon. From the first phone interview to the easy to use forms used to gather information I must say I was thoroughly impressed. As a professional Director of Coaching attempting to steer a large organization in the right direction towards proper player development – I found the assessment an invaluable tool to make many of my cases and use it frequently when questioned by Board Members as to WHY I want to implement a new idea or program. The process was very affirming. I recommend every soccer organization be assessed to ensure you are maximizing your full potential or learn about ways to get help.”

John Barata - Director of Coach and Player Development, Easton Soccer


“The Wellesley United Soccer Club received an assessment with very positive results including:
1.  Hiring a full time Director of Coaching (Coaching Authority)
2. Creation of a curriculum, the first step toward a Long Term Player Development Model
3. Consistent assessment of players and coaches from season to season
4.  On-going review and consideration of ability based programming…"if you are good enough, you are old enough"
The consultation and the final assessment have encouraged WUSC to take a close look at the club's long term development program.”

Tom Goodman
M.Ed., Director of Coaching (and former US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching), Wellesley United Youth Soccer


“As part of an overall evaluation of our program, Dedham Youth Soccer recently participated in the assessment.  It was the general feeling of the DYS Board of Directors that the program had become a bit stale, and that our all-volunteer program would benefit from a detailed review and evaluation. 
The review was informed, noting many basic organizational and curriculum principles and topics that DYS had overlooked or not considered.  Completing the process generated discussion among members on many of the topics, with implementation of potential significant changes to the program the underlying concern.”

J.H. Rumpp, Jr
President, Dedham Youth Soccer Association


“In the fall of 2010 we had a full–on review of how we conducted ourselves as an organization. The process was very thorough and in some aspects eye opening to what we were deficient in. At the end of the process, we knew exactly where we needed to improve and what our strengths were. The consultant sat down with the board and went over point for point what we can do to improve the level of soccer skill in Worcester.
We knew we were limited in the number of volunteers and stretched thin with the duties our volunteers were taking on. The report cited things such as not providing enough oversight of coaches during practices and games. Again a byproduct of not having enough bodies with soccer knowledge to do such, but something that we knew was important. A more professional coaching education program was recommended.
The attention to detail and expertise in coaching soccer were immense to us as they created a blueprint from which we could build upon.”

Ryan Francis
Former travel director for Worcester Youth Soccer


“Prior to the assessment, the Board was struggling with how to strengthen the Club, improve its coach and player development programs, develop short and long term strategic plans, and increase volunteerism.  The Club knew it had weaknesses in these areas and knew it did not have the expertise or tools to critically assess them.  In addition, it did not have the people resources to conduct an in-depth analysis and develop executable recommendations.
The assessment provided a structured approach. The assessment consisted of an initial survey to gain an understating of the Club’s philosophy, programs, organization, etc.  Step two consisted of a series of in-depth interviews with Board members and coaches.  This was followed by a number of meetings to review the preliminary findings.  The final step was a comprehensive assessment that detailed the strengths and weaknesses in each of the focus areas.
The report also provided a rating for each of the components that made up the focus areas.  For example, for coaching there was a score for: a) recruitment of volunteer coaches, b) coaching education plan and program, c) support for volunteer coaches, d) support for coaching vendors, e) experience and qualifications of coaches, and f) and overall score.  An actionable recommendation was provided for each component.
As a result of the assessment, the Club has implemented a number of the recommendations, including:
• A comprehensive player development curriculum 
• A short and long term facilities development plan
• A coach development and assessment program
• An enhanced communication process with our families including seasonal surveys
• Increase focus on our recreational programs
The assessment provided a roadmap for the Club to strengthen its programs and enhance the player’s soccer experience.  Although we are still in the process of implementing some of the recommendations, the Club has a clear vision of where it wants to go and it has an operational implementation framework as a result of the assessment.  In summary, I would recommend the assessment to any Club that wants to improve its performance and strengthen both coach and player development.”

Tom Hayden
President, Simsbury Soccer Club


“Through the evaluation process, we were able to look analytically at our organizational structure, board of director’s roles and responsibilities, web-site quality, methods of communication to our membership as well as our approach to training and development.
The report identified areas to consider changing that offered critical impact.  Our intramural program now has frameworks, coach’s guide lines, curriculum that is age appropriate, session plans that focus on player development with consistent skill sets.  We will be focusing on an player assessment process and revamping our travel tryout process as a next step.  The assessment provided a chronological approach to the order of change. 
We restructured our board positions, held our first coaches meeting in years, launched a new web-site and continually dedicate more time to player development and coaches training. It will be interesting to look at our organization in a year for our next assessment session.”

Sharon Clement
President, Danvers Youth Soccer Association


“At the point in time when Wakefield Soccer Association (WSA) decided to participate in the assessment process, our soccer organization lacked consistency in the approach, structure and vision surrounding our overall curriculum as well as our coach and player development programs.  After completing the survey and seeing how WSA lined up in a host of areas against best practices within the industry, the resulting report in effect became our organization’s “strategy blueprint”, providing a framework of direction on multiple areas of opportunity for improvement within our program, including “best in class” player and coach development curriculums and training toolsets, and an enhanced focus on volunteerism, fundraising and administrative process efficiencies. 
Beyond the obvious benefits gained by seeing how our organization “stacked up” against others in the sport, where WSA saw the biggest value was in the extremely insightful and well thought out recommendations that were provided to us to by the consultants, aimed towards helping to move our program in a direction in which every child is given the best possible opportunity to maximize their potential as soccer players, within a fun-filled and positive environment. 
In the time since receiving the results of the evaluation process, WSA has made significant strides in many of the areas citied in the assessment, and while much still work remains to be done, we are very confident that the organizational roadmap provided in the report will ensure the continued success of Wakefield Soccer Association going forward.”        

Michael Boudreau
President, Wakefield Soccer Association



Club Standards Project

Preliminary Assessment