NSCAA Academy Staff Member Teaches Three Diplomas in Dominica
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America, its networking opportunities, events, and diploma offerings touches coaches far beyond the borders of the United States.
For example, NSCAA Coaching Academy staff member Jeremy Tosaya represented the Association in March by hosting NSCAA Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in Dominica. In total, he taught 25 coaches.
From Jeremy Tosaya:
"Courses went well. [Candidates in] both courses felt the information was valuable and would like to see us progress with more opportunities on the island in the next year.
"The Director of the Sports Division made some comments at a press conference when we completed the course that were very good. He talked about how valuable a partnership with NSCAA was to impart knowledge that is age specific for youth football."
Several of the candidates participating in the courses also provided feedback of their experiences:
“The most beneficial part of the course for me was understanding age appropriateness of training sessions. Planning and executing a specific activity. The course is well structured for entry level coaches and a good tool for refreshing the knowledge of established coaches.” (R. Kemai John)
“It was one of the most educational courses I have had the opportunity to do. Thanks for the knowledge Jeremy. My next session will definitely be more enjoyable and educational thanks to the NSCAA.” (Richard Victorine)
“The best part of this course from the NSCAA was how it is specifically designed for developmentally appropriate ages, and was more focused on the youth aspects of coaching the game instead of general football tactics and technique.” (Sheldon Casimir)
For the NSCAA's first visit to Dominica, the Association offered it's beginner level of diplomas, designed for coaches working with U6-U10 players. These courses are also a great introduction into the NSCAA educational offerings, regardless of player age.
NSCAA Level 1: Click Here for Schedule
The Level 1 Diploma is designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun and safe environment. It has three parts: classroom with theory of coaching U6-U8, field work with coaches, and field work with U6-U8 players. Coaches not working at this age group would benefit greatly from an appreciation of the developmental abilities and needs of this important age group. (Time commitment: 4 hours; also available online here)
NSCAA Level 2: Click Here for Schedule
The Level 2 Diploma develops on the ideas in Level 1 and is designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun, safe and challenging environment. It also has three parts: classroom with theory of coaching U8-U10, field work with coaches, and field work with U8-U10 players. (Time commitment: 6 hours)
NSCAA Level 3: Click Here for Schedule
The Level 3 Diploma is a valuable and necessary one for many coaches. The material in this course is designed to assist the coach who has been asked to step up for the first time to coach a team in competition. The course is, in part, conducted in the classroom covering the role of the coach, methodology, and player development. The field portions of the course cover a variety of helpful training ideas primarily designed to improve technical ability. The field work also shows coaches a variety of small sided games to use and features a sample session conducted by the instructor.
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