Dear VSA Community,
As I sit down to write this, I can’t help but think back to last year and all the uncertainties we were facing. Living each day not knowing what tomorrow would bring was a challenge. As we begin to open back up, I have learned to appreciate each day because one thing that the previous year taught me is that nothing is for certain. I’m certainly feeling connected to the message of Thanksgiving this year, very grateful.
As we look forward into 2022, we are excited to announce that there will be a full slate of coaching education offerings available throughout the year. Vermont Soccer will be sponsoring an all-female Grassroots course. In addition to the all-female course, funds will be available for female coaches towards other Grassroots courses including the D license. More information on this will be coming soon. Additional courses that will be offered are a US Soccer C License, United Soccer Coaches National Youth License, and Goalkeeper Diplomas. There will be something for everyone.
In October, I included the “Why of PPP.” Let’s continue to help improve the soccer environment for the players. With that in mind, I’ve included a sample 4v4 US Soccer Play-Practice-Play Training Session. Vermont Soccer offers grassroots coaching education courses throughout the year. If your club or program is interested in hosting a coaching course for the convenience of your coaching staff, please contact me at email@example.com.
Where does a coach begin? Build your profile in the US Soccer Learning Center. Complete the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching.
This free introductory module, which represents the first step in the newly revised coaching license pathway, is now the general starting point of the pathway and is the required prerequisite to undergo any of U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Licensing Courses. Coaches who complete the module will also be provided with four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions.
The module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Given that our focus is youth soccer, I would be remiss to close out this letter without speaking to the article in USA Today. If you haven’t read it, the link is included. There is just no room on a soccer field, or anywhere in society for this kind of behavior. Kudos to these strong young ladies for standing up for change! We can all do better and this team is leading by example.
USYS Olympic Development Program (ODP)
Tryouts for the 2005-2007 boys and girls are Nov 7 and Nov 14. If you missed the tryout date, are interested in learning more and would like to participate, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tryouts for players born between 2008 and 2011 will take place in April 2022. For more information click on this ODP 2022 Link.
Unsure if the USYS Vermont Olympic Development Program (ODP) is the right program for you?
*Are you looking for additional opportunities to improve and develop as a player?
*Are you one of the better players on your club or high school team?
*Do you like the challenge of playing with and against other players you're not familiar with?
*Do you see a benefit to being exposed to different coaches?
*Are you comfortable with being uncomfortable?
*Does the opportunity to represent your state, region or country get you excited?
If you answered yes to any of these Vermont ODP is definitely worth a try!
John Curtis is Vermont Soccer Association's Director of Coaching. He holds his USSF “A” license, National Youth License, Talent Scout License, Grassroots Instructors License and his United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma. Curtis has served on the national staff for U.S. Soccer, US Youth Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches instructing advanced coaching license courses for coaches across the country. John will provide the Vermont Soccer community with his perspective on important events, ideas and initiatives that impact players, parents, coaches and families.