DC Stoddert Soccer

Coaching Education

DC Stoddert Soccer values the importance of having top coaches. Coaching education is among the most crucial aspects to preparing both professional and rec coaches for the challenges of keeping session plans fresh and players engaged, and also developing players to their full potential.

Upcoming Courses

Mondays @ Hardy Rec Field (on Foxhall Rd, close to the street) 
Tuesday, May 23 - Coaches of U9-U12, 6-7pm (NO DEMO players needed) (NOT May 22!) 
Monday, June 5 - U5-U8, 5-6pm (DEMO players may be needed, please RSVP to Karen)
  • Coaches attending their first Coaching Ed session will receive a RED COACH'S SHIRT.
  • Each session will address different activities.
  • U5-U8 sessions will be earlier, since they need to be settled in for evening earlier than the older kids.
  • Please do bring your age-appropriate children for the U5-U8 sessions - 8-12 kids are needed for demos.
  • PLEASE RSVP when bringing your child for demos, so numbers attending can be monitored.

National E Coaching Course
US Soccer and VYSA
This course is geared toward coaches of U9-12 players, and coaches who want to get onto the coaching education pathway.  A passing grade for the E is required to progress to the D.  (Though, the curriculum for US Soccer courses is evolving).

The E is required to progress to the D.  For the E, the on-line F is required.  There are playing and coaching situations for the coach candidates attending the course.  There is additional required pre-course work (Team Management, Laws, Concussion/Prevention and Care of Injuries, Session Plan) above what is required at the FUN Course.

Course dates: July 7-9, 2017
Location: Jelleff Rec Center
Address for GPS: 3265 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007
July 7 (lecture) 6-9pm 
July 8-9 (lecture/ mostly field)  9am-5pm (both dates)

Information/Registration: VYSA.com. Once you are in the website - US Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC), look under District of Columbia.


Each week's curriculum will be available below. Click the week number to view the session plans for all age groups.

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Quote of the Week

"We care about how many players you develop rather than how many trophies you win." 
~ Claudio Reyna

Coach Karen's Article of the Week

A spot for Director of Coaching Education Karen Kelser to share articles related to coaching:

Seven things great coaches and leaders do


1. They listen better

Great coaches and leaders know how to listen well. They understand that they will be able to come up with better answers, solutions and decisions for their athletes or teams when they tune in and simply listen better.

2. They adapt better

Great coaches are like chameleons. They are able to adapt to their environment. They are great at making decisions and finding solutions to problems. They are also great at adapting to the different personalities in their athletes and teams.

3. They lead by example

You must hold yourself accountable before you can hold anyone else. For example, if you expect your players to be on time, then you need to be on time. You want to be the type of leader who raises the level of everyone around you. Remember that your word’s mean little when you aren’t leading by the example.

4. Everyday they bring the 3E’s

Effort, Enthusiasm and Energy. When you have these 3 things, you will find that you will be even more successful as a leader or coach. Your clients and athletes look and come to you for these and not just the X’s & 0’s of playing a game.

5. They care more

Every human being longs to feel loved and cared for. Make your athletes or clients feel special and cared for. I just love this saying: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

6. They keep it simple

Don’t try and complicate things. When you talk, keep it brief and to the point. Your athletes or clients don’t need to know about the anatomy of a shoulder if you’re explaining an exercise. When it’s kept simple, it’s understood better. When it’s understood better, productivity and results will be higher.

7. They show confidence

Your attitude is something you have complete control of and will influence everything you do in life. A good energy and positive attitude helps build confidence. You must have a strong self-worth and be confident in your abilities, without being arrogant or cocky. No one is going to follow someone who doesn’t believe in themselves. Confidence comes from a sound work ethic and from being prepared.
All in all, great leaders and coaches love to SERVE

Seven Things Great Coaches and Leaders Do by Allistair McCaw

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