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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.  Please check below for info about:

- DC Stoddert Soccer's Recreational Soccer Curriculum & Coaching Best Practices

- A variety of Coaching Education courses and other helpful forms of assistance for Rec coaches

Curriculum & Best Practices

> Fall 2018 DC Stoddert Rec Curriculum
        - Pre-K / Kindergarten
        - 1st Grade
        - 2nd Grade
        - 3rd / 4th Grade
        - 5th - 8th Grade
        - High School

> DC Stoddert Soccer Coaching Best Practices - Use this simple list of best practices to optimize your impact at every training session for your team.

Coaching Education Opportunities

** Scroll down to review all of the opportunities **

When coaches educate themselves about effective coaching, you know that #ThisCoachCares

Multiple opportunities are listed below!  Please check them all out and participate in as many as you can in order to increase your effectiveness as and enjoyment of serving as a coach.


> NEWONSITE COACHING EDUCATION via the new Rec Coaching Pool!  Need help with your training session?  Want to pick up some coaching tips?  DC Stoddert Soccer’s Recreational Program Director, Justin Wilt, and professional staff coaches can come run a practice with your team!

This is a great way for volunteer coaches to learn effective coaching techniques, and players will enjoy training with a guest coach. Your players will have fun in a productive practice session, and you will gain information that will help you get more out of serving as a coach.  To request help with a training session, email Justin ([email protected]), and tell him your team’s name and age group, and the time & location of your practices.

Either Justin or one of the staff coaches will respond and coordinate further.  Please note: Since this program is new, it will operate on a limited scale this season. We may not be able to service every request, so please submit your request early and ideally provide some lead time between the request and the actual practice session date.  Also, the team’s coach(es) *must be present* when this service is provided, since the focus of this program is coaching education.

We love to work with our Rec teams and players, so please take advantage & learn how to improve your coaching in a most convenient setting!

ONLINE OPPORTUNITIESTake courses when convenient to you, at the pace you choose 

Courtesy of DC Stoddert’s Member Club standing with United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA):

1 - Foundations of Coaching – United Soccer Coaches has developed the Foundations of Coaching online course as the perfect introduction to coaching youth soccer for the first time, and as a helpful refresher for those coaches coming back to the youth game. Focusing on improving coaching instruction in order to progressively improve player development, the Foundations of Coaching provides insight into targeted training activities and age-appropriate instruction for beginning to advanced players. The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

Contact DC Stoddert’s Recreational Program Director for access codes for the Foundations course

2 - Small Sided Games –The short and long-term effects of the U.S. Soccer Federation Player Development initiatives are far reaching, impacting all youth clubs and coaches. As a way to prepare you for some of these initiatives, United Soccer Coaches has developed the Small Sided Games: 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9 Special Topics Diploma. This series is dedicated to preparing players, teams and clubs to address the tactical, technical and logistical opportunities presented in this new era in youth soccer.  The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

Available to the first 30 coaches, after taking the Foundations of Coaching course…Contact DC Stoddert’s Recreational Program Director for access codes for the SSG course

3 - Get aHead Safely in Soccer Online Diploma Course - United Soccer Coaches has launched Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™, the first interactive online course developed to educate coaches on how to teach safer heading techniques for players ages 11-13. This 30-minute course is available to anyone and everyone interested in heading safety.  The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

Available to all coaches via this link.  Strongly suggested for coaches of players in grades 6 & above.

Courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

4 - HEADS UP to Youth Sports course.  This important and helpful course examines & illustrates various aspects of concussion prevention, awareness and management.  The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

This course will help you:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.

Free for all coaches & parents.  Takes about 30 minutes to complete.  Access the course here.

Learn with other coaches how to improve your coaching skills

1 - United Soccer Coaches 4 v 4 Diploma course - Saturday, August 25, 9am - 12noon, Jelleff Rec Center (3265 S. St. NW, Washington, DC)

** This course is ideal pre-season prep for coaches of teams in the Kindergarten & First Grade age groups! **

»   Course duration: 3 hours
»   Coaching 6 & under and 8 & under players (focus for Kindergarten and First Grade, with benefits for Second Grade and above as well)
»   Learn to implement various 8 & under activities and games to play within the 4v4 model
»   Classroom sessions to address characteristics of the 5-8 year old player, laws of the game, and care & prevention of injuries
»   No testing at this level, no prerequisites

Registration is required.  There is no fee for registered DC Stoddert Soccer coaches to participate.  Please contact the Recreational Program Director for more information.

2 - Kindergarten Coaches Course - Tuesday, September 4, 6pm, Hardy Rec Center (4500 Q St NW, Washington, DC) 

So you are the coach for a Kindergarten team, perhaps a completely new group, and you want to know how it all works in Stoddert?  This is the place to be!

- Course duration: 1 hour
- Age groups:  Kindergarten (others welcome)
- Covers player management, parent management & gameday activities (practices & games)
- Special focus will be applied to the Continuous Play model used in 4 v 4 play
- Learn how to provide the best environment for kids & parents to enjoy soccer and learn the beautiful game!

Please register (no cost!) using this link.

3 - Coaching Impact Optimization Course - Thursday, September 6, 6pm, Hardy Rec Center (4500 Q St NW, Washington, DC)

With so little time for practices, can you improve the efficiency & impact of your practice sessions & increase the levels of learning *and* fun in your practices?  YES YOU CAN!

- Course duration:  1 hour
- Age groups: Coaches from ALL age groups are encouraged to attend
- Covers player management, practice and gameday operations, and more.  Some simple, small adjustments can result in significant impacts.
- Special focus will be applied to the DC Stoddert Soccer Coaching Best Practices techniques
- Learn how to provide a more complete development environment that yields happier, better players!

Please register (no cost!) using this link.

Contact Us

DC Stoddert Soccer
4620 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite A
Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Phone: 202-338-1910
Email: [email protected]

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