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The Coaching Education & Player Development Department
Holistic Approach to Coaching in an Effort to Shift the Culture of Soccer in North Carolina

Looking Back:

We had a great turnout for our August webinars with our friends at MOJO!
Those who attended were able to see how easy the MOJO app is to use in real-time and ask questions.
If you have volunteer coaches (new or returning!), share MOJO with them! To view the recording, click here.
This FREE one-stop coach-in-a-box app is the answer to saving them time, reducing stress, and improving their coaching experience! 
SportGait has kicked off their FREE baseline concussion testing program for NCYSA players!
Unlimited baseline testing is available for FREE for NCYSA players through December 31st.
For more information or to get your players started with SportGait, please email Wendy Burns or Keri Jones.

LOOKING Forward:

Registration for the 2021 Fall Youth Academy Showcase will open mid-September!
An email with more information and how to apply will be sent to all Youth Academy Directors.
We hope to see you at the 2021 Fall Youth Academy Showcase on November 6 & 7 in High Point.
For assistance with Youth Academy, please email John Trice.
We’re excited to present the webinars below with experts who can help you bring your Recreation program to the next level.
Join us live or if your schedule doesn’t allow, we hope you will take the time to view the recordings on-demand after.
Webinar #1: Universal Leadership - September 1st @ 7pm – Register here!
A presentation with Dr. John Stubblefield discussing how to meet the needs of the individuals you lead, including volunteers and parents within your association.
Webinar #2: Cultivating a Winning Culture - September 2nd @ 12pm - Munch and Learn – Register here!
This “Munch and Learn” with Nate Baldwin will discuss how he increased participation by 60% over the four major sports and increased coach retention rate to 90%.
If you are still searching for volunteer coaches or preparing your practice plans for the season ahead, our friends at MOJO can help.
NCYSA and MOJO are teaming up for two additional webinars to allow directors to see how the app works and ask questions of MOJO.
Session #3: Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00p EDT
Session #4: Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00p EDT
To register for one of the sessions, please click here.
MOJO will send you an email after you register with the link for your session. The same webinar will be presented at both sessions.

on the field:

As you return to the fields this Fall, consider having our Recreation Technical Staff out to work with your coaches, players and/or parents.
For more information or assistance with scheduling, please email Jamie McLeod.
Registration opens September 1st for the 2021-22 NC ODP season!
The 2021-22 NC ODP season will begin in late Fall 2021.
The eligible age groups will be 2005 - 2010 (with 2011s being eligible to tryout with the 2010 group). 
Please visit the NC ODP website for more details, the registration link and the tentative 2021-22 NC ODP Calendar.
Older Girls State Cup deadline is September 22, 2021!
NCYSA's Coaching Education staff is now offering the USSF Coach for Community course for FREE!
Coaches who participate will receive a voucher for an additional FREE online grassroots course.
The NCYSA Coaching Education Department has numerous licensing opportunities for all levels scheduled through-out the state this Fall. 
 For more information, to register or to view course offerings, please visit the US Soccer Learning Center or email Bill Furjanic.

off the field:

Valuable feedback from our membership led us to revamping the Recreation Handbook over the summer.
We have expanded it greatly to make it more inclusive and all-encompassing for our Recreation leadership to use as a resource.
You can access the new Recreation Handbook here
We encourage you to navigate through it or download a PDF copy for future reference.
United Soccer Coaches is hosting their 5th annual Play With Pride Week!
September 19 - 25: #PLAYWITHPRIDE
For more information on how to show your support or score some rainbow laces, click here.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
Join the movement and lace up gold for pediatric cancer.
For more information on how your team/club can participate, click here.
September is Youth Soccer Month!
NCYSA is proud to join USYS  and our members to celebrate the beautiful game and the youth who play it.
If you are hosting an event and would like NCYSA to help you celebrate, please reach out to Keri Jones.

food for thought:

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Whether you are a director, coach, player or parent, challenge yourself this Fall and set yourself a S.M.A.R.T. goal!

Meal Prepping Tips

Meal prepping is a great way to prepare healthy meals when you're on the go or have a packed schedule.
Learn how to do it properly and save time with information from USYS partner TrueSportUSA.
Share this article with your players and parents!


3 Things to Avoid When Coaching Youth Soccer

Vince Ganzberg, of United Soccer Coaches, teams up with MOJO to school us on the three Ls of youth soccer — plus a fourth, for good measure.
Read the article here!

2022 NCSRA Referee Outreach Program

Help make lifelong fans of the game and support your own program by helping to recruit new referees! 
The NCSRA Referee Outreach Program has been created to identify financially challenged individuals, ages 14 and older, who, but for a lack of financial resources, would like to and would be willing to become a soccer referee.
For information on this program, please contact your Area Referee Administrator or Marianne MacDonald, Administrator at NCSRA's state office.

On the horizon:

The NCYSA United Cup is back and this time we're headed to Wayne County!
This one-day 4v4 festival style event will be presented by NCYSA and co-hosted by Wayne County United Soccer Club!
Saturday, October 2nd at Bryan Multi-Sports Complex in Goldsboro, NC
We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity for children to play in a positive environment where they are free to be creative, build relationships and have fun!
At NCYSA, we value the integrity, respect, and commitment of every player who steps on the field and this event will showcase just that with no scores and no crowned champions but instead fun, success and swag for every player.
Registration will be open from September 1st through September 24th. Register early as the event will be limited!
Registration link: NCYSA United Cup co-hosted by WCUSC or search for the event on the SinC Sports app.

   "Only children believe they're capable of everything." - Paulo Coelho