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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:

NC ODP traveled to the Virginia ODP Subregional Event in Williamsburg, Virginia February 26 & 27, 2022.
Great soccer, great competition and lots of fun was had by all!
A big THANK YOU to all the associations who attended the 2022 Recreation Council Meeting on Thursday, February 10th via zoom.
We really appreciated the participation, openness, and sharing that went on. There were some great conversations that evening!
The Recreation Council Meeting Minutes ("Minutes - February 2022") are now available on our website and can be accessed here.
If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

LOOKING Forward:

NC ODP age group training will resume in March & April for all players currently registered in the NC ODP pool.
Please visit the NC ODP website for more details and the tentative 2021-22 NC ODP Calendar.
Recreation Coaches Tips of the Week have begun again. Check your inbox!
If you are not receiving them and would like to, please send us an email.

on the field:

Don't miss out as dates are filling up fast to schedule your FREE Coach for Community course!
The Coach for Community course is a great resource for programs to use as an introduction for their coaches to the Coaching Education Pathway.
For more information, please visit our website here or email Jamie McLeod (Recreation) or John Trice (Youth Academy).
The Spring 2022 Youth Academy Showcase will take place on April 9 & 10, 2022 at Truist Sports Park in Bermuda Run.
More information about registering your teams will be coming soon.
The Spring 2022 State Cup Series kicks off April 30th and May 1st. 
Don't forget to apply to the NCYSA Spring 2022 State Cup Series! Application deadline: March 25, 2022.
Please go to for information and scheduling website for ALL State Cups!
The NCYSA Coaching Education Department has numerous Grassroots, D & C licensing opportunities scheduled through-out NC in 2022. 
 For more information, to register or to view course offerings, please visit the US Soccer Learning Center or email Bill Furjanic.

off the field:

March is Women's History Month!
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a landmark piece of legislation for gender equity. 
Celebrate the strong women, whether on or off the field, who help make soccer what it is in our communities, our state and our nation!

Megan Rapinoe said that the recent settlement between US Soccer & the USWNT helps women soccer players focus on the sport itself. 

"The biggest piece of the legacy that us of this generation can take is that the players coming up next will have a much better ability to just play. With that comes them probably being way better than we ever were. That's kind of the goal," said Rapinoe. 

March is National Athletic Training Month!
National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.
Certified athletic trainers play a critical role in preventing, identifying and treating injuries. Thank your ATC today!
 A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that the presence of athletic trainers can have a significant positive impact on student athlete health, resulting in lower injury rates, improved diagnosis and return-to-play decisions for concussion and other injuries.
Providing health care everywhere.

food for thought:

The Work-Life Balance. Can Coaches really achieve it?
Listen to the Modern Soccer Coaches podcast as special guest, Fearless & Capable Founder, CEO & Mentor, Candice Fabry discusses this topic.
Coaching the Generation Z Players
Each generation has its own characteristics, tendencies, & challenges.  Our goal as coaches is to meet the players “where they’re at” to help guide them towards development!  Check out this article from LinkedIn about Coaching today's newest generation of players - read here!

On the horizon:

Mark your calendars!
September is Youth Soccer Month!
Join us Saturday, September 10th at 7pm for "NCYSA Youth Soccer Night" as Charlotte FC takes on NYCFC at Bank of America Stadium.
To purchase discounted tickets, please click here.
Please share this link with your association! This is open to ALL NCYSA member associations & their members.
More details to come on available game day experiences for players, coaches and families.

   "Be someone who makes everybody...feel like somebody. " - Alex Morgan