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  Robbinsville Travel Soccer Program
   RSA Travel Meeting Agenda
•Background - RSA Club Strategic Plan
•Club Culture Building Activities
•Future of Travel Program
•Player Development (Training)
•Player Evaluations/Team Placement (Try-outs)
•Coaching Education
  Executive Board Commitment
• Club Culture
• Support Travel Program
• Appointment of
   – Director of Coaching and Player Development
   – Director of Travel
• Program Directives - Inclusion, consistent,
  focused,preparation for Jr. High and High School
          RSA Executive Board
•   Jim O’Donnell   President
•   Claire Coogan   1st Vice President
•   Joel Anker      2nd Vice President
•   Ralph Petagna   Treasurer
•   Doug Clarke     Secretary
•   Paul Edgcomb    Director of Travel
•   Tony McAnany    Director of Coaching and
                    Player Development
                 Guests
• Youth Soccer Alliance
 Traditional Characteristics of
       Travel Programs
• Little concentrated support from Club
• Independent Team Franchises
•”Winning as primary focus” - negative
   effects on program
• Inconsistent Training/Player Development
• Player Attrition (U13/U14)
     Foundation of RSA Travel
             Program
•Executive Board support and involvement
•Academy styled curriculum of training
•Team placement/year round player evaluations
•Coaching education/commitment
•Coaches evaluations/mentoring
•Seasonal and yearly team opportunities
•Communication and Club Culture Activities
       RSA Travel Program
•The individual player is the heart of all of our
  soccer activities. The game, training
  sessions, and teams are all built around the
  philosophy that the key to a soccer future is
  with the success of each individual player.
 Focus on individual player
       development
Provide all participating players with an
encouraging environment committed to the
development of individual technical skills,
tactical insight, physical and psychological
strength (high self-esteem).
Where players become the best they can be.
  Build winning youth players

Strictly winning games is not the focus of the
  program.

While winning is great, being a winner is
 better.
 Prepare players for future
    stages of the game.


Successful club, Jr. High, High School,
College and adult play.
Offer an inclusive age and skill
appropriate travel experience
   for all interested youth.
Full year
Seasonal
High level
For fun travel
Training only
Inspire and enable players to
foster and develop a life long
 love for the game of soccer.

Where creativity, risk taking, strong
personal commitment, and personal
excellence are highly valued.
     Provide programs that
  perpetuate and stimulate the
      culture of the club.
Special group events (games)
RSA Invitational Tournament
Travel Skills Challenge
Yearbook
Int’l Travel
New ideas from all involved
           Program Research
• 2 year process
• Local clubs, nationally ranked clubs
• Discussions with US National Team coaches
   – April Heinrichs Womens Full, Brian Maizenoff
     B U-17
• US Youth Soccer National Director of Coaching
• Local training groups
• Observation of our own teams and players
• Gradual integration and testing
           Research Results
• Varied approaches
• The most successful programs prioritize the
  individual players over the team
• Positive/encouraging/nurturing
  environments
• RSA Focus: The Individual Player
  – Technique, tactical awareness, mental strength,
    happiness, personal love of the game
     Players Rights, Club Core
    values, Coaches Commitment
•   adopted from US Youth Soccer
•   adopted from Pleasonton Rage
•   guide to executing mission
•   agreement for all involved
    Child centered Academy style
       curriculum of training
• Developmentally age appropriate training
• Educationally and athletically sound
• Inclusive of all possible skill sets
• Provide tools for children to learn what
  personal excellence requires
• Progressive skill development
 Child centered Academy style
    curriculum of training
• Centrally organized, challenging,
  appropriate skill training curriculum for all
  players
• Consistent training methods and focus
• Can we accomplish this alone?
• Can we accomplish this as is?
    Criteria for educator/trainers
• Demeanor toward children
• Soccer education and background
• Professional educator
• Commitment to soccer and children
• Commitment to RSA not just a singular
  team
• RSA need for greater oversight
         Youth Soccer Alliance
• Introduction of principle partners
• Background and philosophy
• Why the RSA?
  –   Stability for player development
  –   Individual player focus
  –   Organizational support
  –   Facilities
   RSA/YSA Training Modules
• Intensive Training Center
   –   Large group training
   –   Individual skills under pressure
   –   Speed, agility, footskills
   –   Intensive competition (boys/girls -varied ages)
• Team training: technical/tactical/functional needs
• Small group training (6 players or less)
   – Intimate understanding and mastery of skills
   – Intense 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 with optimal focus
• Private training (1on 1)
             Model Curriculum
• Our Goal - what we are able to provide in Sept.
• Current teams to participate as appropriate based
  on team goals and make up.
• Each current team may have variations.
• Next week meet with each coach (goals, cost).
• System for future player development.
• Based on information from Township Youth
  Alliance
   (football, baseball, basketball, in township)
          U8/9: The First Touch
•   Preparing parents and players for Travel
•   1 ITC Training session/week
•   In-house small sided matches (no league play)
•   Select friendly scrimmages with other clubs
•   1 tournament
•   Recreational team play encouraged
•   Private training possible
             U10: The Debut
•   First year in League Play
•   1 ITC Training session/week
•   1 Team training night
•   Professional Coach/mentor/asst. parent
•   Private/small group training
    encouraged/optional
       U11/U12: The Romance
•   1 ITC Training session/week
•   1 Team training night
•   1 Small Group Training Required (max 6)
•   Private training encouraged/optional
   U13/U14: The Commitment
• 1 ITC Training session/week
• 2 Team training nights
• Private training highly encouraged (based
  on Full yr/seasonal commitment)
      U15/U16: The Dedication
• 2 team training sessions: technical tactical
  functional
• 1 Small Group Training Required (max 6)
• Private training highly encouraged (based on full
  yr/seasonal commitment)
• Introduction to College prep and research
        U17/U18: Full Bloom
• 3 team training sessions: technical tactical
  functional
• College tournament showcases prioritized
• Private training highly encouraged
• College prep and research
• Player video resume preparation and in house
  college coach clinics
       Add’l Training Activities
•   Winter Training
•   Summer camps
•   ODP Olympic development preparation
•   Private training
•   Guest Clinics (USSF National Staff)
•   Coach mentoring/training
•   International team tours
•   Super Y Teams
     Player Evaluations/Team
            Placement
• Support coaches in selection/roster sizes
• Priority on keeping current teams together
• Players get numerous opportunities to be
  seen
• Development history
    Team placement/year round
        player evaluations
• 4 evaluations for each player during the
  year
• Game evaluations Spring/Fall
• Team placement/tryout procedure
  Timed individual skills (Foot skills, agility)
  1v1 Trials
  Rotational Small sided games (5v5)
                Procedure
• All Players numbered
• All players evaluated by YSA staff, DOC,
  DOT
• Current team coaches evaluate players
• Combination of scores to rate each player
• Players listed by rating for each age group
       Transitional year/season
             allowances
•Priority on current teams to stay together
•Open to potential new teams (incoming
  talent)
  Require Executive Board approval - Professional
  coaches/mentors year one

•Where possible roster sizes limited to create
  balanced teams/increased
  commitment/playing time
      Important Club Attributes
• All U14 players and below to play 50%of every
  game (roster size, talent selection, flighting)
• 50% rule does not apply to U15 and above
• All games starting in fall 2005 will be refereed by
  3 man system (tactical)
• Travel players encouraged to referee
• Developmental Systems of Play
• All coaches must be approved yearly by Executive
  Board (Coaches commitment and education)
     Important Club Attributes
• Coaching Education (standards
  recommended by USSF, and US YSA)
• Agreement and adherence to Commitment
  Statement
• Support and protection of Players Rights
• Basic first aid/aed training
• Support of Club Core values
             Coaching Education
• All required to take in-house clinics:
   –   Goal Keeping (safety)
   –   Principles of Attack(penetration, mobility, support)
   –   Principles of Defense(pressure, cover, balance)
   –   Combination plays (take over, wall pass, overlap)
   –   Heading (technique, defensive, finishing) (safety)
   –   Tackling (technique) (safety)
   –   First aid/CPR/AED (safety)
           Coaching Mentoring
• All assigned YSA Mentor:
  –   Match Analysis
  –   Talent deployment
  –   System of play
  –   Any soccer questions
           Culture Building
• Fundraising (golf, casino night, wine tasting
  etc)
• Player events (clinics, exhibitions, games)
• Merchandise (Hats, shirts, jackets etc)
• Group social activities
• RSA Invitational Tournament (Aug)
• Big brother/Big sister mentoring
              Other Support
•   Central RSA Travel Soccer Website
•   RSA Soccer Update - Press/Publicity
•   RSA Team Placement Advertising
•   Team sponsors
•   Discounts at Soccer Post of Hamilton
                Committees
•   New Kits (1 or 2 parents from each team)
•   Fundraising
•   Travel skills challenge
•   RSA Invitational Tournament
             Changes to program
•   Active Club Culture Building
•   Executive Board Support/Involvement
•   YSA Club Training Organization
•   50% playing rule for U14 and under
•   Academy Curriculum Goal
•   Stated Focus On Individual Player
•   Inclusive Participation Plan For All Interested Players
        Summary/Take Aways
• Each individual player is the focus
• Building a club culture
• Academy styled training goal
• Executive Board support
• Encouraging intense environment for individual
  success, pursuit of excellence
• Consistency, access, flexibility, focus
RSA Travel Meeting Key Points?
• RSA Executive Board committed to building a
  club culture with teams at all age, gender, and
  competitive levels
• Academy styled training which provides
  continuity, access, flexibility, and affordability
• Focus on individual player/skill development
• Commitment to keeping teams together during
  transition and supporting their future success
RSA Travel Meeting Key Points?
• Long-term commitment to YSA to provide RSA
  with developmentally appropriate training sessions
  for individual success and pursuit of excellence
• Commitment from coaches to participate in
  continuing education to provide players an age
  appropriate, positive learning environment

				
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