Louisiana Soccer Association
Coaching Education - Course Descriptions
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma - Baton Rouge
December 6-8 and December 13-15 (two weekends)
$650 NSCAA Member / $754 Non-Member (includes NSCAA membership)
The Advanced National Diploma is a 45-hour course designed for the experienced coach working with the advanced player. The emphasis is on training those players within a team concept designed to produce a successful environment. The 8 vs. 8 model is the main focus. Candidates receive a curriculum which outlines the course and includes valuable resource material. The curriculum includes team organization and training, advanced methodology, analysis and understanding systems of play, a focus on tactics within thirds of the field, technical position overviews, match analysis and the psychological aspect of coaching. Testing includes oral, written and practical (coaching) evaluations.
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Coaching Education Courses
The purpose of the Louisiana Soccer Association coaches’ education is to present to coaches a body of knowledge, which will help coaches deal more effectively with the day-to-day requirements of a team. The various levels of courses address the needs of coaches in a progressive manner. The curricula emphasize player development based upon a "games" approach to coaching. The certificates and license are recognized nationally and lead into the National Coaching Schools offered by U.S. Soccer. All certificates and the licenses are good for life. There is no requirement of previous playing experience. All candidates are expected to actively participate in all classroom and field sessions, unless disabled. Candidates must participate in all course activities and attend the course in its entirety. Candidates should bring a notebook, writing utensils, water bottle, and soccer ball and training equipment appropriate to the weather. Please study the Laws of the Game prior to the course. Candidates assume full responsibility for loss or damage due to personal injury while participating in a coaching program sponsored by LSA State coaching courses will be taught by the LSA Director of Coaching or an approved LSA Staff Instructor. Assignment of the course instructor is the responsibility of the LSA Director of Coaching.
Youth Module 1 - U6/U8
A two (2) hour course of field sessions and one to two (1-2) hours of online education completed prior to the course. Designed for the parent/coach or novice coach with an emphasis on under 6 and under 8 players. Technique, psychology and FUN are introduced with an emphasis on player development. To receive the U6/U8 certificate a candidate must attend the course in its entirety as well as complete the online module.
Youth Module 2 - U10/U12
A two (2) hour course of field sessions and one to two (1-2) hours of online education completed prior to the course. Designed for the parent/coach or novice coach with an emphasis on under 10 and under 12 players. This is a transitional age and a very important course for coaches moving from 6v6 to 8v8 soccer. To receive the U10/U12 certificate a candidate must attend the course in its entirety as well as complete the online module.
USSF "E" License
The course involves approximately seventeen (17) hours over a weekend (Friday-Sunday) of classroom and field sessions plus pre-course material. It is designed to develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team, understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Athlete Development Model and to establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses. To receive the "E" License, one must complete pre-course material (emailed to the candidate at registration), attend the course in its entirety and pass a practical coaching examination.
USSF "D" License
The highest state license, and combines thirty-six (36) hours of classroom and field sessions plus pre-course material. It is designed to develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team. Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of our Athlete Development Model. Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses. The specific target outcomes of the course are to teach the Principles of Play in a training environment (7v7 to 9v9), apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system and to plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan. The course is split into two (2) weekends (Friday-Sunday) with a minimum of 60 days between each weekend. To receive the "D", one must attend the course in its entirety, complete and pass pre-course material (emailed at course registration), pass an oral examination and practical examinations.
Waivers into the D License Course will NO LONGER be accepted.
Even if a coach has a previously-approved waiver, it will no longer be considered valid.
Holding the US Soccer "E" Certificate/License for a minimum of six months will be the only prerequisite for the "D" Course. The "D" license course has three possible outcomes:
- Pass With National "D" - Coaches can be assessed as capable of succeeding at the national coaching schools and awarded a "National" pass. These coaches must also hold, or obtain, a Grade 8 referee qualification, or higher, to formally receive the "National" certification and qualify for the "C" course.
- Pass with State "D" - Coaches can be assessed as "not ready" for the national coaching schools and awarded a "State" pass. Coaches who wish to proceed to the national coaching schools can retest at any future "D" License course after at least one season of additional practice. There is no charge for retesting at a regular "D" course; and a $100 fee to schedule a 60-minute private assessment.
- Not Ready - Coaches who fail to complete the course requirements or who fail to demonstrate the minimum competencies to pass the course are not awarded the "D" License. With a national "D" a coach may go onto a National Coaching School after one year. A state "D" license coach must retake the "D" course and pass with a national "D" before being allowed to attend a National Coaching School.
National Adult License
The USASA offers two coaching education programs approved by US Soccer that are designed for the adult coach. They are: the USASA Adult Coaching License Level 1 and the Adult Coaching License Level 2. These are US Soccer certified courses that offer training to the adult soccer membership.
National Youth License
The National Youth License focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to facilitate the needs of the youth player. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 year olds. The course will explore the physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of youth players, developmental psychology, and the art of teaching. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions and concludes with written, oral and practical examinations. Candidates are also videotaped for analysis during live training sessions. The Youth License is usually 6 days in length, sometimes held over two weekends. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach.
LSA no longer accepts waivers into any courses.
USSF "D" License — "E" License, N.S.C.A.A. Regional Diploma or equivalent and a minimum age of 16 years old is required.
USSF "E" License — No previous coaching necessary, but a minimum age of 15 years old is required.
Youth Modules — No previous coaching necessary, but a minimum age of 14 years old is required.
There are a required minimum number of advance-registered candidates to conduct a course.
Youth Modules: 10
"E" Certificate: 12
"D" License: 15
If these numbers have not registered and paid their fees to LSA the week prior to the scheduled course then the course will be cancelled. If a scheduled course is cancelled prior to the course date then all monies will be returned.
Each course will require a local course site administrator who will make arrangements for a classroom and field, promote the course locally and be the contact with the LSA office.
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All course registration is done online. Fees are due before the course begins and should be paid online or sent to the LSA Office, 475 Gardere Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70820.
Summer Annual General Meeting Coaches' Workshops
During the AGM workshops are offered for administrators and coaches. They are free to members of the LSA. The workshops are held on the Saturday of the AGM and bring national speakers to our state. The AGM is held in July in the greater New Orleans area. The Workshops are FREE and open to the public.
Courses and clinics are conducted around the state upon request. Clubs that wish to host a course or clinic should contact the LSA Director of Coaching at email@example.com or FAX (225) 766-0623 or call (225) 766-0815. Individuals who wish to learn of a course in their area should contact their local soccer club or the LSA office.
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