This summer NMYSA hosted a National Youth License course over two weekends at the end of July and beginning of August, 2010. The course was a roaring success with 36 coaches from across the state attending. The lead instructor of the course was the current director of coaching for US Youth Soccer, Sam Snow. Sam was assisted by Mike Strickler (Florida Youth Soccer Technical Director), Austin Daniels (Arizona Youth Soccer Coaching Director) and Joshua Groves (NMYSA Technical Director).
During his time in Albuquerque, Sam Snow met with representatives from local clubs to discuss current issues in player development, club development and coach education. He also put on a free coaching clinic with the U12 Rio Vista Manchester United boys team, the clinic was attended by over 30 local soccer coaches and provided the players and coaches with some high level instruction.
The National Youth License course is aimed at coaches of players aged U6 thru U12 and takes an in-depth look at the characteristics of players in those age groups. The course promotes a player-centered coaching methodology and encourages coaches to help players discover the game within the child. For the field sessions, players from Albuquerque soccer clubs were invited to participate. NMYSA would like to extend a huge thank you to the players from Rio Rancho Soccer Club, Albuquerque United, Rio Vista Football Club and NM Rush Soccer Club for their enthusiastic participation in the field activities. NMYSA would also like to thank Coach Andrew Legant and Highland High School for allowing us to use their facilities for the course.
For more information on NMYSA’s Coach Education Program please visit the coach education page of our website.