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  1. The Difficult Road to Player Development Presented by Tom Goodman, M.Ed. National Director of Coaching Education United States Youth Soccer Association Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  2. Tom Goodman, M.Ed. US Youth Soccer National Director of Coaching Education USSF ‘A’ License USSF National Staff Instructor Former US Soccer Region 1 Staff Coach Former PA West State Director of Coaching Former CT Director of ODP Former President Windsor Soccer Club Former World Class Soccer Director of Coaching Club, High School, College, W-League Coach Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  3. Player Development “The process by which a player grows and matures psychologically, technically, tactically and physically within their soccer environment.” Technical Tactical Player Psychological Physical Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  4. Psychological Technical Emotions Stress Intellect Skills Functional Commitment Desire Enjoyment Effort Persistence Player Player Purity Performance Mechanics Speed Self Esteem Relationships Outside Influences Fundamental Match-Related Match-Condition Tactical Physical Nutrition Recovery Balance Decisions Implication of Technique Communication Individual Group Team Speed Possession Transition Defending Player Player Strength Power Endurance Speed Principles Functional Vision Flexibility Agility Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  5. Nation Region State Club Family School Town Player Psychomotor Development Psychosocial Development Cognitive Development Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  6. Club/State/Region/Nation Mission Statement Why do we exist? What is our purpose? How do we justify our existence? Philosophy A frame of reference by which all employees measure their efforts. How do we achieve our mission? How do we do justice to our mission? Structure/Organization Board of Directors (Employers) Management of the property and affairs of the organization Conscience and “Common Sense” of the organization Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  7. Club/State/Region/Nation (continued) • Staffing (Employees) • Director of Coaching and Player Development • Selection and evaluation of coaching staff • Continuing education for staff • Selection and evaluation of players • Curriculum development • Coaching Staff • Team management (players, parents, managers) • Selection and evaluation of players • Conduct training sessions • Schedule competition • Communication • Head Administrator • Overall administrative responsibility • Selection and evaluation of team managers • Team Manager • Overall team administrative responsibility Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  8. Club/State/Region/Nation (continued) • Programming • Levels of Play • Club pass • Education/curriculum • Players, coaches, parents • Age/playing level appropriate • Physical/Psychological (mind and body) • Competition • Intra club • Inter club • Social • Players, coaches, parents • Facilities • Outdoor fields • Indoor fields • Health/Fitness Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  9. CLUB Responsibilities in Player Development • Appoint a Director of Coaching and Player Development • Staff & Player Development • Staff & Player Education • Staff & Player Evaluation (IDP) • Programming • Age appropriate play (small sided) • Multiple levels of play • Tournaments (Quality vs. Quantity) • Provide appropriate age level coaching • Age appropriate training • Effective player/parent education • Player evaluation (IDP) Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  10. CLUB Responsibilities in Player Development (continued) • Political Participation • Attend State Meetings • Support State Programs • Facilities Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  11. STATE Responsibilities in Player Development • Recognition of the Club’s value in Player Development • The Club is a customer • Appoint Director of Coaching and Player Development • Education (to foster Club growth) • Coaches • Parents • Club Presidents • Officials • Player Development • Select/State Teams • ODP • Centers of Excellence Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  12. STATE Responsibilities in Player Development (continued) • Programming • Age appropriate play (small sided) • Multiple levels of play (Leagues, ODP) • Special Programming (ie. TOP Soccer) • Tournaments (Quality vs. Quantity) • Political Participation • Solicit feedback and ideas from Club personnel • Promote State personnel to the Region • Facilities Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  13. REGIONAL Responsibilities in Player Development • Recognition of the State’s value in • Education • Administration • Player Development (ODP) • The States are the clients • Appoint Director of Coaching and Player Development • Education • DOC’s and Coaches • State Presidents • Officials • Player Development • Advanced/Regional Teams • ODP Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  14. REGIONAL Responsibilities in Player Development (continued) • Political Participation • Solicit feedback and ideas from State personnel • Promote Regional personnel to the National Program • Programming • Multiple levels of play (Leagues, ODP) • Special Programming (ie. TOP Soccer) • Tournaments (Quality vs. Quantity) • Facilities Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  15. NATIONAL Responsibilities in Player Development • Recognition of the Region’s value in • Education • Administration • Player Development (ODP) • The Regions are the clients • Appoint Director of Coaching and Player Development • Education • DOC’s and Coaches • Regional Directors • Officials • Player Development • Elite/National Teams Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  16. NATIONAL Responsibilities in Player Development (continued) • Political Participation • Solicit feedback and ideas from Regional personnel • Promote Regional personnel to the National Program • Programming • Multiple levels of play (Leagues, ODP) • Special Programming (ie. TOP Soccer) • Tournaments (Quality vs. Quantity) • Facilities Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  17. Conclusions The player must be the focus of all decisions. The closer the organizational level is to the player the more important that level is to player development. The different organizational levels must develop quality, open relationships with mutual respect for the benefit of the player. “Ego’s are out … Development is in!!” Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  18. Nation Region State Club Family School Town Player Psychomotor Development Psychosocial Development Cognitive Development Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org

  19. The Successful Road to Player Development It’s all about the kids! Tom Goodman tgoodman@usyouthsoccer.org