February 6, 2019 – Over the weekend, seven Richmond Strikers Soccer coaches began their journey towards earning their United States Soccer Federation D License. This course was sponsored by Virginia Youth Soccer and the Richmond Strikers.
The D Course facilitates the improvement of the candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) with an emphasis on Coaching Training Sessions. To earn their license, they must complete two course meetings and a development period. The first section of the course took place February 1-3 at the Richmond Strikers office and coached by Richmond United’s Aaron Brunner.
The seven Richmond Strikers coaches who are candidates for the D License are Bruno Ramos, Kimmy Cummings, Ashley Williams, Morgan Singer, Meghin Martin, Marcel De Almeida and Andre Graham. They will now begin their development period in which they will spend 6 months in their home environment with assignments and mentoring in reflection of their first course meeting.
“One of my favorite parts the weekend was the atmosphere created by being around other coaches from all over the state who are eager to learn and get better,” Morgan Singer, ADP Girls Director and Head Coach of U9 Girls Elite, said about this weekend’s course. “Getting to share experiences and learn from both the other coaches and my instructors I was able to gather tools I can implement this spring to continue to improve coaching in a grassroots environment.”
The first course meeting this weekend entailed:
- US Soccer Building Blocks
- US Soccer Profile of a D License Coach
- US Soccer Roadmaps
- US Soccer 6 Tasks of a Coach
- Video Analysis & Session Planning
- Theoretical Presentations & Learning Activities
- Practical Field Session
“After finishing the first instructional weekend of the USSF D License course, I feel like I have a more structured understanding of how to develop my players based on the Grassroots Roadmap module of coaching,” U14 Girls Elite Head Coach Ashley Williams recalled from the course. “I plan to implement the Federation’s “play-practice-play” model in more of my 2005’s training sessions moving forward this Spring. I particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with coaches of all different backgrounds and age groups in a discussion-based environment. We took a lot of time to self-reflect and better ourselves as coaches.”
The candidates will earn their D License in July when they complete their second course meeting in which they will focus on skills such as person, game day and training plans as well as leading the team, players and parent meetings. Best of luck to all the Strikers coaches as they work toward their D License.