Dear Coaches of U12 and under (including all Park and Rec coaches):
We are hosting a Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) Youth (“Y”) Module for coaches. This certification course focuses on the cognitive, physical, and psychological development of children and what that means for coaching them. You can expect to take away a greater confidence and enthusiasm for coaching as well as an improved ability to provide a great learning experience for the children. Completing the four-hour course earns you a “Y” Certification, a nationally recognized soccer coaching credential.
This link provides a two-minute sneak preview of the course content, as a short version of the National Youth License course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHyO3t1GY4Y
Recommended Reading: US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual
Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Willow Creek School – 1050 22nd St NE, Owatonna
Cost: Paid for by OSA
The general schedule is as follows:
Hour 1: Classroom with Coaches
Hour 2: Field session with Coaches playing
Hour 3: Field session with youth players
Hour 4: Field session with Coaches playing
Spring Training Update
Since the weather doesn't seem to cooperate with us, we will have our first training session this Sunday in the Junior High gym.
So bring your gym shoes, NO cleats!
The other three sessions (April 2,9 and 23) will be at Manthey Park.
See You Sunday!
OSA is excited to offer four training sessions this spring at Manthey Park:
Sunday, March 26 (INSIDE OJHS GYM)
Sunday, April 2
Sunday, April 9
Sunday, April 23
U12 and under trains from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
U13 and up trains from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Your team level from last fall determines your level of practice. If you are 11 years old but played on a U12 team then you should practice with the U12’s.
**Any goalies please bring your gloves to the Clinic since we will attempt to have additional training for goalies this year if conditions cooperate** Players – remember to bring a soccer ball if you have one with your name on it.
All sessions will be held at Manthey Park. If inclement weather on March 26th, it will be held at OJHS gym. The remaining sessions will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. Cancellations will be posted on the OSA site.
COACHES: Please contact Stefan at: 475-1421 or Chad at: 651-494-2256 to schedule yourself to help, if you can. As an incentive, any coach who assists at least three sessions will receive a $30 gift card! Lastly, please publicize to your current and/or past players to participate as this is a good way to get ready for the upcoming season.
The cost per child is $15 and $10 for additional children in the family. Checks made out to OSA and can be brought to the first clinic session.
See you out there!
We are excited for the upcoming season and wanted to inform you that the OSA board is in the process of forming the teams & coaches at all age levels of play. As we're working through this process, team formations will be impacted at all levels in an effort to comply with the USA Soccer and MYSA’s birth year mandate. OSA will not necessarily place players based on school birth year guidelines but will now be required to place players based on their birth year. Along with this and some potential separation of level of play for skill levels, some teams will be required to participate in evaluations to ensure your child is placed on an appropriate team based on his/her level of play. Our hope is to have the process completed within the next two weeks in which time you will either receive information regarding necessary tryouts or you will hear from the coach from the team on which you are placed.
Again, please be mindful that we (all associations in the state) are in a transition year with the new birth year guidelines and we will do our best to ensure an enjoyable yet competitive year for your son and/or daughter.
**MYSA link for new birth year guidelines: http://www.mnyouthsoccer.org/birth-year-chart
We are also looking for any non-parent coaches that have prior coaching/soccer experience that are willing to coach. Please refer them to a board member ASAP since we are in need of 1-2 additional coaches!!
OSA is again offering a TOPSoccer program for all athletes ages 8 and older with physical and/or mental (cognitive) disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. Athletes are placed on teams according to ability and not solely by age. The program runs from approximately May until the middle of August with games/events usually on Sunday evenings. The benefits players receive from this program include a sense of belonging, the value of being part of a team, improved self-esteem, fitness and social skills, enjoying success based on ability and having fun. If you have a disabled child ages 8 or older (no upper age limit) or know of someone who would be interested in joining the program please contact Dave Furness at 456-6889.
Owatonna Soccer Association,
Thank You for the donations! As you can see we are wearing our new boots, new jerseys, new shorts, new socks, and our new pennies! We were sincerely touched with all of your generous donations! In total we received more then 50 pairs of boots, 10 shorts, 7 jerseys, 10 pairs of socks, one ball bag, and 20 pennies!!
Again thank you very much for all of your love and support!
Asante sana (Thank you very much)
Kibera Mighty Lions
When playing in a game, youth soccer players’ minds are focused on making split-second decisions as they maneuver around and survey the field.
Every once in a while, however, a player’s attention may be drawn to his or her hyper parent yelling instructions or making a scene from the sideline. While parents’ actions may simply be the result of wanting the best for their child, their behavior can have a negative effect on their young athlete’s enjoyment of the game.
US Youth Soccer spoke to Dave Carton, the director of coaching for Discoveries SC in Rock Hill, S.C., to hear his opinion on some areas in which many parents could improve their sideline etiquette. Carton is no stranger to addressing adults on how to act while at games, and a letter he sent to parents of his club that cited their improper behavior was featured on the US Youth Soccer Coaches Blog.
Here are six things to keep in mind when attending your child's game...
1. Avoid ‘coaching’ from the sideline while watching your child’s game
A common problem in youth soccer is the impulse parents have to shout instructions to their young player from the sideline. It’s especially difficult for a child because he or she has a tendency to refer to what a parent says, which often conflicts with the instruction from the coach. Carton said parents should imagine being in a room and having multiple people yelling instructions at them in order to see the confusion it could cause a child.
“Another thing about yelling instructions is that the tone a parent yells with is typically a lot more aggressive than the coach,” Carton said. “The coach is instructing with a teaching mentality. ‘This is what we have to do to improve. This is part of the process to get better and improve your level of play.’
“The instructions that the parents are yelling have an immediacy to it. They want it done now because they want the gratification of the instant result. It’s conflicting with what the coach is trying to do.”
2. Do not criticize the referee
Carton said this is an epidemic, and spectators should realize that referees are people and will make mistakes — even those officiating at the highest levels of play. When parents go after a referee for what they perceive as a mistake, it begins to make the game about the adults rather than the kids.
“A referee is ideally going to make an objective decision on what he or she sees. A parent is going to interpret that same situation through the prism of the team that their child plays on,” Carton said. “If it’s a decision that goes against their team, they’re automatically going to have a subjective view on it.
“The problem comes when there is an aggression to how the parents react to that. The bigger problem is when the child sees that, the child thinks it’s accepted. Parents need to remember they always need to be a model for their child.”
3. Focus on the benefits of the game rather than the score
Far too often parents worry about the numbers formed by illuminated lights on a scoreboard rather than the experience their child has while playing youth sports. Carton said parents are naturally from an older generation in which there was a larger focus on the result of a game. While it’s natural for everyone to want to win, he said parents need to keep focus on the larger picture.
“It’s natural instinct to want to win. The key thing is to keep things in perspective,” Carton said. “If we didn’t win, how can we go into the next game to improve on what we did wrong? Coaches talk about the development process, and losing is part of that process. If your team always wins, their mentality won’t be able to handle setbacks. It’s a big part of a child’s development.”
He went on to talk about a hypothetical 1-0 loss.
“Very few of the parents are asking their child if they had fun today. The child will take the parent’s reaction to the result of the game as the norm. They’ll then relate their experience to the result of the game, which is really counterproductive.
4. Think when interacting with opposing fans
“This is one that should be common sense. Grown adults should be able to go and enjoy their child’s experience without having any confrontation,” Carton said. “We get that at our club, too. We always say, ‘Don’t forget, you’re not just representing the club, you’re representing your child. The way you’re acting right now — if you could see yourself through the eyes of your child, what would you think of yourself? Why are you making a public spectacle over a U-11 girl’s soccer game? Are you proud of what you’re doing right now? Would you allow your child to act like this?’”
5. Don’t stress out over the game
Do you find yourself pacing up and down the sideline — anxiously following the action as it unfolds on the field? Stop it. Breathe.
“Just calm down. Enjoy it. Stop being so attached to it. It’s not your game,” Carton said. “Don’t base your enjoyment or happiness on what is going on out there.
“Look at your child. Is he having fun? Is he active? Is he enjoying the social nature of the game? Is he getting as much out of this experience as he can? Don’t worry about the rest of it. Some parents just give themselves aneurysms pacing up and down the line. Keep perspective. There are more important things.”
6. Save issues with the coach for the next day
Maybe you don’t agree with how much your child played in a game or another decision the coach made during the match. It’s important to take some time to think about it rather than confronting the coach in front of your child and the team.
“Directly after the game, the parents should not approach the coach. It’s an emotionally charged conversation and very little good can come from that,” Carton said. “At that time, there’s very little a coach can say that will make the parent feel any better. Go home. Talk to your family. Sleep on it. Get in touch the next day, whether it be by phone, email, or even going for a cup of coffee with the coach and asking for feedback.
“If the coach communicates well enough, the expectation should be there and the parent should understand the situation. If that’s not the case, the parent is totally in his or her right to bridge that communication gap.”