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"D" License Course In Spanish Makes Big Impact on Latino Coaches

Over two weekends in July, Washington Youth Soccer held the first-ever "D" License course in Washington State conducted entirely in Spanish. A total of 22 coaches attended the six-day course, which required licensees to commit to two consecutive weekends, July 16-18 and July 23-25, at the community center fields in Tukwila.





Targeted to coaches of players aged U14 and older, the "D" License focuses on expanding coaches' knowledge and understanding of the "Coaches' Tool Box," with a focus on helping players learn through various coaching styles, specifically as they relate to the 11v11 game. Each of the 22 coaches were tested at the end of the course, at which time they were awarded either a National "D" License, or a State "D" License, depending on their level of proficiency.

The event was kicked off on Friday evening by a 30-minute presentation on Gang Prevention and Awareness in our communities by Officer Manny Garcia. State Diversity Development Officer Bill Umana was joined on the field by several experienced participants — including Brazilian Tiago Silva, and Argentinian Ricky Falagan, (both ex-professional players in their respective countries) — and put the 22 eager coaches in attendance through 38 hours of classroom studies and field testing.

"Without exception, everyone who attended — even the clinicians — said how useful and exciting the course was," says Umana. "As players, you know what to do, but it's different when you become a coach. You have to learn to see the game from a new perspective, and to teach it to others to help them see."

Of the 22 coaches in attendance, 13 earned their National license with the remaining nine earning a State license — a terrific result for the first time attempting the course, Umana says.

"All of the coaches we spoke to were eager to do a 'C' license in Spanish when it becomes available," Umana said. "The course was filled with great information, and the coaches were all motivated to continue their education."

Questions, comments or ideas about diversity outreach and the Soccer Across Washington program? We would love to hear from you! Please contact State Diversity Development Officer Bill Umana at Bill@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org or Tracy Murphy, Soccer Across Washington Chair, at socceracrosswa@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org. Hear Bill on the radio on Radio Variedades (1540 AM) on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m., and on ESPN Deportes Seattle (1480 AM) on Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Also, look for Bill's television segments on Tiempo Deportes (Comcast Channel 77) Tuesdays from 8:30-9 p.m.!

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