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Gary White recaps an exciting year of development in Washington Youth Soccer’s Coaching Education System

PlayOn! caught up with Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director Gary White to discuss the success Coaching Education has experienced in the 2009-2010 season. Coaching education and certification is at an all-time high in the state of Washington. The recent execution of an online system for requesting courses and an increased number of highly-qualified staff has provided more opportunities for coaches in Washington.

Can you tell us about the improvements that were made in 2010 to Washington Youth Soccer’s Coaching & Education Program?

GW: Washington Youth Soccer proudly introduced our new regional and statewide schedule of coaching education events, which significantly increased opportunities for youth soccer coaches across Washington. The new programming was designed to educate coaches on the Washington Youth Soccer Coaching Education Pathway, which utilizes Specialized Courses, Coach Development Workshops and Continuous Professional Development. We believe this new model encouraged and assisted coaches to better progress through the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Pyramid of licensing.

The new model, under Washington Youth Soccer, included appointed Regional Development Officers (RDOs) who work in collaboration with Associations & clubs to deliver a constant flow of local and state-wide coaching education courses. The RDOs directed a select group of staff instructors appointed by Washington Youth Soccer, who were separated statewide by region. The registration process was also improved and updated.

How did the number of coaching courses in 2010 compare to previous years?

GW: There was actually an increase of 44 percent in the amount of courses held across the state 2010 from 2009, and an increase of 45 percent in the amount of coaches participating in our courses from previous years. The new structure of Coaching and Education significantly contributed to this advancement. This success can additionally be attributed to the great work done by our Technical Administrator, Regional Development Officers and Staff Instructors. It is an exciting time to be involved in soccer in the state of Washington. We continue to improve the game by certifying our coaches, and advancing their knowledge of the game.

Tell us about the new online course for parents wanting to learn more about the game?

GW: Washington Youth Soccer continues to be an innovative leader in coaching resources for our members. Our new online coaching modules for new coaches & parents is dedicated to promoting coaching education to the volunteer parent coach who wishes to continue to educate themselves in the fundamentals of soccer development. Members from all over the state are becoming better prepared to teach our wonderful game to our players and children. The online coaching modules make coaching education easier by using visual demonstrations via video or animation, combined with printable exercises and one-page practice sessions. We feel we now offer a comprehensive learning process that makes it simpler for a coach to see, read and implement the individual exercises and age-appropriate development for U6, U8, U10 and U12 coaches in their own time and in the comfort of their own home. CLICK HERE to learn more about our online coaching modules.

Talk a little about the U.S. Soccer National “C’ Licenses and National Youth License that were hosted in our state this year.

GW: We are extremely pleased to have offered two U.S. Soccer National “C” Licenses and even more proud we were able to facilitate both the East and West portions of our state. One course was held in May in Spokane, and the other took place in Tukwila in September. We also held a National Youth License, which was very well-received.

I understand that one of the areas of emphasis this year has been developing coaching education programs for our diverse communities.

GW: Washington Youth Soccer President Doug Andreassen passionately headed a Washington Youth Soccer mission to provide coaching education opportunities for our diverse communities. With combined efforts from the members of Soccer Across Washington (SAW), we organized our first National “D” License in Spanish in 2010, this was complemented by the various “E” certificate courses we also held in Spanish.

Thanks for taking the time out to speak with us. Where can people go to learn more about the Coaching Education opportunities available in 2011?

GW: A full list of Coaching Education course descriptions can be found through the Technical Zone tab at The 2011 coaching course schedule will be posted in February.

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