The National Youth Soccer License: The Historical Reflections, Evaluation of Coaching Efficacy and Lessons Learned

in Journal of Coaching Education

Coaching education has been part of the United States soccer landscape for over 40 years. However, the education of youth soccer coaches is a recent phenomenon. The purpose of this study was threefold: a) to provide contextual reflections of the USSF National Youth Coaching License (NYL); b) to share the impact of the course on coaching efficacy; and 3) to critically discuss the implications of the lessons learned through these reflections and research on the design of quality coach education for youth sport coaches. The statistical evidence in conjunction with reflective comments demonstrate that The Game in the Child model and the NYL curriculum provide the contextual framework for an effective L-S coaching education program.

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Ronald W. Quinn, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the department of Sport Studies at Xavier University. He has over 30 years of teaching and coaching experience at the youth, high school and college levels. He is a USSF “A” licensed coach, and one of the primary authors of the National Youth License. In 2006 he received the Long-Term Youth Achievement award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and in 2007 the US Youth Soccer Dr. Thomas Fleck award for Excellence in Coaching Education.

Sheri Huckleberry, Ph.D., is the program coordinator for the online master’s in coaching education program and also instructs for the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University. She holds the USSF “A” License, US Youth National License, and the NSCAA Premier Diploma. Furthermore, she is on the NSCAA National Associate Staff and has been the Ohio State Director since 2005.

Sam Snow, M. A., is the US Youth Soccer Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer, holds the USSF “A” License and National Youth License, a Premier Diploma and National Goalkeeping Coaching License. His coaching resume includes Norfolk Catholic High School, Norfolk, VA, Florida Southern College, University of South Florida, Virginia Wesleyan College, Florida Youth Soccer Association state staff and as the Director of Coaching for Louisiana Soccer Association.

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