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NSCAA Club Standards Project Representative & Consultant

National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is seeking Representatives and Consultants for the NSCAA Club Standards Project to commence the role in January 2013.  Following the successful launch of the Project in May 2012, NSCAA will appoint 6-10 Consultants to perform Intermediate and Advanced Assessments. There is no limit to the number of Representatives.  For more information please click the links below to download Candidate Prospectus.

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About the NSCAA Club Standards Project

The NSCAA Club Standards Project will provide a catalyst to elevate the standard of player and coach development in the USA, one organization at a time.  This will be achieved in part by raising awareness of key principles of player development and assisting organizations in implementing educationally sound and long-term strategic decisions.

The NSCAA Club Standards Project is based on an evaluation model created by David Newbery and Tony DiCicco, SoccerPlus called the Y-SAT™ (Youth Soccer Assessment Tool).  For the past 4 years, SoccerPlus has completed extensive research and written comprehensive reports for over 80 youth soccer organizations, many of whom have significantly improved performance on and off the field since the assessment, including a consistency in coaching approach, adopting more appropriate programming, engaging parents in the learning process and increasing volunteerism.

The NSCAA Club Standards Project focuses on 3 primary areas of organization functionality: Coaching Development, Player Development and Administration.   Considering each youth soccer organization is unique (in particular the aims, objectives and the availability of resources are different), a ‘one fits all’ solution is clearly not the way forward.  To date, our research has revealed that only 5% of youth soccer organizations are providing a program built on firm player development foundations. 

The National Standards

Until recently, there are were no ‘National Standards’ or international standards for operating a youth soccer organization (February 2012, US Club Soccer published a paper outlining Youth Club Standards) .  This may in part be due to youth associations competing in the same space, limited authority of the governing bodies with their own membership or limited resources to apply to such an initiative.  Whatever the reasons (and we believe there to be many), countless youth organizations are performing below their potential with or without a National Standard to compare against. 

In fact, in our research, representatives from the majority of organizations we have surveyed are quite aware of their inadequacies but struggle mightily to draw on experience and expertise to create a new direction. There certainly is not one solution to the development of a high-quality program and there are many examples of how soccer providers have achieved great success at all levels of the game. 

Assessment Levels

There are 3 levels of assessment:

Preliminary A free online survey with 15 questions that can be completed in less than 5 minutes
Intermediate An official representative of the youth organization will complete a simple application and a consultant will set up a date to discuss the data collection process.  The intermediate assessment will be conducted by correspondence (phone, interviews, webinars etc).  Participant organizations receive a report including a review of current performance in Coaching, Player Development and Administration and recommendations for improvement.  The organization will receive an intermediate score in the 3 areas and an overall intermediate score – approximately 10 hours of Consultant effort.
Advanced a similar process as the intermediate, but with 2 additions. First, there will be a 24-36 hour onsite visit of the organization and second, the scores will be official (participating programs will be able to refer to achieving the relevant ‘NSCAA Club Standard’ in 4 levels of overall performance).  Total Consultant effort – 60 hours.

Assessment Focus

Examples of the focus of the assessment include:
• Curriculum
• Long Term Player Development Model and the player development continuum
• Inclusion and equality of opportunity
• Approaches to teaching and learning
• Cross curricula dimensions – academic achievement, social responsibility and environmental impact
• Player development and coaching philosophy
• Coaching education
• Experience and education of the coaches and leadership
• Knowledge and understanding of youth development and education
• Talent identification and player assessment
• Philosophy, mission, values, and goals of the program
• Strategic planning

Role Descriptions

For more information please click the links below to download Candidate Prospectus.

Download Candidate Prospectus