High School Coaches Diploma
The High School Coaches Diploma is a 21-hour course helping coaches deal with the challenges of building a successful soccer program, both on and off the field. The course is designed for coaches of both male and female high school teams. The High School Diploma is rich in on-the-field training: NSCAA staff coaches, all with experience in the high school game, teach six field sessions, encompassing six different coaching methodologies that are designed to enhance the “toolbox” of any high school coach. Coaches will also explore concepts of match analysis for both scouting opponents and improving one’s own team, and they will watch a match with high school age players to put those concepts into practice. Classroom sessions are designed to address many issues and responsibilities included in the high school coaching portfolio, including: developing a coaching philosophy; team management (pre-season training, team building, game day preparation issues, out of season play, ODP Academy and club relationships, team rules, choosing team captains, parental issues, etc.); risk management specifically for high school programs; college recruiting issues and helping high school players move to the next playing level; fund raising for, and marketing, one’s program; dealing with social media; and developing a constructive relationship with one’s athletic director. Previous coaching education experiences, such as the NSCAA Level 6 Diploma or the US Soccer D License, are recommended but not required of course participants. There is no testing in the High School Diploma.
What to Bring
Although it is not required, you may be asked to participate in order to illustrate the instructors' sessions, so wear comfortable clothes and bring extra gear if necessary. We recommend you bring a water bottle, pen or pencil, notebook, fully inflated ball and cleats (or running shoes or indoor soccer shoes if you have an indoor location).
Candidates with any disabilities or health concerns that might limit their participation in activities should notify a staff member before the start of the course. We want to make sure you have the best experience possible at our courses!