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Navigating the Convention: Your guide to taking advantage of all the 2013 Convention has to offer

Posted by NSCAA on Oct 10, 2012 in Events 0 Comments

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The 2013 NSCAA Convention is quickly approaching and whether your trip to Indianapolis this January marks your first time attending or your 40th, at some point you’re likely to feel a bit overwhelmed by all the options. This year's sessions are broken down into Education Experience Tracks, which allows you to customize and print a schedule specific to the level you coach. Take a look at this instructional video to help you through building your schedule.

As you are building your schedule, be sure to scan the following sampling for a session or experience that’s just right for you:

If you’re a youth/club coach…

Day Time Function
Wednesday 12:45-1:45 pm "Player Development: A Comprehensive Model for Youth Soccer Clubs," by Gareth Smith, DOC West Des Moines Soccer Club/Assistant Coach- Drake University
Thursday 2:15-3:15 pm "Youth Soccer's Crown Jewel," Mike Strickler, Technical Director Florida Youth Soccer, Jim Martella, Chair, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
Friday 8-9:30 am Youth and High School Coaches Breakfast: Join us for breakfast and honor your peers and network with your coaching colleagues at this annual event that recognizes the top coaches and teams from the past year and celebrates youth and high school soccer in the United States.

If you’re a high school coach…

Day Time Function
Wednesday 7-8 pm "Training Activities to Develop Effective Transition," Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education
Thursday 9:30-10:30 am "Functional Training for the Modern Holding Midfielder," Roy Dunshee, NSCAA Academy National Staff Coach, Head Men's Coach Washington College
Saturday 9:30-10:30 am "Beyond Bonding: Critical Elements For Effective Team Building," Dr. Colleen Hacker, Former Sport Psychology Consultant US Women's Soccer

If you’re a college coach….

Day Time Function
Thursday 11 am-Noon "Personality and Motivation Questionnaire," Jacques Crevoisier, UEFA Technical Instructor
Thursday 5-6:30 pm Get your dinner and drinks on Thursday following the last educational session with hundreds of other college coaches from all levels that gather at this annual social on Thursday evening. This event, designed to recognize the top teams and regional coaches of the year from each division, will kick-off with a featured speaker and conclude in time for you to join the thousands in attendance at the exhibit hall grand opening.
Saturday 11 am-Noon "The Role of Performance Analysis in Developing the College Game and Athlete," Anson Dorrance, UNC Chapel Hill, Marlon LeBlanc, WVU, Robin Russell, UEFA, Presented by Prozone

If you’re an administrator…

The US Youth Soccer Workshop will be at the NSCAA Convention this year for the first-time and bring with it the traditional, high level educational and informational programming for club, league and state association administrators and executives. Also be sure to visit the Club DOC and Administrator Social, Thursday, January 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Entering its second year, this social featuring free food and drinks prior to the exhibit hall grand opening brings together the DOCs and administrators that are advancing club soccer around the country. The event features a short program with information about what the NSCAA is doing to provide education and benefits programs for clubs but is primarily designed to be a gathering place for club leadership to gather, network and have a good time.

You can't partake in all of this unless you register. Visit the online Convention headquarters and register for the event and hotel today!

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