KWIK KICKS - February, 2011
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USYouthSoccer.org News Recap
Boys competed in Weston, Fla. | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Boys and Girls wrap up play March 18-20 in Las Vegas
Olympic Development Program
The 1994 Girls champion is California South, 1994 Boys Champion is Iowa, 1995 Girls Champion is New Jersey and the 1995 Boys Champion is Virginia. See the scoreboards, game recaps, video and more on USYouthSoccer.org.
News from the 2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships
Workshop and Awards Gala
2010 National award winners announced
Regional League News
US Youth Soccer Region I Colonial and Northeast League schedules announced Deadline March 14: William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarship application
US Youth Soccer extends partnerships with Sports Authority, Liberty Mutual and Baymont Inn & Suites. Soccer leagues can earn a $2,500 grant this spring
2011 Planning Grant Application Now Open from US Soccer Foundation
US Youth Soccer Degree® Jersey Giveaway: Registration is now open!
Degree, the official deodorant and antiperspirant of US Youth Soccer, is providing more than 85,000 free jerseys to US Youth Soccer Club members. The US Youth Soccer Degree Jersey Giveaway program is now live on USYouthSoccer.org – visit today to submit your club information for a chance to win jerseys for your team!
Measuring outside of stats: Using positive charting Coaches tend to think that they add value only by telling players what they are doing incorrectly and then correcting them. But it is equally important to point out when players are doing things correctly and to reinforce them, so players will continue to do them. "Positive Charting" is a technique for recording positive efforts and plays made during practices or games. Learn more about Positive Charting.
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Decisive UEFA Champions League matches this week on FOX Soccer FOX Soccer presents UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg action, as Barcelona take on Arsenal for a place in the quarterfinals, today at 2 p.m. ET! Also, Tottenham faces off against AC Milan; live tomorrow, March 9 at 2 p.m. ET. For more UEFA Champions League news and a complete match schedule, visit championsonfox.com.
Watch 2011 MLS First Kick LIVE on ESPN HD – March 15 9:30 p.m. ET | Learn More Don’t miss the start of 2011 MLS season when Seattle Sounder FC hosts LA Galaxy on March 15th, 9:30PM ET. More Teams, More Games, More Rivalries. The League is bigger than ever. Watch live on ESPN HD. Kwik Charts allow you to take your tactical diagrams anywhere The new Kwik Charts from Kwik Goal allows a coach to diagram tactics and set-pieces for players virtually anywhere. Through a static charge, the sheet can stick to walls, lockers, and dry erase boards. They can even be taken from the locker room to the field in your pocket. Each box comes with 20 sheets and a dry erase pen.
The US Youth Soccer Workshop
Did you miss the US Youth Soccer Workshop? See who won the national awards. View presentations from our sessions for administrators, coaches and refereees.
Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program - Top winners receive $10,000 each
The Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program honors young volunteers (ages 6-18) who have made a positive impact on their community. This year, we'll award more than 2,100 kids with over $415,000 in scholarships and prizes! Visit kohlskids.com for official rules and to nominate a kid today. Nominations accepted through March 15, 2011. Nominators must be 21 or older. Explore our other Kohl's Cares programs.
Continuing Education ArticlesPositive Parenting | Shhh! Parents and coaches take a timeout, letting the kids play and learn, with no yelling from the sidelines
Sometimes known as Silent Saturday, Westwood Youth Soccer in Massachusetts has instilled a “Just Let Them Play Day”. Praise is okay, but no directions or negative comments are allowed. This article by Monique Walker, Boston Globe, discusses why the club initiated this idea as well as chronicling its success and implementation.
Coaching Education | Tactical tendencies in football
This UEFA presentation goes through five principles of play for both offense and defence. Items highlighted include keeping the goalkeeper involved, initiazing the attack, shifting to ball side in compact shape and adjusting the pressure in dependence of depth.