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Table of Contents U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES APRIL NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOL LOCATIONS New Guidelines for Heading in Soccer Elite Soccer Magazine: Rotational Play in Midfield RMA – It’s Coming to Indiana Book Review: The Talent Code NSCAA National Diploma in Indianapolis NSCAA Early Registration Ends December 16th

Dear Club D.O.C.s and Administrators, What’s up D.O.C.? - will be my way of trying to get closer to you and share some important and fun things that are going on in Indiana Soccer. I hope to share with you informative articles, opportunities to grow with the game, and just interesting soccer tidbits. If you have anything that you feel you want to share with the rest of the soccer community please send to me.

U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES APRIL NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOL LOCATIONS Coaching Schools Provide Opportunity to Earn a Nationally Recognized License; Current CoachesNet Members Get Priority Registration Starting Today CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2011) — U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will be conducting an “ARenewal“ and National “A” License Course at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and National “A” and “B” License Courses at the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. All courses begin April 14, 2012. Registration for current active CoachesNet members is now open. Registration opens for all eligible coaches on Thursday, Dec. 8.   

Register for CoachesNet Apply Now for National Coaching Course Coaching Education FAQ | Premier Sports Complex FAQ | The Home Depot Center FAQ

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have an opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States. Coaches will interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former national team coaches, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching soccer coaches up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches with the ability to improve the everyday training environment for elite players and help them fulfill their potential as international, professional, collegiate or youth soccer players. To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course visit the Coaching Education section of Registration opens today for CoachesNet members and Thursday, Dec. 8 for all eligible coaches. As always, space is limited for these select courses. More information on U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools is available at

Date School Location April 14-19, 2012 “A” Renewal The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif. April 14-22, 2012 National “B” License The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif. April 14-22, 2012 National “A” License Premier Sports Complex – Lakewood Ranch, Fla. April 14-22, 2012 National “B” License Premier Sports Complex – Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Registration for the 2012 Summer National Coaching Schools will open in January 2012. For other coaching inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at - -

New Guidelines for Heading in Soccer

NSCAA National Diploma in Indianapolis The NSCAA conducted a very successful two weekend National Diploma course at the Center Grove Soccer Complex in Bargersville, IN, just outside of Indianapolis on Nov. 18-20 and 25-27. This was the first time a National Diploma has been held in Indianapolis since the National, Advanced National and Premier Diplomas were run at Butler University in 2005. Thirty-one candidates participated, which was well above the typical 26 candidate maximum. The candidates were pleased with the course and one person even stated in his evaluation, "This is the best course I have been to date!" The staff for this course was led by NSCAA Assistant Director of Coaching Education, Doug Williamson. Jason Pendleton and Vince Ganzberg from the NSCAA Associate National Staff were also instructors. Pendleton coaches at a high school in Overland Park, KS, and Ganzberg, who recently resigned his position as Director of Coaching for Indiana Youth Soccer, is now a high school coach at Bishop Chatard High School in Indiana. Matt Stelmaszek, a graduate of Indiana University and candidate on the course, said: The National course in Indy met and exceeded all of my expectations, from the instructors, to the coaches and to the hosting club. We had some long, rainy days but when you're with such a dedicated group it just doesn't seem to bother anyone. There isn't an opportunity like it where you get to spend a large amount of time with people who have the passion and dedication for the game. By the time that last Sunday rolled around everyone exchanged emails and talked about when we would see each other again, some were even setting up friendlies for the spring. It was an experience unlike any other and I can't wait to see who I'm going to meet at the next course. The National Diploma, a 50-hour course, aims to acquaint the coach with the needs of the American soccer player and provide an organized and progressive methodology of coaching those needs. Basic technical and tactical knowledge is the central theme of the course in a 6 v. 6 model. The course includes sessions on the teaching process, psychological skills training and ethics. There is testing in the National Diploma which includes oral, written and practical (coaching) evaluations. This course has traditionally been run in a residential, weeklong format. There are still

those who believe that is the best environment to take the course, but for the coaches who can't give up a full week for the course, we now offer the National Diploma in a two weekend format. The two weekend courses are held on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday each weekend, typically consecutively. The course curriculum and topics are the same for either the two weekend or residential course format. All of the residential course sites and dates are predetermined. There is flexibility with when and where the two weekend courses can be held, so if you are interested in hosting a course, please discuss the options with your State Director. Click here for a full list of all National Diploma courses currently scheduled.

This week is your last chance to register early and save $100 on the 2012 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City. Early registration closes on midnight PT on Friday, Dec. 16. Act now and count yourself among the thousands of coaches who will be in Kansas City, January 11-15. Click here to register for the NSCAA Convention. At the 2012 NSCAA Convention, you'll have the opportunity to learn from great coaching minds such as Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas), April Heinrichs (US Soccer), Taylor Twellman (ESPN), Peter Vermes (Sporting KC), Tom Sermanni (Australia Women) and more! When it comes to soccer events around the world, few can parallel the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Convention. No other event matches the fun, excitement and learning opportunities this annual gathering offers to soccer coaches at all levels of the game. The Convention offers unique opportunities for every coach, whether you are starting on your coaching journey or you are looking for discussions on systems of play and the latest advances in player performance. Kansas City has everything you would expect to find in a major metropolitan city – dynamic convention facilities, worldclass hotels, professional sports, full-gaming casinos, top-notch museums, live theater and interesting places to relax and have fun! If you are thinking about attending the Convention but not sure if you have it in the budget, we've put together a list to help you save money and make the most out of your investment. Click here to register for the NSCAA Convention.

Photo of the Month

US National player Lori Lindsey, a former Indiana Soccer and Pike HS player, leads a soccer clinic on the lawn of the White House. The clinic was part of Michelle Obama’s “Get Kids Moving” program.

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