Georgia Soccer is currently only offering the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 Grassroots courses. And these courses are only offered in the Blended format. The blended format means that the theoretical component is delivered via a 2-hour virtual online instructor-led session and the practical component is done in a 2-hour in-person field session. The total course duration is 4 hours. The National ‘D’ course is currently not offered as we wait for US Soccer to create and release the Blended version of the ‘D’.
This document contains instructions for coaches who wish to register for a Grassroots course. Below you will find the following sections:
- Course description
- Safety protocols for attending Blended coaching courses
4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 Grassroots Blended Format Courses
(Virtual 2-hour class plus 2-hour in-person field component)
Course Fee: $70.00 plus $25.00 U.S. Soccer Fee.
The Grassroots Blended Courses are four-hours long and build on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players.
- The 4v4 course will focus on coaching players 6-8 years old.
- The 7v7 course will focus on coaching players 9-10 years old.
- The 9v9 course will focus on coaching players 11-12 years old.
- The 11v11 course will focus on coaching players 13 years old.
The courses will also ask each coach to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth in the Six Tasks (Coaching Games, Coaching Training Sessions, Leading the Team, Leading the Player, Managing the Performance Environment, and Leadership).
Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to web-camera/live video capabilities. Coaches may be asked to participate in the field component as either coaches or players, so please come prepared to actively learn.
To qualify for the Grassroots Blended Courses, candidates must be at least 16 years old*, must create a coaches profile in the Learning Center in the US Soccer website, and have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.
*Due to online privacy laws, individuals under the age of 16 cannot create Learning Center (LC) profiles, and thus are unable to take Grassroots Courses.
Please contact Kostas Hatzikoutelis with any questions.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDING BLENDED COACHING COURSES
This section outlines the safety protocols for REGISTERING AND ATTENDING the US Soccer Grassroots coaching courses. These recommendations are per the following guidelines of the CDC and US Soccer:
SAFETY PROTOCOLS – CANDIDATE’S RESPONSIBILITIES
1. If you are sick or have symptoms of an illness:
a. Stay home. Stay home regardless of what is causing your illness
b. If you are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, practice self-quarantine measures and contact your physician, do not attend the course or participate in activities if you have any of the symptoms listed below:
1. COVID exposure in the past 14 days
2. Sore throat
3. Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
4. Fever >100.4 F
7. Sinus congestion
8. Cough persistent and or productive
9. Joint aches and soreness
10. Vomiting or diarrhea
c. Do not attend the course or go to the course site fields with any of the above symptoms. Remotely communicate your health status to the instructor/administrator prior to the course. Speak to a physician and follow CDC guidelines on self-quarantine
d. To discontinue quarantine and return to sport, obtain appropriate clearance from your medical provider
2. If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID 19:
- Begin self-quarantine for 14-days under the guidance of a medical provider
Registering for the course
Candidates must complete the Georgia Soccer COVID-19 Waiver Form and scan it prior to the course to the Coaching Administrator.
During the course field session:
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissue in a sealed trash can.
- Avoid spitting and coughing.
- Wear a mask when not participating in the field activity as a player.
- It is recommended that everyone wear personal protection equipment as much as possible. The PPE should cover the nose and mouth, be breathable, consist of cotton or wick type material, and follow CDC guidelines.
- Maintain social distances during the course except when playing.
- If a candidate volunteers to coach, he/she should bring his/her own pennies, cones, and balls for the session and must sanitize all the equipment prior to the field session.
- It is recommended to wear gloves.
- If a candidate becomes ill after the course, he/she must notify Tara Daniel, the Georgia Soccer Coaching Administrator, right away, so she can notify all the course participants.