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This page will have up coming coaching courses and coaching news. To contact Ed Perry, the AAYSA Director of Coaching, please see his contact information to the right..

Upcoming USSF E License Clinics

USSF E License

Scroll to bottom for USSF E Course Schedule

The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.  Click here for a complete description of key components and specific target outcomes.

COST:  $175 per person

SCHEDULE:  Friday: 5:30pm-9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am-7:00pm

(Should the extended time on Saturday and Sunday be needed to fully cover course content—

candidates will be expected to attend.)

Complete USSF F Online Course (Click here)

MINIMUM AGE:  16 years old.

New USSF E License Courses will be posted here soon.

Date Location/ Registration/Deadline Contact
Jun 2-4, 2017 Austin (CAYSA) Click HERE to Register    Deadline: 05/29/17 Denise Churchill
Jun 9-11, 2017 Port Arthur Click HERE to Register  Deadline: 06/04/17 Denise Churchill
Jun 16-18, 2017 Harlingen Click HERE to Register  Deadline: 06/12/17 Denise Churchill
Jun 23-25, 2017 Angleton Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 06/19/17 Denise Churchill
Jun 23-25, 2017 San Marcos Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 06/19/17 Denise Churchill
Jun 30- Jul 2, 2017 Klein Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 06/26/17 Denise Churchill
Jul 28-30, 2017 Galveston Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 07/24/17 Denise Churchill
Aug 4-6, 2017 Liberty Hill Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 08/01/17 Denise Churchill
Aug 4-6, 2017 West Houston Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 08/01/17 Denise Churchill
Aug 11-13, 2017 Beeville Click HERE to Register   Deadline: 08/01/17 Denise Churchill




National Youth License

National Youth Coaching Course

New Braunfels, TX - June 20-24, 2017

Beaumont, TX - July 7-9 & July 14-16, 2017


The National Youth Coaching Course, a USYS Soccer course, focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 years old. Each day of the course, the focus is upon one of the traditional soccer age groups of U6, U8, U10 or U12.

Children of the appropriate age group are brought to the course site and are placed in a model training environment with the coaches in attendance. The candidates are videotaped while coaching the players and the video is reviewed with each candidate to aid in the education of the coach. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions. The course concludes with written, oral and practical examinations.

The National Youth Coaching Course is five days in length. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach.

Prerequisite: USSF "E" License (As of January 1, 2016)

Pre-Course Requirements: Scroll to bottom

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New Braunfels, TX - June 20-24, 2017

Classroom Location:
Coutryard by Marriott New Braunfels River Village

750 IH-35

New Braunfels, TX

CLICK HERE for google map

Field Location:
254 Doeppenschmidt Rd, New Braunfels, TX

Registration Fee: $750

06/20 - 5:30PM - 9:00pm
06/21 - 8:30AM - 8:30PM
06/22 - 8:30AM - 8:30PM
06/23 - 8:30AM - 8:30PM
06/24 - 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Hotel Accommodations:
Coutryard by Marriott New Braunfels River Village

750 IH-35

New Braunfels, TX

CLICK HERE for google map

Use Group Code-NAJ

The group cut-off date is 5/25/2017.

San Antonio International Airport is 45 minutes away (in good traffic)

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 1 hour away (in good traffic)

Registration for New Braunfels NYCC:

Click here to complete ONLINE registration and pay fee

Click here to complete the required paper application

Click here to complete the required USSF Health Form

See Pre-Course Requirements: listed below.


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Beaumont, TX - July 7-9 AND July 14-16, 2017


TBA, Beaumont, TX

Registration Fee: $600

07/07 - 5:30PM - 9:00PM
07/08 - 8:30AM - 8:30PM
07/09 - 8:30AM - 8:30PM

07/14 - 5:30PM - 9:00PM
07/15 - 8:30AM - 8:30PM
07/16 - 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Hotel Accommodations:
Arrangements with local hotels have not been made.

Jack Brooks Regional Airport

Registration for BEAUMONT NYCC:

Click here to complete ONLINE registration and pay fee

Click here to complete the required paper application

Click here to complete the required USSF Health Form

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Pre-Course Requirements:

  1.      Candidates must complete the on-line concussion course from the CDC (turn in the certificate at course check-in or electronically prior to the course):

  2.      Candidates must complete the Laws of the Game exam (turn in the exam at course check-in):

  3.     Candidates must complete the on-line Coaching Healthy Habits clinic (turn in the certificate at course check-in or electronically prior to the course):

  4.     Candidates must complete the on-line clinic on writing training session plans prior to the start of the course:

Additional information can be found at: 

Coaching Philosophy:
Click HERE to read the linked article "Philosophic Consideration" before you begin the assignment of writing your coaching philosophy.

Email Denise Churchill ( with further questions

USSF C License Course in South Texas 2017

USSF C License Course in South Texas 2017

Registration for this course will open Monday, April 3, 2017

Location:  New Braunfels, TX 

Schedule:  November 5-12, 2017 and March 9-11, 2018

The first day and the last day will have reduced hours all remaining days will begin about 8:30am and conclude about 8:30pm.

Cost:  $1500

This fee dose NOT include room and board.

The entire fee is due at registration.  US Soccer does not have the capability to accept installment payments.


In order to register for the U.S. Soccer C course, all candidates must meet the following pre-requisites:

·         At least 18 years of age

·         Have held a U.S. Soccer D license for at least 12 months

·         -OR- meet the waiver guidelines

·         Currently coaching

Interested candidates who wish to apply based on a waiver must contact the hosting organization directly after adding the necessary documentation to their DCC profile.

Course Structure

The C course consists of two course meetings separated by a development period. The total course duration is approximately 2-3 months.

Course Meeting – November 5-12, 2017

Development Period – November 13, 2017 to March 8, 2018

Assessment Meeting – March 9-11, 2018

The C Course focuses on the core concepts of coaching.

Tasks of the Coach

·         Coaching Training Sessions

·         Coaching Games

·         Leading Players

·         Leading the Team

·         Managing a Performance Environment

·         Leadership

Digital Coaching Center

The U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC), is a state-of-the art online educational platform. The DCC allows coaches to create a personal profile, register for courses, communicate with technical staff, take part in online courses, create session plans with an online graphics tool, access an archive of U.S. Soccer training sessions and much more.

The DCC will be used for applications, registration, payment, assignments, communication and collaboration throughout the course.

Other frequently asked questions and answers can be found here.

Use this link to review FAQs:  2016 Regional C Course FAQ - South Texas

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North Texas has a National USSF C scheduled to begin May 21, 2017. 

Click here for additional information.


Questions regarding course content should be mailed to the course instructor using the tools in the DCC.

All other questions should be emailed to Denise Churchill at


Ed Perry

Ed Perry

AAYSA Director of Coaching

Phone: 210-378-3116

Coaching Tips

Injury Prevention Warmup Programs Work: Use One!



By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.

I'm a big believer in using warmup-based training programs as part of the overall effort to reduce the numbers of injuries in athletes. I’ve previously written about the FIFA 11+ and we include videos with support from Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in our Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course for coaches. The early evidence about the FIFA 11+ showed dramatic reductions in many types of lower extremity injuries in soccer with no downside.

Over time, additional positive evidence has surfaced. In Europe, the FIFA 11+ has been used in sports outside soccer such as basketball, and some new training methods have also been developed. A study published in September 2016 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine came to one solid conclusion: these training methods are effective in reducing injury rates for adolescent athletes in a variety of sports, and teams would be wise to implement one of these.

The study is a “meta analysis,” where results from several studies are pooled and statistically analyzed for quality and strength of the evidence. Ten independently produced studies were analyzed. The pooled results demonstrated a significant injury rate reduction with the use of injury prevention programs vs. control interventions overall.

Interestingly, basketball/team handball experienced a greater injury rate reduction with injury prevention programs than in soccer. Non-FIFA11+ programs experienced a larger injury reduction rate than FIFA11+ programs. But results for all the programs were impressive.

Here are some of the key findings:
• Five of the included studies used the FIFA11+ injury prevention program, while the remaining five studies investigated generic programs with warm-up, stretching, strengthening, and balance board exercises.
• Injury prevention programs were associated with a statistically significant 40% reduction in injury rate over a total of 756,461 training and match exposure hours when compared to control groups.
• Team andball/basketball experienced a 51% reduction in injury rate with injury prevention programs vs. control while a 30% reduction was observed in soccer.
• Non-FIFA11+ programs were associated with a 48% reduction in injury rate compared to control while FIFA11+ programs demonstrated a 32% reduction in injury rate.

The results of this study suggest that the consistent use of injury prevention programs can help to reduce the risk of injury in adolescents competing in team sports. Further research is necessary to dig deeper into the possible differences of the training programs by sport, but overall I would have to say that all of the programs showed large reductions in injury rates.

The improvements are so large with essentially no downside that I think every youth sport organization should be recommending one of these for their members.

Search your local sport organization or children’s hospital for programs you can use; there are quite a few in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. If you live in the New York City area I like the Hospital For Special Surgery’s Sports Safety Program, and the downloadable FIFA 11+ can be found HERE. FIFA TV YouTube exercise videos can be found HERE.

Bottom line: injury prevention programs are effective in reducing injury rates for adolescent athletes. Find one and use one.

Key Points:
• Warmup-based injury prevention programs such as the FIFA 11+ and others show a dramatic reduction in injury rates for young athletes.
• The results are so impressive that I believe all youth sport organizations should recommend one of these warmup-based injury prevention programs for their young athletes.

(Dr. Dev K. Mishra, a Clinical Assistant Professor of orthopedic surgery at Stanford University, is the creator of the online injury-recognition course, now a requirement for US Club Soccer coaches and staff members. Mishra writes about injury management at Blog, where this article first appeared.)

New York Times: New Advice to Move More After a Concussion



MAY 17, 2017

Phys Ed


When young athletes sustain concussions, they are typically told to rest until all symptoms disappear. That means no physical activity, reading, screen time, or friends, and little light exposure, for multiple days and, in severe cases, weeks.

Restricting all forms of activity after a concussion is known as “cocooning.” But now new guidelines, written by an international panel of concussion experts and published this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, question that practice. Instead of cocooning, the new guidelines suggest that most young athletes should be encouraged to start being physically active within a day or two after the injury.

“The brain benefits from movement and exercise, including after a concussion,” says Dr. John Leddy, a professor of orthopedics at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, and one of the co-authors of the new guidelines.

There has long been controversy, of course, about the best ways to identify and treat sports-related concussions. Twenty years ago, athletes who banged their heads during play were allowed to remain in the practice or game, even if they stumbled, seemed disoriented, or were “seeing stars.” Little was known then about any possible immediate or long-term consequences from head trauma during sports or about the best responses on the sidelines and afterward.

Since then, mounting evidence has indicated that sports-related concussions are not benign and require appropriate treatment. The question has been what these appropriate treatments should be.

In the early 2000s, dozens of the world’s premier experts on sports-related concussions started meeting to review studies about concussions, with plans to issue a consensus set of guidelines on how best to identify and deal with the condition.

The panel, called the Concussion in Sport Group, does not make formal clinical practice guidelines. But the group’s findings do represent the latest thinking about sports concussions by the world’s experts, based on the newest published science, says Dr. Leddy, who is also medical director of the Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic.

In its 2012 guidelines the Concussion in Sport Group recommended broadly that if an athlete of any age was found to have a sports-related concussion, he or she should rest as completely as possible, remaining in a darkened room with little visual or physical stimuli, until all symptoms had gone away and did not return once the athlete began easing back into normal activities, which could be a week or more.

This approach was thought to “promote recovery by minimizing brain energy demands following concussion,” the authors write in the new statement.

But since then, a number of studies in animals and people with diagnosed concussions have indicated that prolonged physical rest may actually delay the brain’s recovery.

So this month, the group published a new set of 2017 that significantly revise the recommendation for physical rest. Now the advice is that after a concussion an the athlete should remain quiet for 24 to 48 hours, but then should begin to get up and move.

Being physically active in this context “does not mean returning to the soccer field or football practice,” Dr. Leddy stresses. “This is about meeting certain low thresholds,” starting with a gentle walk around the block.

In his medical practice, he says, he has athletes time themselves as they return to exercise in the day or so after their injury. “We will ask them to walk until they begin to feel any return of symptoms” of the trauma, such as pain or dizziness, and note how long they have been moving. “If they went 15 minutes and then felt a headache, we’ll suggest they walk 10 or 12 minutes the next day and see if that feels O.K.,” Dr. Leddy says. If so, they can try again for 15 minutes the following day.

“Some symptoms,” such as a slight headache during the walk, “are not a problem,” he says. They may in fact indicate that the brain is healing.

The idea, he says, is to find each affected athlete’s “sweet spot,” of enough activity to stimulate brain recovery without exacerbating symptoms.

He adds that every athlete should be assessed and treated on an individual basis and also that the new guidelines do not recommend that young athletes return quickly to the classroom.

Cognitive issues related to the concussion can be lingering, he says, and should be closely monitored by an expert, such as a neurologist or sports medicine doctor who often treats concussions, together with the young athlete’s parents and school officials.

Interestingly, he says, there are some indications that continuing problems with memory or concentration after a concussion may be lessened if the child walks and otherwise is physically active.

“But there is still so much we do not know” about sports concussions, he says, especially in young athletes. Far more long-term studies of treatments and outcomes are needed.

For now, his advice to those who work with and love young athletes is that they make sure, first, that any head trauma during play is evaluated. The new guidelines include a free, scientifically validated checklist that can be used by parents or coaches on the sidelines to help to determine whether a young person has experienced a concussion and what actions should be taken.

Then, if your child hits his or her head, take the new consensus guidelines with you to your medical appointment, Dr. Leddy says. The recommendations should not supplant any doctor’s established clinical judgment, he says, but do represent the pooled knowledge of the world’s top experts.

“If it were me and my child,” he says, “I would bring it along.”