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Board Members and Voting Rights
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Instruction to Infinity SC board members from Sam Snow

Board Members and Voting Rights

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Board Of Directors Meeting Minutes

January 2011 – U.S. Youth Soccer’s Director of Coaching, Sam Snow visited and gave instruction to the Infinity SC Board of Directors. The recording is broken down in to 7 parts and notes by Infinity SC Technical Director Jeff Ginn can be viewed here.

The powerpoint used in this presentation can be viewed here.

Part 1 Contains the following topics: Introduction to the four pillars of youth soccer, Improving the players experience, reduce multiple roles for staff and volunteers, player retention/reasons for player drop out, importance of getting businesses to be sponsors, educating novice coaches, impact of the environment, plan and implement a curriculum, factors that impact soccer skill (soccer skill defined) & age appropriate match analysis.

Part 2 Contains the following topics: Coaches knowledge of evaluation techniques, coaches are wrongfully assessed bymatch play by consumer (parents), sideline micro-managing is detrimental, club culture has impact, focus needs to be on providing the best environment for each player.

Part 3 Contains the following topics: What is te future of player development, upside down pyramid (coaches placed in wrong positions), more experienced coaches should be at u6-u12, scheme foundations, best practices,player development model, coaches seasonal plan, training to match ration, adults need to view the match as an exam and the training sessions as the lessons and parents need to understand that they are paying for the training, not the exam, exams = evaluation, importance of regeneration sessions.

Part 4 Contains the following topics: Duration of training sessions and matches, drills vs. activities, humans learn better in multiple short sessions that fewer long sessions, season planning, age appropriate activities,P.E. in school is insufficient so sport clubs are responsible for it, pigeon holing g.k.s before u14 is the downfall of developing U.S. goal keepers, Age appropriate team building.

Part 5 Contains the following topics: Managing Elite Players at High School ages, Futsal better than indoor soccer with walls, Schedule time off, Keep soccer youthful experience not a job, Manage top players – Time off/reduce minutes & make sure they are not under trained and over played, Planning tournaments for psychological/educational/developmental reasons, Ideal training to match ratio per week, Recognize U.S. Soccer’s Best Practices Document as ideals that clubs and trainers should be striving for.

Part 6 Contains the Following topics:  Parent participation: social, emotional, psychological support, Kids learn sportsmanship and ethics primarily at home and coaches are secondary, Kids learn more from what they see than what they hear, Coaches can influence players to be better people more than they can produce soccer players, Adults focus on the outcome when they should be focusing on the process – In turn U.S. Soccer doesn’t focus on the outcome of a game until u17 and even then it is more about HOW they play, Adults need to stop using the score as a measuring stick and focus on the process, The US Soccer Vision Statement,  Soccer is the cruelest of all team sports because scoreline doesn’t tell the story of a game.

Part 7 Contains the Following topics:  Addressing State Cup Issues at too young of an age – Matter of too much too young – Tests/Stress the emotional strengths of 9 and 10 year olds, Short & Long term perspectives, player development curriculum by age, club responsibility is to put each player in the best environment possible for their development knowing fully well that all players will grow differently, Off the field habits: nutrition, rest, hygiene, balancing soccer with all other things in life, Club responsibility to educate coaches.

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