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2022 Session Descriptions

2022 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 

The 2022 United Soccer Coaches Convention & US Youth Soccer Workshop features an extensive education program of in-person education, including 225 education sessions led by top-end coach educators, Ph.D. holders, high-level coaches, and more. Browse the 2022 Convention sessions below. The full schedule for this year’s event will be released exclusively on the event mobile app, coming later this year.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATES

PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

Developing A Framework For Your Analysis And Identifying Key Metrics

Ian Donnelly / Ash Wallace

Lecture | All Levels

This session will provide a framework for individual and team analysis and identify key metrics to analyze.

Data Analytics: Better Understanding Performance Through Data

David Tenney

Lecture| All Levels

Data Analytics is a fast-growing area of the game. In this session, we will explore how data can be utilized to enhance individual and team performance at all levels of the game.

Integrating Analysis Effectively Into Your Coaching Program

Trevor Gorman / Brandon Salway / Lauren Sinacola / Nimai Parmar

Panel

Our panel will share how they use video and data analysis to maximize individual player development and team performance and Nimai Parmar will outline potential career paths for those with a specific

Harnessing Video & Data Analysis Technology

Lauren Sinacola / Tom Gardner / Kevin Gowrie

Panel| All Levels

The use of video and data analysis technologies is now widespread. Our panel will share how they harness different tools to support player and team development.

Strategies for Better Understanding Coaching Behavior

Dr. Chris Cushion / Dr. Stephen Harvey / Anadi Taylor

Roundtable| All Levels

This session follows the Analyzing Coaching Behavior lecture and provides ‘hands-on’ opportunities to analyze key coaching behaviors in an objective and quantifiable way.

Context is Everything In Analysis - Generating Insightful Performance Data

Ian Donnelly / Tom Gardner

Lecture | All Levels

In this ‘hands-on’ session we will explore how we can identify and measure key performance indicators.

Analyzing Coaching Behavior: Developing Coaching Practice and Coach Education Interventions

Dr. Chris Cushion

Lecture| All Levels

It is important that we try to better understand our own coaching behavior. This session explores how we can gather detailed and contextualized data about specific coaching behaviors.

Maximizing The Value of Your Analysis

Tom Gardner

Lecture

We know that analysis can have a crucial role to play in the development of both individual players and teams – but how do we maximize that value?

Opposition Analysis - Gaining a Crucial Edge

James Krause / Brian McLaughlin / Ian Donnelly

Lecture| All Levels

This session will set out a framework for analyzing opposition and identify key metrics that help us better understand performance.

Data, Data Everywhere! Maximizing The Value Of The Physical Data (GPS) We Gather

David Tenney

Lecture| All Levels

The aim of this session is to help us better understand the GPS data generated and examine how we can maximize its value within our coaching programs.

WELLNESS ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY PLAYER

Stages of Development- U.S. Soccer Player Development Framework

Zac Crawford

Lecture | Grassroots, Competitive

Children go through distinct periods of development as they grow from infants to young adults.  A framework helps ensure that players at every age and stage of their development have access to the most appropriate training and playing environments to support a positive sport experience and fulfill their (soccer) potantial. 

Reconceptualizing Youth Player Development: Introducing a Contemporary Player Learning In Development Framework

Mark O’Sullivan

Lecture| Grassroots, Competitive

Tuning in to the Practice Environment to Support Learning in Development

Mark O’Sullivan

Field Session| Grassroots, Competitive

Female Factor

Jess Freemas

Lecture | All Levels

Supporting Your Athletes in Developing Self-Leadership

Jay DeMerit

Lecture| All Levels

Self-discovery & self-leadership go hand in hand when it comes to developing players in a well-rounded way. Having one of the most unique stories in professional soccer, Jay will share his journey to the World Cup and explain some of the personal practices he used along the way. Utilizing those experiences, he will also teach coaches best practices about his Rise x Shine program and how it changes the game in youth development. 

Health, Wellness & Performance: Nutrition, Meditation, Yoga and More

Chioma Atanmo / Staci Wilson / Samantha Lofton

Panel | All Levels

Learn why, how, and when to incorporate nutrition, meditation, yoga, and other rest practices for recovery into your soccer programming.

Team Culture: Creating a Sense of Community Among Your Players (and Parents)

Eric Legg, Ph.D.

Roundtable| Grassroots, Competitive

In this interactive session, participants will learn practical, specific tips for creating a strong sense of community among their players and parents.

Ethical Intelligence - Safe Sport, Player Emotional Safety and More

Alison Kocoras

Roundtable| Grassroots, Competitive

Join us for a presentation designed to help you understand how you can report and prevent abuse in soccer.  We will use real-world scenarios to demonstrate how and when coaches are required to report allegations of abuse and we will review policies and practices established by U.S. Soccer and the Center for SafeSport to prevent abuse from occurring in our sport. 

Utilizing Player Monitoring Towards Maximizing Wellness and Development

John Cone, Ph.D., CSCS

Roundtable| Competitive

Focus in this session will be on an interactive discussion regarding monitoring player wellness and the use of data to educate the player, and maximize their development.

Coaching Athletes with Anxiety and Mental Health Concerns

Ryan Defilbaugh, LCPC

Lecture| All Levels

In this presentation, we will take an in-depth look at anxiety and how it affects your players. Coaches will walk away with an understanding on how to identify an athlete dealing with anxiety as well as strategies to help their athletes respond in a productive manner to maximize performance on and off the field. 

Emotional Intelligence for High Performance in Coaching

Sarah Kivel

Roundtable| All Levels

As coaches, your emotions not only impact your own performance but also affect the performance of your athletes.  In this session, you will learn how to apply the leadership skills of emotional intelligence to elevate your coaching and strengthen the relationships with your athletes.  As a result, not only will you become a more effective leader, but you will motivate and inspire your athletes to be their best, both on and off the soccer field. 

A Coach's Guide to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Skye Eddy

Spotlight| All Levels

ATTACKING TRANSITION AND SCORING GOALS

Six Small Sided Games to Teach Transition

David Newbery

Field Session | All Levels

This session will address attacking tempo, maintaining attacking possession following a stop, movement to attacking shape quickly, principles of defending, attacking with defense in mind, communication codes to create alignment.

Applying Complex Tactics to Your Team

Erik Oman

Field Session | All Levels

This session will cover knowing your audience, communicating where your players can connect with the message, making ideas “Sticky”, the lowest common denominator theory, and developing relationships between players on the field.

Creating the Six Million Dollar Man - Recruitment

David Newbery

Lecture | All Levels

Individual player development plan, – Demonstrating individual growth in a team-oriented environment, – Branding of coaches, club, and players, – Empowering players and parents and shifting the locus of control, – Vital role of technology in proving our value and expertise, This session will set out a framework for analyzing opposition and identify key metrics that help us better understand performance. 

Team and Player Feedback

Neil Hull

Lecture | All Levels

How do you define effective feedback? How do you measure it? Different styles of feedback. Tools to improve feedback.

Effective Communication: It's Power in Transitions

Neil Hull

Field Session | All Levels

Coaching individual & team transition through effective communication. The session will be 90% focused on the Psych/social pillar of the game, It will be progressively trained through 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 models in a possession format then tested in a highly transitional shooting environment. Finally tested through observation, silence, and the use of resets. 

Attacking Transition: Playing Off Highest Man

Bobby Muuss

Field Session | All Levels

This field session covers movements and running in transition off the highest player, body position and getting faces forward, third man running and getting numbers in the box, importance of highest players layoff, and/or ability to turn and get faced forward. This session will be focused on getting forward quickly and playing off the highest player in transition. 

Attacking Transition: Creating "A-Pass"

Nathan Williams

Field Session | All Levels

The moment to make the space bigger and running in behind.

Principals of Play - Scoring in Transition From Any Formation

Erik Oman

Lecture | All Levels

Good defensive shape leads to good attacking shape, defending with a purpose, depth to defend and depth to attack, creating width to create seams, and mobility made clear.

Creating a Team (Club) Terminology

Nathan Williams

Lecture | All Levels

Why creating a team terminology is a necessity for player development.

Attacking Transition Principles and Habits that Shape our Identity

Nathan Williams

Lecture | All Levels

Roles of players in transition, triggers and cues for running or turning, simple attacking principles that allow us to form our game model, understanding the WHY’s is the key to the overall success and forming a playing identity.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPING THE COMPLETE FEMALE PLAYER

Incorporating on Field S, C, A, and E Training

Dawn Scott

Field Session | All Levels

Application of Research in Female Physiology

Georgie Bruinvels

Lecture | All Levels

Building a Winning Culture

Emma Hayes

Lecture | All Levels

Communication and Feedback - What Works

TBA

Roundtable | All Levels

MFA - From Each of These Successful Collegiate Coaches

Shields / McNeil / Roberts / Van Dyke / Kaufman

Roundtable | All Levels

Mitigate Risk of Injury and Return to Play

Joelle Muro / TBA

Panel | All Levels

Best Practices to Support Mental Well-Being

Colleen Hacker

Lecture | All Levels

Youth Soccer Development Current Practice

Lesle Gallimore / TBA

Panel | All Levels

COUNTER ATTACKING AND COUNTER PRESSING

GOALKEEPING

GK Development: Creating the Youth GK Environment (Field)

Jason Grubb

Field Session | Youth

Cooperation Between the Head Coach, Other Staff, and Goalkeeper Coach (Field)

Frans Hoek

Field Session | All Levels

Female GK Coaches: The Rewards and Challenges

Ali Lipsher / TBA

Panel | All Levels

GK Development: Creating the Youth GK Environment (Lecture)

Jason Grubb

Lecture | Youth

Cooperation Between the Head Coach, Other Staff, and Goalkeeper Coach (Lecture)

Frans Hoek

Field Session | All Levels

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATES

YOUTH COACH

Youth Game Model Development-The Rush Way

Chris Panayotou

Lecture | Youth

Developing Field Awareness for Youth Players

Samantha Snow

Field Session | Youth

Switching It Up

Mike Freitag

Lecture | Youth

Getting Them to "Do" the Work

Dr. Fritz Ettl / Dr. Rob DiBernardo

Lecture | Youth

Herding Cats, How to Survive

Ian Mulliner

Field Session | Youth

Goalkeepers Included

Eric Oman

Lecture | Youth

Physical Preparation and Qualities for the Youth Soccer Player

Staci Wilson

Field Session | Youth

Implementing Autonomy Supportive Coaching Practices

Vince Ganzberg

Field Session | Youth

Combinations-What's Needed in the Youth Game?

Deb Raber / Kristin Shaw

Field Session | Youth

Technical Tools for the Youth Soccer Player

Isang Jacob

Field Session | Youth

CLUB LEADERS

What if Parents Are the Key to Club Success?

Chris Price

Lecture | All Levels

DEI Session with DOC Diploma

Nefertiti Walker

Lecture | All Levels

Human Resources 101: Your Club is in the People Business

Jeff McClure / Jill Meshekow

Lecture | All Levels

How to be an Effective Club Leader Today

Sue Ryan

Lecture | All Levels

Managing Your Club Executive Career as a Business

Mike Curry / Rob Smith

Lecture | All Levels

Navigating Challenges of Club Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances

Louise Waxler / Mike Curry

Lecture | All Levels

How a Lawyer Can Save Your Club Time, Money and Headaches

Steve Gans / Louise Waxler

Lecture | All Levels

Data Magic: Finding the Numbers That Really Matter

Aaron Nagel

Lecture | All Levels

How to Make Culture the Core of Your Club's Success

Jim Paglia

Lecture | All Levels

Flourish With Smarter Strategic Planning

Warren Mersereau

Lecture | All Levels

What Happens to Your DREAMERS Now?!

Mirella Ceja-Orozco

Lecture | All Levels

ASSISTANT COACH

Understanding and Managing Team Performance Anxiety and Stress

Dr. Tiffany Jones

Lecture | All Levels

Strategies for Connecting and Coaching this Generation

Theresa Beeckman

Lecture | All Levels

Career Choices: Choosing Experince Over Titles

Becky Burleigh / Sara Lowden

Lecture | All Levels

The Conflict Toolkit - How to Master Difficult Conversations

Celia Slater / Theresa Beeckman

Lecture | All Levels

The DISC Assessment: A Tool for Self and Social Awareness as a Leader

Becky Burleigh

Lecture | All Levels

Developing and Training the Foundational Skills for Mental Toughness

Dr. Tiffany Jones

Lecture | All Levels

The Role of the Assistant Coach in Developing Team Culture

Theresa Beeckman

Lecture | All Levels

The Qualities of a Great Assistant Coach

Celia Slater / Bill Beswick

Lecture | All Levels

How to Build Trusting Team Environments

Celia Slater

Lecture | All Levels

Becoming Organized and Efficient as a Recruiter

Mandy Green

Lecture | All Levels

THE COLLEGIATE COACH

Relating to Today's Student-Athlete: Effectively Coaching Gen Z

Betsy Butterick

Lecture | Elite

The young people we are coaching today have never known life without the Internet and that unique context translates into both challenges and opportunities for coaches everywhere. This session is designed as a toolkit for coaches to better understand who Gen Z is so we can more effectively communicate with, connect with, and coach today’s student-athlete.

One Semester of NIL: Key Issues and Early Trends to Support your Athletes and Boost your Recruiting Game

Michelle Meyers

Lecture | Elite

With one semester of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) reform behind us and the college sport’s world not crumbling as projected, this presentation uses relevant statistics and early trends to hypothesize how the NIL industry is likely to develop and the impact on your team. It includes overall trends to watch, monetization themes for niche sports athletes, strategies for utilizing NIL in your recruiting pitches, and tips for keeping your athletes safe and eligible. 

Leading Me to We. Leadership Development for the Collegiate Player

Jen Klein

Panel | Elite

Looking at the four-year leadership development plan and process, from freshman year to senior year. How to learn to lead yourself so you can learn to lead others.

Making Soccer Relevant in your Athletic Department

Betsy Butterick, Aliceann Wilbur, Dave Dianni, & Chris Clements

Panel | Elite

Building and Sustaining a High Performing Environment

Jeremy Gunn

Lecture | Elite

How to create a vision and culture that will develop sustainable growth for players and the program.

Building a Good Relationship with the Director of Athletics

Tim Selgo

Lecture | Elite

Long-time former director of athletics Tim Selgo will share his thoughts on ways that coaches can cultivate and develop a good relationship with the director of athletics and his/her staff.  Learn how A.D.s think and what are the best approaches in garnering support for your program.

The Choice of Change - Coaching Beyond X's and O's

Heather Dyche, Jeremy Gunn, Jen Klein, Sam Eckstrand, & Betsy Butterick

Panel | Elite

An in-depth discussion on coaching today’s student-athletes.

Top 10 Tips for College Coaches

Samantha Ekstrand

Lecture | Elite

The job of a college coach runs far beyond the “X’s & O’s” on the field. This session will review a list of things to think about and do that will increase your effectiveness as a coach and reduce your risk for complaints.

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

The Business of Club Direction Part 1

Andrew Donnery & Matt Robinson

Lecture | DOC

The Business of Club Direction Part 2

Andrew Donnery & Matt Robinson

Lecture | DOC

Club Best Practices

Nathan Hunt & Jason Pendleton

Lecture | DOC

It's Not Just What You Know, It's How You Coach

Linda Low & Sarah McQuade

Lecture | DOC

Personal Development and Promotion

Sarah McQuade & Tess Suprenant

Lecture | DOC

An Introduction to Mental Performance

Ben Freakley

Lecture | DOC

Initiating a Mental Performance Program

Ben Freakley

Lecture | DOC

Setting Your Club Apart

Nathan Hunt & Jason Pendleton

Lecture | DOC

Career Development and Networking

Linda Low & Tess Suprenant

Lecture | DOC

How to Make DEI a Part of Your Club's Future

Nefertiti Walker

Lecture | DOC

NFHS/UNITED SOCCER COACHES

Managing Both Boys and Girls HS Programs

Matt Trumpp / Bryan Turner

Panel | High School

Grit Training

Paul Whitey Kapsalis

Lecture | High School

Lead Them Up

Adam Bradley

Lecture | High School

Shifting the Parent/Player Paradigm

Greg Winkler

Panel | High School

Coaching Boys to Men

Derek Bell

Lecture | High School

NFHS Rules Update

Julie Cochran

Lecture | High School

OTHER THEMES AND SUNDAY ONLY DIPLOMAS

ADVOCACY SESSIONS

Creating Gender Inclusive Teams: Understanding Pronouns and Neutral Language

Kaig Lightner

Lecture | All Levels

What Does it All Mean? Helping Women Understand Their Rights and Navigate Employment Contracts

Haley Carter

Lecture | All Levels

Faith Based Coaching: Life and Career Balance

John Orozco / Yossi Raz

Lecture | All Levels

Managing Both Boys and Girls High School Programs

Matt Trumpp / Bryan Turner

Lecture | All Levels

You are Welcome! Opening the Door to All Players and Families

Lindsay Kauffman / Kaig Lightner

Lecture | All Levels

Soccer In Native American Communities and How it Can be an Example to Underserved Communities

TBA

Lecture | All Levels

Bridging the Gender Gap in Sports Leadership: Why are There Fewer Female Head Coaches and Admins?

Terry Eguaoje / TBA

Panel | All Levels

Empowering Coaches and Improving Our Own Performance Through Increased Self-Awareness

Dr. Rachel Lindvall / Erin McLeod

Lecture | All Levels

Tricks of the Trade for the First Time Coach

Marsha Harper / Kia McNeil / Robin Fraser / Lorne Donaldson

Panel | All Levels

Developing Champions Both On and Off the Field

TBA

Lecture | All Levels

Building Communities Off the Pitch

TBA

Lecture | All Levels

Mental Resiliency: Navigating Racism

Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak / Kat Khosrowyar / Johnny Collins / Neel Bhattacharjee

Panel | All Levels

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

COACHING FUTSAL

GOALKEEPING LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA (SUNDAY ONLY)

Goalkeeping Level 1, Part 1: The Goalkeeping Position

Lisa Cole

Lecture | Grassroots

Part 3: Functional Training

Lisa Cole

Field Session| Grassroots

Part 2: Team Games

TBA

Field Session| Grassroots

Part 4: TBA

TBA

Field Session| Grassroots

URBAN SOCCER DIPLOMA (SUNDAY ONLY)

Welcome & The Youth We Serve

JT Dorsey / Shaina Ross

Lecture | Youth

6 Step Practice Method for Children in a Non-Traditional Setting

JT Dorsey / Shaina Ross

Court Session| Youth

Principles of Great Coaching In A Non-Traditional Setting

Shaina Ross / JT Dorsey

Lecture | Youth

Skill Based Activities In Non-Traditional Activities

Shaina Ross / JT Dorsey

Court Session | Youth