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April 2018 Coaches E-Connection

New Jersey Youth Soccer is pleased to share with you our April edition of the Coaches E-Connection to keep you informed of our latest coaching news. We endeavor to increase our communication via this monthly initiative.

Upcoming Coaching Courses

New Jersey Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the upcoming coaching courses.

US Soccer National C License

US Soccer National D License

US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching Course

  • June 18-22, 2018
  • See here for more details and registration information.

For more information on all US Soccer Licenses listed above, as well as all the new Grassroots Coaching Licenses being held in New Jersey, check out the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center!

State Certificate

The NJYS F Certificate is now the State Certificate. The name may have changed, but it is still the same great comprehensive nine-hour course that will allow you to obtain a NJYS Coaches Pass. Below are some upcoming courses that you can register for here:

  • June 1, 2 - Washington Twp. Sewell
  • June 8, 9 - Gloucester City Youth, Gloucester County
  • June 29, 30 - Linden Youth Soccer Association
  • August 24, 25 - Pennsville SC, Salem County

United Soccer Coaches Soccer Journal - Q/A with NJYS Director of Coaching Rick Meana

NJ Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Rick Meana was featured in the latest issue of the United Soccer Coaches' Soccer Journal, where he participated in a Q/A session that covered a variety of topics. Read more.

NJ Youth Soccer Announces ODP Committee

In an effort to further the success of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program (ODP), NJ Youth Soccer is proud to announce that Denise Reddy, Robert Turner, Scott Baker and Nick LaBrocca have joined its ODP Committee. Each individual is an incredibly accomplished soccer professional who has made substantial strides within the New Jersey soccer community. Read more.

Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive?

There is this overwhelming myth in sports that fun and competitiveness cannot coexist. To have one, you cannot have the other, and at some point, we have to choose between whether we are there to have fun in our sports experience or to compete. This belief is incorrect. Read more.

U.S. Youth Soccer and Clif Kid Announce Player of the Month Initiative

Each month, U.S. Youth Soccer will be recognizing one male and one female Player of the Month with the Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award. Clif Kid will provide each recipient with a prize pack featuring Clif bars, apparel, a $25 gift card and more! Read more.

The Growing Trend of Youth Sports Specialization

With the increasing prevalence of sports specialization today, it is important to understand the risk of injury, burnout and decreased enjoyment due to excessive training. Read more.

NJYS Play of the Month

NJ Youth Soccer is once again teaming-up with the New York Red Bulls and Sky Blue FC to celebrate the best on-field moments in the region for our "Play of the Month" initiative. This is an opportunity for NJ Youth Soccer players and teams to share their achievements, fun on the field and win a monthly prize from the New York Red Bulls or Sky Blue FC. This could be an individual goal, save, string of passes or any soccer activity that celebrates success and achievement on the field. Just tag @NJYouthSoccer on social media when you post a video, and make sure to use #NJYSplayofthemonth.

Tell Us Your Story

We are proud of each and every New Jersey player, coach and volunteer; past, present and future! If you have a special story to share, please contact us today at communications@njyouthsoccer.com.