Legacy Staff Attend USSF "D" License Course

Legacy Staff Attend USSF "D" License Class

Recently the Legacy Soccer Club sent several coaches to the US Soccer - USSF "D" license course.  US Soccer holds monthly courses all around the state and nation to improve the coaching of soccer. This particular course was held in Richmond, Va over 3 days. Coaches, Jamie Gunderson, Frank Hughes, Josh West, JJ Kim, Jamie Gunderson, and Alex Spirn all represented the Virginia Legacy. Coaching courses are great opportunities for coaches to learn new trends of the game, proper teaching methods and also the admin/planning involved in making their practices better. Each participant will be asked to coach and be coached by his/her peers during the week, thus demonstrating their ability to cultivate and develop a proper learning environment. It is a major goal of Virginia Legacy that all of its staff are professionally licensed and continuing their education.

What is the D course?

The National "D" license is a  40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National "E" license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach's ability to positively influence individual players and teams.

The National “D” course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.

What are the key components of the "D" license course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach 
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
  • Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.  

What are the specific target outcomes of the course?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
  • Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
  • Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.

The “D” license course is broken into four phases:

  I.  Preparation Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions.

  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.

  III.  Deliberate Practice Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
  • Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.

  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Final on-field exam.
  • Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.


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