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Off the Pitch is the weekly newsletter of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, distributed every Wednesday. Please send any feedback on what you would like to see in future editions to Monique Bowman at mbowman@nscaa.com.


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February 2015's most popular Online Resource Library articles
NSCAA
One of the many NSCAA member benefits a coach can access anytime is the Online Resource Library, which contains hundreds of soccer-specific articles and training sessions, and more loaded daily. NSCAA.com periodically provides a countdown of the most popular articles viewed in and downloaded from the Resource Library, and makes a few available.
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 NSCAA News


Accepting applications for 2015 cohort of the Advanced DOC certificate program
NSCAA
Coaches interested in taking their club management skills to a new level are welcome to apply for the NSCAA Advanced Director of Coaching course. This one-of-a-kind certificate is a joint venture was launched in February 2013 by the NSCAA, U.S. Club Soccer, and the University of Delaware.
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Vitamin D: More than just strong bones
NSCAA
Much of the interest in diet and performance focuses on what are called macronutrients. That is, the balance between carbohydrates, proteins and fats. However, micronutrients are equally important.
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Leslie Osborne's advice on leadership
NSCAA
Following last week's highly impactful NSCAA Google+ Hangout with Jerry Smith and Leslie Osborne, we thought you might like an encore video from Leslie. In this clip of Leslie from PCADevZone.org, produced by NSCAA partner Positive Coaching Alliance, she explains the qualities of a team leader. Hint: It starts with looking people in the eye and letting them know you are present.
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 NSCAA Job Board


Men's soccer head coach — Rogue Community College
NSCAA
Demonstrate a willingness to develop the assigned athletic program, through participation in community awareness/fundraising events, recruitment of players, maintenance of professional and positive relationships with players, helpers, staff and administration. Effectively coach and develop student-athletes academically, socially and athletically.
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 NSCAA Soccer Calendar


NSCAA Calendar
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The following is a list of upcoming tournaments and events hosted by NSCAA, our Member Clubs and partner events. For a full schedule, visit the Soccer Calendar. To find out how you can get your event listed on the NSCAA Soccer Calendar contact Monique Bowman here.

adidas Elite Cup (U8-U14 Boys & Girls) March 27-29 Peachtree Athletic Complex
Memphis, Tenn.
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Open Cup (U9-U19 Girls) April 10-12 Decatur, Ala. More Information
Javanon Cup presented by the NSCAA (U9-U19 Girls) April 10-12 Elizabethtown Sports Park
Elizabethtown, Ky.
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 US Youth Soccer News


2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Champions crowned in Phoenix
US Youth Soccer
Champions were crowned Sunday at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Championships held at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Region IV teams swept all titles in the 1998 and 1999 Boys and Girls age groups, for a historical third consecutive year. Take a look at all of the coverage from US Youth Soccer and TopDrawerSoccer.com, including photos and video.
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High school athletes need more help with mental health issues
Reuters
While concussions and physical injuries in high school sports are commanding more attention, young athletes still aren't getting enough help with mental health issues such as depression, bullying, substance abuse, and eating disorders, experts say. New guidelines released at the sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, hosted by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, urge coaches and parents to be more vigilant in watching for signs of mental distress.
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Amid concussion fears, parents push for new rules in youth soccer
PBS
VideoBrief Increased scrutiny over youth soccer, which has become one of the leading causes of concussions for kids in the U.S., has prompted some parents — including a prominent neurosurgeon and World Cup champion Brandi Chastain — to petition to take headers out of the game for kids.
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Should athletes eat fat or carbs?
The New York Times
For decades, recreational and competitive athletes have stoutly believed that we should — even must — consume a diet rich in carbohydrates to fuel exertion. The conventional wisdom has been to avoid fatty foods because they are an inefficient fuel source and could lead to weight gain. But in recent years, some scientists and quite a few athletes have begun to question those beliefs.
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New York City Public Schools told to add more sports for girls
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
New York City must offer more sports opportunities for high school girls in order to comply with federal Title IX provisions, federal officials said in a ruling made public recently. The ruling from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights says city high schools need to provide at least 3,862 more spots on teams for girls in order to achieve gender equity.
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