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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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NSCAA designated as premier source for higher level coaching education in Alabama
NSCAA
The NSCAA and the Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) have teamed up to provide youth coaches in Alabama with top-rated education clinics, courses and opportunities. This collaboration makes the ASA the latest member of the NSCAA Official Education Partnership network. "The NSCAA Education Department is proud to add the Alabama Soccer Association into the NSCAA fold," Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education, said.
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 NSCAA News


Join Ian Barker and the NSCAA for a Twitter Chat on Wednesday
NSCAA
The NSCAA will be hosting its first-ever live Twitter Chat (#DOCEchat), Wednesday, March 13, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. CT. NSCAA Director of Coaching Education, Ian Barker, will be moderating the chat and available to take your coaching education questions.
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Regis University a featured stop for NSCAA instruction
NSCAA
Nestled comfortably in Denver, with the Rocky Mountains as its backdrop, Regis University is consistently ranked as a top tier university by U.S. News & World Report. Regis University is also proud to be a regular fixture on the NSCAA Coaching Education calendar and it will serve as the host of the Advanced National and Premier education courses, July 15-21.
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Rising Through the Ranks: Part Two
NSCAA
The role of a coach includes various tasks and challenges that are not listed in the job description. To better define these tasks and challenges, we spoke with Tom Sermanni, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team; Tony DiCicco, SoccerPlus CEO and Founder; and Anson Dorrance, head women's coach at the University of North Carolina.
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 NSCAA Job Board


Director of Coaching - NY Stars Premier
NSCAA
Super Soccer Stars Premier is seeking to hire a full-time Director of Coaching to guide and oversee the technical component of its Premier Development Program and its NY Stars Travel Team Program. The program carries over 650 players from ages 5-13. With a philosophy centered on providing players with a nurturing yet challenging environment which encourages every player to express themselves, be creative and take educated risks on the soccer field.
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 US Club Soccer News


2013 id² National Selection International Tour comes to a close
US Club Soccer
The 2013 id² National Selection International Tour to Spain from Feb. 28-March 11 brought all the excitement that has come to be expected from US Club Soccer's annual international trip, including two victories, hard-fought matches against youth academy teams from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the experience of life abroad and a chance to see some of the sport's top professionals play during a La Liga match at Barcelona's famous L'Estadi Camp Nou. Highlights are available via US Club Soccer's website (usclubsoccer.org) and social media channels, including the video journals on YouTube, photo gallery on Facebook and other updates through Twitter (using the hashtag #id2) and KYCK.
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US women tie Sweden team coached by Pia Sundhage
The Seattle Times
There was a familiar face on the sideline during the U.S. women's soccer match. Only this time, Pia Sundhage was trying to beat the Americans. Facing its former coach for the first time, the United States tied Sweden 1-1 in Lagos, Portugal, to advance to the Algarve Cup final for the 10th time in 11 years.
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Ranking the 50 most powerful people in US soccer
Sports Illustrated
Grant Wahl writes, "It's Power Week at Sports Illustrated, where we're naming our most powerful figures in the world of sports. I already listed my 10 most powerful people in world soccer, and it got me to thinking about what a list would look like if we only limited it to soccer in the United States. Granted, we're talking about a much smaller (albeit growing) pie, so I decided to have some fun and make a list of my top 50."
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Concussion vs. eye injury: A complex situation for medical trainers
By Denise A. Valenti
Head injuries and their long-term consequences are important issues. Athletes suffering repeated blows to the head are believed to be at greater risk for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Two recent headlines in the Northeast illustrate the difficulty medical trainers sometimes face while trying to make a quick concussion diagnosis at an athletic competition. When head injuries involve the eyes, the symptoms of an eye injury can sometimes resemble those of a concussion, adding to an already complex situation.
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Lawmakers push to ban synthetic stimulant
FOX 23 News
The ingredient is 1,3 dimethylamylamine or DMAA used as a dietary supplement. It can be found online and in stores and some people are calling it dangerous. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration sent out warning letters to manufacturers who supply the synthetic stimulant originally used as a nasal decongestant. Some lawmakers are calling DMAA the ephedra of this generation and they want it banned from products and store shelves.
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Athletes should be wary of frequent use of some anti-inflammatory drugs
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Alissa Mejia writes, "Last spring, on a stretch of highway between Bastrop and Houston, a friend of mine was supposed to be running. A strong athlete, he had trained for months and planned every leg of the 200-mile Texas Independence Relay that he and nine buddies would run in stages. Instead, though, he lay dizzy and incoherent in a patch of weeds beside the hot pavement."
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Head games: Pro soccer players have sharper mental skills
LiveScience
It might be tempting to portray professional athletes as "dumb jocks," but new research proves that experienced soccer players have impressive brain functioning and executive-level cognitive skills.

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Things my mother never said to me as a soccer player
SoccerNation
In today's modern sports world, where the parents of young athletes determine what is "best" for their children (even though it is not always the best choice for them), it is refreshing to come across articles like this one.

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Head Women's Soccer Coach - Wittenberg University
NSCAA
For this position, we require that candidates have a Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred. Additionally, we require at least 3 years of previous collegiate coaching experience.

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Teaching your players to play without fear of failure
Soccer Classroom
Mark Thompson writes, "The other day I sat in on one of the NSCAA free webinars called '10 Ways to Play Like Barcelona' presented by David Clarke. It was an absolutely brilliant webinar that I personally gained a lot of useful ideas. One topic that caught my eye was allowing your players to play freely without fear. Too often players are fully capable of taking on a player one on one but have fear of losing the ball. Coaches often like to try to take control and bark out orders to their team but in reality this is a hindrance to their decision-making process. The best thing you can do as a coach is give them the tools and skills and set them free!"
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The right to remain silent? Not in soccer
The New York Times
A week from now, the jury known as the UEFA control and disciplinary body will decide what punishment to hand to Alex Ferguson. His crime is to remain silent after a Champions League game. That is the right granted to those accused of murder, rape or terrorism — but not, apparently, to a soccer manager in Europe's soccer union.
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The many benefits of refereeing
SoccerAmerica
Randy Vogt writes, "When I was asked to lead a discussion on 'The Many Benefits of Refereeing' to help recruit refs at the recent Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention, it was easy to put together many talking points."
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Study: Blood test could detect brain damage in active athletes
Sports Illustrated
While the central focus of brain injury in football has rested squarely on concussions, a burgeoning body of scientific work suggests that the repetitive, sub-concussive hits that occur every play may be at least as deleterious to the brains of players. Increasing the insidiousness of the problem, that damage has been maddeningly difficult to detect until a former football player displays severe behavioral and neurocognitive impairments, or dies and has his brain dissected.
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Youth soccer: The role of goal setting in developing soccer players
SoccerNation
As the spring season quickly approaches, all coaches, especially travel coaches, should take the time to identify core goals for all of our individual players and our team as a whole. As leaders of a group young people, it is our mission to be sure we understand the importance of setting and communicating goals to the team.
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Head injuries may spark immune system attack
Futurity
Head injuries that aren't quite concussions are still dangerous, say researchers, who cite damage to the blood-brain barrier and the resulting auto-immune response. Most scientists are starting to agree that these repeat, sub-concussive hits to the head are dangerous and linked to neurological disorders later in life.
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