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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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Plan your summer coaching education vacation
NSCAA
Plan your summer vacation now and join us Aug. 1-3, in Orlando, Fla., for the NSCAA Summer Symposium. The inaugural Summer Symposium is a premier educational opportunity for you as a coach, in the perfect setting for your family's summer vacation. This event will provide an opportunity to further your education, while also taking time to relax with plenty of accommodations for the whole family.
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Hull's insider look at the Level 4, 5 and 6 courses
NSCAA
The essence of educational development is the ability to break down a topic into smaller sections. Educational development is also the ability to practice, master, reproduce and rebuild into a superior function of their original form. Some in the world of sports psychology and education may class this as "chunking."
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What coaches should know about social media
NSCAA
The NSCAA hosted a "Social Media 101" video chat discussing the online phenomenon, how it can affect your organization, and provide a few tips on how to use some of the online platforms.
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 NSCAA Job Board


Head coach of men's soccer
University of Maine at Farmington
Applications are invited for the position of Head Coach of Men's Soccer, with additional administrative duties likely to include, but not limited to, event management, athletic alumni relations/development, instruction and other special project/initiatives. Sincere interest and flexibility to assist and adjust in support areas to meet evolving department needs is required.
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 US Club Soccer News


Limited spots remain for NSCAA/US Club Soccer Director of Coaching diploma course: May 17-19 in Beaverton, Ore.
US Club Soccer
Applications are being accepted online for the 21-hour non-residential course, which is designed by the NSCAA and US Club Soccer to examine technical, conceptual, leadership and administrative skills of current and future directors of coaching. Twelve spots remain for the 40-person course, and additional applicants will be added to a waiting list.
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 In the News


U.S. Soccer celebrates 100 years
The New York Times
U.S. Soccer is coming home — to New York — to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding on April 5, 1913. The U.S. Soccer Centennial Week begins with a roster of activities in Manhattan, N.Y., which includes the participation of the federation president, Sunil Gulati; the men’s national team coach, Jurgen Klinsmann; and the current and former players Carli Lloyd, Alexi Lalas, Cobi Jones, Michelle Akers, April Heinrichs, Walter Bar, Tab Ramos, John Harkes and others.
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US Youth Soccer National League teams punch tickets to 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Potomac Soccer Wire
US Youth Soccer announced the US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys and Girls teams that have earned advancement to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which are being held July 22-28 in Overland Park, Kan. 11 teams clinched their position as division champions prior to the closing weekend of play March 15-17, in Las Vegas, where the final five division champions were named, along with 11 other qualifiers.
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Women's soccer team relocates to Elk Grove
The Sacramento Bee
The California Storm, one of the pioneering teams of the Women's Premier Soccer League, is moving to Elk Grove. The team, based in Sacramento, will begin playing at Cosumnes Oaks High School on May 1, according to Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and team officials. Davis said the relocation will give momentum to the city's attempts to finance a stadium and land a men's Major League Soccer team.
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Youth soccer players participate in White House 'Let's Move' event
Fitness World
Twenty-five Soccer for Success participants between the ages of 8 -12 who live at Regency Park Apartments in Coatesville, Penn., have been invited to participate in a special day of Let's Move activities at the White House. Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's free soccer-based afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities.
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Plan your summer coaching education vacation
NSCAA
Plan your summer vacation now and join us August 1-3, in Orlando, Fla., for the NSCAA Summer Symposium.

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Jim Liston gives tips on how to handle a blowout game
NSCAA
Chances are, there will come a time in your coaching career you will be on one side of a blowout. You team is just clicking on all cylinders and the other team can't handle it.

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Hope Solo shares soccer skills at keeper clinic
Daily Inter Lake
Columbia Falls High School, Mont., senior Kira Kamrud says she will pay for it tomorrow. "I'm gonna be sore," she admitted after attending the Hope Solo Goalkeeper Clinic.

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Athletes need to train their brains
STACK
The average adult brain represents approximately 2 percent of total body weight. Your brain is constantly firing, even when you're asleep. In fact, your brain accounts for 20 percent of the energy your body uses. That might not seem like a lot, but it's the same amount used by your skeletal muscles, which comprise 40 to 50 percent of your body weight. If you want to perform at your best, you have to train your brain.
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Which fitness trends are worth your time?
The Boston Globe
Some old-school exercises should definitely remain in your training regimen, including traditional lifts like deadlifts, squats, lunges, bench press and pull-ups. One old-school machine whose time has passed is the all-in-one "universal gym" — those old metal racks with everything from a rowing machine to triceps pull-down. There are simply more useful, safer and targeted machines now, which put you through a fuller range of motion.
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