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Off the Pitch is the weekly newsletter of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It is distributed every Wednesday. The content is primarily a collection of NSCAA news and news articles from around the country that focuses on recognizing coaches and teams and their activities “off the pitch.” Please send any feedback on what you would like to see in future editions to NSCAA Marketing Director, Chris Burt, at

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Coach of US women's soccer team scores points for leadership
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An overtime, penalty-kicks loss to Japan takes nothing away from the U.S women's national team coach, Pia Sundhage. She took a troubled team in 2008 and brought them to the finals of the World Cup. The profiles written about Sundhage leading up to the championship game painted a picture of a leader whose techniques worked to lower her team's stress while bringing out the best qualities and skills of each of player. Business leaders in any industry could learn from Sundhage’s approach. More

Young soccer players cheer on their idols, learn from loss
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Girls participating in the Michigan Girls Soccer Camp spread out in locker rooms in Ann Arbor, Mich, cheering the U.S. women's team during the World Cup finals while learning about the game and watching players they admire. University of Michigan women's soccer team coach Dean Duerst used the game as a teaching experience discussing with the girls — ages 10-18 — elements of the game like formation and when to substitute players. More

Do we get another Mia Hamm?
Youth Soccer Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Before this Women's World Cup, if you surveyed American girls on their favorite female player, Mia Hamm would be by far the most common answer, even from girls much too young to have watched Hamm in action. Hamm peaked more than a decade ago and retired in 2004. The young girls who name Hamm know her from books, YouTube, or because they've heard her name a lot. They’re long overdue for a new female soccer hero. Has this Women's World Cup created one? More

Kids who learned soccer in refugee camps team up in Alaska
Anchorage Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though separated by any number of things — most notably language, culture and ethnicity — the Fugees are united by a shared experience and a shared love. They all came to Anchorage as refugees from countries in turmoil — Somalia, Bhutan, Gambia, Congo, Ivory Coast. And they all love soccer. More

Ray Beckman, longtime St. Louis-area coach, played in Olympics
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St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame member Raymond P. Beckman recently died of coronary artery disease. He played soccer since childhood and starred in semipro leagues. After serving in World War II, he earned a spot as center-forward on the 1948 Olympic team that competed in London. After retiring from a career as a firefighter, he took a full-time job at Burroughs High School in St. Louis, coaching the soccer team and taking care of the athletic grounds until he retired in 2002. More

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  NSCAA News to serve as official College Soccer Scoreboard provider beginning in August
NSCAA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article, the leading destination for college and club soccer, has announced a partnership with NSCAA to serve as the official College Soccer Scoreboard provider of the NSCAA. Launching in August to coincide with the start of the 2011 intercollegiate soccer season, visitors to the site will be able to access exclusive and reliable match information for men's and women's teams on every page of the website. More

Off the Pitch Episode 4: Preparing and developing players for higher level demand and performance
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Nancy Feldman, head coach of the Boston University women’s soccer team and NSCAA national staff member, moderates a discussion on preparing and developing players for higher level demand and performance at the 2010 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. The discussion's featured panelists are Tony DiCicco, Tony Faulkner, Tiffeny Jones and Janet Rayfield. More

NSCAA launches Member Club program
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The NSCAA introduces a new group membership category designed to offer an array of benefits to youth soccer clubs in the United States and Canada. The Member Club program is an opportunity for clubs to offer individual NSCAA memberships to all coaches in the organization at a discounted rate, and for the club to receive multiple exclusive benefits. More

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Louisiana Tech players, coaches volunteer over 2,000 hours to teach kids
Shreveport Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jacquelyn Bean was getting frustrated watching her then-8-year-old daughter get knocked around in a coed soccer league. Bean placed a phone call to Louisiana Tech soccer coach Kevin Sherry asking for help. As a result of that call and due to Sherry's propensity to give back to his favorite game, Sherry and his team have logged an estimated 2,000 volunteer hours over the past year conducting clinics for youngsters. More

Veteran coach's business helps train volunteers
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Bill Bommarito of Kirkwood, Mo., is passionate about youth sports but particularly about turning intrepid volunteers into effective coaches. More than just skills and drills, Bommarito imparts knowledge on what he calls the "other side" of coaching — how to work with kids effectively, how to make it enjoyable yet competitive and how to communicate with parents, handle discipline and set expectations. More

Camp develops kids' sports skills, leadership
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Above the EDGE global sports program, a six-week leadership skills/sports development clinic for kids ages 3-12, recently concluded with a youth leadership awards ceremony in Coon Rapids, Minn. Besides classroom training in leadership skills, the some 50 participants in the program also played basketball, baseball, flag football and soccer. The mission of the academy was to develop and strengthen the positive character, social and physical qualities of each participant, while cultivating a healthy spirit of fun and sportsmanship. More

Ready to save? Warming up the keeper
Youth Soccer Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to Tim Mulqueen, U.S. Soccer Federation coach and instructor, the best way for a keeper to be warmed up is to work with someone who understands the keeper's mentality. Therefore, the goalkeeper coach or backup keeper (acting on the keeper coach's instructions) should do the shooting. More

Commentary: Are parents too involved in children's sports?
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lisa Belkin writes that one of the best parts of summer is getting children outside and active. The head-butting march of the United States women's soccer team this particular summer underscores the power of getting physical. Belkin contends that the simple joy of sweat and motion can become complicated, with questions of danger and sportsmanship and teaching moments and parental over- or under-involvement. More

Bidder scores original soccer rules for $1.4 million at auction
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The original handwritten rules for soccer from 1858 for the "Rules, Regulations, & Laws of the Sheffield Foot-Ball Club," published in 1859, were sold to an anonymous bidder at an auction for more than $1.4 million. More
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