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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

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NSCAA opposed, but couldn't stop, high school ban (Joe Cummings Q&A)
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The impact of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's banning its players from high school ball is being felt across the nation as the fall scholastic season begins. We spoke with Joe Cummings, the CEO of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), more than a third of whose 30,000-plus members are high school coaches. More


Tar Heel men, Seminole women lead this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I polls
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The North Carolina men and the Florida State women are both ranked in the top spot in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I rankings. More


Quick Feet Trainer is just the start: Quick Feet Coach’s console gives audio cues while assessing speed and accuracy. Quick Feet Vision makes players check through 180 degrees for their next available pass. Quick Feet Play brings competition, in the form of other players — against the clock or highest score.

High School Player of the Week
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New to the 2012-13 seasons, NSCAA's Player of the Week awards outstanding performances by high school players around the country. This new feature will highlight these future stars of the game on multiple NSCAA communication channels. Nominate your athlete to give them recognition on a national scale where thousands of coaches, administrators and other athletes will see! They work hard all season — give them the recognition they deserve! More

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A view from the goal with an MLS Veteran: The five P's of performance
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Joe Cannon has over a decade of soccer experience at the professional level. As a goalkeeper, his resume includes stints with Major League Soccer teams such as the San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy. His features for are insights on the life of an MLS player, his thoughts on goalkeeper training in the U.S., an MLS player's advice for the youth soccer parent and more. More

 NSCAA Job Board

State Technical Director of Recreation
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North Carolina Youth Soccer Association is now taking resumes for a full time State Technical Director of Recreation. We are seeking a highly motivated, leadership and detail oriented individual to support recreation for our administrators, coaches and players. More

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 In the News

Repetition for success: Learned behaviors
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Mark Thompson writes, "When I was young and in my travel team days of soccer I remember having a coach that before every practice he would hold a juggling competition. He would give five minutes and each individual would count their own juggles and see who could get the most consecutive juggles in a row. Juggling a ball was one of my strengths and I looked forward to this competition every practice." More

Small-sided games: Preparing to start the Fall season
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The summer months can serve to energize the organizers of youth soccer associations who deserve the much-needed break. However, the next weeks will be a busy time as club administrators and volunteers start to move nets, line fields, create team rosters, recruit coaches, and sort uniform jerseys. These opening weeks of the season are an opportunity to create strong links and create a positive club culture moving into a new season. More

Youth soccer enrollment declining - how to reverse the trend
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Today, US Youth Soccer is the largest governing body for youth soccer in the United States. Comprised of 55 state associations (some states split in half based on population, geography and other factors), US Youth Soccer registered 3.025 million kids aged 5-19 nationwide in 2011. This is approximately two million more than the rest of youth soccer (US Club Soccer, AYSO, SAY, Super Y) combined. More

Homegrown route: panacea or black hole?
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Jose Villarreal's assist on the Los Angeles Galaxy's winning goal against FC Dallas highlighted the benefits of MLS's homegrown program. In his first year with the Galaxy, the 18-year-old Villarreal is little by little receiving increased playing time on an established MLS team. More

Preventing staph infections in contact sports
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As student athletes begin a new school year, players, staff and parents need to be mindful of staph infections. They're the result of bacteria we all have on our skin and in nasal passages. But the director of primary care sports medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says contact sports raise the potential for an infection. More

Youth soccer player development vs. winning at all costs
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We hear it all the time: there is too much emphasis on "winning at all costs." Yet how many times have you gone to a game and heard parents yelling at the kids to do what it takes to score goals and win? Coaches are told from one side that development is the priority in youth soccer, but then see their decisions questioned when the team loses. More

New Yorkers compete in World Cup
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In a field in Harlem, N.Y., emotions run high as the U.S. soccer team battles to defeat Angola and move on to the World Cup quarterfinals. In a penalty shootout, a player for Angola steps to the ball, shoots and misses. The USA team rejoices. More
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