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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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A scientific concept in soccer player development
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Professional player and coach, Wayne Harrison explains the scientific background to awareness training and how the approach speeds up and improves decision making and the thought processes in soccer. More

MLS to move to unbalanced schedule in 2012
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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the league had no viable alternative but to ditch its balanced scheduling approach and go to an unbalanced schedule in 2012. With the addition of the Montreal Impact as the league's 19th franchise, Garber said that adding games to each club's 34-match regular season was not feasible, citing wear and tear on players plus clubs' commitments to other competitions and star players' requirements with their national teams. More

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2012 NSCAA Convention - Kansas City: January 11-15, 2012
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Whether it's learning the basics of coaching goalkeepers or a high-level discussion of systems of play, every coach who attends the 2012 NSCAA Convention will find something new to add to their soccer repertoire. And the coaching instruction is just the beginning — the five-day program is filled with a myriad of opportunities to mix and mingle with some of the most prominent names on the soccer landscape. More

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Host a course
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The NSCAA boasts a robust non-residential course program that provides education, support and professional growth for coaches at all levels of the game. We welcome NSCAA members to host non-residential courses in their region or local communities. More

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Study: Warm-ups cut sports injuries in teen girls
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Going through a set of warm-up exercises before practices and games cut the rate of knee and ankle injuries in girls playing soccer and basketball in a new study. More

Tips on keeping the coach/child athlete relationship a healthy one
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When it comes to coaches and athletes, there are some simple rules of thumb to follow to make sure the relationship is a healthy one and kids and teens are protected, says Max Trenerry, an associate professor of psychology and consultant in clinical neuropsychology at the Mayo Clinic. More

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Galaxy lose Barrett to dislocated ankle
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The L.A. Galaxy will have to play the MLS Cup without starting forward Chad Barrett, who dislocated his right ankle during an intrasquad scrimmage. More

D.C. United may have to consider move
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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says D.C. United might relocate to a different site in the Washington-Baltimore region next season because of high operating costs at RFK Stadium. More

Yoga can help undo damage running does to your body
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It's no secret that running is hard on the body. Yoga, with its perfect mix of postures and breathing exercises, may offer just the right balance you're looking for. Tiffany Cruikshank, an experienced registered yoga teacher at Nike, says many runners come to her seeking yoga moves to heal an injury but end up considering it a crucial part of their training routine. More

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Youth soccer insight: End of season awards
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The end of the fall soccer season has arrived for Dr. Dina Gentile's 1st Grade Columbus Crew Team. The girls had a great season filled with lots of goals scored and new friendships. An added bonus to the end of the season was the awarding of the Soccer Association Patch to each player at the last session. The soccer patch which each player received was a great gesture from the program and made Gentile think about the award debate that exists in youth sport today. More

No cheering allowed for Japanese at North Korean soccer showdown
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The Japanese national soccer team faces North Korea in a World Cup qualifier played in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang for the first time since 1989 — and 150 Japanese fans will be there to cheer on their team, quietly. Japan and North Korea have no diplomatic ties and Tokyo has strongly discouraged travel to North Korea since imposing economic sanctions in 2006, following a North Korean missile launch. But the two sides have made an exception, in the name of sports. More

Illegal use of hands
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Expert referee Keith Hackett says one of the main things to avoid when you are refereeing is to stop looking at the ball when it is in the air. Hackett often see young referees during the course of a game looking skywards trying to determine where the ball is going to land after it has been kicked. More

Soccer program changes lives of refugees
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Roanoke Lion Soccer Club coach Luma Mufleh, who helps teams of refugees, said they are the ones who have helped her find direction in life. More
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