Went to a meeting last night for the rollout of BCSA’s new plan for grassroots soccer (defined as anything below BCPL) and the Long Term Player Development Curriculum. I’ll do a longer post later but just wanted to put it out there that this comes across as a well though out integrated approach to improving the environment for the 99% of the Province’s youth soccer players who don’t play elite level soccer.
Combining the LTPD Volume 2 curriculum (intended as a road map for Technical Directors and Club Head Coaches) with the new, simplified dual pathway (Grassroots and Elite) coach certification courses while introducing a new three hour workshop course (free) through a network of regional “Tutors” covers a lot of new ground.
One meeting (there were four last night: Vancouver, Coquitlam, Langley and Williams Lake) was also told that the very handy but under-published BCSA Grassroots Development Coaches Handbook for U6-U12 will be updated and made available at all the three workshops. This spiral bound publication contains 16 practice plans covering basic technical skills. An updated, enhanced version (in pdf form) would be a great addition.
The LTPD Volume 2 that everyone’s been waiting for? There’s a lot more good than bad and it’s a relief that it’s not intended for lay coaches as it’s clearly much more relevant for Technical Directors. It would have been a good idea to state who the end user group was intended to be as that was causing a bit of consternation. Beyond that, the content for the older groups is good but some of the U6 to U8 curriculum is a bit of a stretch and suggest those putting the guide together hadn’t spent a lot of time working with our youngest players.
Big step forward. Congratulations to all those involved in putting it together.