After having the class canceled on me three times in the past year, I’m finally off to try and get my soccer coaching ‘D’ license this weekend (and next). Packing a 36 hour class into a weekend is quite a feat! Should be interesting to see what types of coaches are there. I did most of my pre-reading last night, but not sure how much I absorbed. It’s clear the USSF wants kids to play soccer in informal settings until they’re U12’s, but I’m just not sure how realistic that is. Read through the Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States. Do you really think your U6 and U8 players would stick with soccer if all they did was practice and never play in organized ‘matches’? I’m not saying you have to keep score and standings. But part of the fun for them is getting a colorful uniform, coming out on Saturday morning when the older kids play, and playing against another team while the parents cheer. It’s exciting and different than practice, even if practice is full of fun mini games and such. I know what they’re trying to get at with the whole ‘street soccer’ concept, but I’m just not sure they’re going to be able to keep younger kids interested in the US if they don’t play ‘real’ matches until they’re 10 or 12. But I digress. For now, I’m off to be educated and hopefully escape with my State D certificate or if I’m lucky my National D license. Wish me luck!