Statewide Youth Centers of Excellence Soccer Training

Statewide Youth Centers of Excellence Soccer Training Open to all youth players, the South Dakota State Soccer Association will hold several more Centers of Excellence training programs. These programs are designed to bring the expertise of the state coaching staff to soccer communities around the state. Top-licensed state coaching staff will conduct coaches training and player training in a local format.

The cost will be $20 per player. The fees will help pay any facility rental costs and coach's expenses, and the cost of a numbered jersey each player receives. (A player who has a jersey from a previous CoE will pay only a registration fee of $10.) Coaches clinics are free to all adults.

The next center of excellence will be held in Vermillion Saturday, February 2, 2002, Vermillion, USD Dakota Dome.

Players are encouraged to attend as many Centers of Excellence as possible.

The players' session is open to all soccer players who meet the age criteria (any boys and girls born during the years 1984 � 1990. Members of the state coaching staff will conduct complete training sessions for players in their individual age groups in the morning. Players will return in the afternoon and play games within their age groups. Local coaches are encouraged to attend and observe members of the state coaching staff conduct the training sessions. (Special goalkeeper training sessions will also be held.) At each Center of Excellence, there is a $10 registration fee for each player who trains. There is an additional one-time $10 jersey purchase charge. The numbered Center of Excellence jersey that each player is required to purchase is for the player to use at every Center of Excellence he or she may attend.

A Coaches Session will be held the evening before each training session for players. The session topic is "Contemporary issues in coaching soccer." All coaches or interested adults are encouraged to attend. Local coaches will learn about important topics relating to proper training of players. There is no cost to attend this session.

During these events, state Olympic Development Program coaches will identify local players to participate in the state pool training and tryouts for the state select teams. South Dakota ODP staff will also be available to explain how the ODP program works and to address questions that coaches, parents and players might have.

For more information, visit the ODP Web site at www.

eteamz.com/sdodp or contact Leroy N. Meyer, State Administrator, South Dakota State Soccer Association, Olympic Development Program, phone 605/ 624-2926 or via email at lnmeyer@usd.edu .

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