Soccer America Interviews AYSO's Scott Gimple
8/7/2013 11:41:00 AM
By Mike Woitalla
Four players - Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Nick Rimando, Alejandro Bedoya - who helped the USA lift the 2013 Gold Cup got their soccer start in the American Youth Soccer Organization, which next year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
We spoke with AYSO Director of Development Scott Gimple about its new coaching curriculum, its faith in parent-coaches, and how to create the best environment for young players.
SOCCER AMERICA: There is no shortage of curriculums or guides for coaching youth soccer. What makes AYSO's new "Coaching Series" unique?
SCOTT GIMPLE: Almost all soccer curriculums are written by soccer guys for soccer guys. It's as if they're written to show other soccer people how much they know about the game. In some ways they're overcomplicated. The reality is that the people we are addressing are all parents.
Most of our coaches have never played the game. What we had to do is create tools to show how different soccer is from baseball, basketball, football and hockey from a coaching perspective.
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