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D License FAQ

GENERAL

What are the key components of the "D" license course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team.
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of the Athlete Development Model.
  • Build on coaches’ foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses (“E” to “A”).

What are the target outcomes for a “D” coaching candidate?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment (7v7 to 9v9).
  • Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
  • Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.

Is the “D” course a U.S. Soccer license course?

  • The “D” course is a recognized U.S. Soccer license course.

Who is permitted to host “D” courses?

  • The appropriate State Association (youth, adult, or joint) shall conduct “D,” “E” and Youth Module courses through their state coaching programs, with oversight by the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department. U.S. Soccer may also conduct these courses.

How do I register for a course?

  • Contact your State Youth Soccer Association for details on upcoming courses. Coaches may attend courses outside the state in which they reside.

Is there a waiver process which permits a candidate to bypass the “E” license and begin with a “D” course?

  • As of January 1, 2013 waivers are no longer offered or allowed to bypass the “E” license and begin with a “D” license course.

After earning an “E” license, is there a waiting period between the “E” and “D” courses?

  • Applicants must show they have been “actively coaching” for a minimum of six (6) months. The active coaching period begins on the issue date of the “E” License.

After earning a “D” license, is there a waiting period between the “D” and “C” courses?

  • Applicants must show they have been “actively coaching” for a minimum of twelve (12) months. The active coaching period begins on the issue date of the “D” License.

"D" COURSE FORMAT

After July 1, 2013, State Associations and/or hosting organizations will need to comply with the following protocols:

  • State Soccer Associations have been provided a 6-month period (January 1 - July 1, 2013) to transition from the 2012 “D” license protocols to the 2013 “D” license protocols.
  • One of the main changes to the “D” license course is the implementation of a minimum of one (1) active coaching season (deliberate practice phase) between the instructional weekend and the performance review phase (testing).
  • As of July 1, 2013, all “D” courses must include an active coaching season. During this time, a coach should practice the teachings, concepts, and skills that were introduced and demonstrated during the instructional weekend before being assessed during the performance review phase.
  I.  Preparation Phase
  • Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions.
  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.
  III.  Deliberate Practice Phase
  • Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the duration of the 10 week period.
  • Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.
  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
  • Final on-field exam.

"D" COURSE CONTENT

Will there be a “D” candidate manual?

  • At this time there will not be a separate manual for the “D” course. Power point content will be available online. In addition, the U.S. Soccer curriculum will serve as a resource guide book.
  • A .pdf version of the presentation notes has been provided on box.com. The candidates may only be provided a .pdf version of the presentation notes.

Will there be a “D” instructor manual?

  • There will not be a separate instructor manual. Instructors will be prepared with instructor training and equipped with online resources.

Will course materials be provided in Spanish?

  • All course materials will be available in Spanish.

"D" COURSE GRADING

What are the standard grading policies for earning a “D” License?

  • Standard Grading Policies

The instructor will explain the distinctions between the National “D” License, a “D” Certificate and a “Not Ready” (NR) result.

Scoring Scale
1 = National “D” License
2 = “D” Certificate Level
3 = Not Ready

  • National “D” License: A candidate must earn a score of “1” in the Conceptualization and Execution categories. All other categories must earn a score of “2” or “1”.
  • “D” Certificate: A candidate qualifies to receive a “D” certificate when receiving a “2” or a “1” in all categories. A candidate cannot receive a “3” in any category in order to earn a State Certificate.

If this candidate wishes to attain a National “D” License, they must satisfy the following requirements at a future “D” course:

  • Must complete an additional set of five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of three months before participating in a future Performance Review Phase.
  • Pre-register, attend and participate in any future Performance Review Phase hosted by a U.S. Soccer approved host organization (Note: candidates must attend the entire Performance Review Phase).
  • Successfully complete the Performance Review regardless of the number of previous “Not Ready” categories.
  • Candidates should be offered the opportunity to attend and participate in the Instructional Phase of any future "D" License at no additional charge. (Note: This is not a required step).
  • Not Ready (NR): A candidate who receives a “3” or a “Not Ready” in any single category will receive a grade of Not Ready or NR, and must retake the entire course.

Who will issue the “D” License to the candidate?

  • The hosting organization will issue the “D” License or “D” Certificate.

If a coach earned a Not Ready (NR) score prior to 2013 and wishes to earn a National “D” license they must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Pre-register, attend and participate in any future Performance Review Phase offered by the original host organization or U.S. Soccer (Note: candidates must attend the entire Performance Review Phase).
  • Complete a set of five (5) assigned training sessions before participating in a Performance Review Phase.
  • Successfully complete the Performance Review regardless of the number of previous “Not Ready” categories.
  • Candidates should be offered the opportunity to attend and participate in the Instructional Phase of any "D" License at no additional charge. (Note: This is not a required step).

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING-CERTIFICATION

Is it required that every “E” and “D” course instructor be certified by U.S. Soccer?

  • It is currently not required by U.S. Soccer for instructors to be certified to teach U.S. Soccer courses. However, U.S. Soccer highly recommends that instructors be certified through regional and national workshops. Certified instructors will be given priority when assignments are made.
  • Courses run by the National Office only use U.S. Soccer certified instructors.
  • Each State Association and/or State DOC is expected to submit a list of “D” and “E” instructors and a summary of their qualifications to the U.S. Soccer Coaching Development Department.

What are the standards to be a Regional instructor?

  • U.S. Soccer recommends the minimum standard for all instructors be an “A” license.
  • Observation and assessment of instructor competencies by U.S. Soccer staff.
  • Recommendations by the U.S. Soccer DOC and/or national staff instructors.

"D" ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

What are the requirements to enter the “D” license course?

  • Applicants are recommended to be a minimum of 17 years old.

Is there a waiver process which permits a candidate to bypass the “E” license level and begin with a “D” course?

  • As of January 1, 2013, U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the 55 State Youth Soccer Associations, no longer grants or allows “E” waivers.
  • A candidate must hold an “E” license for a minimum of six (6) months before attending a “D” license course.
  • During this time period candidates must pre-register for a “D” course and complete the pre-requisite assignments (including a series of assigned training sessions).
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