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Course Information

What are the course dates?
June 14-22, 2014

Where will the course take place?
Lake Forest Academy
1500 W Kennedy Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
http://www.lfanet.org/   

How is registration handled?
Eligible coaches are required to register online at the U.S. Soccer website: http://www.ussoccer.com/Coaches/National-Coaching-Schools/National-Course-Schedule.aspx
Confirmed candidates will be notified via e-mail with additional course details. Candidates should secure travel only after receiving written confirmation from U.S. Soccer.

How is payment handled?
Full payment is required at the time of registration with a credit or debit card.

Tuition - $1,150
U.S. Soccer Coaching School course fee includes tuition, all course materials, and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) throughout the course. The course fee does not include housing, ground transportation, airfare, or activities outside of the standard course schedule.

Residency (optional) - $650
Candidates may select to add residency by choosing the residency option during the course registration process. Residency is based on double occupancy. An additional $100 fee will be added to all housing requests received after May 14. Housing requests received after May 24 will be accepted based on availability.

Where do residency candidates stay during the week?
Lake Forest Academy Dormitories
1500 W Kennedy
Lake Forest, IL 60045
http://www.lfanet.org/

Are single rooms available? 
Candidates may request a single room. If available, an additional charge of $650 will be added to the housing fee. Please contact the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department at 312-528-1214 or by email at drussell@ussoccer.org after you have received your course confirmation to make these arrangements.

What if I have a roommate request?
If you have a roommate request please email that request to drussell@ussoccer.org by May 14.  Roommate requests will not be accepted after this date and changes will not be made onsite.

When do I need to arrive?
Registration will take place on June 14 in the Crown Fitness and Wellness Center from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The course will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.

Candidates who arrive after the start of the course or miss any sessions during the course, regardless of circumstance, will be responsible for making up any missed time at a future course before a final course grade is issued.

Which airport should I fly into?
O’Hare International Airport (http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/en/home/Pages/default.aspx) – 23 miles from complex

Midway International Airport (http://www.flychicago.com/midway/en/home/Pages/default.aspx) – 42 miles from complex

Is transportation provided? 
Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from Lake Forest Academy. The dorms, classrooms, and fields are all within walking distance.

When does the course end?
The course will end by noon on June 22. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. Some days will include an evening lecture or field session. A daily schedule will be provided at registration.  
           
What are the expectations?
We strongly recommend that candidates come in good physical condition to meet the demands of the course. Candidates will spend approximately three to five hours on the field each day. 

Is their pre-course homework?
All candidates are required to complete pre-course assignments. Additional information will be emailed to confirmed candidates approximately three (3) weeks prior to the start of the course.

Can I film the lecture and field sessions?
U.S. Soccer does not allow filming or recording of any lecture or field sessions.

Is gear provided?
Candidates are required to provide their own training gear.

Will a trainer be available during the field sessions?
A trainer will be present at all field sessions to provide ice, tape, water and general coverage.

What if I need to cancel my registration?  
Full tuition payment is required at the time of registration. A $250 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will apply to any cancellation up to thirty (30) days prior to the course.  Any cancellations less than thirty (30) days prior to the course, regardless of circumstance, will forfeit 50% of their entire course tuition. Candidates who fail to attend for any reason will forfeit their entire course tuition.   

Course cancellations must be submitted via email to U.S. Soccer at drussell@ussoccer.org

U.S. Soccer advises against finalizing travel arrangements until registration is confirmed. U.S. Soccer is not responsible for airline penalties or any other travel related costs.

How does grading work?
Candidates undergo a challenging series of written, oral and practical examinations on a variety of subjects. Candidates are graded on a scale of 1 (high) to 5 (fail), and must receive passing scores in all test areas in order to become licensed.  A single failing score in a theoretical subject qualifies for a retest in that subject prior to the conclusion of the course.

When will I receive my results?
Candidates will receive their results from the national office within six to eight weeks following the conclusion of the course.

Questions can be directed to drussell@ussoccer.org.

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