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WHAT is it? The Club Development Project is a member benefit program available to all ASA affiliated clubs aimed at improving the daily environment the club provides to members. It is a voluntary, collaborative effort between club directors and the ASA Technical Leaderships to review, refine, and align all areas of their youth soccer organization.

WHO participates? Clubs & directors brave enough to interrogate their reality and driven to improve their environments on a daily basis. The Program is led by Alabama Soccer Association Technical Director, Kevin Laux with assistance by ASA Assistant Technical Director, Emma Greenwood

WHEN does it occur? We set up regularly scheduled appointments wherein we harness a modified version of US Soccer’s Club Development Tool to address each area sequentially, facilitate optimal development, and promote vital alignment throughout the club.

WHERE do we meet? We are mostly webinar based especially given current circumstances.

WHY participate? To help your club maximize its resources and create optimal development environments for your members. And to improve the quality of soccer in our state and our country!

Want to get started? Contact Kevin Laux, ASA Technical Director – [email protected]

 

Currently Participating Clubs:

Auburn Thunder

AYSO United

Briarwood SC

Cullman United

Fusion FC

Gulf Coast Rangers

Homewood SC

Huntsville FC

Northstar SC

Wetumpka United

 

This Group is currently not active as of May 2020. We are looking for someone to take the lead again and connect our coaches. If you are interested in leading this group, please contact Jennifer at 205-253-2277.

MISSION: The Alabama Female Coaches Group (AFCG) exists to connect female coaches with each other, provide educational opportunities, and create a network of support for each other from both male and female coaches.

We aspire to:

  • Connect-by connecting with other coaches (of all sports) here in Alabama and across the nation to exchange ideas, issues, and solutions that commonly arise as coaches of female players
  • Educate-by providing coaching education opportunities, mentorships, and information to help improve the quality of coaching for female players
  • Support-by creating a network of coaches to help support each other through mentorship, friendship, and networking. 

WHO: *Despite the group name, this group is open to males who coach female players as well as females who coach male players.  This group is being formed by soccer coaches but is open to all sports and we encourage other coaches, administrators, parents to also participate.  Alabama Soccer Association is the founding member.

PURPOSE: With about 50% of participants in youth sports being females, it is our purpose to bring attention to this half of the population by helping coaches further their players’ enjoyment of sport, increase their knowledge, and improve the quality of instruction.  It is also our purpose to help bridge the gap between male and female coaches.

WHEN: The AFCG will meet once per month via webinar/conference call.  Members are encouraged to interact with each other more frequently to build rapport among the group with face to face interactions.  We will also look to hold symposiums for creating connections and education opportunities.

In an ongoing effort to keep soccer fun and safe for kids and all of the adults who help to make our game a reality, Alabama Soccer has partnered with Respect in Sport, an on-line training program aimed at coaches and youth activity leaders, which informs individuals on issues related to bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. 

Designed to both protect children, and provide coaches with information and tools to help recognize and address issues of maltreatment, Respect in Sport is a blueprint to help raise awareness and improve the culture of youth sport.

Take the Respect in Sport Program – Click here

Program Access Instructions:

  • If you have an existing Activity Leader certificate, select “Import a Certificate” and follow the prompts
  • If you have an existing profile in any other Respect Group program, select “Register your Profile” and then “Look-Up”
  • If this is your first time registering for a Respect Group Program, select “Register your Profile” followed by “Register”. There will be a drop down menu, which will have your club/association to choose from.
  • Complete registration and select “Submit” at the bottom of the page. With successful registration, you will be directed to the Home Page of the program
  • To re-access the program, return to the same URL indicated above and enter the username and password created during registration

General Information:

  • Respect Group programs run most effectively on traditional PC and MAC computers using any common browser. iOS and Android mobile devices may be used with third-party browsers such as the Puffin Browser available via the App Store or the Google Play store. If using mobile devices, it is recommended you connect via wifi and not a cellular connection as the programs are multimedia in nature
  • Numerous Customer Support tools are available for any questions you may have before login as well as within the program. Prior to logging in you will see buttons to retrieve usernames and passwords, and to look up your certificate number. Inside the program, the Help button is available to connect you with a Customer Support Representative

For PDF version of instructions, click here