Senior Academy & The Foundation Course
Senior Practicum & orientation
Foundation License Course
Foundation Coach Practicum
One on One Coaching
License to Drive, License to Coach
Most clubs and coaching programs throw teenagers to the wolves in recreation programs, and even travel programs. At the age of 16 players learn to drive through a licensing process, why not license them to coach under the supervision of a coach? The LeftFoot Foundation Coach license allows players to learn how to teach, study and instruct the core methodology of the LeftFoot Phenomenal FootSkills™ model.
Coffee or Coaching?
We all know you learn more when you teach someone something — then when you’re just a vessel to be poured into.
The Next Generation of Coaches
“Most of the best LeftFoot coaches over the years have been my best students”, and when they are sophomores and juniors we found that we invested in them as future coaches and young adults looking for their first job, we noticed that when they played in our sessions and then also worked on special projects alongside seniors and juniors and college freshmen; that they got a sense of being engaged with the Academy but at the same time recognizing what might be possible for them at the end of their soccer journey.
We Need Fresh Legs
As coaches, we’ve realized that we need extra players and young fresh legs to step onto the field and get involved. Typically for sophomores and juniors in high school, thinking three steps ahead of when they want to be a senior enrolled into a job and having a summer program or summer job going in the college is kind of far-reaching and far thinking for them. That’s why we created the Senior Academy Practicum; so that during the sophomore year going into junior year or junior year going into Senior Year students will get 16 hours of barter in exchange for 16 hours of free play and coaching partners.
Coaching Partners can be anywhere from 15 to 18 years old, ideally they have met prerequisites for courses such as modeling and exemplifying our Quick Six Touch™ and the Foundation Series™ programs, as well as our LeftFoot Low Instep Drive™. Mastery of both the LF Low Instep Drive™ and the LF High Lofted Ball™ in game play are required prerequisites for enrollment in the Senior Academy practicum.
During the Senior Practicum experience, we want each student to learn how to schedule, make a committed effort to pay attention to the details of creating a schedule, fulfilling their committment, and supporting a session by not being a distracction. It’s critical that while the coach is trying to get the best out of the session that Senior Academy students are engaged in that session. Our Coaching Partner bring their best effort, paying attention to the details and supporting the coach in ways that allow the coach to freely coach but at the same time not have to play or always demonstrate.
Appply for Senior Practicum
The first step in the Senior Practicum process is to submit an application, so we can learn a little more about our interested players and see how we can help along their journey. Once we receive this information students are free to schedule into an upcoming Senior Practicum Orientation to begin learning more about this opportunity.
Senior Practicum OrientationThe Senior Practicum Orientation is desinged to help provide all of the necessary information for prospective young coaches to learn how to navaigate the Academy as a coach. In this two hour session, students will learn how to schedule their Coaching Partner shifts in Pike13, roles and responsibilities while assisting on the field, as well as field set-ups necessary to assist Junior coaches and the Master Coach. Students must be 16 years of age, or turning 16 within then next few months in order to enroll in an orientation.
Young Players Learn More
Young players need the same attention to detail that Christian provides older players constantly
What do I need to do to get started?
Outlined below are the key steps to becoming a licensed Foundation Coach:
- Submit the Senior Practicum Application so we can learn a little more about you.
- Enroll into and attend a Senior Practicum Orientation session to gain the necessary information to begin the journey as a Coaching Partner.
- Complete volunteer hours as a Coaching Partner.
- Enroll into and attend a Foundation License Course.
- Complete Foundation Coach Practicum requirements.
- Begin running One on One Coaching Sessions!
What if I have to miss a Coaching Partner shift?
If you have have to miss a Coaching Partner shift it is your responsibility to find a replacement to cover for you. After attending the Senior Practicum Orientation, students will be given access to our Slack account, where they are able to message and contact all students who are also in their Senior Practicum. Once a replacement has been found, the students are responsible for making the switch in Pike13.
If the student is unable to find a replacement, they will contact the Member Services Coordinator and notify they were unable to find a replacement.
What is the benefit of Membership?
How do I use my Coaching Partner Practicum?
Why do I need a License, a course and practicum work?
Over the years, LeftFoot has invested a lot of time and energy in new coaches. We’ve realized that taking the time to allow us to teach what we know, how we do what we do and get the results we get is special, valuable and can benefit players and coaches for their entire career.
We wanted to reverse the trend from hiring and restricting use of the material to licensing and expanding our coaching influence. The paid Foundation Course allows us to focus on instruction of new coaches. Your practicum allows us to mentor you as you instruct within the Academy and build relationships. We also wanted to create a clearly defined process of enrollment to “who gets to be a coach at LeftFoot.”
Once I'm Licensed - Now what?
The Foundation Coach course is held June 5th – 8th, 2017
Current practicum students can attend to receive provisional Licensure for the Low Instep Drive as part of the first June Course.
Senior Academy sessions are, Tuesday or Thursday at 11:30am – 12:30 pm from June 13th – August 11th.
Senior Academy is the best of the best players through the years that have worked at the Academy for a minimum of two years. The application of their techniques go beyond their understanding of what we’re working on that day.