Improving the Quality of Youth Soccer – US Club CEO Kevin Payne’s Letter to Parents
US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne believes in communication — and shares his thoughts on youth soccer with parents and players and his organization’s Players First initiative which aims to really enhance the soccer experience for all. What matters to Payne? For one thing, the safety of our players. From now on, every US Clubs Soccer coach and staff member who registers with US Club will now have to pass an in-depth background check system, a tougher one than before. Raising the bar on background checks on only one way in which US Club’s Players First means business.
Dear US Club Soccer member,
Thanks very much for your continuing support of US Club Soccer, your club and our shared mission to create a wonderful soccer experience for your child. We hope you’re having a great summer!
I wanted to make you aware of recent developments in our groundbreaking Players First initiative, which aims to identify those clubs that have adopted a holistic approach to creating the best possible experience for parents and their kids.
Players First provides support to clubs in five key areas: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
We’ve had a busy summer, with our fourth LaLiga Formation Methodology course concluding recently in Chicago. So far, about 600 coaches have gone through this acclaimed educational program to learn how the best development program in the world trains players to be the best!
Sideline Sports Doc is an online and digital course aimed at helping coaches better recognize the severity of injuries and take the correct steps when they occur.
Beginning July 1, every coach or key staff member who registers with US Club Soccer will now have to pass our best-in-class background check system, which is far more rigorous than the previous youth sports standard. While many youth soccer organizations have tried to cut costs by employing lesser standards for such checks, we believe Player Health & Safety is our first and most important responsibility. To act otherwise would be irresponsible.
More details are available below. I encourage you to visit here for even more information about how we are trying to provide the best possible environment for each and every player to achieve his or her goals.
Thanks again for your commitment, and be sure to ask if your child is playing for a Players First Club!
CEO, US Club Soccer
What is Players First?
US Club Soccer’s Players First is a program aiming to emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, to improve the quality of youth soccer across the country and to help parents make better choices about where their children should play. Check here for more info.
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