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The Colorado Storm Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is for current and former CO Storm FC players U13 and older to be trained in a host of leadership skills within the context of soccer.  

All participants will receive formal classroom training in leadership.  Participants then choose to specialize in coaching or officiating soccer and receive training and guided practical experience in either of these areas.  This is a free program and participants give back to our local community by using their new skills through a commitment to coaching or officiating for Colorado Storm’s Access to Sport after-school outreach programs.

Participating in soccer in a non-player capacity is a vital component to being a well-rounded person.  The YLP enables us to train our next generation of coaches and officials. They will carry these positive and effective principles with them in the future as they also become our next generation of community leaders.

Participants completing the training and after-school outreach commitment with a strong evaluation will then be eligible for Colorado Storm’s pool of coaches and referees who can then be paid for their time coaching and officiating.  All hours committed to this training can be counted towards high school volunteer or service hours.

Contact program coordinator Lani Williams at stormfc@coloradostorm.com for more information. 

2017 Youth Leadership Participants Include:

COACHING- Connor Desrosiers, Cael Washburn, Ethan Harvey, Jackson Maynard, Megan Zupancic, Anne Priebe

OFFICIATING- Elijah (Eli) Smid, Cameron Traylor, William Acheson, Lilian Buck, Owen Buck, Angus Vancil.

 

Youth Leadership Program participants can choose 1 of 2 pathways:

Coaching or Officiating

COACHING PATHWAY


2 Hour Leadership Training Session Topic: Interpersonal skills, how to lead, talking to adults, peers and participants. Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30pm


2 Hour Online Course- National F License

Participants meeting the minimum license age requirement of 16 will register for the National F License course and be reimbursed the $25 cost upon successful completion of the course and the Youth Leadership Program. Participants under the age of 16 will be provided with alternate coursework or training.

Complete the online course/alternate assignment  by Oct. 2


2 Hour Coaching Training Session

Specific Coaching skills and how to implement a soccer curriculum and create a proper learning environment.

Oct. 4, 6:30-8:30pm


Practical Experience Coaching paired with a Storm FC mentor coach and assisting at 2 team practices and 1 Friday evening or Saturday game.

October – time/date depends on mentor’s practice times


Commit to co-coaching 1 session of Storm’s elementary age after school program once a week for a 6 week session from 3:30-4:30pm in Nov-Dec or Jan-March at one of the following schools: Mon/Wed at Linton, Laurel, or Harris. Tues/Thurs at Putnam, Irish, or Bauder.

 

OFFICIATING PATHWAY


2 Hour Leadership Training Session Topic: Interpersonal skills, how to lead, talking to adults, peers and participants. Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30pm


2 Hour Online Course- Grade 9 Referee Certification

Participants will register for the Grade 9 Referee Certification course (online course + field session) and be reimbursed the $65 cost upon successful completion of the course and the Youth Leadership Program.

Complete the online portion by Oct. 2 for the YLP.

Field session to be completed in order to be certified and reimbursed.


2 Hour Referee Training Session

Specific Officiating skills and how to create a safe and positive playing environment for participants on and off the field.

Oct. 5, 6:30-8:30pm


Practical Experience Officiating for Storm at 3 Friday evening Storm youth games under the guidance and supervision of a mentor.

October 6, 20, and/or 27


Commit to officiating 4 games in the Spring 2018 season for either Storm FC's middle school outreach program or Friday evening Storm FC recreational games.