Organizations such as NYS and AYSO serve a valuable role in introducing soccer to young players. At CDO we are seeking to take the volunteer coaches and subsequently the youth players to the next level beyond participation, by starting our teams in the youngest age groups.
Players who are not taught good technique in their early stages are constantly playing catch up, so an emphasis on individual development is key, to create confident, comfortable young players with the ball.
CDO has ongoing coach education for our volunteer and professional staff, with coaching clinics and online e-learning resources for volunteers in the U5 - U8 age groups. This is to make sure that the players are:
- Receiving age appropriate positive coaching.
- Learning the basics of soccer in a fun environment.
- Getting correct technical instruction whilst teaching the volunteer coach good coaching habits.
- Being a part of the overall club experience, with access to camps and events.
There is a misconception that club soccer is overpriced. In some cases this may be the case, but with no coaching fees and an $85 annual registration fee very similar to other volunteer organizations, CDO can offer a pathway for volunteer coaches to improve - better coaching earlier results in better development opportunities for youth soccer players.
See our Youth Program FAQ's for more information.