The following courses have been prepared to cater for the needs of U.S. athletes, given the current operating sports environment in the United States.
• U.S. Soccer Academy Comprehensive 6-year program (Years 12-18)
The U.S. Soccer Academy Comprehensive program has been prepared to address the needs of U.S. Soccer Academy level athletes ages 12 to 18 and it is a 6-year program. The 6-year program is divided into two three-year programs, one for ages 12 to 15, the Junior program, and the other one for ages 16 to 18, the Senior program. The Senior program can also be licensed separately. Each annual curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 consists of the following:
(a) Four 90-minute Youth Empowerment lessons
(b) Four 90-minute Financial Literacy lessons
(c) Two 90-minute Parents’ lessons
We also allow for one session where any potential program sponsors may present their organization and connect with the parents of athletes. Usually this is done in the second parents’ session each year, by allowing a half hour to the sponsor to present their organization and connect with the parents at the end of the session.
The program’s Youth Empowerment lessons explain concepts such as goal setting, cultivating self awareness, dealing with failure and developing resilience, the compound effect of small daily steps, the importance of one’s attitude, being proactive and seizing opportunities, habits and discipline, choices and responsibility. In addition it helps young athletes build communication skills, deal with peer pressure and negative influences, as well as prepare for the NCAA recruitment process and navigate through the college recruitment process.
The Financial Literacy sessions deal with money concepts, needs and wants, savings and how money grows, spending habits and financial psychology, budgeting, banking, credit and debt, the basics of personal financial planning, philanthropy, helping others and volunteer work and a whole lot more. Furthermore, the financial literacy curriculum of the program includes presentations about the sudden wealth phenomenon, financial setbacks, investments, risk management, building the sports personal brand, post career development, entrepreneurship and business fundamentals.
The Parents’ modules guide parents in encouraging and supporting their children with both academics and sports, they discuss how parents can prepare for the financial challenges of sending their children to college, and they include personal financial planning concepts for families with young and teenage children. In addition, they include presentations on the NCAA recruitment criteria to help parents guide their children through college recruitment and thus enable them to make the right decisions for their future.
Materials given to Licensees along with each module:
o Parents’ Modules
(a) Teaching Material
(b) Presentation which can be handed out to the parents
o Youth Empowerment Modules
(a) Teaching Material
(b) Presentation which can be handed out to students
(c) Workbook with exercises to be handed out to students
o Financial Literacy Modules
o Teaching Material
o Presentation which can be handed out to students
o Workbook with exercises to be handed out to students
o Mentoring Guidelines
o Teaching Methods for Youngsters Module
(a) Reading material & training guidelines for prospective teachers
o Recommended video library which will contain two videos to be utilized when presenting each Youth Empowerment and Financial Literacy module
Recommended Annual Sessions Schedule
Youth Empowerment Session
Financial Literacy Session
Implementation and Timing
The above curriculum is usually implemented from October to May, during the school year, by scheduling one to two 90-minute presentations per month as per the above suggested schedule. The curriculum is licensed for a period of three years and the Licensee has to designate one or two educators who will undertake the task of teaching the curriculum to the Academy Students. The designated educators will be trained by the APC SFLA staff during the three-month period prior to the implementation of the program (July to September). There are four 90-minute Train-The-Trainer sessions and they are done via skype or any other electronic medium the Licensee wishes to use.