U12 – U19 Club, State and Region Curriculum Guidelines
The success of the Women's National Teams Program is largely dependent on the quality of the programs that "feed" into it. True player development occurs when each player's daily training and playing environment is of the highest quality. If this environment is consistent, with a clear vision of what lies ahead for each player, development is then maximized. Towards that end, the National Staff has put together a list of curriculum guidelines for the U12 through U19 age groups at the club, state, and regional team levels. The purpose of this document is to:
Educate coaches as to the "standard of play" and "expectations" for each age.
Provide coaches with a framework with which to organize curriculum decisions.
Provide for consistency, and guidance throughout all levels of play.
Improve "vertical integration" for player development.
Improve the quality of play on a national basis.
It is important to note that each player and each team is different. The following document thus serves as a "guideline" or "standard" by which players and coaches can plan development. Individual and team needs can therefore be identified and addressed. Individual strengths can be stabilized while deficiencies can be improved. Of course, an accurate assessment of each player's and team's needs are essential. It is imperative that each coach take the time to observe and study the level for which their team is preparing to compete. For example, each club coach should be attuned to the state level, state coaches should make an effort to observe the regional team play, regional coaches should be familiar with the age-group specific national team level, and every coach should spend time studying the Full National Team.
In this way, a more accurate assessment of player expectations is possible. Click the link below to review the guidelines. U12-U19 Curriculum Guidelines