Wednesday, February 23, 2005

CSA Launches ‘iCoach’

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005
CSA Launches New Online Coaching System - ‘iCoach’

Ottawa, Ontario - As part of its commitment to grass roots development the CSA is proud to announce the launch of its new Online Coaching System known as ‘iCoach’. ‘iCoach’ was designed in association with Nortia Technologies to assist coaches to plan, share and save practice sessions, schedule games and tournaments, develop team lists and store and track player information. In addition, with its internal message centre and discussion board each player and coach within a team can be in touch with one another on a real time basis. [iCoach]“I think that this tool will be a great help to coaches at all levels and will simplify all aspects of organizing their coaching duties,” said Ray Clark, Director of Coaching & Player Development for the Canadian Soccer Association. “With life getting busier and busier, having one easy-to-use tool to help accomplish this will be a tremendous benefit to coaches. The ability to communicate through the message centre and the discussion board is a great time saver in itself.”Another function that has been developed in ‘iCoach’ allows the Canadian Soccer Association to provide each coach subscriber access to additional resources which will be updated at intervals throughout the year. Coaches now have somewhere to go for help or information and it’s just a click of a mouse away. For those who want to improve their understanding of coaching young players, there are the special CSA Online Courses that walk coaches through various aspects of the art of coaching with the help of written instruction and streaming video.As a subscriber to ‘iCoach’, you will be able to:
Create and share a team home page
Schedule and plan games, plan practices, and other events
Have access to over 50 drills (complete with streaming video) that you can use in your own practice plans
Create your own drills
Have access to resources created by the Canadian Soccer Association, including online courses for personal development
Communicate with your players using the messaging tools and discussion board
Create team or event photo albums
View and print team lists
Your Players will be able to:
View resources provided by the coach and the Canadian Soccer Association
View practice plans complete with streaming video
Efficiently communicate with the coach and/or team mates
View photo albums
View and print team listsGiven all that ‘iCoach’ can do for coaches it’s no surprise that the Canadian Soccer Association is so excited about this new coaching tool. Clark goes on to say “…we were so impressed with the number of ways ‘icoach’ can be used to assist coaches to do their job that we have customized a version for use with our National Teams Program.”To try this online coaching system free for 30 days, simply click on the ‘iCoach’ button shown on the CSA’s Home Page. Annual subscription thereafter is only $29.95.


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