EBUSC Coaches in Training and Jr. Coach Programs Develop Players as Leaders

EBUSC’s mission is to be the premier club for player and coach development. As part of this goal, the club offers its Coaches in Training (CIT) program to develop young promising players as coaches and leaders.  The program, designed for boys and girls U14 and older, introduces these players to player management, strategies and tactical concepts. 

An NSCAA Level II coach’s certification class is offered to all of the CIT graduates in winter. Once eligible and certified, a player can volunteer as a Jr. Coach during Bay Oaks summer camps.  Experienced Jr. Coaches may also be invited to become an assistant coach of a younger team during a regular season.

“The EBUSC CIT and Jr. Coach Programs are a hallmark of our club’s unique focus on developing players and coaches as leaders,” said Glenn Van Straatum, Director of Coaching for EBUSC. “The skills developed in these programs extend far beyond the field as our players go on to become leaders in their communities.”

To date, these unique programs have developed 13 Coaches in Training and 17 Jr. Coaches.  Cecilia Sifuentes, a Bay Oaks alum and captain, who now plays for Sonoma State University gained invaluable experience by participating in the CIT Jr. Coach program.  “The CIT and Jr. Coach Program taught me that every player works differently and that you have to adapt in working with the different attitudes players have. In the end your goal as a captain or leader is to get everyone on the same page,” said Cecilia.  

 Registration for 2015 Summer CIT Camp will open in February/March.To inquire about the program or apply to become a CIT, please contact Program Coordinator at CITProgram@eastbayunitedsoccer.org.