On Wednesday, September 12th, this year’s fantastic coaches gathered together at Mason Elementary School for their first coach training session of the season. After a round of icebreakers and some healthy snacks, the SCORES programming team went through logistics for the season and best practices for how the coaches can engage their teams. The America SCORES Chicago Program Team also reviewed student safety policies and procedures, best practices in building strong team culture, and positive youth development.
Later in the training session, the writing and soccer coaches broke into two groups to dive deeper into curriculum and practice design. The writing coaches worked on a couple of different icebreaker and writing games to play with their poet-athletes. The soccer coaches engaged in a model soccer session to practice various warm-ups, drills, and games. They ended the training session with a group scrimmage. This was a great start to the season and we can’t wait to see our coaches in action on the field and in the classroom!