WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 – The Des Moines Menace Youth Soccer Academy is the very first soccer club in the Midwest to participate in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Club Standards Project.
David Newbery and Tony England from the NSCAA will spend Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines, learning about the club and providing feedback to help our organization. Kevin Schalk, the Menace Academy’s youth development director, provides many reasons why the club has started this process.
“With the growth of our academy, as well as the organization structure, this is a perfect time to go through the NSCAA Advanced Assessment,” Schalk said. “It will allow us to focus our time on the areas we need to change and to strengthen the areas we are gaining in.
Schalk has worked with the organization’s coaches and office staff to provide the NSCAA with an advanced assessment of the Menace organization, answering surveys as Newbery and England prepare for their site visit.
“We have completed the first steps and it has been a great help for me to see what I need to do to lead the Menace going forward and to set a clear vision on how we are going to get there,” Schalk added. “Change is constant in the soccer community and striving to bring the best to our membership and build relationships with other clubs who are like minded is very important to me.
“I believe that by putting ourselves out to be evaluated we are setting a standard and the organization will be better for this opportunity to be assessed by the top educators in our business. Our future is bright and we welcome all to become a part of it.“
Questions and answers for members of our academy family
What is the NSCAA Club Standards Project?
The NSCAA Club Standards Project was launched in May 2012, to elevate the standard of player and coach development. The goal is to assist organizations, such as the Menace, with tools for making long-term strategic decisions, while we share and learn good practices.
The NSCAA Club Standards Project focuses on three primary areas: Player Development, Coaching and Administration. This is a three-year project, with a long-term commitment to building the club and our players, coaches and staff.
Why are we doing this?
To become the best club we can be. We see this as a great opportunity for learning and growth. The NSCAA Club Standards Project will help guide our long-term planning, as we continue our mission of growing the sport by helping players and coaches reach their potential.
We will update you on the results of this project – how we’re doing, and how we can do better. The NSCAA will provide the organization with a comprehensive report and with tools to get where we want to be.
How can Academy players and families help?
You can expect to see our NSCAA guests at the practice fields on Wednesday (Oct. 31) in Grimes and Thursday (Nov. 1) in Des Moines. Please join us in welcoming David Newbery and Tony England to Des Moines. Our guests will be observing practices and asking questions about how we do things. We know each of you will continue to represent the organization in a positive way, showing the values of Menace Academy.
As we invite honest feedback about Menace Academy, we hope you will feel comfortable in providing open, candid answers to any questions from our NSCAA guests.
Thank you for your commitment to the Menace!
ABOUT THE MENACE ACADEMY: The Des Moines Menace Youth Soccer Academy provides a fun and challenging soccer environment that allows players to grow as people and reach the best of their soccer abilities. The academy includes boys and girls teams ranging in age from U9 to U18. Players are from all over the Des Moines metro area, coming from diverse backgrounds. Academy members develop by learning skills and strategies at age-appropriate levels. Youth are exposed to the very best coaching and training on a consistent basis as they grow and mature.
The non-profit Menace Academy is part of the Des Moines Menace – Iowa’s premier men’s and women’s teams. The Menace promotes healthy lifestyles through popular youth programs that also include Junior Menace, camps, clinics and tournaments.
Abby Johnson, Director of Menace Academy
Phone: (515) 457-6034