UPDATE LETTER from TODD BEANE, 9/1/21
Dear Parents and Players.
As you may know, Marin FC has embarked on an ambitious initiative to build a club-wide methodology over the next three years intent upon improving the manner in which the club develops our student-athletes.
The overall objective is to promote learning and joy within and beyond soccer. Nothing is more important than a healthy childhood with positive mentors and supportive friends. By creating and implementing a club-wide methodology, Marin FC will be able to offer a consistent and coherent program for all players.
The program will be implemented at every level of the club and across all ages over the coming years. This season of 2021/22, the initial focus will be advancements to the U13-U19 Blue Teams for both boys and girls. Access to all critical materials does spread to all coaches and teams as they become ready and interested. So far, we have seen remarkable adoption throughout the club.
Program in Process :
The program has already led to clarity regarding a new Marin FC Player Rubric and new Marin FC Coach Rubric. These set the ideals and expectations of our players and coaches and define what we hope to cultivate and foster. We will share more on that in future updates. Ongoing are details of establishing Principles of Play and a Training Session Template for the coaches and teams.
The program is in development with myself, Todd Beane, bolstered by my colleagues from Barcelona, and the Marin FC Senior Technical Staff. I personally spent two weeks recently in Marin where I conducted several demonstration training sessions for the staff and I got to observe over 30 trainings of teams at all ages.
Next Steps :
We are in process with coaching education and training session creation for the focus group teams. The coaches are taking TOVO online courses, conducting webcasts and engaged in coaching tutorials. The process is taking place and the changes will become more evident as the season unfolds.
We want to thank the club leaders, volunteers and the entire coaching staff for their commitment. We would also like to thank you, the parents, for entrusting us to build a better program for your children.
Todd Beane, TOVO Founder
TOVO Institute Founder & Director of Methodology
Beane holds the USSF 'A' license and is the first and only American to lead talent development projects at FC Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam in Europe. He worked for Johan Cruyff for over a decade as Founding Director of the Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies. He is the first and only American to serve as both as Director of Sport of both the Mexican premier team at Chivas Guadalajara and as Director of Methodology in South Africa’s top tier at Mamelodi Sundowns. Todd graduated from Dartmouth College, where he played D1, and upon graduation was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Sussex in England. Beane concluded his formal studies at Stanford University earning a M.A. in Education. He recently published "Clear Coaching: Harness Clarity to Drive Development."
Oscar was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He has a wealth of experience at the highest levels of professional academy football. Oscar began his journey with prestigious clubs CE L’Hospitalet, UE Cornellà and C.F. Gava. Most recently, Oscar served as a professional coach for FC Barcelona as part of the famed La Masia for nine years. He has a history of developing top talent and has won numerous youth league and national titles. At TOVO, Oscar is responsible for training session creation and implementation.
Michiel ten Haken
Biomechanics, Strength & Conditioning
Michiel is a Human Movement and Sport Scientist from the Netherlands specializing in biomechanics, strength and conditioning. He received his BS and MS at University Amsterdam. He has deep knowledge and experience working worldwide with elite youth footballers as well as the optimal tools to improve and develop players’ performance to their maximal potential. He has worked with Ajax Amsterdam, Chivas Guadalajara, Mamelodi Sundowns, FC Almere City, and FC ADO Den Haag and most recently as Director of Performance in Beijing.