Record turnout is expected for coaches convention in D.C.

January 12, 1995|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Special to The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of soccer enthusiasts will swarm Washington's Woodley Park area this week for the 48th annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention at the Sheraton Washington Hotel.

The function opens to the public today and ends Sunday, and is expected to exceed the record turnout two years ago in Baltimore.

The preregistration of 2,268 tops by 350 the Baltimore advance number when 2,677 attended, said NSCAA executive director Jim Sheldon. Sheldon said he expects a walk-up registration of 600.

Additionally, 671 exhibitors operating 300 booths and 452 NSCAA All-America players will attend, Sheldon said.

"It's the largest coaches convention in the world and we think it caters to all levels of the game," said Sheldon. "We think we have a good cross-section of clinics, exhibits and presentations, everything from youth through professional."

Among the national and international experts giving clinics will be U.S. men's national team coach Bora Milutinovic, women's national coach Tony DeCicco, former U.S. national team goalkeeper Lincoln Phillips, University of Maryland women's coach April Heinrichs and Maryland girls Olympic Development Program director Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who is also George Washington University women's coach.

Instructional seminars include such topics as "How to Run a Youth Practice" and "Nutrition for Soccer Competition."

The booths will feature an array of fashion, equipment, instructional material and technology designed for the soccer aficionado. They will be open today from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are not open Sunday.

Registration is $90 for NSCAA members and $175 for nonmembers. A special two-day admittance for Saturday and Sunday is available for $60, which includes a one-year NSCAA membership. Current members seeking two-day admission will have $30 credited to their account.

For information, call (202) 328-2000 and ask for convention headquarters.

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