I learned the other day that I didn't fully pass my United States Soccer Federation 'D' level licensing class. Rather than earning the National D, I earned a State D, which means I partially passed, which is better than failing all together. To tell the truth, after the class, I didn't expect to earn the national license. I have too much to learn and came in to the class inadequately prepared in a number of ways. I don't know that it's wholly my fault, but that doesn't much matter. I can re-take the class and re-test in three months, but will probably wait longer.
I passed the game awareness section, the care and prevention and the laws of the game sections, along with the theory oral examination and the written lesson plan parts. What I didn't pass was the coaching effectiveness section, the part that matters most. The comments were that "[I] need to understand my topic. Information for runs was okay [which means, I think, that I told them to do good things, things that matter] but we need to see what kind of finish to cross. Stay on topic!!!"
I haven't figured out where I went off topic, but I think I may ask. Part of the problem was I let myself be intimidated by the person who had the same topic. He is a former division one player and now a division one coach. My thinking was I couldn't do what he did already, that I had to go beyond his drill. That may have been a mistake. But even had I stuck with something simpler, I don't know that I would have passed, nor do I think I necessarily deserved to pass.
Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I had to go out and be willing to fail if I was going to have any hope of passing. I don't think I'll be trying within the next few months to re-test. Part of the problem is I don't have full control of a team to practice with. My control of practices is going to be hit and miss as I assist this year. I'll just have to do what I can to develop my practice sessions when I get the opportunity. We'll just have to wait and see.