I have been a high school soccer coach in Omaha, Nebraska for 25 years—–can’t believe how fast time goes, can hardly write that—and I have also worked as a director of coaching and as a head college coach. As a father of two daughters, both of whom play and love soccer, I have learned a lot from reading your thoughts—-seems we think a lot alike and have many similar ideas about the great game of soccer and parenting.
I just discovered your website when I was surfing youtube and came across your interviews with Sarah Kate. I want to thank you for creating this forum where parents can access good advice for helping our kids play the beautiful game. In the past, I had been checking out all the soccer forums which tend to be more gossip and rival smack posting than actual good advice. I just watched all of your interviews and feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I especially enjoyed the Skype interviews with Sam Snow. He has such a gentle demeanor that he puts us at ease as he discusses some pretty big issues impacting youth soccer.
Thanks for having such a great webpage. First of all I’m a soccer parent for 2 young soccer kids (7 and 9 year old) and your webpage puts things into a good perspective for parents like me. But besides that I’m a volunteer coach, team manager, and recently joined my club’s board as the competitive program director. We have a great club with excellent professional coaching staff from the but one main thing I see for my role is improving the communications with the parents. And for that all your posts help me there/are a great resource.
I recently discovered your blog and website and wanted to reach out and tell you how much I appreciate your articles. I played soccer at Dartmouth College and now have three children (10, 8, and 5) who are getting more and more involved in athletics. I am increasingly discouraged as I see the way that youth sports are going (year-round commitments, early specialization, over involvement and unrealistic expectations of parents, etc.).
I am hoping that the research that is coming out about youth sports will help swing the pendulum back toward a more healthy and positive athletic culture for our children.
Thanks again for your great work!
After over 20 years in other sports, I can say that what you are doing is the single most important and the single most needed effort that I have seen in soccer.
I wanted to send you a note and thank you for the extremely helpful and insightful content you provide on your website. As the father of 10 year old girl soccer player, and admitted novice of the game of soccer, I find great solace reading the vast array of information available on your site. My wife and I are both former college athletes, but neither of us ever played team soccer, so we’re learning “on the fly” so to speak. Our beautiful daughter LOVES the game; I mean she truly loves soccer, and it brings such joy to us both to watch her play. She’s become a very good player, and most importantly, she wants to be great and she works at it! With that said, I have used your site for guidance whenever I have questions, or need reassurance that we’re doing what’s in her best interest!
Again, thank you for providing all the valuable information! From one parent just trying his best to not screw things up, you have a dedicated and appreciative Dad!