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Referee Issues in Youth Soccer with Esse Baharmast

Earlier this week I sat down for an hour long conversation with legendary American referee, Esse Baharmast.  Esse is the first American referee to participate in the Olympics (Atlanta 1996) and Men's

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Dear Parent: Is Your Sideline Behavior Distracting Your Child or Helping?

It’s Saturday morning and I’m on the way to the soccer fields for Cali’s game.  With quick glances in my rear view mirror I can see her in the backseat, mindlessly staring out the window.“Feeling

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Are You the Parent of a Goalkeeper? READ THIS!

When my son was very little, we used to go this park where Ian Feuer (one of the contributors to this article) was training some older goalkeepers.  Ian probably doesn't remember this, but my son

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Register for the next Free Webinar with Esse Baharmast discussing Referees in Youth Soccer

REGISTER HEREEsse Baharmast is a well-respected former FIFA international referee who is the Director of Referees for Colorado Soccer Association (CSA). Esse provides expert knowledge, advice, mentoring

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The Value of Technology for Youth Soccer

I'll go ahead and say it, I have my hesitations when it comes to all the "products" available in youth soccer these days. Do we need more technology for Youth Soccer such as teaching gadgets, skills training

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Functional Movement & ACL Prevention and Recovery with Chris Gorres

Earlier this week we welcomed Chris Gorres (TrainerGorres.com) to Soccer Parenting for an hour long interview about some important topics for parents to be more aware of:Functional Movement for Injury

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Dear Parents: What Are Your Soccer Parent Values?

It is our values that largely guide our behaviors.If our children value sportsmanship, they will be sure to sportingly acknowledge the other team and referee at the end of a match. If our children value

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How Signing My Daughter Up for Soccer Pushed My Parenting Skills to New Heights

This article was written by Lauren Sainz, the blogger behind Life Spark with LaurenThis March, my nine-year-old daughter started playing soccer for the first time. After watching my son play

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Kevin Payne on the US Club Soccer Players First program and our Youth Soccer Landscape

When I scheduled this interview with Kevin Payne, the CEO of US Club Soccer, I knew it would be informative for parents and coaches.  I didn't realize just how inspired I would feel at the end of

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Things My Mom Never Said to Me

I truly believe nobody accomplishes anything on their own. Success is a combination of individual effort and surrounding yourself with the right people who will influence your life in the correct way.

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