Sometimes DIFFERENT is Better

The article I published last week, 6 Reasons Parents Should Not Watch Practice, was republished by SoccerAmerica’s Youth Soccer Insider and widely distributed via Social Media. My intention

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6 Reasons Parents Should NOT Watch Practice

The idea for this article struck me as I sat in my car after dropping off a carpool of girls to practice last week. I was scheduled to drive the carpool both ways and it made sense to stay at the fields

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Play College Soccer: 4 Factors to Consider

I am thrilled to welcome Ed McLaughlin, Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth University and a parent of 3 elite youth soccer players to SoccerParenting.  Ed’s first article, “Five

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A Master Lesson in Being a Teammate

I am thrilled to welcome Ed McLaughlin, Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth University and a parent of 3 elite youth soccer players to SoccerParenting.  Ed’s first article, “Five

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5 Lessons for Youth Athletes Who Dream of Playing College Sports

Over my 20 years in college athletics and the last nine as a Div. I athletic director, I have enjoyed working directly with several high-level men’s and women’s soccer programs. I have the fortune

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Parenting and the Mental Side of the Game

Time and time again we have been told to leave the coaching to the coach, and for the most part we are successful in this regard.During games, we are asked to not coach from the sidelines and we understand

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In the Interest of Player Development

I am proud to be a Board Member at the Richmond Strikers (Virginia) where in the past 6 months we made a decision to join forces ONLY in the programming for the US Soccer Developmental Academy for boys

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6 Ways to Support Our Soccer Playing Children

Society has changed dramatically from when we were kids, and if our children are athletically or academically driven and talented – the carefree nature of “just being a kid” seems to be on the brink

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The Parent-Coach Communication Divide

In my decades of coaching at the youth/club level and in my decade of being a soccer parent, I have often found myself contemplating THE COMMUNICATION DIVIDE THAT EXISTS BETWEEN PARENTS AND COACHES.We

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Soccer Tryouts – Stress for Players…and Parents!

Soccer Tryouts.The time of year we sometimes find ourselves lying awake in bed at night stressing over the future of our young soccer player.The time of year we find our hearts beating in our throats as

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