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18 Things Parents Want Coaches & Teachers to Know

This article originally appeared on Psychologywod.com.I recently attended a talk given by an author who writes about how parents can best help their kids by backing off and allowing them to fail and

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How to Talk to Your Child’s Coach about Playing Time Issues

If your child is under 14 years old, is attending all practices with a positive mentality and they are playing less than half the game in MOST games – chances are they are starting to underperform because

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Winning vs. Development with Terry Foley

Terry Foley is one of the most winning youth coaches in U.S Youth Soccer.  He has won over 30 State Championships in Virginia and, most importantly, has consistently, over 25 years, developed players

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7 Reasons We (Regretfully) Allow Bullying by Coaches

“You’re the dumbest smart kid I know.”This is how the “winning” football coach at a small Texas town speaks to his players.  He demeans them, rules by fear, and everyone in town is thrilled

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9 Ways for a Parent to Support the Youth Soccer Goalkeeper

Parenting, of course, has its challenges. Parenting a Youth Soccer Player adds another level of challenges to negotiate. Parenting a GOALKEEPER – that’s a whole new level.While parents of

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6 Ways to Handle a Crazy Soccer Parent

Oh no, a Crazy Soccer Parent has infiltrated the sidelines and is ruining it for you Non-Crazy Soccer Parents!Gone are the relatively calm youth soccer games of last season where you sit comfortably in

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Parents are NOT the Problem, They are the Solution. How to Fix Youth Sports.

Okay. I’ve had enough!I am completely fed up with how Youth Sports Parents are being vilified in the media and being lumped, en masse, into one group of Crazy Sports Parents! Come on! Do you seriously

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3 Ways to Relieve Stress following the U.S. Soccer Birth Year Registration Mandates

I’m calling on the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus in dealing with my stress over the U.S. Soccer Birth Year Age Registration mandates. Epictetus said: “There is only one way

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Parents Need Education about Minor Injury Treatment

I spent one of the last weeks of my summer working a SoccerPlus Camp at Northfield Mt. Hermon in Massachusetts. It was great to be back in the camp mix for many reasons: Old and new friends on staff,

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A Soccer Game is Like A Chess Match – Every Position Matters

I had a parent email me last week seeking advice for how to help her 10 year old son deal with the fact that the coach is playing him as a defender, whereas he’s usually played as a forward. It wasn’t

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