Category Archives for PARENT

Richard Shorter – Courageous Parenting – Webinar Re-Cap

Richard Shorter, the Non-Perfect Dad, is a sport parent educator and church pastor.  We dove in deep to parenting, youth soccer culture, the coach relationship, sideline behavior and much more in

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Register for Our Next Webinar – Richard Shorter

If you have not yet joined us for one of our free webinars, join us in January!  We use Go-To-Webinar so you can listen live and ask questions via a chat window.  They are fun,  interactive

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Mark Pulisic Webinar Recap

We had a record turnout this week for our Mark Pulisic webinar - thanks to all who were able to attend. I wish I would have had time to get to all the questions you asked -and for those who had lingering

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When Coaches Get It All Wrong – Parents and Clubs Must Get It Right.

This past weekend the 10U girls’ team I coach played in a tournament. Our first game of the tournament was bright and early Saturday morning. I took notice as my team was gathering during warm up as

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How to REALLY Support Your Child During the College Recruiting Process

I learned so much this past Wednesday when I interviewed Patrick Ianni and Seth Taylor about their new book On Frame: Exploring the Depths of Parenting in the World of Youth Soccer.  In the build

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Being Brave Sports Parents So Our Children Will Thrive

I don’t usually welcome technical difficulties when interviewing people, but on this particular day a couple of years ago, they were a gift. I was interviewing Dr. Jerry Lynch for the 2016 Soccer Parenting

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Why Are Lessons in Humanity Forgotten When It Comes to Referees?

 “I can’t sleep on a Saturday night if I think I’ve got something wrong.”That line is from a story written about what life is like as a referee in one of the most demanding locations in world

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What Should Parents Say When Their Child Is Frustrated With Playing Time?

One of the hardest things to deal with as an athlete – youth to pro – is not getting playing time. Every athlete wants to contribute, wants to feel like they are a part of the accomplishments of the

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A Discussion About Playing Surfaces

Wednesday, September 19  8:30 amI arrived to Boulder, Colorado yesterday for the Brock USA Summit: Protect the Player, Protect the Game: Creating the Optimal Sports Environment for the Athlete. While

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Parent Engagement from a Parent and Club Perspective

The Soccer Parenting Association is proud to collaborate with the Players First program from US Club Soccer.  This initiative highlights programs and services available to youth soccer players, clubs

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