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Just Like Schools, Great Soccer Clubs Have Great Teachers and Active Parents

For 24 years, I had the privilege of making an attempt to impact young people’s lives whilst serving as a physical education teacher. For 12 of those years, I wore two hats; that of PE and health teacher

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High School Soccer – To Play or Not to Play.

I’m just going to come right out and say it…I didn’t want my daughter to play high school soccer.For those of us with children playing at a high level, this is often a difficult situation.I

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Youth Soccer Rankings

The original title of this article was going to be “How Rankings are Ruining Youth Soccer”……and then the past hour happened.I spent an hour of my life navigating between Got Soccer, Top Drawer

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Dear Parents: SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Be honest. Are you screaming on the sidelines?Be very honest. Do you think it helps?A parent asked me if I was a competitive person. My friend who knows me almost choked on his chorizo sandwich. He knew

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Youth Soccer, Train Car Conversations and Being Mindful of the End

One of my favorite soccer memories is, well, not about soccer at all. I consider it a soccer memory though, as the only reason it happened was because of the game.When I was 16 years old

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5 Calls to Action for Youth Soccer

We must not measure the development of soccer in the United States simply by the number of people who play soccer, rather, we must measure it by the number of people who love soccer. It is the people

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Player Development is Not Always About Soccer Development

It’s been a disheartening first half of the year for my child’s team with more losses than wins. As a team, the players have had a perfect excuse for their rough start. Unarguably our best player,

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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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