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Don’t Call Me A Soccer Mom

Let me tell you a secret. If you want to upset me, make my heart rumble a bit and the hair on the back of my neck stand up, there’s only one thing you need to do:Call me a “Soccer Mom.”I loath the

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Do You Love Watching Your Kids Play?

I spent a recent Saturday morning on the sidelines at the soccer fields during the Jefferson Cup tournament in Richmond, Virginia. I was distributing marketing materials for Soccer Parenting

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Youth Soccer Spotlight Podcast with Skye Eddy Bruce

I was thrilled to join Football.com’s Youth Soccer Spotlight recently.Grab a cup of coffee and have a listen!Football.com’s Youth Soccer Spotlight is an exciting and informative journey through the

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Your Child Deserves a Quality Youth Soccer Experience

I am often asked why I started the Soccer Parenting Association.It’s a story that comes down to one word: QUALITY.My daughter’s U-8 soccer environment was not one of quality. The fields and facilities

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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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