Category Archives for PARENT

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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Youth Soccer Inspires Players When This Happens

Christian Lavers, president of the ECNL used the term: “Collaboration is a force multiplier” recently on a 3four3 podcast interview. While Christian was referencing the collaborative efforts amongst

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7 Ways for Parents to Inspire their Youth Soccer Player

When it comes to youth soccer, the term “parent engagement” needs some clarification. Understandably there is some confusion around this currently popular and trending term.I've heard from parents

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Lisa Cole & Zac Crawford on Organized Chaos and Play-Practice-Play

Zac Crawford works for U.S. Soccer as a Grassroots Coach Educator and Lisa Cole is currently working with the Washington Spirit as a Pro Scout and in their Development Academy, as well as

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Your Parent Guide to Helping Your Child Be Inspired by the FIFA World Cup

The Men’s World Cup begins in Moscow on Thursday, June 14 with a Russia – Saudi Arabia match that kicks of 64 games in 12 Russian cities, culminating in a July 15 final.Here is a link to the complete

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Navigating Youth Soccer Tryouts – Webinar Re-Cap

What a fantastic conversation we had recently on the SoccerParentResourceCenter.com Webinar with Jay Howell and Dan Abrahams talking about the youth soccer tryouts!Jay is the Executive

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