Category Archives for PARENT

Mistakes vs. Limitations for the Youth Goalkeeper

The primary way most goalkeepers seem to be judged – from the highest levels of the professional game, right down to grassroots youth games in the park – is by some arbitrary equation which takes into

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Youth Sports Nutrition – Fueling Our Youth Athletes

We had record registration and attendance at our monthly webinar earlier today with expert guest, Abby Forman – Registered Dietitian, providing us with great insights on youth sports nutrition and how

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The Importance of Small Sided Soccer Games, Equal Playing Time for All, and Not Forgetting the Late Bloomers!

One of my “must-listen to” Podcasts is from my good friend John O’Sullivan – the Way of Champions.  Each week John interviews experts in sports, coaching , leadership

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What Parents Need to Know About Crumb Rubber, Synthetic Turf and Field Safety.

As more and more municipalities, schools and clubs are building turf fields, parents, coaches, and Board members must educate themselves about the different types of synthetic and grass playing surfaces.

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Sheriffs FC & DSAL Provide a Cost-Free Soccer Experience

Omar Cervantes reached out to me in response to the article I wrote Let’s Be Reasonable: Stop Saying Eliminate Pay to Play  telling me about his club in Northern California that is provided

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Be Reasonable: Let’s Stop Saying “Eliminate Pay-to-Play”

Can we talk about Pay-to-Play for a moment?Can we be rational and realistic about the financial model youth sports is based upon and stop calling for an end to Pay-to-Play?Can we pause, reflect and recognize

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3 Essential Elements for our Developing Soccer Culture

The dust has settled, the emotional pleas for change have waned, and 3 months post the near apocalyptic event of the U.S. Men’s National Team failing to qualify for the World Cup we are in the middle

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3 Critical Moves Soccer Parents Must Take for US Soccer Reform

On February 8, 2018, at the U.S. Soccer AGM in Orlando, Florida – a new United States Soccer Federation President will be elected. This is an incredibly significant election, at an important crossroads

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Soccer Leaders Chime In On “Why Parent Engagement is Important”

The term “Parent Engagement” has become a buzzword in youth soccer recently. Clubs are working to develop Parent Engagement Programs and, likewise, parents are being encouraged to get more involved. 

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