Category Archives for PARENT

Parents are NOT the Problem, They are the Solution. How to Fix Youth Sports.

Okay. I’ve had enough!I am completely fed up with how Youth Sports Parents are being vilified in the media and being lumped, en masse, into one group of Crazy Sports Parents! Come on! Do you seriously

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A Soccer Game is Like A Chess Match – Every Position Matters

I had a parent email me last week seeking advice for how to help her 10 year old son deal with the fact that the coach is playing him as a defender, whereas he’s usually played as a forward. It wasn’t

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Why We Do This

What a gift I was given a couple of weeks ago! While most parents dropped their kids off for soccer camp – I was fortunate enough to go (and stay) with mine!I decided to return to SoccerPlus Camps to

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Parent and Coach Communication Collaboration

Conversations are constantly happening between the coach and player about the demands of the game, technical adjustments, tactical teaching and more. The majority of conversations do not and should not

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Sometimes DIFFERENT is Better

The article I published last week, 6 Reasons Parents Should Not Watch Practice, was republished by SoccerAmerica’s Youth Soccer Insider and widely distributed via Social Media. My intention

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6 Reasons Parents Should NOT Watch Practice

The idea for this article struck me as I sat in my car after dropping off a carpool of girls to practice last week. I was scheduled to drive the carpool both ways and it made sense to stay at the fields

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Parenting and the Mental Side of the Game

Time and time again we have been told to leave the coaching to the coach, and for the most part we are successful in this regard.During games, we are asked to not coach from the sidelines and we understand

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6 Ways to Support Our Soccer Playing Children

Society has changed dramatically from when we were kids, and if our children are athletically or academically driven and talented – the carefree nature of “just being a kid” seems to be on the brink

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The Parent-Coach Communication Divide

In my decades of coaching at the youth/club level and in my decade of being a soccer parent, I have often found myself contemplating THE COMMUNICATION DIVIDE THAT EXISTS BETWEEN PARENTS AND COACHES.We

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Soccer Tryouts – Stress for Players…and Parents!

Soccer Tryouts.The time of year we sometimes find ourselves lying awake in bed at night stressing over the future of our young soccer player.The time of year we find our hearts beating in our throats as

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