Goalkeeper 101 - A Guide to Parenting A Youth Soccer Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper 101 – A Guide for Parenting a Youth Soccer Goalkeeper

Being the parent of a goalkeeper brings with it some special challenges. In this interview with long-time professional goalkeeper Jon Busch, we provide parents with knowledge about glove selection, the importance of protection for injury prevention, how to best support your young goalkeeper with the mental side of the game and much more.

Jon and I first worked together at Joe Machnik’s No. 1 Camps in the 1990’s when he was a rising star for the U-17 National Team and I was playing collegiately.  Summers on the road were long and grueling, but full of great memories, lots of demonstrations, competitive staff games and impacting kids through the game.

Check out the second interview with Jon Busch in the interview section at the SoccerParentResourceCenter.com where we talk about his phenomenal player pathway. The 30 minute interview is a lesson in resilience, putting the work in, loving the game and never giving up on your dreams.

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About the Author Skye Eddy

Founder, SoccerParenting.com Skye is a former All-American goalkeeper, professional player and collegiate coach. She holds her USSF “B” License and USSF National Goalkeeper License and is an active youth coach, soccer parent and coach educator.

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  • Jason says:

    Aye Skye,
    First off, love the idea of the site. Great resource and outlet for all diff types of info.
    As a fellow GK, it was great to have those interviews from Jon Busch

    Maybe you might have some insight as to how come the USSF now longer seems to have a GK specific course available?
    I noticed they had it before but you had to be at a B license level in order to attain it which seems a bit much maybe
    Have you heard any updates about any developments in this area??


    • Hi Jason – I am interviewing Frank Tschan with U.S. Soccer on June 8 via MySoccerParenting.com and I will ask him about this. I know they were revamping the course and looking for a director of GK for the Federation, but not sure where they are with it right now….There is a GK portion in each of the individual (D, C, B, A…) courses. The NSCAA GK courses are really well organized and have a solid structure – in case you are looking for some education in the short term.

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