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Youth Sports is a Journey, Not a Destination

COVID. Demonstrations and riots. Divisive politics. Home schooling. Wildfires. Smoke.As a coach for 30 years, and a parent for nearly 15 of those years, I am probably like most

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One Player, One Team, One Club, One Love

The killing of George Floyd was a tipping point for me.  No longer could I choose to ignore the injustices being perpetrated against Black people by classifying these events as individual incidents.

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Susie Petruccelli on Raised a Warrior and the Female Soccer Experience

Susie Petruccelli grew up in a sports-mad, male-dominated family in California, fighting to find her own identity and path.And she did. She won a place on the soccer programme at Harvard University

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Parent Engagement in Youth Sports with Changing the Game Project

I was thrilled to be a guest John O'Sullivan's Way of Champions Podcast alongside Seth Taylor - basically and hour of three friends sitting around talking parenting and youth sports!!! It was a fun conversation...and

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I Like You As You Are – Feedback For Our Children

I just finished watching A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, an expose about my childhood friend:  Mr. Rogers.  I remember the feeling of the hard floor under my legs as I sat transfixed to

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Highlights from the Ian Barker Interview on Parents and the Youth Soccer Landscape

Ian Barker is the Director of Coaching Education for United Soccer Coaches and joins us for a discussion on a wide range of topics directly related to parents and the youth game. The tension that

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Dr. Jerry Lynch on How We Should Make Our Children Feel

It's always a honor to spend time with Dr. Jerry Lynch, one of the most respected sport psychologists in the United States.  This interview was refreshing, inspiring and very powerful.  While

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Dear Parents: What Are Your Soccer Parent Values?

It is our values that largely guide our behaviors.If our children value sportsmanship, they will be sure to sportingly acknowledge the other team and referee at the end of a match. If our children value

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How Signing My Daughter Up for Soccer Pushed My Parenting Skills to New Heights

This article was written by Lauren Sainz, the blogger behind Life Spark with LaurenThis March, my nine-year-old daughter started playing soccer for the first time. After watching my son play

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Things My Mom Never Said to Me

I truly believe nobody accomplishes anything on their own. Success is a combination of individual effort and surrounding yourself with the right people who will influence your life in the correct way.

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