Youth Soccer, Specialization and Long Term Athletic Development – What Parents Need to Hear - Soccer Parenting Association
Soccer Parenting Association – Inspiring Players by Empowering Parents
Make Youth Soccer Better and SHARE:
  • You are here:
  • Home »
  • Blog »
  • BODY »

Youth Soccer, Specialization and Long Term Athletic Development – What Parents Need to Hear

In this interview I ask:

  • What exactly is Long Term Athletic Development?  What are we talking about when we reference LTAD?
  • What is the connection between LTAD and sport specialization?
  • What is your advice for the parents of kids who only want to play soccer?


Toby discusses:

  • LTAD and helping the athlete focus on who they want to become.
  • Sport Specialization, when it makes sense and why focusing on a broader movement vocabulary makes sense for children.
  • Speed and agility camps for kids.

Dr. Toby Brooks,  is an expert in Long Term Athletic Development.  He has worked as a certified athletic trainer and/or strength and conditioning coach with numerous professional, collegiate, and high school athletics programs, including the USA Baseball national teams, the Oakland Raiders, the Florida Firecats AF2 Football franchise, and the Southern Illinois Miners Frontier League Baseball team. He has published multiple articles and studies, and presents regularly at national and international conferences.

About the Author Skye Eddy

Founder, 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.

follow me on:
  • I am finishing a Masters in coaching at Ohio U , I have been deeply involved in soccer coaching, playing ,training , I don’t have a very high respect for soccer parents , I believe in deep skills ,less competition, very difficult to convince parents ,that this is the future if you want happy kids and great players.

    Jonathan Newman

    • HI Jonathan! I am sorry you are lacking in respect for us!! I think there is much more at play here than soccer parents who make bad choices for their kids…This is a rather deep rooted cultural phenomenon between clubs who don’t offer appropriate programming. the business of sport, the media machine, parents who are misled, misguided, and who make decisions based on their emotions instead of their values. I think it’s safe to say all parents want happy kids who live up to their potential. Soccer Parenting is an effort to help parents define their soccer parenting values and think deeply about the decisions they make for their children. I’m thrilled you are in the Ohio State coaching program as I know it’s a great one! You’ll walk away from the program with a solid foundation – combine that with some more inclusive language/thinking and you can make a real difference to the game. Good Luck!

  • >