There is a good reason to standardize the training environment for kids in their development years. Do you know what the standards are?
Dealing with loss in life can be a profoundly life-changing experience. Learning to deal with loss on a smaller scale before the big life-changing losses affect our lives is a way for us to learn some basic things about staying positive, turning negative experiences into positive ones, and more. In this episode, I share some deeply personal experiences that have changed lives and how they relate to lessons we can help our kids lear... Read more
This episode is about YOUR story. I'd like to hear from you! Tell me something about how youth sports has impacted your life and/or the life of your family!
No one would take on the New York Giants alone and live to tell about it. It takes a team. It take diversity in thinking and in skills for any team to win!
Youth sports in the US is dying, not because the business model isn't working, but maybe because it is working a little too well. It's drawing in $17 B at the expense of talent, a huge underserved population, and is creating a population of Overserved kids who are burning out!
Which player do you think coaches are going to be willing to go out of their way for: the ones who consistently keep their promises and follow through, or the ones who are consistently late and break their promises to show up or communicate? Being reliable is a skill that youth sports can help young players learn. In this episode, we talk about what reliability is on and off the pitch - and even into their adult lives, why it's im... Read more
Visit the show Become a Patron of the show The women's world cup was yesterday! The USA won 2-0 over the Netherlands. Did you watch the game? I mean did you really watch it? Let's talk about how...
Skills, fitness, physicality... It's all important. And it's often an athlete's Character that helps them make the cut. Character matters.
Visit The Soccer Sidelines Online Soccer offers students many benefits as they mature through the development years, but benefits don't stop there. In this episode, we explore how the game of soccer can connect us with 3.5 Billion fans around the world and create networking opportunities in situations far removed from the soccer field throughout life.
In this episode, I explain the play, practice, play training methodology, how it's different from the four-phase training methodology, and what parents should look for in a training experience and the coach who delivers it.
Watching soccer games is fun, but it's also a great tool in the toolbox for learning about the game, inspiring improvement and creativity, and increasing all of our Soccer IQ's. Experts all over the country are urging us to watch more soccer. Let's talk about why.
Whether you're a coach, a parent, or an interested observer, you bring more than your lawn chair to a game. You bring your ability to spot leadership, form a thought about that leadership, the courage to share your thoughts, and an ability to express yourself. These are powerful tools!
When deciding whether to play the ball in the air or not as part of a team or match strategy, we have to consider age, field conditions, practice time and more. Let's talk about the vertical game in soccer.
Are you a true soccer insider? Here are five things that only true insiders know that often take a while for newbies to figure out.
Like any skill, letting our kids go is a process that starts earlier than most people think and it takes practice for most of us to get better at. Let's talk about it.
More than a collection of individuals, the Soccer Team and Players work together to produce results. The Team is greater than the sum of its parts. In this episode, we talk about "The 12th Player" on the pitch during a match - reading, supporting, and coaching to the team as a unit.
In this episode, number 76, we complete our journey through the system with an international youth soccer tour in the UK. I will take you inside both the Boy's international youth soccer tour experience and the Girl's international youth soccer tour experience. Come with me as we travel from takeoff to landing back in DC.
Mental Health in Soccer runs deeper and more silent that most of us have given much thought to. In this episode, I share my thoughts and research after a discussion with a mental health nurse in a UK training camp, then I share three things that we can do as parents or as coaches to help our kids manage some mental health issues before they become issues.
Without parents, youth sports will not exist. Today, there are few explicit development programs for parents. We forget that parents are developing right alongside our players and that they have needs themselves. They wonder how best to support their kids. They wonder what the coach is working on. They want to understand what is happening and what happens next. In this episode, I frame the problem and talk about some solutions.