Have you ever coached or played with a gifted player who was so damn cocky they destroyed team chemistry, cost the team games and angered others, all while failing to take any of the blame themselves? Mario Balotelli is just such an idiot, says PSW’s Chris Hummer.Continue Reading Mario Balotelli’s idiocy proves Roberto Mancini’s brilliance [updated: Whistle?]
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By Chris Hummer Did you know there are studies out there recording synthetic turf field surface temperatures of 200 degrees on a day when the air temperature was 98 degrees? Did you know that synthetic turf field surfaces are hotter than black asphalt? My feet know it. I am writing this article just two hours […]Continue Reading How long until someone dies of heatstroke on a synthetic turf field?
The annual tug-of-war between club and high school soccer in many states has been around since the first days “travel” club soccer was invented and became a year-round option for players. Since then, it only seems to be getting worse, especially as more “showcase” travel events and elite leagues crop up and place additional demands […]Continue Reading High school versus club soccer; ten mistakes coaches make
By Chris Hummer As someone who spends nearly every day floating between the “mainstream” worlds of youth player development and professional soccer news coverage, I sometimes spot connections between the two that rarely come up in the reporting “angles” taken either by professional soccer writers in the US, or the sideline chatter on the youth […]Continue Reading How the new MLS Designated Player rules should help youth development
By News Desk | April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments |
This time of year in competitive youth soccer really stinks. Organizing and holding tryouts, and all that goes along with it, is my least favorite thing to have to go through as a coach, and I know I’m not alone. June should be named National Youth Soccer Drama Month, and we should all get a one-week government holiday just to hold tryouts and visit our therapist.Continue Reading The Departed Player: Doing the right thing when leaving a team
By Gordon Miller – Virginia Youth Soccer Association Technical Director Reprinted with permission by VYSA Touchline (Editor\’s note: We originally ran this back in January of 2008, and it was one of the most popular stories to date at that time – when our web site had only a fraction of today\’s readership. With tryout season […]Continue Reading Gordon Miller: Look before you leap to a D1 youth team