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We’ve all read about or witnessed poor parent behavior on the sidelines during youth soccer games. However, the biggest consequences of over-involvement from parents actually comes from those who hover around the team during practice.
Parents play a critical role in their child’s soccer development, but have you ever really examined whether you’re supporting your player’s development or hindering it? How can you support and encourage your child without getting in the way?
John O'Sullivan says one of the least favorite moments in youth sports for the child is the ride home after the game! In this piece, the best selling author explains why and urges parents they'll do far more good for their young athlete by keeping quiet at that crucial time when emotions are high, disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion are heightened for both player and parent.
It’s a stressful time of year to be a travel soccer player. Here are five big things that can get in players’ when it comes time for tryouts and some advice for how to deal with the stress of youth soccer tryouts!
Graham Ramsay is one of the most experienced coaches and authors on youth soccer topics in the world, and he's upset about the rush to make heading the ball in youth soccer a crime. He says these three things need more focus, and that one major change in culture could provide more skilled players than we know what to do with!
The college recruiting process has drastically changed over the last decade. The days of paying a recruiting or scouting service thousands of dollars are not necessary anymore. There are plenty of tools, resources, and information to help you navigate through the process and be recruited successfully. One of those tools is your own Social Media Platforms.
Youth soccer burnout is a major problem. Many kids quit because they can't overturn the burn. Check out some tips on how to avoid burnout in young athletes.
Just because the soccer field is icy doesn't mean that your soccer player can't work on his or her soccer skills. Thankfully there are plenty of things to do inside at home to keep your child's soccer conditioning and improve their technical skills. You can do these in your basement or living room - you don't need a ton of space. Read on to learn how to keep your child's soccer conditioning all year with these tips.