Youth soccer is flooded so-called ‘elite’ and ‘premier’ level competition.
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We are aware of the concussion risks. We’re getting educated about the symptoms. We’re badgering our clubs to establish concussion policies, and we are letting the referee know just how we feel about that dangerous play out there. But there are five things parents aren’t doing to strengthen kids against concussions, writes Dr. Wendy Lebolt.
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s new coaching program has a noble goal, and a bold new approach for beginning coaches, mostly parents, who’ll be working with kids in the crucial Under-6 to U-10 years. SoccerWire's Beau Dure takes a look.
What if young players could learn and develop without parents and coaches arguing a referee’s calls? U9-U10 players experienced that at this past weekend's CCL ScrimmageFest, and SoccerWire.com Executive Editor Chris Hummer explains why this referee-less environment is the most conducive to player development.
“Kids don’t come with instructions.” That’s often the lament of parents frustrated by kid behavior that’s unexplainable, writes Dr. Wendy LeBolt in her latest column, explaining that this is actually less of a challenge and more of a blessing.
The 16 year old slams down next to me on the bleachers. She’s sporting a knee sleeve on her right leg, the one that still bears the scars from the ACL repair she had 9 months ago. Now that knee is poking through the sleeve, and it is purple and obviously swollen. “I got clobbered,” she tells me, “by my own goalie.”
Are coaches and parents communicating adequately in North American youth soccer? This week Dr. Wendy LeBolt explains what happened when she broke through the traditional silence between club and high school coaches, and how doing so can help young players immeasurably.
A lot of time and attention in the coaching world can be spent helping parents of young players who struggle to keep up technically or physically with the game compared to others, but what if your son or daughter is the elite player, the coach’s favorite, the one who plays all the games, never gets subbed, and is asked to play on every all star team around? You have just as much work ahead of you, sometimes even more.
Soccer Wire regular contributor John O'Sullivan reads a lot of books and has taken the time to review his three favorites of 2013. These three were the most thought provoking books he believes should be on the reading list of every coach and parent.