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Letter to the Editor: True ‘Sports-Mom-Ship’

Arlington Soccer Association parent Wendy Green penned a Letter to the Editor after another mother from an opposing team floored her with an unexpected gesture of kindness, passing along a video of her daughter scoring an exceptional goal in a Virginia State Cup quarterfinal match.

Soccer Parenting May 06, 2016

Guest columnist: Kris Ward on abusive youth coaches and how to steer your kid clear of them

Guest columnist Kris Ward shares an ugly tale of abuse and vitriol experienced on the sidelines of a recent youth match, and ponders how players and parents can keep clear of foul-mouthed, manipulative coaches.

Soccer Parenting Feb 26, 2016

LeBolt: Five things parents aren’t doing to protect their kids from concussions

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.

Soccer Parenting Sep 04, 2015

Dure: Presenting the FREE education plan for parent coaches

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.

Soccer Parenting Jul 17, 2015
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Hummer: Best way to keep soccer parents quiet while maximizing player development

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.

Soccer Parenting Apr 28, 2015

LeBolt: Real parents don’t need instructions

“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.

Soccer Parenting Apr 07, 2015
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Effort Injuries are Taking Kids Out: is “positive” parenting to blame?

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.”

Soccer Parenting Sep 12, 2014

The parent-coach conversation: Should we…or shouldn’t we?

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.

Soccer Parenting Apr 29, 2014