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Youth Soccer

3 Life Lessons From a Pint-Sized Teacher in Shin Guards

Cherylanne Skolnicki | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women
Cherylanne Skolnicki

I realized this week that there are some significant parallels between what happens on that field and what I see in my coaching practice with high impact women. These little soccer dynamos have a few behavior patterns that can shed some light on what we do as grownups.

Why Do We Play Sports? We've Forgotten

Beau Dure | Posted 01.05.2017 | Parents
Beau Dure

Youth sports are being hijacked. Let's put it more directly -- your sports are being hijacked. The sports that your kids play are being taken over by a well-intentioned but misguided and counterproductive drive to make them better athletes in the hopes of attaining glory at "the next level" -- college, pro, the World Cup, etc.

The Art and Gift of Coaching: A Dialogue on Youth Development in Sports

Charles Howard | Posted 12.08.2016 | Sports
Charles Howard

(Jointly Authored with Ryan Brazuk) Coaching is an art. Better yet it's a gift. Having the opportunity to journey with young athletes, encouraging ...

U.S. Soccer Bans Headers For Kids Under The Age Of 11

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 11.12.2015 | Sports

Responding to a lawsuit demanding changes to the game, the United States Soccer Federation amended its rulebook on Monday, establishing a series of re...

10 Reasons Kids Should Play Sports

Shari Medini | Posted 11.03.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

We are advocates of organized sports. We firmly believe that sports (when balanced with other activities) gives children the opportunity to grow into well-rounded, confident, hard-working adults.

Myths Every Soccer Parent Should Know

Beau Dure | Posted 10.02.2016 | Parents
Beau Dure

The USA has a mosaic of youth leagues, organizations and clubs, each doing things a little differently and often getting in each other's way. We're a democratic and capitalist country, and in soccer, we take those traits to the extreme.

US Club Soccer and La Liga Partner to Bring a New Culture to American Youth Soccer

Alicia Jessop | Posted 09.11.2016 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

Will soccer become the most popular sport in the United States? To Baby Boomers, that question is preposterous. "No way," many would answer. To Millennials, the answer to the question is not "If," but, "When?"

An Introduction To Soccer For 3 And 4-Year-Olds

Chris Cate | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

You must want the ball like you want chocolate cake for breakfast and breakfast cereal for dinner. Sure, sitting down and picking grass might look like a great idea when a player on the other team does it. But that is your chance to kick the ball while the other team is down.

6 Tips to Help Parents Enjoy Youth Soccer Again

Cort Ruddy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

As a father of four, a long-time soccer fan and a youth soccer coach, here are a few tips that can improve your enjoyment of the so-called beautiful game.

The Upside of Autism

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

People often talk about the difficulties associated with parenting a child with autism. But this post isn't about that. I want to recognize and celebrate the upside of autism, a blessing we "special needs parents" are given somewhere, somehow -- packaged up in a gift I like to call "perspective."

You Won't Believe Why This Coach Was Ejected

Sun Sentinel | Aurelio Moreno | Posted 02.19.2013 | Miami

A volunteer soccer coach for a city-sponsored youth league was ejected from a game after two referees ordered him to stop giving instructions in Spani...

Dear Soccer Dad

John Willey | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
John Willey

I hope you are enjoying seeing little Billy run around the field with his little soccer ball. I noticed one thing, though; you seem to have a lot to say, whether it's to me, the other parents, or the coaches. I kindly request that you shut your trap.

Words of Advice for Soccer Parents

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.27.2011 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Parents have to help their children to discover the joy of healthy competition, but competition taken too far can lead to an attitude that everything is a competition and worth is based on winning and losing.