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U.S. Soccer’s Frank Tschan on the Importance of Coaches Engaging Parents

We are in the middle of an exciting revolution in youth soccer. Thankfully, we are progressing from a Wild West environment where each coach operates independently, to having a more Club-Centric approach to our youth soccer development. Many clubs are developing guidelines, policies and programming around player development, coach education, parent engagement and more. This is […]

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The Power of Sport to Transform Lives: Remembering Ennio

It’s amazing to me how often I think of my time playing in Udine, Italy, reminisce about a friendship or experience from that brief time in my life, or find myself smiling as my mind is triggered by a present day event – to my past. Just yesterday my daughter walked around in her sports […]

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Team Management Apps for Youth Soccer

In a recent survey by the Siena College Research Institute, 43% of parents have coached at some point in the past 5 years and it’s no surprise that the second most popular sport they have coached (behind baseball) is soccer. Parent coaches make up the majority of coaches we have working with our young players […]

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Beyond Lollypops and Silent Saturdays – Introducing the Sideline Project

The time has come to move beyond giving parents lollypops and requesting you be silent on a Saturday or Sunday! The Soccer Parenting Association has developed the Sideline Project, an easy to implement, free education program to be facilitated by coaches. The Sideline Project is designed to engage parents (instead of give you a lollypop) and […]

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Soccer Parent Voices: Sideline Communication

What better way to ensure all young soccer players will thrive than having soccer parents share their experiences with others?  In celebration of the soon-to-be-kicked-off Sideline Project, in this inaugural Soccer Parent Voices series post we ask soccer parents to share their experiences around sideline communication. A big THANK YOU to the parents who took […]

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Tips for Buying Soccer Cleats

Finding the right pair of soccer cleats is just as important for the budding youth player as it is for the seasoned professional. By knowing which type of boot best suits your child, you’ll be able to help them develop their game and skills further, and potentially see a boost in performance. We have some […]

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Different Youth Soccer Pathways – Paying Attention to Your Child and Your Instincts

In late June I drove from Virginia to drop my son and daughter off for 5 weeks of summer camp on Lake Megunticook in Hope, Maine! Camp Bishopswood is the same camp my brother and I grew up attending. It’s a magical place with just over 100 campers each week, ensuring a strong, tight-knit community. Electronics, […]

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Principles of Defense – An Explanation for Youth Soccer Parents

I remember first learning the Principles of Defense when I was 14 years old. When my coach taught us these concepts, soccer started to make more sense – my connection to the game grew deeper. Suddenly, I was aware of the chess match playing out on the field and I was excited about the increased […]

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When Should Young Athletes Start Lifting?

Bryan Schwebke of Paramount Performance PT joins SoccerParenting.com for a discussion about young athletes and what is best for them in terms of when to introduce weight lifting to their athletic regimen.   Related Links: Check out Bryan’s other conversations over at MySoccerParenting.com: Functional Movement and Multiple Sport Participation Developing the Complete Athlete Player Monitoring and […]

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Ian Barker on Considerations for Youth Development Models In Such a Large Country

Ian Barker is the Director of Coaching Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Ian was my guest on the MySoccerParenting.com monthly webinar where he and I discussed many topics over the course of the hour – one being youth development in the United States.  This is a 4 minute clip of the […]

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