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The Mastery Approach from "Responsible Sports"

Instead of focusing exclusively on the scoreboard, Responsible Sports Parents can take a Mastery Approach to sports, where success is tied not just to wins and losses, but also to mastering physical a...
Dad crossed the line before practice even started! by Bill Wells

Five sentences. That's all I heard. That's all I needed. The girl hadn't even made it to the actual field, and she was done. Her head was still down, as was her posture. She no doubt was having some ...
Get Rid of Referees and Let the Kids Take Control by Nick Szczepanik

With English football at one of its lowest ebbs, The Times begins a series in which the sport’s biggest problem will be addressed.
Stopping a Trend by Alan Maki

Parents behaving badly has sadly become the norm at countless children’s sporting events in a variety of activities, from soccer to baseball to basketball and minor hockey. The latest entry is provin...
How to Talk to College Coaches by Avi Stopper

It takes a little practice to be ready for these calls, so do some role-playing with your parents, club and high school coaches, and teammates. Switch roles and put yourself in a college coach's shoes...

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Sideline coaching -- Dump the GPS and let the kids drive
Created by admin in 11/12/2011 10:57:11 AM

Now, I had observed this parent’s sideline behavior several times, and had also seen him silenced by his daughter’s coach on more than one occasion. This parent’s pearls of coaching wisdom included p... Read More..


Painting with a Soccer Ball by Alan Maher
Created by admin in 8/23/2011 3:45:31 PM

Then I went to a soccer field to watch summer soccer camp.The painting scene by the library came to mind. Learn to use the tools that are available. The soccer ball is the primary tool. Learn how to ... Read More..


5 activities to improve confidence with the ball by Ken Kruse
Created by admin in 8/16/2011 3:10:51 PM

Do you want your soccer players to improve their ball skills? What coach doesn’t! Ask your players to dedicate 10-15 minutes every day at home toward these activities. These soccer activities can be ... Read More..


Klinsmann exudes positive energy on US sidelines
Created by admin in 8/16/2011 11:54:20 AM

Klinsmann exuded positive energy on the bench. He smiled a lot. He pumped his arm repeatedly when Rogers tied the score in the 73rd minute. And the affable German wore an ear-to-ear grin during the p... Read More..


Know They Keeper By Tim Mulqueen with Mike Woitalla
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:46:16 PM

Coaches must adjust their approach to the individual. Some keepers might need the soft touch to get in the right frame of mind. Others might require a rousing pep talk. Some keepers might fall apart ... Read More..


Lecture them not By Mike Woitalla
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:42:12 PM

If being told how to play enabled children to master soccer we'd have an excess of great players and superb teams. The game, it is so obvious, is the best teacher. That's not to say the coaches' choi... Read More..


Women’s national team inspires little girls, fathers and mothers throughout U.S.by Jose de Jesus Ortiz
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:32:12 PM

Growing up in the Los Angeles area in the 70s and 80s, I still remember the first time I saw girls playing organized soccer. It was in 1984 as part of a Coca Cola-sponsored tournament in Pasadena on ... Read More..


USA Women's Soccer Inspires Youth by Nathan Thomas
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:14:32 PM

The USA beat France to advance to the finals, and the young soccer fans will be watching every kick of the way. "We can learn," says Alex Widman, 12. "We can watch their mistakes and we can learn fro... Read More..


From Tears to Cheers by Gerald Steele
Created by admin in 6/15/2011 5:12:27 PM

They have started to learn that winning is not about beating an opponent. No, the one to beat is oneself. It is about learning and growing. It is about shedding silly notions about competition. It is... Read More..


What do we do Now? by Alan Maher
Created by admin in 1/24/2011 3:33:30 PM

On Long Island the team has a coach of record. He or she goes to the games with the team. Normally that person is a volunteer. Then the team hires a professional coach. Perhaps the English coach. The... Read More..