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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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South Carolina Soccer Parents Put In “Time Out” – A Month of Silence

The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association recently announced a Silent September for all soccer sidelines in the entire state. Yes, you read that correctly – it’s not a Silent Saturday or Sunday as we’ve become accustomed to – it’s the entire month of September. Parents in South Carolina have been put in Time Out. Time […]

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Dear Parents: Get More Involved

We are all fed up! Crazy Soccer Parents, unrealistic expectations from parents and coaches, coaches who too often care more about the game than the child, the high cost of soccer participation and the overburdened and overwhelming path to the next level (and then the next) has pushed parents, coaches, clubs, and administrators to this tipping […]

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Dear Soccer, From A Mom Saying Goodbye

By Guest Contributor, Lisa Larson Chang This week begins State Cup, Caroline’s last club soccer tournament ever. To mark the occasion, I have written an open letter to the game of soccer. Yes, it is long. But, I think other parents can relate, whether your child’s passion has been soccer, swimming, Science Olympiad, or something […]

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Goalkeeper 101 – A Guide for Parenting a Youth Soccer Goalkeeper

Being the parent of a goalkeeper brings with it some special challenges. In this interview with long-time professional goalkeeper Jon Busch, we provide parents with knowledge about glove selection, the importance of protection for injury prevention, how to best support your young goalkeeper with the mental side of the game and much more. Jon and […]

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“I Can Do Better!” Youth Soccer Referees Need Support – Not Harassment.

“Call it both ways!!” “You’re blind!!” “Blow your whistle!!” “Open your eyes!!” “You need glasses!!” Do these phrases sound familiar? They probably do if you’re a referee, or if you’re a parent trying to enjoy your child’s soccer game on the sidelines. Contempt and disrespect towards game officials continues to plague both sidelines, from disgruntled […]

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