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20 Great Songs for Practice and Warm-Ups

Headphones

Music is a great way to help players focus and generate intensity for a practice or game. Here are several great choices in no particular order.

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Can You Believe It: Lasers In Soccer?

Laser Projected Soccer Pitches

From the marketing and advertising world comes word that Nike has done it again (sorry adidas). Nike has introduced Lasers to soccer, but this time it’s not a new pair of Nike “Laser” cleats.

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Fight Road Trip Fatigue Like A Pro With These 3 Tips

3 Keys To Combat Road Trip Fatigue

If you play on or coach a team that drives out of town for games, chances are you have experienced what I like to call “Road Trip Fatigue”.

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3 Ways Team Sports Can Improve Social Skills

3 Ways Team Sports Can Improve Social Skills

Parents and teachers should be very aware of how important regular exercise is for a child’s physical development. We’ve previously discussed some of the benefits of getting your child involved in youth sports. For many though, it can be quite a surprise to learn how useful exercise, especially team games, can be at helping a child to develop social skills. …

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3 Challenges Of Coaching Young Children And How To Solve Them

3 Challenges Of Coaching Young Children And How To Solve Them

Each level of coaching brings its own set of challenges that are different from other levels. Coaching young children (U8 and younger) is no exception.

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12 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Soccer Camp

Kids and Coaches at Challenger Soccer Camp

In addition to helping develop your child’s skills and understanding of the game, soccer camps are extremely valuable for young players to develop socially.

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Are Bad Parents Driving Good Coaches Away?

A bad sports parent gets in the face of a referee

As a coach, I have personally seen situations where  parents are undermining and down right hostile toward good coaches. This is not to say this is always the case, and indeed, I’ve seen situations where parents are too supportive of bad coaches. Has the problem of bad parents driving good coaches away become an epidemic?

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Is Your Players’ Motivation Level: Convenient, Compliant, Conditional or Full Commitment?

What is your level of soccer dedication?

Commitment is usually one of the things that successful teams attribute to their success. Lack of commitment is usually one of the things identified in teams that fail.

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Does The USL Offer Walk-on Tryouts?

A USL player competes in the USL Championship Final

I’m interested in joining the United Soccer League 1st or 2nd Division. Do they offer walk on try outs?

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How To Get Players To Use Their Weak Foot

A young player dribbles using both feet

Many years ago, I studied Kung-Fu. My instructor told me, “It’s ok to have a strong side, but not to have a weak side.” I believe this same principle applies to soccer as well.

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