Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Relishing soccer's special bonds at the NSCAA Convention
by Tyler Isaacson, February 2nd, 2014 1:30AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  nscaa, youth boys, youth girls

MOST COMMENTED

[MY VIEW] The 2014 NSCAA Convention for me and many of my contemporaries was one massive reunion. You could not walk into the Marriott Hotel lobby without being bombarded by players you played with or against, coaches who you were coached by, or friends you have made over the years in the soccer community. I wonder if the players today will have the same special bond that was formed with the players of my era.

Today, team rosters change regularly, parents take their “next Messi” and drive an hour or two away to a team that was undefeated last season and players really don’t have time to create that bond. Instead of a group of players going over to a friend’s house after practice for some play time, today the players get back in their parents car for the long ride home.

My main playing years were in the 1980s when you played on your town team from eighth grade until you went to college. You played high school soccer with the majority of these same players. There was little jumping from town team to town team and nobody formed a B team because your child did not make the travel team.

Growing up in North Jersey I was fortunate enough to play against the legendary Kearny crew a number of times. Tab Ramos, John Harkes, Mike O’Neil, Rob McCourt, Tony Meola -- man were they good. My college days were played at Rutgers with a great player, Peter Vermes … there were some seriously talented Jersey players who graduated High School in 1984.

I ran into to many of those players at the convention and it was as if we were still in High School or College, but a little grayer up top. There seemed to be that special bond and I really wonder if the change in the landscape of youth soccer has taken this away from the players of today.

Times have changed, but hopefully players can find a way to create that special bond with as many of their teammates as possible so they too can enjoy these special reunions for years to come!

(Tyler Isaacson is a club president, travel coach, recreation coach, youth player, college player and dad. He has 30 years of playing and coaching experience and is founder of youthsoccer101 an online coaching & player development tool. He can be reached at tyler@youthsoccer101.com)


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
Mallory Pugh named Girls Player of the Year     
Mallory Pugh of Mountain Vista High School (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) has been named 2014-15 Gatorade National ...
Roster: U.S. U-19 women gather in San Diego     
Coach Jitka Klimkova is overseeing a 24-player U.S. U-19 women's national team squad in a May ...
Jack Harrison is Boys Soccer Player of the Year    
Midfielder Jack Harrison of Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) was named the 2014-15 Gatorade National Boys Soccer ...
Roster: U.S. U-17 girls head to Chula Vista     
U.S. U-17 girls national team coach B.J. Snow has named a 28-player roster for a May ...
U.S. U-18 boys split in Bosnia    
Coach Javier Perez's U.S. boys national team, captained by goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, won 1-0 and lost ...
Roster: U.S. U-20 women convene in Carson     
Coach Michelle French has named a 24-player roster for a May 9-18 camp in Carson, Calif.
Roster: U.S. U-14 boys head to Croatia     
Roster: U.S. U-17s convene in New Jersey     
Coach Richie Williams has called in a 20-player squad for a May 2-11 camp at the ...
Youth soccer shakeup in South Texas    
Top youth clubs from the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas will this fall begin ...
U.S. U-15s beat Austria in Torneo Delle Nazioni final     
The U.S. U-15 boys national team won the Tourneo delle Nazioni with a 3-2 final win ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives