Clearly, coaching your son or daughter isn't easy. If you are able to find an appropriate balance between encouragement and pressure, however, it can be a wonderfully rewarding experience.
How expectations affect performance
Posted by Soccer America on Nov. 15, 7:15 p.m.
Whether you know it or not, the expectations you form as a coach about players on your team affects not only your own behavior toward them but also the feelings and performance of those players. Having such an influence on your players' athletic experience and development is a huge responsibility and a process every coach should understand.
Here's how ...
Getting players to juggle
Posted by Soccer America on Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing youth soccer coaches is getting their players to play ball on their own.
For sure, the first step is making practices so much fun that players fall in love with the sport. But children today have such a vast variety of pastime options that even those who are passionate about their soccer may need ...
Improving skills on your own
Posted by Soccer America on Oct. 25, 5:00 p.m.
A player can always improve his fitness by working out hard. He can comprehend certain tactics by studying the game. But how far he goes will be determined mainly by how well he has mastered ball skills. Those are acquired by playing, day after day, year after year.
How to handle disgruntled players
Posted by Soccer America on Oct. 18, 11:45 a.m.
By Eric Steege
Youth soccer players who invest countless hours to improve conditioning and technical skills and sacrifice their spring break and summer vacations for the soccer field expect to play on game day.
When hard work fails to be "rewarded" with playing time, an athlete can quickly become frustrated and unmotivated. Unfortunately, many ...
'The game has to come naturally'
Posted by Soccer America on Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Feedback from Soccer America readers on "Reviving the Pickup Game," by Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer's Director of Coaching Education.
Reviving the pickup game
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 27, 10:30 a.m.
There can be many reasons why so few pickup games happen in youth soccer. They include a sedentary lifestyle, the vacant lot doesn't exist any longer, even the design of neighborhoods nowadays means there is little or no yard on which to play, parents are reluctant to let their kids play away from home without adult supervision, soccer facilities are ...
The Conflicting Models
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Competitive pressures are encouraging elite clubs to professionalize training at younger and younger ages. But is this development good for youth soccer as a whole, or even the kids on the select team?
Buying the Right Cleat for Your Foot
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 6, 11:45 a.m.
The temptation as a parent purchasing cleats for a growing child with a growing foot is to buy cleats that are a bit too large, thinking that your child will "grow into them" and thereby save you some money in not having to buy another pair too soon.
General Principles in Cleat Selection
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 31, 7:45 p.m.
Soccer is constantly immersed in a dynamic of strategic change and physical demand as players become stronger, faster, more agile, and fit at younger ages. Manufacturers of soccer cleats are now required to meet the needs of youth and adolescent players by integrating concepts previously reserved for the elite professional player.
Is an elite team right for your child?
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 24, 3:00 p.m.
Committing to travel-team soccer can have a profound impact on family life.
Cultivating optimal parent-coach relationships
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 17, 5:00 p.m.
"What is the optimal parent-coach relationship?" That's what Positive Coaching Alliance trainers address during the Double-Goal Coach and Second-Goal Parent workshops we conduct throughout the country. The answer appears in the very names of the workshops.
Sun and shadows on high school soccer
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 9, 11:00 a.m.
There is much to do as a high school soccer coach. New uniforms have been ordered and sent to the silk-screener. Balls have been stored in the garage waiting for the night when I will pump up each one. Assistants have been lined up and forms distributed. The fall schedule has been carefully worked out with dates and times. An ...
Improving performance by improving the experience
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 2, 11:45 a.m.
It is possible to scientifically understand the youth soccer culture, to consider the experience of all constituents, and to take practical and developmentally solid steps to do a better job.