How Refs Can Improve: Listen to Assessor's Criticism
Posted by Randy Vogt on Aug. 27, 4:50 a.m.
Unquestionably, I've made many mistakes officiating soccer games. If there were a list of soccer referees in the United States and the number of mistakes they had made, my name would be near the very top of the list. Yet a longtime coach recently said to me, "But the percentage of calls you make that are wrong is very low."
National power emerges from Minnesota residency program (Tim Carter Q&A)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 21, 7:29 p.m.
Shattuck-Saint Mary's, a Minnesota day and boarding prep school, became famous for its hockey "Center of Excellence" that has spawned more than 50 NHL draft picks since the program's inception in 1992. In 2005, the Shattuck-Saint Mary enlisted Tim Carter to create a soccer version. Its alumni include U.S. international Teal Bunbury and this year Carter's U-18 team finished U.S. ...
On the Way to Play -- Kids Take Cues from Parents
Posted by John O'Sullivan on Aug. 15, 11:00 p.m.
Many a big game has been lost, and many a performance has been ruined, before a single player even steps on the field. It's called the car ride to the game!
The Ride Home: Not a Teachable Moment
Posted by John O'Sullivan on Aug. 12, 7:03 p.m.
Numerous researchers have asked athletes of all ages and abilities what was their least favorite sports moment, and their answer was nearly unanimous: after the game and the conversation on the ride home.
Keeper Questions: Getting a shy one to speak -- and in useful manner
Posted by Tim Mulqueen on Aug. 10, 2:06 a.m.
In the latest edition of "Keeper Questions": How to get keepers to communicate -- and in the most useful manner.
Nature vs. Nurture: 'The Sports Gene' search mostly skips soccer
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 8, 4:32 a.m.
David Epstein's book, "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance," is a fascinating look into scientific attempts to gauge "nature vs. nurture" in sports.
Keeper Questions: Coaching Consistency; How to Spice Up Training
Posted by Tim Mulqueen on Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.
In the latest edition of "Keeper Questions": Coaching for consistency and spicing up practice ...
How Refs Handle Substitutions
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jul. 31, 4:33 p.m.
Substitutes must be standing at the halfway line, dressed and ready to play. The player exiting can leave from any part of the field. To make things easier, the exiting player generally leaves by the halfway line.
'Don't hover over the kids' (Q&A: AYSO's Scott Gimple)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 30, 3:07 a.m.
Four players -- Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Nick Rimando, Alejandro Bedoya -- who helped the USA lift the 2013 Gold Cup got their soccer start in the American Youth Soccer Organization, which next year celebrates its 50th anniversary. With more than 50,000 teams and 510,000 players, AYSO continues to rely solely on volunteer coaches. We spoke with AYSO Director of ...
Long, Hot Summer: Watch For Heat Illness
Posted by Dev Mishra on Jul. 25, 2:32 p.m.
Coaches, parents and players need to be particularly aware of exertional heat illness (EHI) during the summer months
Winning's not everything: How to convince parents
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 19, 3:31 a.m.
Coaching young players to increase their chances of excelling at the higher levels can often mean losing games. So how can coaches convince parents not to confuse scorelines with player development progress?
When Should a Ref Retire?
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jul. 15, 9:38 p.m.
I can hear the snickers already from fans who would like to answer the headline above by saying, "The ref we had at our last game should have retired a long time ago!"
Assistant Coaches: 'Be flexible, understanding and positive' (Part 3)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 10, 1:32 a.m.
In Part 3 of our series on assistant coaches, we asked for advice for assistant coaches on how to approach their role.
Head coaches: 'Treat assistant as a peer and respected colleague' (Part 2)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 7, 2:51 p.m.
In Part 2 of our series on assistant coaches, we asked for advice for head coaches on how best to utilize their helpers.
Getting the most out of an assistant coach (Part 1)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 4, 2:19 a.m.
In the first of our three-part series, the Youth Soccer Insider looks at the roles played by assistant coaches and the various ways in which clubs create a coaching staff for their teams.