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Hazing horrors -- and how to prevent them

Last year, the University of New Mexico women's team made national news for hazing that resulted in two players hospitalized. This year, among reports of hazing in high school soccer, an expert on hazing said it "s becoming more violent and sexualized."
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Alex Morgan's Advice to Parents: Be Supportive, Respect Boundaries

Ask her coaches past or present to describe Alex Morgan's attributes and the answers are always similar: fast, strong, lethal with her right and left foot, and good in the air.
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George Weah's son progresses in U.S. national team program

Timothy Weah, the son of former Liberian great George Weah, the 1995 World Player of the Year, continues climbing the ranks of the U.S. youth national team program.
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U-20s aim to spawn another Alex Morgan

The Alex Morgan we'll see at this summer's Women's World Cup got her national team break with the U.S. U-20 national team that under Coach Tony DiCicco won the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup.
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How Refs Make the Whistle Work For Them

Soccer referees carry their whistles in their hands, not in their mouths. In raising the whistle to the mouth to blow it, a referee has a moment to analyze a foul to make certain that there is not an advantage situation developing.
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Coaches can decrease ACL injury rate (Dr. Bert Mandelbaum Q&A)

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, a U.S. Soccer Federation team physician for more than two decades, has been a pioneer in researching ACL injury trends and creating injury-prevention programs.
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'Club World Cup' action in Dallas

Since its launch in 1980, when three foreign teams competed in a field of 26, the Dallas Cup has become a veritable Youth World Club Cup.
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Bad Coaches: There oughta be a law?

I've seen a coach allowed back on the sideline shortly after he berated, during a U-10 rec game, a 15-year-old ref so harshly she fought back tears when I asked her about the incident months later. So I get where Florida state senator Jeremy Ring is coming from.
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Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision

One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action.
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Screaming at Children -- A Ref's Eye View

It's amazing that no matter how many games you ref, no matter how much you prepare for the all possible scenarios, you still get blindsided. I had a coach come to me angrily at halftime of a U-10 girls rec game to accuse the opponent of having a boy playing goalkeeper.
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Is it OK to play in pain?

"What's the difference between discomfort and pain? And is it OK for me to keep playing if I just have a little bit?" Those are two of the most common questions I'm asked by injured young athletes, and I'm guessing the same is true for our sports medicine colleagues across the country. The answers are different from person to person, ...
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The benefits of pool play vs. traditional leagues for U-10s

The Youth Soccer Insider asked Sam Snow, Technical Director of U.S. Youth Soccer, to explain the benefits of a U-10 "academy" format that differs from the traditional league and team setup.
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Ref Watch: Why three is so much better than one

When I moved to Florida for business 27 years ago, I lived and worked in Orlando and also worked in the state capital of Tallahassee, 250 miles away. So I officiated in both cities.
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Tab Ramos auditions new talent for U-20 World Cup

Coach Tab Ramos has called up three players to the U.S. U-20 national team, which is preparing for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand May 30-June 20, who have never been part of a U.S. youth national team.
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George Altirs boosts New Jersey-area youth ball

As a boy, George Altirs spent his free time playing as much soccer as possible in the village of Mejdlaya in Lebanon.
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