• Hey, Mom! Hey, Coach!
    Kids fill our fields, running, playing, laughing and learning life lessons. None of it would be possible without parent coaches.
  • Mind your body language
    A coach's body language is a deciding factor in whether players aptly receive his or her message.
  • Overuse Injuries: How parents can watch for the signs in their children
    By far and away the area where we can have the greatest impact is in monitoring for overuse injuries.
  • Mental health and athletes: U.S. Soccer provides comprehensive resource
    In April of 2020, U.S. Soccer added a Mental Health section to its Recognize to Recover Player Health and Safety Program.
  • Youth refs should emulate Willy Wonka, not Pierluigi Collina
    If the ref is having a good time, you'd be surprised how many other people are being affected with that positive attitude.
  • Four ideas to foster discipline
    Here are four tips you can apply to discipline players without employing senseless punishments. Feel free to modify as you see fit with a little bit of creativity.
  • The 5 Worst Punishments
    Punishments are an extremely common way of conditioning behavior. Be aware that unwanted long-term effects can ensue.
  • The Emergency Action Plan: a necessity for every sports organization
    Exceptionally fast and superbly skilled action taken by the medical staff looks to have saved Christian Eriksen's life. Sports teams at every level should take some lessons from that type of serious incident.
  • Heel pain known as 'Sever's disease' frequently affects young athletes
    Sever's disease is actually a rather common condition of active youth athletes and can be controlled while allowing the young athlete to continue sports activity.
  • Treating the common 'growing pain' known as Osgood-Schlatter syndrome
    Some kids will have only mild pain while performing certain activities, especially running and jumping. For others, the pain is nearly constant and debilitating.
  • No parents on the sidelines: Both wonderful and sad
    These games without parents on the sideline are remarkably different from those with the usual constant yelling.
  • Five tips to help you come back from an injury
    With some modifications these are applicable for people who've had surgery and also for those who haven't.
  • Ref's View: How many games are too many?
    Refs who take on more and more assignments and officiate all day from the kickoff circle are not going to advance.
  • Return to play after COVID-19 infection is high but requires careful medical consultation
    COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced ability to pump blood and abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Refs need to explain some decisions
    Sometimes the only ones at a youth soccer game who have read the rulebook are the referee and any assistant referees.
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