• Logic demands the NCAA and high school change their timekeeping rules
    Most of the games I ref are under the U.S. Soccer umbrella, so official time is kept by the match referee.
  • Be on the lookout for anxiety in young athletes
    As coaches, parents and teammates, we can go a long way to helping those in need by recognizing possible signs of anxiety or depression.
  • A Ref's View: Your clues for youth games
    What type of a soccer game is it going to be? Here are questions and some simple clues to find out:
  • Rondo: A simple practice game with multiple benefits
    In rondos the player is constantly perceiving and making decisions with respect to his teammates, opponents, position of the ball, etc.
  • Determining playing time for your team
    We all feel lousy whenever we're excluded from something, so imagine being kids languishing on the bench of their youth soccer teams.
  • Gifted players need challenges, not coddling
    When the perceived best player is held accountable for behavior, lack of effort, or lackluster effort, the entire squad is aware of the consequences.
  • Don't ignore upper extremity injuries in soccer
    With fall soccer seasons well underway in the USA it's important to note that upper extremity injuries happen more often than you probably think.
  • What athletes should know about mono
    Mononucleosis is fairly common in teenagers and young adults. For athletes, the key issue with mononucleosis is the risk of a ruptured spleen
  • Coaches should learn the rules -- and here's how
    The attacking team's coach calmly asked me what I called. I said the goalkeeper had possession.
  • Bridging the gap between: 'I taught it' and 'They learned it'
    Understanding the cause of these two very different situations is critical to being a successful coach
  • Players will circumvent the rules when allowed
    The headline above applies to older kids' games as well as adult games as they have the understanding to know when they can take advantage of the ref.
  • Two great reasons to do ACL injury prevention warmups
    There is convincing evidence that major factors contributing to non-contact ACL tear risk include improper mechanics when landing from a jump or when rapidly changing direction.
  • College-bound Juniors: An action plan for you and your parents
    For juniors in high school, here are a few things to keep you on track and help you personalize your college recruiting efforts.
  • Your crucial preseason checklist -- first-aid kit and emergency action plan
    With the fall season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you've got the first-aid kit in order -- and ...
  • How does SafeSport affect soccer coaches?
    In April 2019, the Center for SafeSport, released a comprehensive SafeSport code urging its federations to give sport-specific policies limiting one-on-one interactions in all forms.
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