• 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.
  • 11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones
    Familiarize yourself with the various age-appropriate games/exercises to facilitate individual skills -- but don't use ones that bore the kids.
  • Ref Watch: Working with electronic communication
    Refs in every professional game in the world use electronic communication, so that has become part of their equipment just like whistles, flags and stop watches.
  • Drink up: Hydration tips for summer soccer
    Hydration is a key element in proper sports safety, and a good hydration strategy will also improve performance.
  • The childhood soccer of Crystal Dunn -- an environment that no longer exists
    Crystal Dunn is a New York kid. She developed in an environment that no longer exists.
  • How to spot heat illness warning signs
    This is the time of year we need to review some aspects of heat illness, and a potentially deadly form of heat injury called exertional heat stroke. A recently published study of NCAA athletes revealed that heat illness is most common in preseason training, and that tackle football has the highest incidence -- but athletes in all sports are potentially at risk.
  • Heat and humidity can be lethal for your players -- here's what to know
    It can be OK to practice in 100-degree weather, or it could be dangerous. It depends on the humidity factor.
  • How refs get through challenging games -- use 'Triple H'
    What happens when a game suddenly goes south and you as the ref might not even understand why?
  • Going for goal benefits young players in many ways
    Let's get something straight: Defense does not win championships.
  • After a decade of youth coaching, I'm firing myself
    After 28 seasons of youth coaching, I have arrived at a candid bit of self-realization.
  • A Ref's View: Playing styles clash amid the screams of coaches and parents
    The tournament final started in pleasant conditions, a nice respite from two days of refereeing in a broiler.
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