• How to Retain Referees (Part 1)
    We lose most refs in their first two years of refereeing with verbal abuse being the No. 1 reason for refs quitting.
  • Low-back pain in the teenage athlete: Early intervention is the key
    I'm seeing more young athletes with low-back pain, it seems that the incidence is increasing.
  • A Parent's Guide to Game Day and Practice -- from Kaz Tambi
    "We want the parent's role only to be supportive and encouraging," says Kaz Tambi.
  • Not enforcing rules becomes a slippery slope
    The assistant referees were having a lively debate at halftime. I was the ref of a Division 3 women's college game.
  • Your crucial preseason checklist -- first-aid kit and emergency action plan
    With the spring season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you've got the first-aid kit in order -- and ...
  • Director of Coaching: What's the job?
    The role of the Director of Coaching of a youth soccer club is often misunderstood -- by players, parents, and sometimes even coaches themselves.
  • What turf toe is -- and how to treat it
    Soccer players, especially those who frequently play on artificial turf or indoor soccer, are susceptible to "turf toe."
  • Coaching Girls: How to deliver feedback effectively
    A female player can't be in the unknown, she needs to be sure that her coach thinks she is good enough.
  • Are young refs advancing too soon?
    Approximately two decades ago, I noticed a real change in attitude of both U.S. Soccer and college soccer toward young refs
  • Teenagers, get good sleep! It has a major effect on athletic performance
    Most teenagers don't get enough sleep. Your sleep schedule plays a big role in your athletic performance.
  • College-bound seniors: A checklist for an exciting and busy time
    Between finals, proms and graduation ceremonies, you really want to make a smooth transition from high school to college.
  • Coaches are in a powerful position to help kids stay healthy
    On-field injury recognition, coping with multiple-game weekend play, overuse injuries, and the benefits of introducing injury-prevention exercises at earlier ages were among issues discussed during U.S. Club Soccer's February "Health and Safety Webinar."
  • Responding to a knee injury: When to immediately see a doctor or go to ER
    If you've just had a knee injury, now what? Do you need to go see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately?
  • The clique factor -- how coaches can mix it up to make a stronger team
    When girls are put into a group where they don't have a social connection, they find ways to connect with each other.
  • The Accidental Ref asks: How and why did you start?
    I was 15 years old when one of my soccer coaches, Gordon Barr (son of U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer George Barr), called me up and wanted to know if I would like to become an intramural ref in the soccer club I was playing for, the Syosset Soccer Club on Long Island. I declined as I thought who would want to become a ref as that person is yelled at and booed.
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