• Have mercy? How coaches can manage a mismatch
    The opposing coach was emphatic. "Left foot only!" he yelled. He had also imposed shooting restrictions on his players.
  • Reffing according to the score?
    As many people realize that I'm an experienced official, often the winning coach asks my advice on what to do to not continuously score goals.
  • Ending ref abuse starts with the coaches
    Years ago, in my area, a coach screamed so much at the teenage girl refereeing a U-10 game that she ended up in tears and the game was abandoned.
  • Referee Watch: How to cope with reffing in the rain
    With the extreme weather we've been experiencing, an increasing number of my games have been played in heavy rain.
  • The Female Athlete Triad: An under-recognized sports health disorder
    The female athlete triad is a potentially serious health condition typically affecting teenage girls and young women.
  • For Kids Only ...
    Dear Soccer-Playing Children of America, The fall season is getting underway and I'm hoping you're having a great time.
  • 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.
  • The challenges referees face while coping with injuries
    This past May, I was refereeing a Long Island Junior Soccer League game when I felt a twinge in my right knee while running.
  • Making the game day 'go' or 'no go' decision
    The decision whether an athlete should be allowed to play or should sit out after injury is always an interesting one to observe from afar.
  • 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
  • How do referees improve?
    For me, there are five ways that refs can improve and I will describe each way here in order of importance.
  • Lightning can be lethal: Here's what to know
    If you are running a team or league it's best to have a clear policy in place at the start of the season for a lightning safety protocol, identifying safe locations, and guidelines for resuming play.
  • A Ref's View: Parents say the strangest things
    The innocence of those other U-9 games were completely lost in this one. There were many fouls in the game and the comments made by the so-called adults during the match were rather sad.
  • Reffing at the younger ages: Kids say the darndest things
    In these games, the ref can be more of a teacher than an enforcer and I tried to emulate Willy Wonka (the Gene Wilder version).
  • Love in the time of futbol -- childhood memories that make World Cup time so special
    What is it about the World Cup that arrests me so? What I am chasing every four years?
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