• 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.
  • Refs improve in a meritocracy
    With the soccer ref shortage across the United States, assignors often have to find every warm body so they can cover all the games.
  • What does a youth team coach want from the players' parents?
    Clear communication, in both directions, is key to the parent-coach relationship.
  • How referees need to deal with dissent from coaches
    Refs should deal with dissenting coaches by utilizing the Ask, Tell and Dismiss protocol recommended by US Soccer.
  • Are you ready for soccer after your ACL surgery?
    Readiness for return to sports activity after ACL surgery depends on many factors.
  • What leagues want from their refs
    Refs are paid to blow their whistle and keep control of the game for the safety of the players.
  • At what age should we post results?
    The goal is obvious -- coaches should be focusing on development, not winning, at these early ages.
  • For rising sophomores, summer is time to jump-start college search
    Create a list of colleges that appeal to you -- and do a little homework. Visit their website, look at the admissions criteria.
  • A Ref's View: The Value of a Good Coach
    In the first game, we were more like judges, but in the second game, we were enforcers.
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