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The Soccer Sidelines

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Bringing parents, players, and coaches together around the stuff that matters.

Bringing parents, players, and coaches together around the stuff that matters.
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Bringing parents, players, and coaches together around the stuff that matters.




Making Community Connections - The Soccer Sidelines

Youth Sports is a rallying point in the community for many families. In this episode, we look at a real-world scenario where a family in trouble reached out to a Club, and the Club came through. More than 15 volunteers delivered a FUNd-raising tournament that raised 4 digit donations and sent a message loud and clear to kids and others of how powerful community and youth sports can be in support of families.

Duration: 00:08:56

How to Be Intentional About Development - The Soccer Sidelines

After the crowds go home, the final scores are tallied, and our youth athletes leave the field for the last time, it's on to real life. Whatever education they were able to pick up; coupled with the tools they got from their youth sports, home life, volunteer, and other club activities; are all that our kids have to dress themselves with as they enter the workforce. If former players have a good grasp on the most important things: teamwork, initiative, drive, work ethic, empathy, positive...

Duration: 00:14:43

What the Heck is Futsal? - The Soccer Sidelines

The game of futsal looks like a simple game of soccer on an indoor court, but there is more to it than this. In this episode, we break down the game of futsal and will compare it in some ways to the game of soccer. When you’re done listening to this episode, you’ll have a good idea of the lens to view futsal through. History of Futsal : Learn about the history of futsal - a game that has been around since 1930. The name Futsal is actually a combination of words from the Spanish and...

Duration: 00:29:17

Getting Familiar with The Throw In - The Soccer Sidelines

The throw-in is a basic maneuver that all soccer players, parents, fans, and coaches need to be familiar with. There are rules for the throw-in: where they are relevant, body position, physical position relative to the field, the movement itself, what other receiving players can or can not do, whether offsides rules apply during a throw-in. It's equally important to know what happens if the rules are violated, and what happens if the ball goes into one of the nets from a throw-in. In this...

Duration: 00:12:02

Moms and Dads Can Coach – But Should They? - The Soccer Sidelines

My first day of coaching started off, literally, in a lawn chair on the sidelines of my kid’s soccer game. The coach’s assistant, a dad of one of the kids on the field, couldn’t make the game. The coach, another dad of one of the kids on the team, needed someone to keep the time. I didn’t realize that one needed to keep time at a soccer game, but I agreed to help out. Besides, I thought it might be cool to be on the coach’s side of the field with a stopwatch, and I figured… how hard could...

Duration: 00:11:27

The Real and Profound Effect of Dehydration on Performance - The Soccer Sidelines

Dehydration decreases mental and physical performance on the field and in school in some pretty dramatic ways. Something as simple as not drinking water cut performance by nearly 50% in laboratory studies for patients who were just walking! In this episode, I share a couple of studies done on the effects of dehydration on performance. What you'll discover is significant in many ways that extend well beyond the soccer field. Listen to find out how dehydration decreases mental performance in...

Duration: 00:13:43

Screwing Up and Managing Mistakes - The Soccer Sidelines

Mistakes are a part of life. When we stop making mistakes, it usually means we stop trying to do anything. Without mistakes, we stop growing and we encourage those around us to stop growing. So why are we so bitter about our mistakes? In this episode, we talk about the value of mistakes and how we can send a signal to our kids with the right message. Youth sports allows us the gift of creating thousands of teachable moments in a safe environment. In this episode are practical tips for what...

Duration: 00:09:20

Systems of Play - The Soccer Sidelines

Understanding the system of play being used in a soccer match provides a whole new layer of appreciation for the game. There are four things we need to consider when choosing or evaluating a system of play: 1. The team makeup. How well suited are each of the players for various positions around the field? What does each player bring to the table in terms of speed, work rate, knowledge of the game, tactical awareness, control, etc? 2. What we can train. We don't always have the luxury of...

Duration: 00:12:16

Keeping Training Age Appropriate - The Soccer Sidelines

Striking a balance between under and over challenging players on the soccer field can mean the difference between a good experience and a bad experience. Too much of a challenge can lead to frustration. Too little of a challenge can lead to boredom and a lack of engagement. We call the sweet spot being "Age Appropriate." Knowing what is age appropriate and what is not is something that changes over time as we get smarter about human anatomy and physiology. We now know, for example, that...

Duration: 00:10:54

Entertainment vs Development Culture - The Soccer Sidelines

Culture affects everything about the youth sports experience. In this episode, we will explore the two primary cultures found in youth sports: the Entertainment Culture and the Development Culture. Which one you chose or create depends on the outcomes you want. In an Entertainment culture, attention centers around the game. Practices are preparation for games. Games entertain the sidelines an establish team track records. A good day = a win. A bad day = a loss. After game speeches are...

Duration: 00:16:10

Welcome to The Soccer Sidelines! - The Soccer Sidelines

In this first episode, we introduce you to the program. The Soccer Sidelines is about bringing parents, players, and coaches together around the most important aspects of the youth sports experience - and we don't mean winning games. Youth sports allows us to create thousands of teachable moments in the context of a 15-year window where kids are most open to learning and development - physically, mentally, emotionally, and in terms of core character. The goal of this podcast is to boost...

Duration: 00:07:45