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Is Training Mandatory?

Parents sometimes ask me, is the ___ training session mandatory? (They probably think it’s a yes or no question.) Let me first share a few less-complex questions: Are players expected to attend all their team’s training sessions? Yes. If a player

Posted in Club, Coaches, Motivation, Parents, Players, Psychology, Training Topics

What’s in a name?

’Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself though, not a Montague. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O! be some other name:

Posted in Club, Players, Psychology, Youth Program

DPD – not just for basketball parents

A parent forwarded a link today that we wanted to share. It’s from former NBAer Keith Van Horn and it’s about something he calls “Delusional Parent Disorder.” It does seem that there is something in our genetic makeup that makes

Posted in Parents, Psychology

24 Hour Rule

He missed the tackle that led to the goal which lost the match for the team. She sailed a shot wide of the goal which would have sent the match to overtime. His effort was half what it has been

Posted in Psychology

Are you a soccer player, or are you just playing soccer?

A friend shared this parenting article with me and I of course drew the parallel to coaching. The gist is that kids respond better to requests like, “please be a helper” than to requests like, “please help me.” http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/30/308045913/to-get-help-from-a-little-kid-ask-the-right-way For coaching,

Posted in Motivation, Psychology

How to impress your coach (and get better at soccer)

If you really want to get better at soccer and catch the attention of your coach, the best way to do it is to take what we work on in a training session and come back the next day, week,

Posted in Players, Psychology

How to be a great soccer parent

I recently had a lunch conversation with a business colleague and former soccer coach. He said his rule was that parents weren’t allowed to say anything to the kids on the field. His logic: “If you’re talking, they can’t hear

Posted in Motivation, Parents, Psychology

Pregame Speech

A friend of mine, Tony Earp, helps run SuperKick up in Columbus. He has a Masters in Education from OSU, and while playing for the Buckeyes he was 2nd Team All Big Ten twice and was voted captain and Most

Posted in Motivation