Blog Archives

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 (except for U10

Posted in Club, Coaches, 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.” For coaching,

Posted in 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

The Offside Rule

Below are two videos that explain the offside rule that Erik Larson found online. Feel free to go over with your daughter as it is pertinent to both forwards and defenders. Simple kid friendly explanation Full rule (more parent friendly)

Posted in Parents, Players

Shooting form and the stepover hook turn

We’ve worked extensively on our techniques for shooting and the stepover-hook turn. I see 8 things in this picture that are part of good shooting form. How many can you identify? Skill is what separates a Cincy SC player from a

Posted in Technique

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 Parents, Psychology

Shooting with Power

Shooting with power is important if you want to be able to score from more than about 10 yards out. So what allows you to strike a ball in a way that goalkeepers will fear you? 2 things: physical strength

Posted in Technique