The Big Picture
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Kids Are Quitting Soccer… So?

The fact that kids are quitting soccer is NOTHING to be alarmed about. There is no way to remove pressure from sports. Pressure is what sports are all about. In fact, the pressure to win is a VITAL PART of the athletic development process. There seems to be this growing argument that winning games should be completely ignored in order to focus on “player development”, but the pressure to win is what MOTIVATES the desire to improve one’s skills.

Economics
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What’s Better: Paid or Volunteer Coaches?

Clubs with the highest fees tend to look more like government WELFARE-TO-WORK programs, as you have a dozen coaches waiting at the club house to “clock-in” at 6pm and begin the first of their 3 practices for the evening.

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The 10,000 Hour MYTH

10,000 hours of playing soft with 21 other over-fed softies won’t make anyone HUNGER for more – more food, more money or more love. 10,000 hours of training provided to a 12 year old kid who’s driven every day to the gifted program at his school in a luxury car and given all of the love and encouragement necessary to become anything he wants in life isn’t going to produce a top quality professional soccer player.

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The 10,000 Hour MYTH

10,000 hours of playing soft with 21 other over-fed softies won’t make anyone HUNGER for more – more food, more money or more love. 10,000 hours of training provided to a 12 year old kid who’s driven every day to the gifted program at his school in a luxury car and given all of the love and encouragement necessary to become anything he wants in life isn’t going to produce a top quality professional soccer player.

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The Pay-for-Play Paradox

In the United States, we’ve created an environment that prioritizes monetary compensation for EVERYTHING we do. A dollar value is placed on every task, every product, every service and our time is measured by the hour in dollars. It’s so bad that bending down to pick up a dime (quarter if you’re my wife) is measured against the time lost in getting back to work. It’s no wonder that we now pay youth coaches of every sport to do something that just 20 years ago was performed by volunteers

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How to be a Great Youth Soccer Team Parent

This article offers tips on: communication, planning and organization, and promoting of good player and parent conduct. With the correct tools and information, the team manager can become an integral part of the team and allow the coach to do what they are qualified and brought in to do: engage, coach, develop players.

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Understanding Athletic Potential (Hint: Everyone has it.)

Everyone is conceived – not born, but conceived: when the sperm meets the egg – with the potential for greatness. Few people ever actually achieve their full potential though, so what you end up with in any field or profession is not the “best of the best”, but instead, the “best of what is left”.

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Fastest way to cut watermelon

Watermelon is an incredibly healthy snack for soccer players, but it’s not always the easiest food to manage. Well, thanks to the fine people at Publix, we have a video of the fastest way to cut watermelon – and it can be done in less than 30 seconds (as shown in this video). It’s done by cutting both ends of the watermelon off, and …

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How to Play Goalie / Soccer Goalkeeper

The goalkeeper is the Field General for their team. They are last line of defense and the first line of offense, and are only as good as their defense. Understanding the basic principals of the position will make it easier to stop shots, restart the offense and contribute to your team’s success.

World of Soccer
Mike Slatton's Blog
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Soccer Concussions are NOT Caused by Heading

Most kids who are new to the game are usually assigned to coaches who are equally new to the game. This the REAL problem of our youth system and the actual CAUSE of concussions in young players. That’s because 99% of concussions in youth soccer games u-8 and younger are directly related to CHASING THE BALL.