Author Mike Slatton

Mike Slatton is a 2nd generation American youth soccer coach since 1984, and the son of one of the nation's first female licensed youth soccer coaches (Anita Slatton, 1979). He's also a professional soccer scout, a player since 1977, and the father of three adult and teenage children who all play or have played the game. "My job as a youth soccer coach is to develop confident, detail oriented problem solvers who can react quickly under pressure. It's important that players NOT be afraid of making mistakes, to encourage an appreciation of failure as a learning tool. This relates to life - not just soccer."

Athlete Performance ACL injury prevention: Taekwondo
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If you look at the core of most ACL injuries, the underlying problems start around puberty. That’s why it’s suggested by many competitive soccer trainers and respected youth soccer directors to enroll your child in Taekwondo, and encourage them to take an entire year off from soccer as they enter puberty.

Athlete Performance Futsal in Kansas City
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Now, hopefully the soccer clubs can curb their money grab and not try to figure out a way to hijack the courts, and continue their oppression of those with the greatest athletic potential.

Athlete Performance The 10,000 Hours Myth
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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.

Health Fastest way to cut watermelon
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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 …

Economics Macedonia national football team
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The game is broken down into very small increments called “winnable moments“, as aggressive, sometimes violent players go head to head against other aggressive, sometimes violent players who all want to win the ball. These are the points where heroes are made and careers are ended.