The Soccer Sidelines was conceived as a way to connect parents, players, and coaches together around the stuff that matters. Decades of serving communities have taught us that when we walk the sidelines and connect with parents, players, and coaches, families get questions answered, players perform at a higher level, and coaching knowledge is amplified. We want to preserve that magical energy that everyone feels when they start on the journey into youth sports. We want our readers and listeners to feel like they are part of the process – not just wallets and taxi drivers.
This podcast 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 our enjoyment of the game and of the gift we have in our children. We hope to help parents, players, and coaches to make the most of the time we have with our kids, and to launch them into the world of adulthood with a solid toolbox of life skills.
The author of this podcast series, David Dejewski, stood up as a Dad with a stopwatch he struggled to operate in 2010. As the father of two kids who each played on three soccer teams at the same time, he learned the parent routine the hard way. Inspired by a lifetime of volunteer service and a desire to support his own kids, he wore many hats in the soccer community. A few of those hats include:
- Assistant Coach
- Head Coach
- Director of Recreation
- Uniform Coordinator
- Marketing Director
- Field Marshal
- Tournament Co-Owner / Partner
- President / Chairman of the Board
He’s filled in as stats keeper, photographer, cheerleader, social media manager, family and neighborhood taxi driver (to and from practices and games), and a host of other things – whatever it took to keep the Club serving the community. Each new role added perspective.
He collected diplomas from United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA), licenses from US Youth Soccer, National Accreditation and Certification from the National Federation of High School coaches (NFHS), and read dozens of books in an attempt to provide the best possible experience for those who count on him. Along the way, he watched the gap between what his players knew and what parents of those players knew widen. As a coach, he continued to focus on the development of each player, while many parents, he noticed, focused increasingly on the scoreboard and standings.
This podcast series is an attempt to reconnect families & bring parents, players, and coaches together around the things that really matter. Above the business of youth sports, above the scoreboard and the standings, and above politics are our kids. There is nothing more important than making sure our kids have a solid foundation and a good start. What we give them as a foundation will serve them for life – well beyond athletics.