Category Archives: Soccer Basics

All about the basics of the game that all members of the soccer community should know

#21 – Cross Training

#21 – Cross Training

Cross training into soccer from other sports or into other sports from soccer... Parents often ask if it's a good idea for kids to cross train. In this episode, we go into some of the pros and cons of cross training as youth athletes. 

Some topics we consider include overuse injuries, strengthening of different muscle groups, and athletic IQ. 

#15 – How Much Does it Cost to Play Soccer – Part 1 (The Variables)

Soccer families that understand the economics of the game early will make better investment decisions over time. It’s possible to just “follow the crowd” and see where it takes you, but you’ll spend more time and money this way than you need to. By understanding what’s involved in costing a soccer experience, you’ll go in… Continue Reading

#12 – Get Ready to Enjoy a Tournament!

So much of the tournament experience happens beyond the pitch. Building esprit-de-corps, enjoying local food, experiencing the hotel, and checking out many different game and coaching styles are just a few! In this episode, we explore two real-world soccer tournaments that are hosted in the Maryland area. As co-owner for both of these tournaments, David shares some… Continue Reading

#8 – Getting Familiar with The Throw In

The throw-in is a basic maneuver that all soccer players, parents, fans, and coaches need to be familiar with. There are rules for the throw-in: where they are relevant, body position, physical position relative to the field, the movement itself, what other receiving players can or can not do, whether offsides rules apply during a… Continue Reading

Welcome to The Soccer Sidelines!

Welcome to The Soccer Sidelines!

In this first episode, we introduce you to the podcast. The Soccer Sidelines 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… Continue Reading

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