Category Archives: Culture

#16 – How Much Does it Cost to Play Soccer – Part 2 (The Programs)

In this episode, Part 2 of How Much Does It Cost To Play Soccer, we dive into the programs available. We reveal what each program costs in the area we live in, and what you get for the money you pay.

Anyone new to the game of soccer – or interested in exploring hat’s possible – will find this episode useful. While there is no single answer to how much does it cost to play soccer, this episode will give listeners a good idea of the range of what’s out there.

[00:00] Introduction

[00:48] The range of programs available

[01:26] Pickup Ball

[03:30] Academy

[03:48] Parallel Play At the Youngest Ages

[05:04] Cost for Academy

[05:12] Transition Academy vs Academy – Moving kids into Team Structures

[06:07] Transition Academy

[06:59] What you get for Academy or Transition Academy for the money

[09:20] Getting parents involved in Academy

[10:22] Overhead Expenses

[11:08] Playing Recreation

[11:42] Field Costs

[12:19] Recreation Equipment and Support

[12:36] Coaching Credentials and Compensation

[15:01] Recreation Uniforms

[15:48] Recreation Tryouts

[16:25] Playing Classic Soccer

[16:52] Classic Coaches

[17:20] Introduction of Trainers

[18:05] Classic as a Bridge to Select

[18:58] Classic Uniforms

[18:26] Meeting Tournaments in Classic

[20:00] Increase in Consistency of Players

[20:44] Playing Select Travel

[21:45] Coaches Credentialling and Compensation

[22:16] Select Uniforms & Blood Kits

[23:10] GotSoccer Points

[23:37] “Psuedo” Select

[24:19] Wrap up and Look Ahead to our Next Episode

 

 

#14 – Bundle of Sticks – Playing Together to Achieve Team Synergies

#14 – Bundle of Sticks – Playing Together to Achieve Team Synergies

Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Same applies to people. One of the most potent superpowers any team has is Unity. In this episode, we talk about creating unity on the field, amplifying it at home, and using Unity as a measure of a game’s effectiveness. Sometimes,… Continue Reading

#13 – Talent is Only Part of Success in Sports

#13 – Talent is Only Part of Success in Sports

Inspired by an article written by Fred Bowen of the Washington Post titled “Athletic Ability is just a part of success in sports,” we hear what 5 high school coaches are looking for from players beyond athletic ability. We also hear about what Tom Statham from Manchester United’s Youth program has to say about essentially… Continue Reading

#2 – Entertainment vs Development Culture

Culture affects everything about the youth sports experience. In this episode, we will explore the two primary cultures found in youth sports: the Entertainment Culture and the Development Culture. Which one you chose or create depends on the outcomes you want. In an Entertainment culture, attention centers around the game. Practices are preparation for games. Games… 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