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#48 – Setting The Bar In Youth Sports

The Reason We CompeteCompetition between human beings has been around a long time. Paintings in the Lascaux caves in France, it is believed, show images of sprinting and wrestling around 15,300 years ago. Similar paintings and sculptures show humans participating in sports like wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, and archery in Mongolia, Libya, Japan, Iraq, Egypt, and […]

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#47 – Commitment Through Youth Sports

What is so Important About Commitment?Commitment makes The Soccer Sidelines “Important Stuff” list across all categories: parents, players, coaches, and volunteers. Commitment is a basic building block of the foundation for every youth athlete and is something that each member of a community – from parents and coaches, to organization leadership and volunteers – all […]

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#46 – Synergy on the Sidelines and the Power of Relationships

Don’t Miss or Underestimate This!Something powerful happens when a group of good people come together around a common goal. Bringing people together in a positive way around youth sports activities in our community not only benefits the kids, but brings adults together in really positive and powerful ways. There are more than two teams on […]

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#45 – Your Child and Physical Literacy

Promoting Literacy of the Mind and BodyWe usually associate literacy with reading books.  But what happens when we expand the definition to include the way the body and brain interpret and react to the world and people around us? The idea that there is only one kind of intelligence has been challenged, I would argue successfully, […]

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#44 – Effective Weather Policy for Youth Soccer

Who Cares?”How’s the weather?” is a common conversation opener, but when I hear it, I brace myself for a boring discussion. I get it. This is important stuff though. People have been hurt or killed, and thousands of games get cancelled or delayed every season. I’ve heard parents and coaches complain about a closure or […]

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#43 – Different Soccer Ball Sizes

Different Size Balls?You betcha. If you didn’t know that there were different sized soccer balls before, than I’m happy to tell you that your next shopping trip will be easier after listening to this episode or reading these notes. There are different size balls, different ball construction, and even different balls for different purposes. Almost […]

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