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About The Soccer Sidelines

The Soccer Sidelines was born from a realization that the best conversations and the biggest value add to families happens on the sidelines of practices and games with parents. As a coach, I rarely have the time to have more than a short conversation or two before or after games. As a Club President, I try to attend as many games for other teams as I can. The conversations I've had with parents, players and coaches on the sidelines have created some of the most valuable Ah-Ha! moments! 

Club officials like me invest a lot of time in the culture of our clubs. When this doesn't happen, everyone on the sidelines defaults to the one thing everyone can see - the scoreboard. Games become a contest of gladiators with the sole purpose of winning. This "default" focus on winning waters down the purpose of youth sports, limits the value we get out of the experience, and can bring out some of the worst behaviors in everyone. 

Our job is to give kids a safe environment to make mistakes and to learn from experiences like winning and losing. We want them to learn the values of teamwork, respect, and good sportsmanship. We want the 98.6% of all youth sports participants to grow up to be good citizen adults: teachers, retail workers, salespeople, doctors, public safety providers, scientists, engineers, etc. 

Youth sports provides a safe platform for kids to learn critical life skills, and if done right, it gives families the ability to share in the experience of growing up and have great conversations at home. '

This podcast program is a tool for extending sideline conversations from my own fields to the sidelines of soccer programs across the country. We even have listeners in Canada, Peru, and England! 

Join us each week as we release a new episode every Monday at 6AM. Listen on your morning commute, at the gym, or while walking around your neighborhood. 

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