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Audio and sometimes video podcast episodes that talk about the game and content relevant to the game, to families whose kids play the game, to coaches, and to fans of youth sports

Solidarity Payments in US Soccer

Solidarity payments in US Soccer

Connect with me: https://thesoccersidelines.com/connect/ What are solidarity payments, why do we have them, and how do they work? Do they work at all in the United States? Let’s talk through a use case. In this episode, we share some recent news, then jump into the concept of solidarity payments. Specifically, we talk through the case of DeAndre […]

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US Soccer Development Academy Shuts Down

US Development Academy Shuts Down

It is official. US Soccer has shut down the US Soccer Development Academy effective immediately. This is officially due to “…extraordinary and unexpected circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic…” but SoccerWire and other news outlets suggest that there is more to the story.  Rumors, articles, social media, and blog posts have been circulating for days. Let’s talk […]

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Essential Workers and Bad Information

essential workers and bad information

There are two big things worth paying closer attention to today: 1. the great things people are doing during this crisis. 2. The proliferation of bad, incomplete, politically motivated, or deliberately incorrect information being shared all over our news outlets and social media channels. Gratitude changes everything – handwriting on a napkin with a cup of […]

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The Positives of a Global Pandemic

Positives of a Global Pandemic

When bad news is filling our air waves and social media apps… when we’re locked in our homes, faced with empty shelves, overflowing with toilet paper, and feeling a little down, we sometimes need to look at the bright side. In this episode, let’s talk about the positives of a global pandemic! Making Lemonade out […]

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8 Week Character Development Coaching Program

If our goal is to deliberately expose our kids to Character Development coaching this season, then we need an actual plan. We can’t leave it to chance that our kids are going to understand the hidden life lessons youth sports teaches. Teamwork, work ethic, perseverance, sportsmanship… these are all multi-syllable words to kids without concrete […]

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Have-a-Ball Character Development Program

We need practical ways to bake character development into our youth sports programs. In this episode, I talk about one that I recently implemented in my own club and some of the ways that you can implement a similar program in yours.  Being Intentional About Character DevelopmentDevelopment is a long game. It’s not something that […]

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