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4 Tips for Being a Successful Parent Coach

Consider the plight of the parent-coach. Always first to arrive at practices and games and last to leave. Part instructor, part hand-holder, and part sherpa, the parent-coach must contend with not just

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8 DISCONNECTIONS between Coaches and Parents in Youth Soccer

One of the key changes in the U.S. Soccer coaching license pathway has been a recognition and inclusion of a task entitled “Managing the Performance Environment”. A key part of this task for coaches

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Teaching Expert Doug Lemov on Coaching During the Game (for Coaches and Parents!)

Doug Lemov is a teaching expert.  The author of the international bestseller Teach Like a Champion and Teach Like a Champion 2.0, Doug is also the founder and former Managing Director of Uncommon

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When Coaches Get It All Wrong – Parents and Clubs Must Get It Right.

This past weekend the 10U girls’ team I coach played in a tournament. Our first game of the tournament was bright and early Saturday morning. I took notice as my team was gathering during warm up as

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18 Things Parents Want Coaches & Teachers to Know

This article originally appeared on Psychologywod.com.I recently attended a talk given by an author who writes about how parents can best help their kids by backing off and allowing them to fail and

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Parenting and the Mental Side of the Game

Time and time again we have been told to leave the coaching to the coach, and for the most part we are successful in this regard.During games, we are asked to not coach from the sidelines and we understand

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They Lost Every Game Yet Had A Winning Season

My son’s High School JV Soccer Team never won a game. They had a 0-12-1 record, and thanks to the coaches, administrators, parents – and of course the players – they won in many, many other ways.

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Referee Issues in Youth Soccer with Esse Baharmast

Earlier this week I sat down for an hour long conversation with legendary American referee, Esse Baharmast.  Esse is the first American referee to participate in the Olympics (Atlanta 1996) and Men's

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Dear Parent: Is Your Sideline Behavior Distracting Your Child or Helping?

It’s Saturday morning and I’m on the way to the soccer fields for Cali’s game.  With quick glances in my rear view mirror I can see her in the backseat, mindlessly staring out the window.“Feeling

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Kevin Payne on the US Club Soccer Players First program and our Youth Soccer Landscape

When I scheduled this interview with Kevin Payne, the CEO of US Club Soccer, I knew it would be informative for parents and coaches.  I didn't realize just how inspired I would feel at the end of

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