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The Soccer Sidelines

Author: David Dejewski

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The Soccer Sidelines podcast 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 empowers us to create thousands of teachable moments in the context of a 15-year development window. Kids are open to learning and development in a youth sports environment – physically, mentally, emotionally, and in terms of core character - between the ages of 3 and 18 years old.



The goal of this podcast is to promote enjoyment of the game (and youth sports in general) and to make the most of the gift that Youth Sports gives our families. We hope to help parents, players, and coaches to make the most of the time we have together, and to build a solid platform from which our kids will launch into the world of adulthood.
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The job of being a coach requires men and women who pursue this craft to know the kids they're working with. Different age groups have different needs. They have different communication styles and differing abilities to understand the game, one another, or even instructions given them.  Most coach's training programs parse development into physical, mental, emotional, […]The post Cognitive Mental Development appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Support the Show (https://thesoccersidelines.com/go/) Access to affordable youth sports is at risk. It's facing extinction in communities all across America. I'm afraid that too few people understand how precarious the situation is. In this article, I share two very personal stories that I hope illustrate the problem as well as some solutions.  Volunteers Keep Costs Low […]The post Youth Sports Access and Affordability is at Risk appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Support the Show Finishing in the game of soccer is a string of a complex series of actions and thoughts that end with a net rattle. The finishing mentality follows a flow, from the goalkeeper and defenders through the midfield, to the player taking the shot. Each player in the chain processes a three-part Do loop […]The post The Finishing Mentality in Youth Soccer appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
My team came to me two years go with the goal of playing varsity soccer. Today, my team makes up half the varsity bench. They didn't pay thousands!The post Playing Varsity Soccer Without Breaking the Bank appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
US Youth Soccer Standards

US Youth Soccer Standards

2019-08-1900:23:26

There is a good reason to standardize the training environment for kids in their development years. Do you know what the US Youth Soccer standards are?The post US Youth Soccer Standards appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Support the Show and our Mission Dealing with loss in life can be a profoundly life-changing experience. Learning to deal with loss on a smaller scale before the big life-changing losses affect our lives is a way for us to learn some basic things about staying positive, turning negative experiences into positive ones, and more. In […]The post Dealing with Loss and When Young People Die appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Passing the Microphone

Passing the Microphone

2019-08-0500:05:59

I've spent the last two years and 90 episodes talking about the stuff that really matter in youth sports and hoping to help you understand and appreciate the game and better support your player(s).  Now it's your turn to connect here: https://thesoccersidelines.com/connect/ Your challenge is to use any of the connect options and tell me a story […]The post Passing the Microphone appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
It Takes a Team to Win

It Takes a Team to Win

2019-07-2900:20:12

It's Easy to Support this Show You would not dream of suiting up and taking on the New York Giants by yourself. I don't care if you're the biggest and strongest dude on the planet. You're going to die. Literally. I have found in my lifetime of working in corporate America and in business that the […]The post It Takes a Team to Win appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Youth sports in the US is dying, not because the business model isn't working, but because it is working too well. It's drawing in $17 B at what expense? The post Is Youth Sports in the US Dying appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Reliability In Youth Sports

Reliability In Youth Sports

2019-07-1500:13:47

If you think coaches are not paying attention in youth sports, don't. They are. Things like being reliable matter. If you think I'm talking about just consistently hitting a crispy seam pass through defenders, I'm not. I'm talking about a players ability to make an honor commitments. Seemingly little things matter: being late to practice […]The post Reliability In Youth Sports appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
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