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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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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.
Imagine yourself sitting at a table. You're at a nice cafe in Paris. You're drinking a cup of fresh brewed coffee, eating your favorite breakfast and watching people walk by. People watching can be fun. We all do it. All the different sizes, shapes, colors, personalities, voices... it's not a half bad way to spend […]The post Did you Watch the Womens World Cup? appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Skills, fitness, physicality... It's all important. And it's often an athlete's Character that helps them make the cut. Character matters. The post Character Matters in Athlete Selection appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Managing The Clock

Managing The Clock

2019-06-2400:21:25

Become a PatronWhen you're moving with the current, you can afford to relax. When the current is flowing opposite of the direction you want to go, you may have to paddle like crazy. A mental image of yourself in a canoe on a powerful river is useful for understanding how time can affect the outcome […]The post Managing The Clock appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
Soccer offers students many benefits as they mature through the development years, but benefits of soccer don't stop there. In this episode, we explore how the game of soccer can connect us with 3.5 Billion fans around the world and create networking opportunities in situations far removed from the soccer field throughout life.  Soccer is […]The post Extra Benefits of Soccer – Networking appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
If you haven't heard it yet, there is a new training methodology in soccer town called Play, Practice, Play. It's not really new. We've been doing it in the context of US Youth Soccer for more than a year now and you'll find correlation with an article titled Teaching Games for Understanding: A Comprehensive Approach […]The post Play Practice Play in Youth Soccer appeared first on The Soccer Sidelines.
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