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Youth Sports Daily Purpose

In all of our over-planning and in depth analyzation of youth sports, let’s not forget what questions we as coaches should be aiming to answer during every practice or game: Did the kids have fun? Did they learn something? Do they want to come back and try again? That is it and that is all…It… Continue reading Youth Sports Daily Purpose

Coach Brad · Development · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Youth Sports

Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most

Episode #83 of the Way of Champions Podcast by John O’Sullivan, features Dr. Jim Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a sports psychologist and author of Raising Young Athletes. Children become the messages they hear the most…As I listened to the message of the podcast it really made me think deeply about what athletes hear from parents, coaches, and teammates… Continue reading Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most

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Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?

A coaching philosophy clarifies the fundamental reason for coaching and the coach’s core values. This statement should identify and spell out three items: The main purpose for coaching Personal values Leadership style Your coaching philosophy dictates why you do anything and everything within your team and program structure. A full understanding of the philosophy will… Continue reading Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?

Coach Brad · Development · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Success · Youth Soccer Development

The 21st Century Athletic Development Process – Max Stanley

I have known Max Stanley for ten years in various roles including coach, fan, and friend. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him develop on and off the field into a respected member of the community and outstanding individual. In the spring, I asked Max to answer a few questions about his process in becoming the… Continue reading The 21st Century Athletic Development Process – Max Stanley

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One Way to Enhance the Leadership Experience

This spring as the coach of the Savannah Arts Academy Girls Soccer team, developing leadership skills was an important aspect of our seasonal plan. At the top of the list, I ranked communication as the most important aspect of leadership. One way we worked towards developing our communication skills was through Captain presentations. The five… Continue reading One Way to Enhance the Leadership Experience

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The 21st Century Youth Development Process

The process of youth sport development in the 21st century often ends up being a very interesting path that can lead to numerous stops and starts participating for multiple teams in different cities. We wanted to get the story first hand from Bolivian U17 international soccer player Paolo Alcocer about his process and thoughts on… Continue reading The 21st Century Youth Development Process

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Coaching Checklist

The Coaching Checklist…I found this utterly simplified and powerful tool for coaches of any and all aged athletes that it had to be reprinted to get out to as many coaches as possible. Dr. Martin Toms who is a senior lecturer in sports coaching at University of Birmingham, UK created this coaching checklist. Follow him… Continue reading Coaching Checklist

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Personal Development Through Dynamic Sport Experiences

“We have to have a multi-dimensional approach to grow the person first and the player second if we want to have a lasting, meaningful impact on the people we work with.” Brad Ledbetter: What Drives Winning As coaches, we are expected to provide the physical and mental training for player development to occur in our… Continue reading Personal Development Through Dynamic Sport Experiences

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#Conventioned

I have had a few days to reflect about the United Soccer Coaches annual convention this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA and as I look back, I thoroughly believe that after attending the convention for the last 15 years, the 2018 version was one of the greatest professional experiences of my life. Three impactful events… Continue reading #Conventioned

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Fixing Soccer in the United States

In the lead up to the United Soccer Coaches Convention taking place in Philadelphia, PA from January 17-21, I contacted one of the leading coaches of youth and high school soccer in the New York area to chat with me about how we can fix our soccer problems in the United States. Steve Mastronardi has had… Continue reading Fixing Soccer in the United States