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Alphabet Youth Soccer Soup – Let’s Travel

Individuals live two and half hours from an ECNL program which is the perceived way to get into college for girls. The local club offers a coach with a USSF “B” license, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, 12 years of directorship which has seen said coach place over 100 players in college programming and another… Continue reading Alphabet Youth Soccer Soup – Let’s Travel

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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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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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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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Coaching – Defined and Analyzed

Coaching is fostering positive relationships in order to create, motivate, and influence athletes on and off field habits that lead to individual and group success. Read What is Coaching? to learn why it was necessary to create this definition… The above definition of coaching provides a starting point for coaches of all experience levels to… Continue reading Coaching – Defined and Analyzed

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The Importance of Teaching Effort

There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. Derek Jeter Within the life of an athlete, learning how to provide the appropriate level of consistent effort for excellence could be the most important topic for sport/life success, skill development, and participant… Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Effort

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Dr. Steele and His Valuable Message

The following passage is from Dr. Steele, a principal in the Alabaster City School System. The thoughts are amazing, the ideas are timeless, and the concepts are extremely meaningful for coaches and teachers.  Follow the blog written by Dr. Steele at the following link: and enjoy this passage. I have had the privilege of working with… Continue reading Dr. Steele and His Valuable Message

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Coach Education in the Limelight

Last week I was fortunate to attend and present at the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) National Coaching Conference. This opportunity was introduced to me by Dr. Jody Langdon as I was not familiar with the organization. As I became more knowledgeable about the USCCE, I began to realize the mission, structure, and… Continue reading Coach Education in the Limelight

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Reflective Coaching Growth

Personal growth happens through constant reflection. Reflection about your daily wins and losses over time will culminate in personal growth. Refuse to review your past and you are sure to make the same mistakes over and over again. As coaches we move from a practice or game, player interaction, or discussion with a parent on to… Continue reading Reflective Coaching Growth