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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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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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Successful Organizations Plan for Success

With more than an estimated 41 million American children participating in competitive formalized sports, the social system of youth sports has become more complex with the increased involvement of parents and other adult administrators and coaches (Hilgers, 2006). While the programs will continue to grow into the future, it is vital to find a way that the… Continue reading Successful Organizations Plan for Success

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Creating Family Buy-In Within Youth Sport Organizations

The youth sport organization that can create an inviting atmosphere for families will have increased long term success in accomplishing a culture of togetherness throughout the entire group. This closeness will promote increased commitment to the organization, the team, the coaches, and other families which will encourage teams to stay together over the long term. Other benefits include families and participants… Continue reading Creating Family Buy-In Within Youth Sport Organizations

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Break the Cycle

When things go wrong for our children or team, as parents and coaches, we often revert back to our own youth athletic experiences. If it happened to us and we survived and maybe even thrived, then we should use it with our children and the teams we coach. Our first coaching and parenting role models… Continue reading Break the Cycle

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The Search for Meaningful Athletic Competition

Meaningful athletic competitions happen between teams that are closely matched in skill and effort and result in both teams improving because of the contest. Each team is challenged to perform at their best throughout the entire game in order to achieve process success as well as result success. Most of these types of games involve intense… Continue reading The Search for Meaningful Athletic Competition

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Saturday Success – My Definition

Flow happens when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges.  If challenges are too low, one gets back to flow by increasing them.  If challenges are too great, one can return to the flow… Continue reading Saturday Success – My Definition

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Coaching Tips – Miguel Lopez Style

Miguel Lopez is the Hilton Head Academy Director at Storm Soccer Academy.  A young coach in age, he has numerous experiences working with young soccer players between the ages of 5 and 13.  The number of hours he has spent coaching and education he has received at such a young age has created his ability… Continue reading Coaching Tips – Miguel Lopez Style

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Youth Soccer Coaches in the United States: Development is a Worthy Process

Youth soccer clubs must be able to teach hired coaches their specific philosophy and curriculum in order to develop players that can eventually perform at the top levels in the manner in accordance with the prescribed developmental methods of the soccer club. At Storm Soccer Academy we play a possession-oriented style focusing on basic possession… Continue reading Youth Soccer Coaches in the United States: Development is a Worthy Process