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

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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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

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Innovate Youth Sports

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek What could be the future of innovation for youth sports? No preference for the impact of positive or negative…simply how will youth sports innovate. My personal thoughts include ideas that could include: Flying… Continue reading Innovate Youth Sports

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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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3 Concepts Top Youth Sport Leaders Master

Directing a youth sport organization has the opportunity to be a rewarding experience in which your thoughts, processes, and philosophies are introduced to enrich the lives of the athletes, families, coaches, and all other followers connected to the group. The privilege granted to be a resource to many while controlling the final decision on significant organizational matters is a… Continue reading 3 Concepts Top Youth Sport Leaders Master

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Creating Passion to Promote Productivity

If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much. Steve Jobs As the founder and former CEO of Apple points out in the quote above, the more passion that exists in the individual or group, the increased effort that will be… Continue reading Creating Passion to Promote Productivity

Coach Brad · Education · Leadership · Youth Soccer Development · Youth Sports

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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Player Growth Through Coaching

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Two weeks ago, I had a fabulous opportunity to direct a soccer camp that featured participants between the ages of 4 and 14. With a smaller enrollment, we were able to focus intentionally on skill development with the older group for the first few hours… Continue reading Player Growth Through Coaching

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The Appropriate Sports Environment

As a coach of sports for youth participants, it is paramount that we create an environment that supports personal success that is associated with a variety of positive outcomes including increased effort and intrinsic motivation. Lockwood and Perlman (2008) suggest that coaches should ask the following questions in order to develop the appropriate sports environment:… Continue reading The Appropriate Sports Environment

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Praise the Process of Player Development

Player development and winning when put in the appropriate perspective for a youth athlete have an opportunity to work together to create the desired environment. The outcome for this type of environment is a love for training, player development, having fun, and passion for participation. Unfortunately, this practice which is accepted throughout the world is often… Continue reading Praise the Process of Player Development