04 Aug Social Media and Soccer

With the rise of social media, so too has come the rise of too much information. One of the first things college coaches do when considering a new recruit is check out your Facebook or Twitter account. Don't believe me? Read below. (You can find the original story here) If you’ve ever hung around a group of millennials, you know that we use some combination of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. And if you’ve never hung around a group of millennials, you probably know it anyway. But did you know that these social networking sites have the power to make-or-break peoples’ careers, like athletics scholarships and full-time jobs?
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Wedding Ann

03 Aug One of The Best Parts of The Job

As a young man there were several great people who helped me develop and grow. I can think of coaches, teachers and church youth leaders that all had positive impacts on my life. If I can, in some small way, have the same impact on the lives of those I coach, teach or mentor, I will feel like a huge success. Being remembered at the time of big events in peoples lives is probably one of the best ways my former players, students, and youth can show their appreciation.  I recently got these two wedding announcements/invitations in the mail and I am so happy for both of them. Staci Sokolski played for me at McKeel for 5 years and recently contacted my about helping with fund raising this next season. Caroline McKendrick played for me one season at LFC, her and her family have been family friends for years.  These two ladies are such great people, devout in their faith, hard working in their effort and fun to be around. I am so grateful to receive these announcements in the mail and proud of these girls for the decisions they are making.
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20 Jul How to turn club soccer on its head!

I found this article the other day and thought is very interesting... Here is a link to the actual article here. Chances are you missed the story when it first broke. And if you did happen to catch it, in spite of it barely registering a blip on the soccer media's radar, you probably weren't sufficiently bothered to pay it much mind. But the news of America's youth clubs petitioning FIFA for their solidarity funds could have a cataclysmic impact on our soccer scene. So here's what you missed: A few weeks ago, and VICE Sports reported that Crossfire Premier, a top youth soccer club in the Seattle area, had asked FIFA to intervene in its dispute with Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation. After the Seattle Sounders sold U.S. national team winger DeAndre Yedlin to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League for a reported $4 million fee, Crossfire Premier reached out to Spurs for its share of the so-called "solidarity funds." Solidarity funds are a mechanism instituted by FIFA a few years ago that ensures all of the clubs who had a hand in developing a player get a cut of an eventual transfer fee to more fairly distribute the spoils of his – and their – success. The rules are fairly complicated, but since Yedlin was sold to a club in a different country before the age of 23, the clubs responsible for developing him are technically entitled to a share of 5 percent of his transfer fee – depending on how much time he spent with them.
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10 Jul Why Are You Playing?

At some point in your soccer career you are going to get angry or frustrated with your coach, team, or situation. It could be for any reason; maybe you think the they are not good, maybe you don't like the position the coach is playing you, maybe you aren't playing as much as you would like, maybe you didn't make the team you wanted, maybe... well, you get the idea. At some point you will be unhappy about something. In situations like this I encourage players and parents to think about why they are playing soccer in the first place. What do you want from the game? Are you playing for fun or do you have some competitive aspirations like making the varsity team, earning a starting position or post high school play? Knowing why you are playing club, high school or recreational soccer will help you keep a healthy perspective on what's going on on the field or in practice.
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08 Jul 1 on 1 training

There are 3 basic ways to train. First, you can train with your team usually, this happens 2-3 times a week. Second, you can train by yourself, this should happen daily if you have big goals for yourself (starting for a High School team) or 2-3 times a week if you just enjoy playing. Third, you can train privately with a coach in a one on one setting. I believe this is an important part of your training routine. The one on one session can provide the direct feed back on simple mistakes that you maybe making. To see the best results from one on one sessions they must be regular!
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