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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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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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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26 Jun Forwards Make Runs

Forwards need to make their runs before the ball is passed, but they must stay on sides too. Here is a great example of how to make the forward runs! Here is another good run from our own Amy Rodrigues.  Notice how in both situations the run starts before the pass. This is key to every good run. Forward should NOT stand like the are about to start a race, they need to start the horizontal run before they go forward.
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08 Jun Competitive AND High School! Part 1

For years there has been a debate about what is more important club or high school. As a club and high school coach I see both sides of the debate here, but I think this is a silly debate because it overlooks the research (coaches are notorious for going on hunches and not on research, which is why the book Moneyball was so innovative.) These days it's not competitive OR high school, it's competitive AND high school. With the increasing levels of play within the United States, high school teams are to the point that if you don't play competitively you may not make the team and starting is out of the question. Further, you will limit your college opportunities without the added practice and play that comes from playing for both teams!
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