Single-Digit Soccer: Coming soon to a convention near you

I will be speaking about my forthcoming book, Single-Digit Soccer: Snazzy Subtitle to Come, on Jan. 17 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. (Yes, I’m on at the same time as a Laura Harvey presentation, but she’s doing several, so you can still see both of us.)

Single-Digit Soccer is about youth soccer, specifically the “single-digit” years — ages 9 to 6, 5, 3, etc. For parents, it’s a guidebook through all the complexities, oddities and entertaining bits of youth soccer. For coaches and administrators, it’s a plea for sanity.

The presentation will be for coaches (though some of them are surely parents as well). I’ll be dealing with issues and radical ideas, a few of which I’ve already addressed in blog posts:

Why play travel? What you think is wrong

Learning from Little League baseball

Give U10 travel the boot

An alternative to tryout-based travel

Don’t specialize … really

Dissension in the ranks (from last year’s NSCAA)

Flunk the 2-3-1 (I’m a little disturbed that this is the most popular post in the series)

Great moments in halftime speeches

Parental habits develop early

Can youth soccer be an afterschool program?

Catch up on all of the posts and get ready for more in 2015. Tentative book release date: June 2015.

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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