Single-Digit Soccer: Time for parents to raise their voices

No, no — not talking about parents raising voices during games. We need to be restrained and supportive. If someone shoots video of you at a game and posts it on YouTube, it needs to be one of those videos that gets about 10 views, not something picked up on Tosh.0 or headlined “CRAZEE SOCKER MOM LOLOL!” We need to raise our voices on the issues of youth soccer. We need to let coaches and clubs know what we need if we’re going to keep entrusting them with our kids. Coaches are probably still thinking this idea sounds like an utter disaster. That’s … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: Time for parents to raise their voices

Single-Digit Soccer: Dave Barry on the role of the parent

Dave Barry, who married a soccer writer, offers up some classic “it’s funny because it’s true” answers on soccer parenting: Q. What is my job, as a parent, during a soccer game? A. Your job is to yell instructions to your child and the other children on your child’s team. Q. Should I make an effort to educate myself about the rules and tactics of soccer before I start yelling instructions? A. There is no need for that. As a parent, you have a natural intuitive understanding of the game, which you should share with the entire world by constant … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: Dave Barry on the role of the parent

Katie Nolan demolishes, shreds, eviscerates the NFL’s treatment of women

One thing to know about Fox Sports TV personality Katie Nolan before watching her takedown of Dallas Cowboys cretin Greg Hardy and his return to the NFL: She’s a sports person. We’re not talking about some scolding schoolmarm who goes looking for trouble in the sports world where it doesn’t exist. She’s someone who’ll gladly go to the sports bar and chat/argue sports with whoever’s there. This is typical Katie Nolan fare — a bit of foul-mouthed, pop culture-referencing Millennial sports snark: One of her most-viewed clips: She takes issue with baseball pitcher Madison Bumgartner chugging multiple beers at once, … Continue reading Katie Nolan demolishes, shreds, eviscerates the NFL’s treatment of women

Single-Digit Soccer: What we don’t talk about

You have a great practice plan. You’ve read three different coaches’ takes on the exercises you’re doing, so you know all the points you’re trying to get across. Then you spend half of practice trying to get kids to pay even the least bit of attention. We usually don’t talk about this sort of thing in any coaching clinics or licensing classes. We get the occasional good tip — all I remember of my original F license class a few years ago is that the coach should face the sun so the players aren’t squinting at him. That’s why I’m happy … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: What we don’t talk about

Single-Digit Soccer: These issues matter

On the same day that The Huffington Post ran my piece on Myths Every Soccer Parent Should Know, I saw a cover story in a local magazine (Arlington Magazine, to be specific) in which author Jenny Sokol casts a skeptical eye on the whole business of “elite” or “travel” youth sport. Problems can arise when youth teams are run with the competitive mentality of a professional sports franchise, says Bowes, who lives in Arlington. That’s when teachable moments tend to get lost. “I always laugh when a coach pulls a player out of a game [as punishment],” he says. “If you’re … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: These issues matter