From a Cracked piece responding to a rant about Millennials: Simon, let me tell you about my participation trophies. I got them for playing soccer, and they were handed out from a bag at the end of the year with all the ceremony of communist factory workers getting their lunch rations. My response was not “Well, clearly I’m going to be handed a six-figure job as an adult.” It was “Neat, a trophy! Now I’m going to go back to thinking about Pokemon or farts, because I am a child.” Later it was a nice reminder of time spent playing … Continue reading The definitive word on participation trophies …
Alternative youth soccer leagues are almost as popular these days as alternative facts. I’ve spent the last month doing interviews and compiling data for an upcoming story to see how we stand on the fine line between awesome and absurd. … Continue reading How far would you travel for travel soccer?
Something new: Mallory Pugh became the first U.S. teenager in the NWSL and, as far as I know, the first U.S. teenager in a pro women’s soccer league. Something old: The Spirit couldn’t turn their chances into a goal, losing 1-0 for the third time in four home games. In most respects, though, both teams exceeded my expectations. Maybe I’m just getting old and pessimistic. But the Spirit’s oft-sputtering offense created some chances even without Tori Huster in the midfield to drive them forward. The defense had nowhere to go but up after conceding six in Seattle, but they went … Continue reading Washington Spirit 0-1 FC Kansas City: History and repeating
Development Academy! ECNL, for girls AND boys! A different U.S. Club Soccer league! A traditional U.S. Youth Soccer league! Something else your local clubs set up and convinced you that you need to drive 300 miles for a league game! I’m doing a project on soccer leagues and whether we’re making families travel too much to play travel soccer. I’ve seen it quite clearly here in the D.C. metro area, but I’d like to hear how it is elsewhere. Is this a nationwide problem, or is it just in a few regions? So if you’re a coach, technical director or … Continue reading Survey: How many (too many) youth soccer leagues in your area?