Ranting Soccer Dad

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There will be some ranting.

There will be some talk of soccer.

There will be at least one dad. Often more. Or perhaps a dad and a mom.

Ranting Soccer Dad is a podcast that goes beyond the “nice” talk about youth soccer. If you go into youth soccer expecting a steady stream of pleasant character-building experiences, you’re going to be disappointed. A lot of things are frustrating. And they don’t all need to be that way.

So we’re going to offer up some reporting. Some constructive criticism. Some discussion about what to do if you’re a youth soccer parent, coach, administrator or executive overlord.

Sure, you may not have to go far to hear a ranting soccer dad. Just go to any youth game. The difference here is that the host and the guests are bringing years of research and experience to back up the skepticism. (Or optimism, depending on the guest.)

Tune in

  • Ranting Soccer Dad, Episode 2: Yael Averbuch July 20, 2017 12:00 pm
    Is the USA falling behind the rest of the world in soccer development? Can YouTube videos and apps get kids interested in practicing soccer when they’re not at soccer practice?  How did FC Kansas City wind up with two players association leaders in central defense? Why do so many skillful players emerge from a North Carolina program known for stressing the athletic side of the game? What’s Bobby Warshaw talking about?   Few people can answer these questions better than this week’s guest, FCKC’s Yael Averbuch. (Well, Warshaw can answer the last one, and he’ll be on the podcast sometime in August.) She’s the guest this week on the Ranting Soccer Dad podcast. Sponsored by: Single Digit Soccer, my youth soccer book. Thanks to: - Audacity, the best in open-source audio software. - Freesound.org, particularly the user justkiddink for th [...]
  • Ranting Soccer Dad, Episode 1: Mike Woitalla July 13, 2017 12:30 pm
    Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla joins the show to talk about the true cost of travel, the absurdity of multiple national championships, and whether parents who used to play Mozart to their unborn children in the womb will soon start playing Ray Hudson to get them on the scholarship train early. Check out Mike’s work, or at least the last few days of a career spanning a couple of decades. Sponsored by: Single Digit Soccer, my youth soccer book full of anecdotes about Pulp Fiction and the Muppets, plus insight from the leaders in U.S. youth soccer. Thanks to: - Audacity, the best in open-source audio software. - Freesound.org, particularly the user justkiddink for the sound of growling dogs, and the Creative Commons 
  • Ranting Soccer Dad, Episode 0 July 6, 2017 9:46 pm
    The debut episode! Basically, a quick preview to show what I’ll be doing here. Sponsored by: Single Digit Soccer, my youth soccer book full of anecdotes about Pulp Fiction and the Muppets, plus insight from the leaders in U.S. youth soccer. Thanks to: - Audacity, the best in open-source audio software. - Freesound.org, particularly the user justkiddink for the sound of growling dogs, and the Creative Commons attribution license. - Garage Band - My 30-year-old Ibanez guitar and Peavey amp - Listeners like you