Every soccer player starts as a recreational player. So rec leagues are important — and complicated, writes Beau Dure. They need to accommodate everyone from future pros to children with special needs. This week Beau offers up a comprehensive approach to making this entry level the most effective it can be.
Survey says status quo in youth soccer isn’t satisfactory
Soccer leagues are proliferating like milkweed in the mid-Atlantic. Are they meeting unserved needs, or just getting in each other’s way? To find out, Beau Dure asked 102 local coaches, technical directors and club administrators a series of multiple-choice and short answer questions.
Source: Dure: Survey says status quo in youth soccer isn’t satisfactory — Soccer Wire
Parents demanding more from youth soccer experience
A two-fer here. For FourFourTwo, I explained that soccer parents’ complaints are no longer as easy to dismiss as they may have been when no one understood the game.
Source: Parents rightfully demanding more from inconsistent youth soccer experience | FourFourTwo
Then a related piece for Soccer Wire:
Source: Dure: Are pro coaches really better than parents? | Soccer Wire
June 16, 2016
Mapping the chaotic youth soccer scene
The sprawling, chaotic, multi-layered Google Map from Hell: Select soccer clubs and leagues across the Mid-Atlantic region, where even second- and third-tier teams routinely drive hours for games.
Follow-up coming in July …
Source: Dure: Mapping the chaotic youth soccer scene — Soccer Wire
April 29, 2016