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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.


Just Kicking It Podcast

Sam Snow

I invite you to listen to a podcast I recently did with Brian Shrum and Joshua Foga on Just Kickin’ It ( – Episode # 13.

Here are some of the topics discussed.

  1. Tell our audience a little bit about yourself, how you got to the position you on in, and your duties as the Technical Director for US Youth Soccer?
  2. Your thoughts are grassroots soccer in the U.S. - better or worse?
  3. Ways to improve grassroots soccer coaching?
  4. Good pathways for young soccer players and novice parents?
  5. Specialization versus Sampling?
  6. Pathway for coaches’ education for new grassroots coaches?
  7. Dropout rates in youth sports…i.e., soccer?

You can access it here and please pass along to anyone that you believe will benefit from the information.



Piotr bETLINSKI in Lakewood, CO said: I have read and heard many references to early specialization, burn-out and huge drop out rate due to those issues. I am just curious, what's too much for U8, U10,U12 boy and girls - different growth curve etc, what's too much for someone who wants to play rec soccer, what's too much for child who wants to play every day, whether it is in the park or an organized practice. It is easy to move from one extreme to another if you do not have any idea what "right/correct/suggested" number of play/practice events per week, months or even per day is. Is doing footwork every day in the morning and evening for 10 minutes too much for 12 or 10 year old but Ok for 15? Any ideas?
07 April 2015 at 3:02 PM

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