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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.

 

Red Card for Concussion Management

Sam Snow

As we watch a marvelous 2014 FIFA World Cup the games have been spectacular and more than once the underdog has won. During the matches great goals have been scored and fantastic saves made. But a few times clashes have occurred and, at least once, a serious head injury that any television viewer could see was a concussion. I highly recommend that you read this blog from Dr. Dev Mishra: http://blog.sidelinesportsdoc.com/?p=1027

Now read these many resources on the topic available to you on the US Youth Soccer website.

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/hey_doc_when_can_i_return_to_play/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/heads_up_us_youth_soccer_and_cdc_team_up_to_help_keep_young_athletes_safe_from_concussion/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/concussion_resources_from_cdc/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/blogs/blog/?BlogPostAlias=head_bangers&BlogAlias=parents_blog

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/us_youth_soccer_and_axon_sports_bring_affordable_concussion_management_to_leagues_teams_and_clubs/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/blogs/blog/?BlogPostAlias=/blogs/an_ounce_of_prevention1/&BlogAlias=parents_blog

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/blogs/blog/?BlogPostAlias=its_not_russian_roulette_&BlogAlias=parents_blog

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/youth_sports_organizations_launch_sports_concussion_partnership/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/us_soccer_federation_statement_on_head_injuries_in_soccer_and_padded_headgear/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/ConcussionEducation/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/qa__head_injuries_with_doug_andreassen_washington_president/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/blogs/blog/?BlogPostAlias=ready_for_spring&BlogAlias=coaches_blog

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/youth_sports_organizations_launch_sports_concussion_partnership/

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/us_youth_soccer_to_participate_in_nfl_safety_roundtable/

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 7.7.14

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Welcome Home

 

 

The Colombian National Team returned home to more than 100,000 fans waiting in the streets. I feel like this is how every national team should be received back home after a tournament.

 


 

Yedlin to Roma?

 

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DeAndre Yedlin has reportedly attracted interest from around Europe in the wake of his breakout showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the Seattle Sounders aren't quite ready to say goodbye to their prized right back just yet. Read more here.

 


 

See all the MLS goals from the weekend

 

Goals

Miss the MLS action this weekend? No worries. You can click here to watch every goal!

 


 

Soccer Everywhere

 

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You can find beautiful places to play soccer even in the middle of Brazilian favelas.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 7.1.14

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Are You Ready?

Get pumped. USA vs. Belgium today for a spot in the quarterfinals.
 


I Believe...

ESPN did a story on the history of the "I Believe" chant. It's even more American than you think.
 


Drawing Dempsey

Check out this video of an artist drawing a very realistic Clint Dempsey.
 


Teddy Goalsevelt

http://gaia.adage.com/images/bin/image/x-large/teddy_goalsevelt_2_3x2.jpg?1403808740

Learn more about the now famous U.S. Soccer supporter.
 

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Lopsided Match

Sam Snow

The score was 5-0 in favor of my team. So it’s time for a change in game strategy.

Many coaches struggle with how to keep a run-a-way match in check. Some coaches will play all of the “second string” players, some will put kids in positions they don’t frequently play, some will impose restrictions on how the team scores — such as only from crosses, etc. Here’s another idea for coaches in approaching this situation that occurs too often in youth soccer.

Tell your team: "You must work to get the kid on our team who has never scored in a match a goal now. If that kid scores then we go to the teammate who’s only scored once and get that player a goal. And so on with the player who has scored only two goals in a career — on and on. But what if time elapses and the team has not succeeded in helping that teammate who has never scored a goal to put one in the back of the net?

Then that’s the first team assignment in the next match. When that match is and against whom we are playing is immaterial. The match could be against a fierce rival, for the state cup final or against the last place team. The outcome of that match is less important than the lesson to be learned by the players — we accomplish a team assignment together. No matter how hard it may be or how long it may take, our team pulls together to achieve that challenge.

That mentality — and to meet that challenge — will take confidence and conviction. Most especially, the will to “stick to your guns” must come from the coach. There will be pressure in that next match from some parents, perhaps some players and maybe even from club officials to not require the team to accomplish the challenge given in a previous match. No, many folks will want the new game strategy to be only about that particular opponent.

There’s an old saying that sports build character. This challenge might build character in the players and staff — it most certainly will reveal it!

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