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Parenting Education | Why Young Athletes Excel with Backyard Play

The top players he deals with are not the ones who play on traveling teams. They’re not necessarily the ones who spend all their time playing on more than one formal team year-round, he says. No, the top players, he says, are the ones who, in addition to playing on organized teams, often play in the park, the backyard or the local gym with their friends and neighbors — without parents or coaches instructing them.
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Parenting Education | Environment

The most fundamental skill in soccer is individual mastery of the ball and the creativity that comes with it. This should be a priority in training and games, especially in the early years. As this skill is mastered, the rest of the game becomes easier — both to teach and to learn.
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Parenting Education | Small-Sided Games

The Under-12 age group is a crucial transition period for players. For players to improve their soccer skills, it's necessary to look at long term development rather than focusing on winning right now. A key to helping players develop at this age is to play small-sided games
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Parenting Education | Prediction

Do you think your 10-year-old child is going to be a star soccer player when he grows up? Or does a soccer career seem totally unlikely for your youngster? A lot can change between the earliest stages of a career and the time when a player becomes a professional. Check out these slides to remind yourself that all players should have equal opportunities to play at the youth level.
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Finding a balance with "Soccer Moms"

Over the past decade, an increasing number of high-achieving athletes lack some very important skill sets as a result of playing organized sports since the age of 5 or younger. Growing up in an environment where adults direct the development can actually have an inverse affect on the child's growth in sports.
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Parenting Education | Backyard Games

Indiana Youth Soccer provides a wide variety of games and drills that can be done in a family's backyard. The games help players work on a variety of soccer skills and are an easy way for a child to practice while at home.
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Parenting Education | Burnout in Youth Sports

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) has just released "Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Youth Sports: A Position Statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine."
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