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Parenting Education | Too Much, Too Soon!

We must be careful about throwing our youngsters into the cauldron of the overly competitive travel soccer environment too soon, because it is becoming clear that it is more and more of a detriment and less and less of an impetus to the success of the young player.
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The Power of Mindset

Mindset can help one player while hurting the next. The right mindset can make an average player over-achieve, while the wrong mindset can make a talented player inconsistent. This presentation provides some points for both parents and coaches to note in order to help influence a better mindset in their players.
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Parenting Education | Sustaining Children and Adolescents Sport Participation

Children cite ‘fun’ as the primary reason for participation in organized sport and its absence as the number one reason for youth sport attrition. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop a theoretical framework of fun using a novel mixed-method assessment of participants in sport (FUN MAPS) via concept mapping.
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Tips for Tryouts: Players make an impact

There are often more questions surrounding the club soccer tryout process than there are answers. How do I find club tryout information? How many should I attend? How will I get the coach’s attention? US Youth Soccer sat down with Ronnie Woodard, current head coach of three-time US Youth Soccer National Championship qualifier Tennessee SC 16 (TN) and former head women’s soccer coach at Vanderbilt University, who offered her answers to some of the most important tryout questions.
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The benefits of pool play vs. traditional leagues for U-10s

Numerous clubs across more than 20 state associations have been implementing a youth academy format for the U-10 age group. This format is in the best interest of both the short-term and long-term development of the children.
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BYU coach Chris Watkins talks recruiting

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Chris Watkins has been a member of the BYU women’s soccer coaching staff for nearly 20 seasons and has helped the Cougars earn 16 trips to the NCAA Tournament during that time. An associate head coach who is part of a staff that makes recruiting trips to several youth events during the year, Chris took some time to talk about the current state of recruiting and some of his experiences at BYU.
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Are kids specializing in sports too early?

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Kids are beginning to specialize in one sport with the end goal of earning a college scholarship and hopefully playing professionally. The year-round focus on a single sport forces kids to drop any other athletic pursuits they may enjoy in order to master their “main sport.” And the most startling thing is the decisions that shape their childhood and youth sports careers often aren’t made by the kids.​
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