Posts Tagged 'life lessons'

Why Children Should Watch Soccer on TV

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Television viewing options are often the center of intra-family squabbles.  Who gets the remote, what does the family watch, and the list goes on.  Soccer in many ways can serve to quell these arguments.  It is the ultimate team sport and can bring a group of viewers together like nothing […]

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Coaches play a vital role in lives of young athletes [the-dispatch.com]

Coaches play a vital role in lives of young athletes [the-dispatch.com]

Chad Killebrew from the-dispatch.com pens a magnificent reflection about his son and a soccer coach who played an influential role in his son’s life. The story is below, but sometimes, as volunteer soccer coaches, we remain in anonymous and thankless roles. We’re the ones who “make the sport go” and yet […]

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Getting into “The Mindset List”: Seeing the Game Through Our Player’s Eyes

The Mindset List

Each year since August 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin releases “The Mindset List.” While specifically aimed at Professors to re-set their mind for the incoming college freshman, the list includes events that were part of the class’ life – and references that aren’t part of their mindset. The goal is […]

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Hard Fought Parenting Lessons Learned while Coaching Soccer [I'm Going to be a Dad!]

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Only twenty-one, I stepped on the field for the first time as coach of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I didn’t realize I was embarking upon “Parent Boot Camp.” Over that time, I used to say, “Mental note to self…If I’m ever a parent…” about the lessons I’ve learned. And, now, all of those lessons come to full force as I prepare to be a first-time dad! Here’s what I’ve learned!

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How Do you Know When Things are Going Wrong with your Soccer Team?

Is Your Soccer Team Headed the Wrong Way? (Photo: Johnny Jet)

Sometimes things go wrong during a soccer season. As soccer coaches, we must recognize these team issues and correct them right away. Here’s a quick list to help you figure out if you’re on the right track or not!

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Soccer Perspective: What’s Your Coaching Mindset?

Soccer Perspective: What’s Your Coaching Mindset?

Don Lucia, a college hockey coach from Minnesota, provides amazing insight into coaching youth players. This is a keynote speech he gave for the Minnesota State Hockey Association. If you are looking to make an impact as a soccer coach, we highly recommend watching this video. As a soccer coach, […]

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12 Inspiring Coaching Lessons from Oprah’s Classroom

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After 25 years and some 4,600+ shows, the Oprah Winfrey Show ended last week. Oprah became a cultural icon that with one fell swoop could make you laugh, cry and think; she inspired all of us to become better people and elevate us to higher callings. As I listened to Oprah’s last performance, I was struck by the lessons she was sharing. These are universal truths for life…and, of course, for coaching soccer. Duh!

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How’s Your “Head Fake Learning” in Soccer?

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch is the guy behind The Last Lecture. If you aren’t familiar with the story,Professors in college are to give seminal “last lectures” when they retire. Unfortunately for Randy, his last lecture came as a result of losing his battle with cancer. Randy became one of those lifetime coaches […]

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