On The Pitch

Thoughts on Youth Soccer from a Soccer Dad, Fan, Coach and Administrator

Entries for May, 2008

Out In Right Field

Tweet If you want a good chuckle, check out this collection of rants against soccer and youth soccer from the National Review. It never ceases to amaze me that these people get paid to write this stuff. Some of my favorites quotes include: There is no surer sign of the decline of America’s culture than […]

A Fantastic Day of Soccer

Facing the cancellation of the statewide Rec festival, we put our own event together and were surprised how well received it was.

New Shinguard Standards

New soccer shinguard standards have gone into effect, requiring manufacturers to annually test their shinguard and indicate the maximum height of a player for a given size. US high schools and the NCAA will require all players wear these NOCSAE certified shinguards starting in the Fall 2008 season.

If It’s Raining, It Must Be The Weekend

Sometimes you have to wonder why rain always seems to come when you have lots of soccer matches scheduled.

Playing Time Is Not A Punishment

Playing time is one of the most valued things to a young soccer player. It may seem like that would make taking it away a great motivational tool or method of punishment, but doing so is the fastest way to turn a kids off to soccer permanently.

May as in Mayhem

May can be a very busy time for youth soccer parents and administrators.