Save the Ankles. Buy Good Tape In Bulk.

Whether your kid has had their first ankle injury or you’re like me and have tape on the injury prevention purchase plan, buying good tape is harder than you think. And no, not all schools give tape to kids for free. Stunning, I know.   Here’s our preferred brand, available on Amazon in bulk. This is better […]

College Recruiting Parenting Foul: D1 BABY!!!

If your child has chosen to target schools in the Power Five only or NCAA Division One almost exclusively, you might have a big problem. While bashing sports parents has become an unfair pastime among the soccer elites, if you, as a parent, are encouraging this all D1 all the time thing or guiding it […]

Game of Soccer Thrones: Four Sideline Chairs To Consider

As a soccer parent, you know how important a quality sideline chair can be. Often, you’re there an hour before game time, through the game and then, heaven forbid, someone sees lightning 40 miles away and you’re caught in the washing machine of weather delays. Your sideline throne is used for bouncing younger children, scheming […]

Soccer Development: For Love or Money

Soccer people often complain en masse about how we don’t have the quality of players that we should, but I just had a coach “offer to train” my little superstar for $500 over the next few months over and above his club requirements. Never fear—help is on the way!!! Or I wonder—is it because his […]

Things club soccer parents say: The club is not developing my kid.

Maybe a focus problem there.  Clubs only give kids the tools to get better, whether they use them or not is up to the kid. Could this maybe be an important teaching moment for…I don’t know…life? Each kid MUST own their development in the game.  There is no exception to this.  Ever.  Whether 8 or […]

Too many middle & upper class white kids in club soccer?

In my last post I offered a primer on the finances of club soccer.  The financial commitment is significant.  I’ve traveled from state to state with my 2 girls seeing a fraternity of relatively non-diverse people chasing the sport and lots of middle and upper-class white kids. I am a white dude that grew up […]

D@&% this is expensive: Money & Club Soccer

Competitive soccer is a significant commitment.  In family time, service and most certainly money. Most families entering club soccer are often surprised at the degree of the financial commitment especially. It is best to think about club soccer expenses like your car expenses.  There are fixed expenses, like financing and insurance.  But there are also […]

Where club soccer coaches struggle most…

COMMUNICATION!  Most are pretty good at communicating with the kids.  Almost all are terrible at communicating with their parents.  And there is a reason for this.  They don’t like us.  My state’s E License course even encourages them not to engage with parents.  And to leave that to the parent team manager.  Horrible idea. They […]

Soccer coaches to be wary of

Now that we have coverd the good from competitive soccer coaches, they also do some stuff that is not-so-good.  Money in the system (their salaries and bonuses) is a great thing and a terrible thing. Paying properly licensed coaches is a great and well-intended thing, but unmanaged…I think I read something about good intentions paving […]