Can Your Kid Handle College Soccer?

When Suzy Germain and her freshman class (1980) teammates were  recruited by Anson Dorrance to play for the UNC Tarheels, they were a force to be reckoned with. Describing it, Suzy says, “Practice was a battle. We took over every starting … Continue reading

Suzy Germain on “the Coach-Athlete” Conversation about Playing Time

One of the hardest issues for kids in today’s competitive youth sports setting is playing time. No one likes to spend time on the bench; the fun is in playing the game. But, the more competitive the team, the more important the … Continue reading

Suzy Germain Says We Need to Give Kids a Break in the Season

Here’s a riddle: What do you call something you do almost every day, all week, year round? … work, right? What do we call it when our kids do it? … sports. Is anyone laughing? Neither are our kids. They’re paying … Continue reading

Youth Sports: What Happens When Money Wins?

How much is your kid worth? Surely, there’s no answer to that question; they’re priceless. But what I am seeing in youth sports clubs lately makes me think that priceless is getting more expensive. We’re paying for them to do everything … Continue reading

Bishop’s Titans: Girls Soccer Champions in a League of Their Own

Lisa Bishop started coaching the CYA Titans when they were pint-sized and grew them into the girls who graduated high school this fall. So how do you say goodbye to girls who have been family for nearly a decade? You take … Continue reading

Coaching Well: Saturday Only Travel Soccer

My friend and fellow coach Kimo Kaloi has formed a new U9 travel Soccer team with Chantilly Youth Association in Chantilly Virginia. They’re called the CYA Purple Blaze and they play on Saturdays. Only Saturdays. He petitioned the club and then submitted … Continue reading

Fit2Finish Athletes Use Bands for Fitness & Training

Dynabands, Therabands, resistance bands, stretchy bands, no matter the name, they are one of the best training tools for the fitness games we play and home exercise programs we teach and recommend. Bands are perfect because they are portable, inexpensive … Continue reading

Might Defying Gravity Really Be Wicked?

I took my 14 year old daughter to see Wicked at the Kennedy Center this week.  What an incredible show. What an incredible message. Young people everywhere are walking away with the courage to take on the world. Tapping into … Continue reading