How Much Does a Soccer Scholarship Cost?

Easy come, easy go. It’s just money, right?  Spent by the thousands per year on your middle school and high school aged soccer player for club fees, tournaments, travel, equipment, spirit-wear, food. And if they’re “good” enough, there’s the ODP … Continue reading

Helping Our Female Athletes Be Confident, not Cocky

Talk about being surrounded by beautiful women… John Daly is loving this. He would tell you so; the ladies would just nod and smile – and defer to their teammates. Here’s how I know. I got to enjoy the company … Continue reading

Save the Knees: Beating ACL Injuries with Prevention

On July 10, 2011, Ali Krieger pounded home the penalty kick that advanced the U.S. Women’s National Team past Marta and the Brazilians in the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. Remember? We couldn’t stop watching the replays. Now, it’s 2012 … Continue reading

Youth Soccer Players: What College Coaches Want You to Know

Are you ready for big time soccer? Here is what Diane Drake, head women’s soccer coach at George Mason University, has to suggest to the player investigating the college soccer ranks. Know the rules for contacting coaches and when they … Continue reading

Youth Soccer Cross-Over Programs: Is My Kid Ready for More?

She’s always where the ball is. She’s aggressive. Nothing gets past her. Other players defer to her on the field. She scores 4 goals single-handedly. You cheer. You smile. She’s only six years old, but you are sure she’s headed … Continue reading

Girls Soccer Needs Less Force, More Finesse

Boys play differently than girls do, even at the top levels of the youth game. Take a couple minutes to watch this video from US Youth Soccer National League championship play. It begins with boys games, then at about 4 minutes it shifts … Continue reading

Good Coaches Make Youth Sports Healthy

“Youth sports is out of control! We need to go back to the good ole days when everyone played for fun in their neighborhoods!”  The old days were good, but they’re gone. Now, issues of safety, distance, parental work schedules, and … Continue reading

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 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