Winning IS Everything

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Coaching Youth SoccerSoccer ParentU9

Winning IS Everything I was watching a Sunday morning show today where they interviewed Jim Kelley and a Psychiatrist on the subject of winning. Jim Kelly is the only NFL quarterback to lead his team to 4 Superbowls in a row, only to lose in each one. The psychiatrist showed studies indicating that people who […]

Soccer Parents-Renewed Faith!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 in Coaching Youth SoccerSoccer ParentU7U8U9

I have to confess that there has been a saying that many of us “professional” soccer coaches have used for decades: “Give me a team of orphans and I will be a happy coach.” This is because one of the things that takes away the joy of coaching is problem parents. Parents who know enough […]

How to Get Your Young Kid’s Feet on The Ball Every Day…

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 in Coaching Youth SoccerSoccer ParentU7U8U9

How to Get Your Young Kid’s Feet on The Soccer Ball Every Day… …and save the interior of your SUV… When I drive my 6 and 8 year old girls around in my SUV, I get tired of them putting their feet on the backs of the front seats or on the center console-it gets […]

Teaching Beginning Passing Tactics to Soccer Players 8 Years of Age and Under.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 in CoachingCoaching Youth SoccerU7U8U9

Teaching Beginning Passing Tactics to Soccer Players 8 Years of Age and Under (U9) By Dan Stratford If there is anything I take pride in as a soccer coach it is this: I am open minded and always willing to learn something new. After 24+ years as a licensed, professional soccer coach who has over […]

Teaching “Kick-ins” to U7 Players

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 in CoachingCoaching Youth SoccerU7U8U9

Teaching “Kick-ins” to U7 Players By Coach Dan Stratford If there is anything I take pride in as a soccer coach it is this: I am open minded and always willing to learn something new. After 24+ years as a licensed, professional soccer coach who has over 1,000 hours of experience coaching kids from 7 […]

How to Be a Good Soccer Parent…

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 in CoachingCoaching Youth SoccerU7U8U9

How to Be a Good Soccer Parent at Your Child’s Soccer Games Coach Dan wrote this email this teams parents before the first games this fall, and reproducing it here seemed like the right thing to do… “Hey parents, So I do not want this to come across as a lecture, harsh, condescending, or anything […]

Great News for Soccer in Colorado

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 in Coaching Youth Soccer

Great News for Soccer in Colorado I received this email today from Colorado Storm. We don’t “favor” any clubs at Soccer Fit officially, but four of my kids have played for Storm and 2 still do. In addition, Zico is a director at Storm, so this does affect him directly. Marc is a friend of […]

Playing Soccer With Your Kids

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 in Coaching Youth Soccer

By Coach Dan Yesterday I decided to take my daughters Eva (8) & Juliet (6) to the park to try some new soccer drills and play some soccer with them. All in all, we had a blast! After the 90 minutes of play, I was reminded of the following… 1. Sadly, in this country MOST […]

First Youth Soccer Game This Fall and Coaching Jitters…

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 in Coaching Youth SoccerU7U8U9

First Youth Soccer Game This Fall and Coaching Jitters… So it’s your first game this season tomorrow, and you are worried because you are moving from 4 v 4 (U7) to 5 v 5 (U8) or 8 v 8 (U8 & U9)? By coach Dan Stratford I often hear “I can’t get my girls to […]

Coaching Young Soccer Players the Right Way…

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 in Coaching Youth Soccer

Coaching Young Soccer Players… “What is so brilliant about teaching age-appropriate soccer to young boys and girls is that when it is done right it accomplishes the three most important goals in coaching/teaching children at any age: It develops the child’s self-esteem. It develops the best soccer players. It creates a fun learning environment, therefore […]

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