A couple of years ago, I wrote a Recreational Soccer Manifesto for SoccerWire. At the time, I was focused more on the younger age groups, having just written Single-Digit Soccer, and I was pushing the idea of having no full-time travel soccer (just All-Star tournaments and other interclub matchups) for kids under age 12. But I did … Continue reading A Recreational/Most Travel Soccer Manifesto (updated)
"We all start as recreational players." I've been saying that for a while, and I'm not alone. Whether it's a suburban U5 program with parents and size 3 balls or a kid joining a neighborhood kickabout, everyone's first experience with soccer is low-stakes recreational soccer. Unless you think Messi was birthed as a fully formed … Continue reading A pro academy and a rec program
Preseason coaches' meeting. It's always more of a lecture than a "meeting." There's absolutely no reason an email wouldn't suffice. The in-person "meeting" would be much better reserved for a training session with a lot of small breakout groups. But anyway ... The Important Person In Charge (IPIC, as in "I pick what we're doing") … Continue reading Rec soccer and “development”: At what point can we just stop?