The dumbest way to insult a referee . . . . . . .

soccerBallMidField The dumbest way to insult a referee By Mike Woitalla The ref calls a foul. The halfwit coach of the kid who committed it yells, “It’s OK, Timmy! You didn’t do anything wrong!” — believing he’s cleverly circumventing the dissent rule because he’s not screaming directly at the ref. The… Go To Full Post

Effective Goalkeeper Communication – Coaches Must Teach It …………

soccerBallMidField Effective Goalkeeper Communication — Coaches Must Teach It By Paul Grafer How goalkeepers communicate with their teammates is a big part of their development. Personally, I struggled with communication as a young goalkeeper, especially as it related to helping organize my teammates. I was frequently frustrated when coaches would tell… Go To Full Post

Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision

soccerBallMidField Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision By Dev Mishra, M.D. One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment of competition and… Go To Full Post

Screaming at Children – A Ref’s Eye View

soccerBallMidField Screaming at Children — A Ref’s Eye View By Mike Woitalla It’s amazing that no matter how many games you ref, not matter how much you prepare for the all possible scenarios, you still get blindsided. I had a coach come to me angrily at halftime of a U-10 girls… Go To Full Post