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
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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 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 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
Ref Watch: Why three is so much better than one By Randy Vogt When I moved to Florida for business 27 years ago, I lived and worked in Orlando and also worked in the state capital of Tallahassee, 250 miles away. So I officiated in both cities. What I remember… Go To Full Post