10 Must Watch TED Talks for Youth Soccer Coaches

This is our third in a series of posts on TED Talks for soccer coaches. This post focuses in on the best TED Talks for youth soccer coaches. Some of these talks focus on what is truly important in youth sports and others on how coaches can better establish in young athletes traits that will help them succeed beyond the playing field. Ultimately, youth soccer is about more than what happens on the field. What are you doing to make the game enjoyable and instill life skills in your athletes?

More about TED: TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. See more at www.TED.com.

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Changing the game in youth sports | John O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Following nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach, O'Sullivan began working to reshape youth sports and inspire a major shift in culture. After serving as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers in Bend, he founded the Changing the Game Project and is now an international speaker and national best-selling author.


How we can change youth sports culture | Heather Bergeson

Our current youth sports culture is putting the emotional and physical health of our children in danger. How did we get here? Why does the culture persist? What can we do to transform youth sports into the positive, inspiring, character-building experience it can be?


Echoes beyond the game: the lasting power of a coach's words | Coach Reed

We’ve posted this one before but it’s especially relevant to youth soccer coaches so here it is again.

A discussion of the lasting power of words on youth athletes. Coach Reed explains that skills can be soon forgotten, but words will always be remembered. "To get in touch with Coach Reed please visit his twitter profile or his website at: @coach_reed or www.raisetheirgame.com.


Sucking the fun out of youth sports | Mike Terson

Why do adults get so wrapped up in the outcome of youth sporting events? In this thoughtful and funny talk, Mike looks at common parent and coach behavior at youth sporting events, and offers a new perspective for putting the fun back into sports for kids.


Youth coaching -- More than a game | Anna-Lesa Calvert

We all think we know what youth sports can do for kids: fitness, teamwork, coordination. But given the time and connection coaches have with their teams, we can do a lot more to help kids from every circumstance with nutrition, anger management, socialization, leadership, and much more. Anna-Lesa Calvert reports from the front lines of a new style of youth sports coaching.


Soccer and Life Skills | Lucas Capalbo

In 2014, Lucas was hired to coach a youth soccer team in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Sweden. Even though his players misbehaved on and off the field, they managed to win the state championship of that year. However, Lucas realized that winning trophies were not helping players develop as men. He then decided to rearrange the focus of his soccer program so his players could also learn skills to help them win in life.


Youth in Sport - Keeping Kids in The Game | Hugh McDonald

Hugh will get you to question as a parent, coach, or educator some common practices that are accepted in youth sport. He will get you to wonder what these practices are doing to the mindset of young athletes. Hugh will also have you think about some simple things that can be done as a parent, coach, and educator to reverse the trend and to get kids enjoying the game and wanting to participate in sports longer.


How to learn? From mistakes | Diana Laufenberg

Students are taught that there is one right answer, a way of thinking abetted by the multiple choice tests at the front of academic assessment. Diana says it doesn’t make sense to tell kids to never be wrong when so much can be learned from failure. Kids need to be allowed to fail, process, and learn from their experiences in school.


Youth sports as a development zone: Jim Thompson

Youth sports is dominated by a win-at-all-cost mentality that leads to undesired and sometimes tragic results. Jim Thompson articulates a powerful competing vision powered by a growing movement to make youth sports a "Development Zone" to develop Better Athletes, Better People, which, with 40 million youth playing sports, will have far-reaching positive impacts on our country.


Grit: The Power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.