Train in Chaos...Soccer is Random

Train in Chaos...Soccer is Random

The game of football (soccer) is random. The field and goalposts stay fixed, the lines on the pitch don’t move, and the ball is round — but that’s about it. Other than that, things are pretty chaotic. The ball moves, teammates are all over the place and so are the opposition. Players have to make decisions in milliseconds, and we as coaches and parents expect them to make these decisions correctly and to execute on them successfully.

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Six Ways Playing Angry Birds Space Has Made Me a Better Coach

Six Ways Playing Angry Birds Space Has Made Me a Better Coach

That’s right, playing Angry Birds Space (ABS) on my phone, has made me a better coach---not because of the improved digital dexterity, but for some other reasons that you just might find surprising.  Some lessons were simply reminders; others provided a new perspective of how a video game can translate to other areas of life like coaching. 

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Soccer Parents’ Expectations – A Story of Many

Soccer Parents’ Expectations – A Story of Many

Many coaches have a story of such a parent in which they “know” their son is the next Neymar, Ronaldo, or Messi. The other day I met with such a parent and her son, he wanted to see about trying out for one of our competitive teams. After going over all the basic player information, such as playing experience, we were obliged to invite him out to one of our sessions during the week and evaluate him.

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