My lasted problem with “The Problem with Youth Soccer” deals with the Pay to Play Model and how the system perpetuates the Problem. It is not always about the money for the clubs. Unfortunately the cost of doing business continues to increase and the more clubs that pop up, the more the problem persists. I don’t have the answer only details of some of the challenges that lead to the high prices that get passed to the parents.
A perspective of a former multi-sport athlete who is the parent of specialists. A coach and club administrator. Not necessarily a recommendation as much as it is a Compare and Contrast of each side of the discussion. Since these are always unscripted and on the fly, typically while driving somewhere, you may have to excuse the randomness of some of it. Feel free to share and/or provide feedback.
Brief unplanned and unscripted Podcast Episode about Senior Night and the Realization with how quickly it all goes. Parent note: take time 3 -4 times each year to reflect on where you are, your worries, your kids concerns and then ask yourself if they are legit. Use that same time to reflect on the experience and the success and the enjoyment. Take that time at each season transition. Otherwise it may all be a blur and you will wonder where the time went.
Soccer Tournaments have always been a big part of the club soccer experience and something that most players, parents and coaches look forward to. Within the last 5 or so years, the entire tournament process from selection, to travel to team placement and prestige have completely changed. It has become more of a necessity to stay relevant as a club and while the intentions are always good and for the right reasons, the reality of the challenges posed in these events on both the parents and the coaches have become a bit of a double edged sword. Have a listen if you want to hear my take on some of the challenges posed both to the families and to the clubs and their administrators.
This podcast reviews my take on an article that I saw this weekend on social media. The article was written by the author of a book that recounts a situation that shouldn’t happen in youth sports. The author is an educator who took up to support 14 students who were not being treated fairly by the coaches to the point of abuse. This blog article What is her own recount of the book and signs that she warns are evidence of abuse or bullying. Based on some of the feedback I saw on the social media post, I felt as if multiple perspectives should be evaluated before jumping to or drawing some conclusions based on some of what she outlines as signs. While some of these very well could be signs, I sense that a lot of people see them as blanket statements against coaches and teachers which I’m sure is not her intent. I am not at all intended to brush things under the rug, or support coaches blindly, I agree with a lot of what she says and I also think that some of what she highlighted should be up for discussion. I will warn you that this is a bit long and somewhat of a ramble because I am not interested right now in production value as much as I am in sharing my perspective. This is a low-budget affair driven by my love for the sport and passion for youth athletics.
I have been asked on my YouTube channel for updates on the progress of my Nasal Reconstruction with Rib Graft. For those following along at home, I had a complication during extubation following Double Jaw Advancement Surgery to correct Sleep Apnea. The result led to a septal collapse and nasal deformity. I was in a position to have to wait for it to heal before getting Surgery. The update below is on my youtube channel. Be sure to check it out, like and subscribe and feel free to ask questions.
This is a topic that comes up at the beginning of every club season. There is struggle for coaches and parents alike in creating the balance between development and winning. Feel free to comment if you have thoughts to share.