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October 3, 2018

Judge denies parent’s request to put son on JV soccer team

A federal judge has denied a Missouri parent's request to place her son on the high school junior varsity soccer team after he was cut from the varsity squad. U.S. District Judge John Ross issued his ruling Monday, concluding that it was too late ...


July 13, 2018

5 strategies for small schools to succeed against bigger programs

In 2015, a statewide reclassification in Georgia forced us to either compete in class A or to make the leap to AAA. With an upper school enrollment of nearly 450 students, we would compete against schools with nearly 1,100 kids. For many reasons, in...


July 12, 2018

Study: Soccer headers may be linked to balance problems

Soccer players who head the ball more often may be more likely to have balance problems than players who do not head the ball as often, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Spo...


April 30, 2018

Coach certification is vital to schools

In most professions, individuals must meet high standards and earn a certification or license. This includes lawyers, medical doctors, plumbers and truck drivers. In education, teachers have to earn an instructional certificate in their subject ma...


March 12, 2018

Competitive soccer drills

Here are two drills that I used to develop skills in my players. Each has worked well with players from the youth leagues up to the high school level. 1-on-1 ball possession This drill promotes strong ball control and improves a variety of offensiv...


February 15, 2018

NFHS changes rules on home/away soccer uniforms

From the NFHS Beginning next season, visiting high school soccer teams will be required to wear solid white jerseys while the home team will wear dark colors. [caption id="attachment_14540" align="alignright" width="255"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/...


February 8, 2018

Eight tips for coaching girls at all levels

The goal for coaches is to win games and turn athletes into quality people. But there may come a time when you're asked to adjust your style to accommodate the opposite gender or coach a group of athletes you may not be familiar with. For some...


January 25, 2018

Cultivating a team identity

For four years as a player and another six as a coach at Rutgers University, “play all nine innings” was a consistent theme under our hall of fame head coach, Fred Hill. It wouldn’t be until years later, when I had my own clubs as a minor leagu...


January 23, 2018

Arizona pulls soccer referees out of handshake lines

Arizona high school soccer referees no longer need to participate in postgame handshake lines, a move to curb potential confrontations with players and coaches. According to The Arizona Republic, the Arizona Interscholastic Association made the de...


January 8, 2018

9 effective teaching methods for coaches

Productive coaches spend 75 percent of their time teaching the sport to their players, and the other 25 percent of the time coaching. With younger athletes, this gap increases with teaching becoming more important. The problem is that many coaches...