Parent Impact — How Your Role As A Parent Changes The Game

Soccer parent with athlete soccer game

Pitch Perfect Parents There are four roles that your organization will see on game day: Athlete Coach Referee Parent Unfortunately, parents, you’re too old to be an athlete on this team, so #1 is out. As for #2, the club has already decided on someone to do that job. The league assigns referees for our […]

MaxOne to Acquire Own It Coaching

MaxOne to scale wearable-based health and performance coaching for everyone from a 12-year old athlete to a 70-year old retiree by using Own It’s proprietary coaching process on their market leading Digital Coaching Platform (DCP). MaxOne to Acquire Own It Coaching Tech Grand Rapids, MI. MaxOne has announced that they are acquiring Own It Tech, […]

In the Wake of The Wearable Market Exploding, Users Are Looking For More

Whoop’s $200 Million Raise Forecasts What’s Next for Wearable Users (And Companies) In the Wake of The Wearable Market Exploding, User Are Looking For More On August 30, 2021, WHOOP, the wearable device company known for their popular health-tracking wrist strap, announced a 200 million dollar equity raise, on a 3.6 billion dollar valuation. If […]

3 Ways to Successfully Resolve Conflict Within Your Youth Sports Organization

Conflict Resolution: Positions, Interests, and Solutions   Few of us enjoy conflict. However, there are ways to resolve it in less painful ways. Each of the five levels of conflict intensity can be described in terms of its goals, tactics, language, and options for resolution. The five levels reflect the underlying objectives of the parties […]

Team Meetings Checklist for Coaches – How to Run a Team Formation Meeting

Team Meetings Checklist for Coaches The team formation meeting, also known as the organizational meeting or the first team meeting of the playing season, occurs shortly after players have been assigned to teams. For those clubs who hold tryouts, the meeting is held after tryouts have concluded. The purposes of the meeting are to: Introduce coaches, […]

Terrific Tournaments – Staffing, Customer Success Stars, and Superheroes

Are you dreading your club’s annual request for volunteers to staff its summer tournament? Years ago, I took on the task of redesigning the volunteer program to staff an international youth soccer tournament for about 200 teams. The work included recruiting volunteers and managing the staff on-site during the event. Fortunately for me, the focus […]

Separation for Success – Balancing Coaching, Club Leadership & Parenting

Consider how your organization addresses the key roles adults play in the experience of your athletes. It is common for adults to play multiple roles as coaches, board members, and parents of your athletes. When we mix roles or play out of position, we create conflict that can adversely affect our players. Once upon a […]

Managing Expectations Around Playing Time — The Two Most Important Questions to Ask

One of the most dreaded conversations between athletes, coaches, and parents revolves around playing time. Nobody likes it. In my workshops on conflict resolution for coaches and directors of coaching, I ask them to identify the most common types of difficult conversations and conflict they encounter. Consistently across the country, the number one answer is […]