Category: News for Coaches

When Will Youth Sports Actually Serve the Needs of Youth?

Source: In late February I was traveling and speaking in Sydney and Perth, Australia, working for a variety of sports organizations including the Football (Soccer) Federation of Australia, Football New South Wales, the Western Australia Department of Sports and Recreation, and the WA Aussie Rules Football Committee. While on site, I got to visit…
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Outdoor 2018 Tryouts

Below are the date and times for tryouts. SHIN PADS ARE REQUIRED! DO NOT wear outdoor cleats to these events PLEASE ARRIVE 20 min early so we can assign pinnies Thursday March 22th Higher Level 6 to 7 – U9 Boys, U9 Girls, U11 girls 7 to 8 – U11 Boys Skills 8 to 9…
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Changes to league structure

This coming season CMSA has made some changes to their age group structure. There will no longer be U12-18 it will be changed to U13-19 using odd age groupings. For Example, this means that the birth years 2006/2005 will be playing U13 which will be full field as was U14 and so on. For those…
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2018 Indoor Provincials – locations announced

March 16 – 18, 2018 Visit the Alberta Soccer Provincials website for all Indoor 2018 locations: 

Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line in Youth Sports

Source:   Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s Director of Youth Hockey Development, was not looking forward to opening his email in January 2009. He knew it was going to be full of angry posts. He knew he and his colleagues at USA Hockey would be accused of destroying the game and taking the toughness out…
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The One Question All Coaches Should Ask Their Athletes

Source:   Coaches, imagine if there was a way to gain insight, understanding, and connection with your athletes by asking a simple question? There is. let me explain how. A few years back, I coached a talented, yet underperforming sixteen-year-old girl I will call Maddy. She was incredibly inconsistent in her play and often…
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Sport Calgary invites you to: LET THEM PLAY

source CMSA Join a positive discussion on meeting the needs of young athletes Join Sport Calgary on November 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for Just Let Them Play. This event ($15/ticket) features former NBA player Bob Bigelow discussing issues of importance in minor sport. Also in attendance for a panel discussion will be former Olympians Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Duff Gibson,…
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Bullying by the Numbers: A Breakdown of Bullying Statistics and Facts

Katelyn and Beth have sent us a link to a fantastic article at titles “Bullying by the Numbers: A Breakdown of Bullying Statistics and Facts” check it out at

The “Power of Moments” in Youth Sports

Source: The Magic Castle Hotel is one of the top three rated hotels in Los Angeles. Of its nearly 3000 reviews, 93% rate it very good or excellent, putting it above properties such as The Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton. Yet, as you flip through the photos online, you don’t see much that…
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Performance is a Behavior, NOT an Outcome!

Source: Changing the Game Project   Last week I received the following email (edited for anonymity). We get calls and emails like this quite often from amazing, passionate coaches who are trying to make a difference. Take a read: Dear John, I’m currently a head football coach…I took over the program last January after being…
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