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Should My Child Play Up? The Do’s and Don’ts of Moving Kids to Older Age Groups

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/child-play-dos-donts-moving-kids-older-age-groups/ by John O’Sullivan   Manchester United’s Carrington Training Center is not only one of the finest youth soccer academies in the world. On every field, the future of the club is evident, as aspiring young players dodge, weave, pass and move the United way. At the same time,…
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Yes this happened!

source: CMSA   YES, THIS HAPPENED ! I have been refereeing since 1993 and have officiated over 4000 games. I have also coached over 850 games since 1992. Since joining CMSA in 2010, I have become aware of truly unfortunate situations that occur within the game of soccer in Calgary. Most games are fun and entertaining for everyone involved. The…
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3 Myths that are Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for our Kids

Source: Changing the game project – changingthegameproject.com/3-myths-that-are-destroying-the-youth-sports-experience-for-our-kids/ by John O’Sullivan   Every year, I travel throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe, and give well over 100 presentations to parents and coaches. I speak to tens of thousands of people about youth sports, coaching, and athlete development. Every time I do a live event, I…
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The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/the-one-quality-great-teammates-have-in-common/ by John O’Sullivan   “Coach, can I talk to you?” “Sure,” I said. “What’s on your mind today Michael?” “Well, I just want to know what I can do so I get to start more games and get more playing time as a center midfielder. I don’t think…
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The 4 Biggest Problems in Youth Sports Today

Source: Changing the game project – changingthegameproject.com/4-the-biggest-problems-in-youth-sports-today/ by John O’Sullivan   When you run an organization such as the Changing the Game Project, you hear many youth sports stories from parents, coaches, and players. Some stories are absolutely heartbreaking, others inspiring. Recently I encountered the absurd. Many of us have seen the news about a…
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The Enemy of Excellence in Youth Sports

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/the-enemy-of-excellence-in-youth-sports/ by John O’Sullivan   “My daughter is the tallest fourth grader in her class and loves to play basketball,” said a father to me recently. “Sadly, I know that she will ultimately grow to be of average height.  Since she is now only allowed to rebound and give…
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Don’t Turn Your Young Athlete Into a Mini Me

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/dont-turn-young-athlete-mini/ by John O’Sullivan   “Dad, am I a disappointment to you?” My son asked, choking back tears. I stopped dead in my tracks. We were walking out of a local amusement park on our way to the car. We had spent the day at the park to bond.…
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Is “Fear of Missing Out” Ruining Youth Sports?

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/fomo-ruining-youth-sports/ by John O’Sullivan   I remember the day I coached my son TJ’s first soccer game. He was only five, and I was so proud, so excited, and couldn’t wait for him to play the game I loved. There was one problem. He didn’t want to play. When…
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Developing Warriors, not Winners, is the Path to Excellence

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/developing-warriors-not-winners-path-excellence/ by John O’Sullivan   (This week’s blog is written by Reed Maltbie, our new Chief Content Officer and Lead Presenter for Changing the Game Project. If you haven’t seen Reed present for us yet, check out his amazing TED talk on the lasting power of a coach’s words. Drop him…
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