JR. High: Heat Illness

Reminder time for staying hydrated and training smarter. If you are going to an all day concert at Acrisure Stadium, Key Bank Pavilion or AE Amphitheater on the North Side—soccer camp, a softball tournament or swimming at the pool. Please remember to start your day with proper hydration and nutrition. Here are some things toContinue reading “JR. High: Heat Illness”

Jr. High: FIFA warm up’s:

It is summer time. High school soccer players are doing optional conditioning sessions to prepare for the compressed and condensed fall season in Pennsylvania that runs from mid August to Halloween. One key part to conditioning is making the running/training game like to prepare for the challenges on the rubberized pitches. Our friends at FIFAContinue reading “Jr. High: FIFA warm up’s:”

Jr. High: Next level thinking

I found this article to be very simple and concise in explaining what was once called total football. There are a few clubs that have the skilled players to pull this off this form of soccer. This is truly the coaches dream scenario. While this may not apply to the game we play, it isContinue reading “Jr. High: Next level thinking”

2022- Happy Easter and all faith celebrations.

In the Western Pennsylvania Youth Soccer world there are no Travel games this weekend and all the regional leagues appear to have taken the weekend off to celebrate the Christian holiday. Since football is a global game we also need to recognize the other faiths of our one world community. Our Jewish, Muslim and EasternContinue reading “2022- Happy Easter and all faith celebrations.”

Burnout is real and it’s still April.

Some days the topic is coaching, some days playing, some days storytelling. Today’s story is a little bit of venting and a little bit of sharing. Over the past few weekends the cycle keeps repeating. The only way to change the culture is to tell the story, get it into the light so more eyesContinue reading “Burnout is real and it’s still April.”

Jr.High: journaling nutrition and workload

Now that we have come to the end of this short season we can look back and reflect on things we did well, things we should continue doing and things we need to work on. One way to keep track of this is by journaling and reflecting. The more data you have to reflect onContinue reading “Jr.High: journaling nutrition and workload”

US Soccer: Nutrition and Hydration

Hello Players and Family Members: I wanted to take a moment to share this resource from US Soccer to review the needs for an active footballer. Way back when I was playing high school soccer there was no interactive tool and the big school of though before a game was to carb-load. McDonald’s really wasn’tContinue reading “US Soccer: Nutrition and Hydration”

Jr.High: Change the Game- Create a community of futbol.

The 8th graders were given a task to plan tomorrow’s training session. Why would a coach do that? Maybe to see if the students retain what they have learned? Maybe to see if they have some take home ideas to carry over their futbol training to an unofficial pick-up capacity once the season ends. OneContinue reading “Jr.High: Change the Game- Create a community of futbol.”

Jr.High: game day 17Sept21 Mt Pleasant.

Greetings ladies and parental units, Just making sure you’re staying hydrated as today will be another hot one! Just a note— on my notebooks I usually carry around—one tracks my workouts and nutrition. This is some thing I have been doing since college and was really key when I followed weight watchers to drop fromContinue reading “Jr.High: game day 17Sept21 Mt Pleasant.”

Jr.High: 15Sept Where? Pt. 2

It was nice to see the updates to the board tonight at practice. I’m hoping by now you have figured out my second goal for all of you by now! You may want to share this topic with your adult figures so they get a feel for this development path. For the record I’m motContinue reading “Jr.High: 15Sept Where? Pt. 2”