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Coaches do more than shout instructions during a match. Their responsibilities include making games and practices safe for their players. Here are nine things coaches should do to insure safety:

1) Properly plan their practice/training sessions. Use the methods promoted by USSF’s Coaching Program or the ...

10/19/2012 - 09:49
Tim McCoy
Young children need to learn to use their head properly to play soccer – as in correctly heading the soccer ball.

“Heading” is a term used when a player strikes a ball in the air with his or her forehead, in order to pass or shoot the ball on goal.  When a ball is lofted in the air, members of both teams...

07/11/2012 - 10:47
PSR Staff
Being able to dribble is one of the most important skills a soccer player can possess. As players' dribbling skills improve, so will their confidence and enjoyment in playing soccer. Shielding the ball and getting in behind defenders is vital to being a good soccer player.

Make sure young players get lots of touches on the ball; the more comfortable they are handling the ball, the better they will be able to dribble.

10/20/2011 - 15:45
PSR Staff
Dribbling is just about any move through which you take the ball past your opponent. There are a variety of skills that can help players become good dribblers.

Practice passing and ball juggling with both feet. This will help you switch the ball from foot to foot in game situations. Practice moving the ball as quickly as possible.

08/20/2011 - 10:59
PSR Staff
Soccer camp can be a fun and exciting time for players that choose to participate, but the brutal summer heat can make it dangerous.

If your child is going to attend, there is some important information that both parents and children should know before going.

04/20/2011 - 12:40
PSR Staff
Strength, speed and desire are all characteristics that help make a young boy or girl a better soccer player. Another trait that is equally important is shooting and passing accuracy.

It is hard to score and pass if you cannot control where the ball is going. With that in mind, here are several helpful hints for improving accuracy with the ball.

02/07/2011 - 23:37
Joe Giardina
Coaching youth sports can be challenging for some parents. This is especially true when it comes to youth soccer. Positive and negative experiences can affect the way children view the sport for the rest of their lives.

And it is important to remember that preparation is a key to maintaining a positive environment. Here are several coaching tips and suggestions to keep in mind on game day:

01/18/2011 - 14:57
Joe Giardina
As the holiday season approaches our thoughts drift to family gatherings, parties, and special events. It’s also a great time to take a couple of months off from soccer or any sport. Enjoy time away from your game, no matter how much you love it.

Spend time with family and friends, enjoy going to the movies or just hanging with friends. Maybe even play some other sports.

12/15/2010 - 13:04
Joe Giardina
Everyone has experienced the overbearing coach – the one who runs down the sideline shouting instruction to players, yelling at opposing players or arguing with referees. In the heat of the game, it is easy for some coaches to forget that their every move is being observed by their players.

However, trailing or losing a close game does not justify unethical coaching behavior.

The following tips offer leadership advice that can benefit a novice, or seasoned, coach:

11/14/2010 - 09:46
PSR Staff
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