Monthly Archives: November 2010

Family 5, Hired Hands 0

The sport blogs are abuzz with the news of Barcelona’s superb home victory yesterday and it has me thinking of what happens when a person truly has “skin in the game.” It raises two questions for me: Can people you … Continue reading

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Confident but not really sure

It’s important to express gratitude when you have a possibility that becomes a plan. And so I must write to the parents on the Hammer team to thank them. About six months ago, at a season-end party I gave a … Continue reading

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Culture, sport and teaching

I saw Chris King, little Will Denton’s coach, at practice Wednesday. He was passing by, looking for a ball after his session had finished. I told him I used to do that, but now I ask the boys to find … Continue reading

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The Idle Coach

I’m reading The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson and it’s making me question what we’re doing in youth soccer. If you read books like The Talent Code , or just listen to popular wisdom, you know that the best players … Continue reading

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The Conundrum

This is dedicated to Gilligan, who I met at the bar in the Denver Airport this week: I assume most of my sports parents don’t expect me to make their kids into pro athletes or college scholarship winners. The fact … Continue reading

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