Despite a lackluster 17-65 farewell season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant caps off a stunning NBA careerwith authority on Wednesday April 14th. In front of a sold-out Staple Center crowd against the Utah Jazz, the Black Mamba ended the 1,346th and final game of his 20 year career with 60 points.
He paces along the sidelines, arms crossed. Sometimes, he sits, hand on chin. Nevertheless, his expression remains stern, almost intimidating to the participants and referees alike. He closely observes the contest in its entirety, never once shifting his attention away from the action before his eyes.
Between #IBELIEVE trending across social mediaand poolside watch parties in full swing, soccer spirit was infectious and nearly unavoidable this past summer in the United States. Reverberations of this fever continue todraw attention to and interest in the future of American soccer. Certainly in Texas.
While this post is not about Soccer exactly, I think in light of today's class discussions comparing youth (American) football to youth soccer in the US it is of interest:
Today a Think Progress article came out entitled "Enrollment in Youth Football down 10%". The numbers given in the article show how youth football in America has been drastically declining since reaching a highest ever point in 2010, when over a quarter of a million young boys participating in the country's largest youth organization, and over 3 million participating in total.
Staci Klemmer discusses how her club is addressing the changes to age registration in youth soccer, and her concerns about some of the changes.
Staci Klemmer on the decisions parents will have to make for their children given the shift from school-year to calendar-year age registration in youth soccer.
Staci Klemmer on the legions of volunteers who make youth soccer work.
Staci Klemmer on confronting concussions in youth soccer.
Staci Klemmer on the stresses -- both for kids and parents -- of the spring tryout season for youth soccer.
Staci Klemmer's favorite youth soccer tournament of the year is as much about what goes on off the field as what happens on the field.
Providing youth players with quality playing and training experience can get expensive. Staci Klemmer considers the costs.
Staci Klemmer on the perils of yelling from the sidelines.
In the latest installment of his series on youth soccer, Scott Pugh looks at travel soccer.
Scott Pugh looks at how ways of identifying talent and potential can focus too much on short-term success for the club rather than a player's long term development.
Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer development. Topics include the pitfalls of identifying players with a particular position at too early an age and how adults' desire for wins can negatively impact playing time.
If we want our kids to play smarter, we must be smarter as teachers. Scott Pugh continues his look at what we're doing wrong when it comes to youth soccer development.
Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer and says the overemphasis on winning can be detrimental to development.
Scott Pugh describes how practice trumps talent -- and the importance of fun when practicing -- in the second part of his series on development in youth soccer.
Scott Pugh introduces a new series examining some of the issues surrounding youth soccer.
I am turning 30 years old next week –yes, I'm old, I know. Although I have watched 7 World Cups in this 30ish years –one of my first soccer memories is a penalty kick blocked by Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea in Italy's 1990 World Cup; also, I know a great number of you were not even born when USA played against Brazil on July 4th 1994 but I remember that game clearly–, my national team participated in none of these cups.
Favela and 'Canary Soccer Shirts'
Photography: Brazil Contemporary Rotterdam/Wikimedia Commons
With all of the recent conversation about favela destruction, drug gang violence, and a supposed World Cup of Terror in the running up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, one very unexpected Dutch immigrant is providing a ray of hope to many of the impoverished children in the favelas, through the game of football.
Steve Hann argues that too many young players are being pushed into travel soccer too soon.
Many of us would like to coach and to do that you need certification. Kevin Kinkead on how he got his "E" level certification through a recent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer course.
In case you haven't seen the press release yet, United Soccer Leagues announced on Wednesday that they will align the Premier Development League and the Super-20 League for the upcoming summer season. Each league is a part of USL's overall ... Continue reading â†’
What is the best option for aspiring and talented young players in Western New York? Take a look at Upstate New York's Thruway Soccer League. The Thruway Soccer League has at least one division for both boys and girls from ... Continue reading â†’
The Community Grant is a competition-based fundraising program that awards $2,500 to youth sport teams, clubs, associations and schools to rally their supporters to commit to a Responsible Sports environment. We award thirty (30) Grants a year. Since the Fall of 2007 we've awarded over half a million dollars to deserving youth sports organizations.
The Club soccer environment has been a rapidly changing place the last few years. The biggest change was the introduction of the US Soccer Development Academy program which operated outside of the traditional US Youth Soccer Association model. Previously youth soccer meant State Cup and pursuit of the USYSA National Championship.
The winners for the 2013 MYSA AGM Awards have been announced. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals:
Administrator of the Year Sandi Hendricks, Lake Country Soccer
Coach of the Year, Girls Competitive Hank Pernicka, Rolla Knights SC
Young Female Referee of the Year Sara Marcotte
Sara's a junior at Republic HS, she's pictured at right as a freshman during the Tiger's inaugural season
Save of the Year Josh Pittser, Missouri Youth Soccer At-Large
The Nixa Eagle's GK won for a save against Carthage, here's his 2012 Highlight reel
Coach of the Year, Boys Competitive Abdullah Parker, Billy Goat FC
Coach of the Year, Boys Recreational No Nominations Submitted
Coach of the Year, Girls Recreational Jackie Saul, Gower SC
Goal of the Year No Nominations Submitted
Volunteer of the Year Shirley McBroom, SPENSA
Young Male Referee of the Year Brad Meister
You've probably never heard a Tarheels-Bulldogs matchup lauded about in the history books. In fact, you probably don't even know who that is. And you shouldn't. There is nothing too special about the Yale Bulldogs or the University of North Carolina Tarheels when it comes to soccer. However, you may be one of the 36.
FC Barcelona is one of the most successful football clubs of all time and arguably currently the best team in the world. Although they bring in some of their best players like Neymar or Ronaldhino from other professional teams, the club credits its success to its prolific youth development academy, affectionately called "La Masia" (The.
Il y a des dizaines d'académies de football pour les aspirants joueurs de football professionnel. Les meilleures joueurs de football du monde sont formés dans ces académies de football; par exemple, David Beckham, Gareth Bale, Franz Beckenbauer, Andres Iniesta, Adam Lallana, Sep Maier, Leonel Messi, Nani, Neymar Jr.
Young Ethan Manzella, who plays for Continental FC, was recently selected to represent the US at the FCBEscola International Tournament in Barcelona. His father Jeff reports on the tournament.
Scott Pugh concludes his series looking at some of the issues surrounding development in youth soccer.
Camden Youth Soccer Club needs your help to raise money to stay continue providing a fun soccer experience for the youth of Camden. Find out some of the ways you can help out before the MLS season starts.
Here at the Brotherly Game, we are all about Youth Soccer. Some of us (i.e. Me) are board members at local clubs, and others (Eugene) are trying to start a brand new youth setup.
Using the concept of "The 3 E's: Education, Effort and Enthusiasm," coaches, players and parents can have a shared understanding of the three key focus areas that will contribute to an enjoyable season for all participants.
New youth soccer writer Adam Kaye looks at youth soccer formations and runs down the big local youth tournaments coming up over the next month.
The Union's academy coaching staff is stacked with talent and experience. Here's a look at what that means for the club long-term. Also, a few scattered thoughts about the Union post-Columbus, including the Garfan-Daniel connection, MacMath post-concussion, and Casey's impact on Le Toux.
Rowan University assistant men's soccer coach Don Norton says out in this guest column that with all young players the most important objectives for coaches are to instill a passion and love for the game.