Volunteer Parents are the lifeblood

Volunteer Parents are the lifeblood of every Youth Soccer Club or Association.  They make the organization work and determine the short- and long-term success of the youth soccer club.

My experience and understanding of youth soccer are that most organizations lose up to 50% of their volunteer base predominantly in the coaching ranks each year.  By stopping a revolving door of losing these coach volunteers the Club can enjoy coach and management experience with continuity. Clubs need to offer age and gender specific programs that fit the organizations culture to make volunteer coach experiences rewarding and enjoyable, so they will sign on for another year or even more and continue to volunteer. READ MORE

It’s not time to make a change, just relax and take it easy?

November and early December allow most organizations to pause and reflect a bit.  Board meetings will bring up new topics, as new board members come on board and try to rejuvenate the organization’s leadership. High School awards banquets or Club banquets celebrate the players and coaching achievements, and often the parental involvement for being supporters of their players.  Many organizations are beginning to work hard to improve skills with their competitive players, and in some cases, that is in-doors. READ MORE

Physical Ed Teachers, MOTI is for you!

A soccer module is being taught in elementary and middle school for at least one two-week session, and often two separate two weeks sessions every year.  What if these teachers, most of whom are not proficient at soccer, are given the tools to present to their students an all-encompassing soccer unit with measurable standards!

We have developed, with the help of Physical Education Teachers and experts in the education field, a great tool for teachers to use in their classrooms that is flexible, inexpensive, fun for the kids, and produces measurable results. READ MORE

MOTI Mobile App – In-App-Subscriptions for Foot Skills (Techniques) Available

MOTI™ Sports is pleased to announce in our latest release of MOTI Mobile the availability of in-app-subscriptions. 

We are making our famous 3D Foot Skills available for youth soccer players in both boys and girls models. We have several development levels available:

  • Foundation Foot Skills – contains eight (8) narrated 3D motion captured skills and 2 exercise 3D drills for beginning players – Priced at $0.99 per month
  • Advanced Foot Skills – contains nine (9) narrated 3D motion captured skills and 2 exercise 3D drills for players whom have mastered the Foundation Foot Skills – Priced at $1.49 per month
  • Premier Foot Skills – contains eleven (11) narrated 3D motion capture skills and 2 exercises 3D drills for players whom have mastered the Advanced Foot Skills – Priced at $1.99 per month

Users, who require Spanish, can change the language in the app user profile and on the display.

To subscribe to our 3D Skills, look for the Shopping Bag in the App in either the App-View or Web-View.

If you haven’t already, download the MOTI App for FREE at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store now. READ MORE

Hard work pays off

Wow!   December is here and the 2019 year is gone.  I want to thank each one of you for taking the time to read this column.

Every team goes through a bad stretch, when the results just don’t come.  The team plays well, they execute, but the goals just don’t come.

This takes me to 2008 when I Met Claudio “Piojo” Lopez.  Back than Club America (from the Mexican soccer league) was going thru a bad moment.  Claudio played for Club America, so I asked how he felt about the team.  He said something that stuck with me forever, “we need to just work hard.” READ MORE

COACHES CORNER: Does Nutmeg Really Belong in the Kitchen?!

I have a kid who truly loves playing soccer. There is a long list of amazing byproducts of this, including great friendships (for the kid and for me!) and learning important life skills and big life lessons (yes, again, for both us).

If I’m honest, there is also a short list of minor annoyances that have resulted from it.

Most of those are obvious: stinky cleats, missing shin pad sleeves, an ever evolving rotation of lost water bottles…There is also a not so well known one. Top of this list is something that nobody warned me about and I would never have guessed was “a thing.” READ MORE

Where are youth playing soccer in the USA?

Across the USA soccer appears as the corner stone of attracting youth and their parents as one of the best team sports. From the ages of 5 up to 12 years old, soccer is played everywhere. While all the groups below have differing offerings, the idea and end results remain the same. Get the players on a team to:

  • Have fun
  • Exercise
  • Learn skills
  • Learn to work together as a team (team work)
  • Build relationships
  • Learn to communicate
  • Develop self –confidence
  • Develop empathy for others

Recently, in visiting with a several people, I learned that depending on the “level” of soccer parents sign their player up for, the cost can range from as low as $30 to $4,500 and beyond to be “on the team”. READ MORE