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An Inspirational Quote...
Every coach should remember before stepping out onto the pitch

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: Which One Are You?

Dr Dweck's Research For Athletes & Coaches

Here is an excerpt from an article about Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University:

Through more than three decades of systematic research, [Carol Dweck] has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.

Being a good sport ranks as top 'fun' factor in study of youth sports
It is estimated that about 70 percent of kids drop out of organized sports by the time they reach middle school

If you think winning is one of the key determinants that makes organized sports fun for kids think again: Winning along with other mental bonuses ranked near the bottom of 81 determinants of fun, each of which falls into one of 11 big fun factors, according to a new study. In this first of a kind study, a research team used a method called concept mapping in order to map "fun" in youth sport.

Suggestions for Snacks and Drinks
Creating a Culture of Health for our Players

The Castro Valley Soccer Club wants to encourage parents and coaches to stay informed of ways to keep our kids healthy.  With that in mind, we’d like to share some links and articles about snacks and drinks. 

Do captains matter in youth soccer?
by Mike Woitalla, October 8th, 2013

“It’s a leadership program in progress,” says Carter, who served as U.S. Soccer’s Director of Youth Development in 1995-2001. “Any club that is thinking to the future -- they’ll be embracing how do we do better at leadership as well.  Just like in technical and tactical competencies, identifying the things we have to get better at, I think you have to get better helping people become better captains.”


 "Soccer is a game of skill, imagination, creativity and decision-making. Coaching should not stifle, but enhance those elements."

- Bobby Howe, U.S. Soccer, former director of coaching, professional and National Team coach


Parallel Play
Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Education

Parallel play is when children play alongside each other.  It is important for early childhood coaches and administrators to teach this reality to the children’s parents and to let everyone know it is OK to play swarm ball at U6 and U8.

What makes a good coach?

Many people think that if you have played the sport, you are qualified to coach it. Wrong! (if this were true, all actors would make good directors, and all students would make good teachers)

Making effort its own reward
Value of effort

A key life lesson responsible coaches can teach their youth athletes is the value of effort. Throughout their lives – in sports, school, family and friendship and career – success requires effort.

In Youth Sports, Losing is for Champions
By KJ DELL'ANTONIA - March 6, 2012

As hard as it is, we parents should embrace, and even welcome, every single loss.

It’s the nature of the game (or the race, or the tournament) that there are more losers than winners. The former Olympic skier Edie Thys Morgan urges parents to give up on “secretly hoping for success every time” in her blog this month.

The Power of Positive Coaching
By DAVID BORNSTEIN - October 20, 2011

Coaches can be enormously influential in the lives of children. If you ask a random group of adults to recall something of significance that happened in their fourth or fifth grade classroom, many will draw a blank. But ask about a sports memory from childhood and you’re likely to hear about a game winning hit, or a dropped pass, that, decades later, can still elicit emotion. The meaning that coaches or parents help young people derive from such moments can shape their lives.