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Changing the Game- John O’Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Following nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach, O’Sullivan began working to reshape youth sports and inspire a major shift in culture. After serving as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers in Bend, he founded the Changing the Game Project and is now an international speaker and national best-selling author of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports back to Our Kids. His writing has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America Magazine and The Soccer Wire. More information can be found at Skye Eddy Bruce, a former Women’s National Team player, founded the Soccer Parenting Association and Here they provide resources on how to help parents figure out how to support their children when the underperform, make mistakes, struggle with coaches, etc. They help parents help their children develop growth mindsets and allow them to thrive during and after their soccer playing experience. They have great blog articles for parents and players covering a wide range of topics from experts in the game.

An Essential Lesson from Christian Pulisic’s Parents

Youth Soccer Needs A Reality Check

3 Important Ways Parents Can Help Improve Youth Soccer

Positive Coaching Alliance- PCA focuses on developing better parents, coaches, athletes and leaders. They have a wide range of resources for parents on their blog and through their programs. Please visit the parents section here.

Winning Youth Coaching- Excellent information from coaching experts across a wide range of sports. Information is available via blog, podcast or workshops. There are hundreds of articles and podcasts covering a wide range of topics for both coaches and parents including nutrition, psychology, injury prevention, motivation, specialization, etc.

Other Articles & Resources:

Investigating the Complexity of Youth Athlete Development and the IOC Consensus Statement

How to Teach Your Kids to Juggle

The One Exercise Program Reducing ACL Injures By 90 in Women

Coaching to Develop Players vs. Coaching to Win: Some Examples

Growth Mindset Introduction: What it Is, How it Works, and Why it Matters

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