Tips to make your practices fun - Part 2

coaching fun practice Aug 10, 2018

We like to share articles, research, anecdotes, and other stories talking about the need to make youth sports fun again, well how about some actual tips on doing just that.

It can be easy to get swept up in the professionalization of youth sports.  We all want our best for our kids and the players we are coaching so why not teach them the things we see professionals do to excel in their sport?  Well if you are reading this you know why, and if not perhaps check out our Facebook feed...

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Transformational coaching leads to a Wimbledon title?

June 5th, 2016 – a day for tennis history.  Novak Djokovic triumphed in the final of the French Open, capturing the grand slam he had been chasing for so long.  He became just the 8th player in men’s tennis history to have won all 4 major championships at least once. However, even more impressively, he became the first man in 47 years to hold all four majors at once (he won the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and US Open, and the 2016 Australian Open as well). Even the...

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Standing, as a country, with Humboldt

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2018

I write this with the understanding that it will likely be lost in the sea of responses, but I write anyway. Perhaps for my own form of therapy. I write to help me express my feelings. If one other person reads this and can gain any comfort, then that's a bonus.

This past week, people across the world have been shaken in the aftermath of the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. When I first heard word, I was deeply saddened, but I moved on....

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Tips to make your practices fun - Part 1

We like to share articles, research, anecdotes, and other stories talking about the need to make youth sports fun again, well how about some actual tips on doing just that.

It can be easy to get swept up in the professionalization of youth sports.  We all want our best for our kids and the players we are coaching so why not teach them the things we see professionals do to excel in their sport?  Well if you are reading this you know why, and if not perhaps check out our Facebook feed...

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Making changes to the youth soccer model - Part 2

This week’s blog is a follow up to last week, and is intended for any clubs considering significant program or other changes.  The idea is to identify areas that went well and areas that caused headaches for RCYSC, in the hopes that other clubs can learn from and enact change more efficiently and positively.


"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better."

Georg C. Lichtenberg

As we wrote about last week,...

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Making changes to the youth soccer model

RCYSC challenges the status quo when it comes to delivering youth soccer programming

“Innovation is seeing what everyone sees and thinking what nobody has thought.”

Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi

The (possible paraphrased) quote above was originally intended for researchers by the person who discovered vitamin C.  Innovation has long been the standard in medicine, business, technology, and countless other areas of humanity, but it has had a hard time entering into coaching and...

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Let the kids play

I post a lot about youth sports, kids development, free play, and all these great things. But yesterday I finally got to live it with my own kid and the team I coach.

Monday was Family Day in BC. I had suggested to the parents of the U7 soccer team I coach that I was considering cancelling practice and I got several looks of "pleased don't, my kid needs the running around, and I like the 1 hour break". So alright, I checked the forecast and lo-and-behold, it was to be sunny on Monday. So...

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