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Coach Rich Rants

Coach Rich Rants

Real Opinions, Raw Takes. Unedited and unscripted. Views about what is going on in youth sports, primarily soccer, in my local community and across the United States. Perspectives are unique and come from that of a Club Owner/Director/Administrator, Coach, Player and Parent of a Soccer Player and also a parent of an Elite Gymnast.
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Episode 12 - Reaching Potential - Practical Actions you can take to assess and reach your potential.

Coach Rich Rants

“Coach- What can I work on to get better” tips on how to get the most out of that conversation.
It’s very common occurrence in youth sports where a player will come up to a coach after a training session or a game or a tournament and ask a question of the coach, “what should I be working on” It is a great question and kudos to those who seek feedback. This episode reviews at least what almost all players can work on but also the approach and timing to get the most thoughtful and prepared response vs an “on the fly” response.
January 25, 2020
The Problem with the Problem with US Youth Soccer - Player Identification
Too many clubs, leagues and events and the sheer size of the US make talent identification difficult. The fact that there does not seem to be enough people contributes to the problem
September 08, 2019
Youth Sports Attrition. The Role of Parents and Coaches and what we may be missing!
With all of the finger pointing that is going on, have we considered that it is not the parents or the coaches and the pressure that they put on athletes, but that the lack of recognition and ability to support athletes through puberty, may be a bigger problem than we may have realized. Some random observations to consider.
August 14, 2019
Episode 19 -Homework leads to Mastery- Ball Mastery. 10 minutes per day is like an extra practice.
It only takes 10 minutes a day. Listen to how players can improve their foot skills and get the equivalent of an extra training session per week in 10 minutes per day. Coaches should encourage home based skill acquisition aka “Homework” to encourage Individual training. Ball Mastery, moves, juggling and basic dribbling 10-20 minutes per day several days per week will improve first touch, balance, coordination, agility and confidence on the ball. Players, if you are not doing it start! Parents and Coaches, encourage your players to start and keep track of these sessions. This is ideal for multi-Sport athletes who are constantly juggling conflicting schedules and can make up the equivalent time of a missed session. Over a 5-10 year playing career, players can literally get the equivalent of seasons of extra touches by creating this habit.
February 06, 2019
Episode 18 - coach Rich Rants - We are Creating disrespectful players
As coaches and parents we need to model behavior that we want to see displayed by our kids on the soccer field. It seems these days that more and more players are critical of one another, their coaches and the referees which does not honor the game.
January 20, 2019
Episode 17 - Nothing is absolute- shiny object syndrome - It still Takes a Village
There are more than one way to develop soccer players and we should be careful to adopt the next shiny object
December 28, 2018
Episode 16 - It takes a Village! The Problem with “The Problem with US Youth Soccer”
It’s Takes a Village - the Problem with the Problem with Youth Soccer is that kids can’t access the whole village because the corners are guarded by the bullies.
December 17, 2018
Episode 15 - Futsal, Dasherboards and Player Development
It is the time of year for indoor leagues...futsal, dasher boards, etc. What is good, what are concerns and how to ensure that these supplemental programs add to vs take away from player development.
December 11, 2018
Episode 14 - Goal Setting and Tracking - Athletics and Life Skills
How and why to create goal setting, journaling, and other habits to help realize potential and develop life skills in the process.
November 27, 2018
Episode 13- Speed of Play and Decision Making
What separates players at the next level? Speed of Play and Decision Making
November 21, 2018
Podcast #11 - Seasonal Transition Priorities In Youth Soccer.
Podcast Episode 11- long term athletic development based on age and time of year.
November 06, 2018
Episode 10 - Life lessons..”being the most prepared athlete on the field.”
The impact of coaching on players. Life Lessons- “being the most prepared athlete on the field”
October 28, 2018
Episode 9 - What you may not know about the Pay to Play Model
The problem with the problem with US Youth Soccer. A perspective on what the “Pay to Play” Model in Club Sports is where it is Today!
October 21, 2018
Episode 8 - Multi-Sport vs Sports Specialization
Multisport vs Sport Specialization- it may be a matter of perspective.
October 16, 2018
Episode 7 - How quickly it ends- HS Senior Night
It is over before you know it. High School Senior Night
October 10, 2018
Episode 6 - Soccer Tournaments
Episode 6- Soccer Tournaments - Well intended but not without challenge
October 07, 2018
Episode 5 - Review of 10 Signs your kids Coach is a bully
Episode 5 - A Recent Blog Article that recounted a book that was written by the blog’s author that recounted the bad situation and pointed out what to look for. In this episode I review the article and share a point of view that makes the signs less cut and dry.
October 02, 2018
Episode 4 - this is club soccer why are we losing 10-0
When do results matter - development priorities for u8-u10
September 26, 2018
Episode 3 - Prequel - an introduction
Prequel to the Podcast Series, an Introduction
September 23, 2018
Episode 2 - Playing Time vs Team Status - the Dilemna
This episode was recorded over the summer right after tryouts as a video blog that I never published. Very interesting takes on selecting team status over Playing time and development.
September 22, 2018