Words of Wisdom for Coaches, Referees, Parents and Players
Every so often, we come across some words of wisdom which we would like to share with our coaches and referees. Here are our first two entries, on coaching little ones from Ellen Lamm, Winthrop Harbor / Zion / Beach Park, Illinois and an extraordinary and wonderful story from Rob Kerby from the Central Ozarks Soccer League in Arkansas. Plus two stories from women referees - the first from Virginia Staabs in Tehachapi, cogent reasons why you should be a referee . . . , the second from Ann Wright Pitts on her experiences moving from sideline to the center. Cartoonist Randy Glasbergen graciously allowed us to reproduce a witty take on the parent's dilemma. Finally, some words from Region 76's former Commissioner, Cliff Bochner, about "encouraging" players.
A CHRISTMAS TALE: View a beautiful short film, 12 to 13 minutes, about the true story of English and German soldiers playing a game of soccer on Christmas during World War I. You will need Windows Media Player, Quicktime or Real Player and it will work better with a fast connection.
STREET SOCCER Catch Pelada, an award-winning documentary made by a young couple, both successful soccer players at the college level, who set out to play street soccer all over the world. The movie is available on Netflix. Suitable for soccer families of all ages.
TEN THOUSAND PLANES: Michael Karlin's article in the Beverly Hills Weekly a few years ago about whether there is too much violence in youth sports.
From "Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen", posted with special permission. For many more cartoons, please visit Randy's site @ www.glasbergen.com or click on the cartoon.