Ranting Soccer Dad

Ranting Soccer Dad

anchor.fm/ranting-soccer-dad
Frank but fair conversations and occasional silliness about youth soccer. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ranting-soccer-dad/support
RSD short: A meditation on losing and coaching
Nov 18 • 14 min
You can’t fix luck. But can you rethink things? Can you find holes in what you’re being taught? Why do people who follow the rules always lose? If you hurl a bag of balls, cones and pinnies off a cliff, does it make a sound? Become a supporter of this…
RSD 10-9-18: We need refs! Not just me!
Oct 9 • 27 min
One thing we all know but becomes more vivid when you become a referee: We need more referees. A funny story or two from a long weekend on the field illustrates the point. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ranting-soccer-dad/support
RSD short: Funny youth stories, USSF arrogance and NASL spin
Sep 20 • 41 min
How’s the new “Play/Practice/Play” model working? Probably not as well for me with the number of kids I’m coaching. That’s the first topic here. Then it’s funny reffing stories. I get to USSF coaching education arrogance around the 18-minute mark, and…
RSD short Aug 10 2018: On Twitter and Cordeiro
Aug 10 • 16 min
Personal news: I’m boycotting Twitter over the Alex Jones situation and related misdeeds, and The Guardian has just posted my story on Carlos Cordeiro’s first six months. Youth soccer news: What can Cordeiro’s task force do to stop the insanity? Become a…
RSD Short: New US Youth chairman, WoSo and aspirations
Aug 3 • 20 min
New format for the pod! Today’s topics are the new U.S. Youth Soccer chairman (with some discussion of USSF president Carlos Cordeiro), WoSo and feminism (with some discussion of Hannah Gadsby), and some RSD content updates. Become a supporter of this…
RSD38: A productive promotion/relegation chat
Jul 24 • 84 min
Soccer writer Kyle Williams joins the podcast this week to talk about promotion and relegation, proving that we can talk about such things without bloodshed. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ranting-soccer-dad/support
RSD37 (pt 2): Shoeless Soccer’s Nathan Richardson
Jul 18 • 48 min
This is part two of a lengthy but worthwhile interview with Nathan Richardson, co-author of a book called Shoeless Soccer. The title isn’t necessarily advocating that we all toss our boots in the trash, but the book does suggest that we’ve organized…
RSD37 (pt 1): Drills? Travel? PLAY! Guest: Nathan Richardson
Jul 18 • 46 min
Nathan Richardson, co-author of Shoeless Soccer, joins the podcast this week to talk about the radical yet somewhat globally accepted ideas in his book. Basically, instead of turning soccer into an expensive coach-driven activity, why not let kids learn…
RSD36: Player pathways, college and elite leagues, with Lesle Gallimore
Jun 8 • 42 min
Lesle Gallimore has been head women’s soccer coach at the University of Washington since 1994, and she’s the current president of United Soccer Coaches. In this conversation, we talk about how college coaches adapt their recruiting to the new “elite…
RSD35: Dennis Crowley on putting together a soccer pyramid
May 18 • 57 min
Dennis Crowley didn’t just start a soccer team. He created a laboratory for “open-source soccer.” He shares business and financial info on his NPSL club, the Kingston Stockade, on Medium. And though Kingston might not be the likeliest market to have a…
RSD34: The USL/youth hybrid Richmond Kickers, with Daryl Grove
May 14 • 47 min
The guest is Daryl Grove of the popular Total Soccer Show podcast. The topic is his hometown club, the Richmond Kickers, which has a couple of decades of history as a youth soccer club with a professional team on top of and integrated into its internal…
RSD33: Soccer played in Germany, with Ian Plenderleith
May 4 • 64 min
Today’s guest is an English/American/German soccer writer/referee/parent/coach/player. He’s Ian Plenderleith, and we had a good conversation about the differences in the USA and Germany — at least, as many of them as we could fit in a one-hour chat. Read…
RSD32: Christian Lavers on ECNL/DA, U.S. Club/U.S. Youth competition
Apr 25 • 51 min
Maybe they’re not turf wars. Maybe it’s just healthy competition. Christian Lavers is fully immersed in the complicated landscape of U.S. youth soccer. He’s a technical director with FC Wisconsin and an executive with the ECNL and U.S. Club Soccer. And…
RSD31: Grassroots and futsal, with Leslie Hamer and Jason Longshore
Apr 11 • 57 min
It’s a futsal/grassroots doubleheader! After a brief intro (no full rant this week), you’ll hear from Leslie Hamer, who works with futsal at every level from the grassroots to the pros. She has been getting futsal into New York City public schools and now…
RSD30: Announcement time
Mar 28 • 22 min
This week: The Ranting Soccer Dad Guide to Youth Soccer is officially underway. Check out the first couple of entries and support it on Patreon. In the podcast, I spend about five minutes explaining all that. Then I go on a rant about the generation gap…
RSD29: A random but interesting coach/parent, Mike Davitt
Mar 14 • 53 min
Do you know Mike Davitt? Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t, either. He’s a longtime soccer coach who, like many longtime soccer coaches do, also became a soccer parent. He’s originally from Kearny, N.J., hallowed ground for U.S. soccer. After listening to a…
RSD28: SAY Soccer’s Doug Wood
Mar 7 • 56 min
After today’s explanation of the upcoming Guide to Youth Soccer (3:00) and a rant about promotion/relegation (4:15), my guest (12:30) is Doug Wood, executive director of SAY (Soccer Association for Youth). He starts by explaining what SAY does — mostly…
RSD27: Julie Foudy finds reasons to be optimistic about youth soccer
Mar 1 • 58 min
Today’s guest has an impossible task: Make me feel better about youth soccer, and soccer in general, and youth sports in general … maybe just life in general. But she’s faced tougher tasks. She’s Julie Foudy, Hall of Fame soccer player and ESPN…
RSD26: Charles Boehm on the U.S. Soccer election and youth soccer
Jan 24 • 44 min
This week’s guest, Charles Boehm, is a player, coach, referee and writer — check out his intro at the 2:45 mark and learned where he played alongside future non-U.S. national teamers. Like me, he was in Philadelphia for the United Soccer Coaches…
RSD25: Phillypalooza election preview, the disappointing USSF coaching education overhaul, and being nice
Jan 17 • 44 min
Point 1: Why this weekend will be huge for the U.S. Soccer presidential election. (2:02) Included in that: Why I’m skeptical of current election projections (including a NewsRadio reference), what the Number 1 issue in this election should be (8:10), a…
RSD24: An election-related New Year’s resolution
Jan 3 • 25 min
No interview lined up, so what’s the rant this week? How the United Soccer Coaches convention in Philadelphia might help us reset the hostility-to-substance ratio in the presidential race. Who I would NOT endorse for U.S. Soccer president, based on what I…
RSD23: The convoluted U.S. Soccer presidential race and the educational Soccer Parenting Summit
Dec 13, 2017 • 38 min
Beau flies solo for the likely 2017 RSD finale and talks about the magnificent seven or the elite eight to reach this stage of the USSF presidential race. At the 15-minute mark, he tries to sum up 20-some hours of the Soccer Parenting Summit. Happy…
RSD22: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Paul Lapointe
Dec 6, 2017 • 60 min
If you want to skip Beau’s rant on the good and bad of US Club Soccer, Sunil Gulati and Twitter, skip to the 15-minute mark. That’s where you’ll find the interview with Paul Lapointe, one of the first candidates to declare his intent to run for the U.S.…
RSD21: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Eric Wynalda
Dec 1, 2017 • 75 min
Eric Wynalda has played in multiple World Cups, Germany, MLS, etc. He’s been a successful coach and commentator. Yes, we talk about promotion/relegation. In fact, we did it first just so you single-issue types can listen and then bail out. If you want to…
RSD20: Mediating the NASL/USSF suit with Neil Morris
Nov 29, 2017 • 92 min
Neil Morris covers his local teams — North Carolina FC and the North Carolina Courage — for WRAL. His work includes a terrific podcast, the Inverted Triangle. In his day job, he’s an attorney and mediator. So why not combine his areas of expertise and try…
RSD19: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Kyle Martino
Nov 15, 2017 • 44 min
A vote for Kyle Martino is actually a vote for a network of people that he believes can solve the problems in U.S. Soccer. He’s going to bring them together in early December to flesh out a “progress plan” that he outlines on his site. He’s already hard…
RSD18: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Mike Winograd
Nov 8, 2017 • 52 min
He doesn’t have the name recognition of Eric Wynalda, he hasn’t been in the U.S. Soccer inner circle like Carlos Cordeiro, and he hasn’t been campaigning as long as Steve Gans. But Mike Winograd is an interesting candidate for the USSF presidency. He’s a…
RSD17: Adding tiers to the U.S. soccer cake, with NPSL’s Jef Thiffault
Nov 1, 2017 • 32 min
Jef Thiffault is the managing director for the NPSL, an elite amateur league that’s been sometimes pulled into promotion/relegation discussions. But he used to work for MLS and SUM. Mind blown yet? It’s actually an encouraging discussion that gives the…