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.


The Problem with the Problem with US Youth Soccer - Player Identification
Sep 8 • 18 min
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
Youth Sports Attrition. The Role of Parents and Coaches and what we may be missing!
Aug 14 • 27 min
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…
19 -Homework leads to Mastery- Ball Mastery. 10 minutes per day is like an extra practice.
Feb 6 • 17 min
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…
18 - coach Rich Rants - We are Creating disrespectful players
Jan 20 • 19 min
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.
17 - Nothing is absolute- shiny object syndrome - It still Takes a Village
Dec 28, 2018 • 15 min
There are more than one way to develop soccer players and we should be careful to adopt the next shiny object
16 - It takes a Village! The Problem with “The Problem with US Youth Soccer”
Dec 16, 2018 • 17 min
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.
15 - Futsal, Dasherboards and Player Development
Dec 10, 2018 • 26 min
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.
14 - Goal Setting and Tracking - Athletics and Life Skills
Nov 27, 2018 • 22 min
How and why to create goal setting, journaling, and other habits to help realize potential and develop life skills in the process.
13- Speed of Play and Decision Making
Nov 21, 2018 • 31 min
What separates players at the next level? Speed of Play and Decision Making
12 - Reaching Potential - Practical Actions you can take to assess and reach your potential.
Nov 12, 2018 • 16 min
Realizing your Potential as an Athlete.
Podcast #11 - Seasonal Transition Priorities In Youth Soccer.
Nov 5, 2018 • 39 min
Podcast Episode 11- long term athletic development based on age and time of year.
10 - Life lessons..”being the most prepared athlete on the field.”
Oct 28, 2018 • 24 min
The impact of coaching on players. Life Lessons- “being the most prepared athlete on the field”
9 - What you may not know about the Pay to Play Model
Oct 21, 2018 • 25 min
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!
8 - Multi-Sport vs Sports Specialization
Oct 15, 2018 • 30 min
Multisport vs Sport Specialization- it may be a matter of perspective.
7 - How quickly it ends- HS Senior Night
Oct 10, 2018 • 17 min
It is over before you know it. High School Senior Night
6 - Soccer Tournaments
Oct 7, 2018 • 21 min
Episode 6- Soccer Tournaments - Well intended but not without challenge
5 - Review of 10 Signs your kids Coach is a bully
Oct 1, 2018 • 28 min
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…
4 - this is club soccer why are we losing 10-0
Sep 26, 2018 • 19 min
When do results matter - development priorities for u8-u10
3 - Prequel - an introduction
Sep 23, 2018 • 6 min
Prequel to the Podcast Series, an Introduction
2 - Playing Time vs Team Status - the Dilemna
Sep 22, 2018 • 23 min
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.
1 - Big + Fast is not always “Athletic”
Sep 19, 2018 • 6 min