This podcast was conceived by a parent and coach after 10 years of watching and coaching youth soccer. With two kids on three teams each, Coach Dejewski, the host of this program participated in thousands of youth soccer events from practice and games, to tournaments and fun days.
He's long believed that youth sports are meant to add value to the entire family. In the beginning, this value is obvious! Parents come out to every practice and game. They snap photos. They laugh. They fellowship with other youth sports families. They go home, kick the ball with their kids and have great talks about whatever fun stuff presents itself.
Over time, players begin to know more about the sport than their parents. Parents slowly transform into taxi drivers and walking wallets - expecting to drive all over and keep the kids in nice uniforms, well fed, on the pitch, and growing.
Support at home doesn't fade, but it transforms. Not knowing exactly what's going on, parents support their kids in the best way they know how. Their attention shifts to the scoreboard. They fall victim to Clubs with big budgets, slick marketing, and fancy fields. They lose sight - ever so slowly, on the things that really matter.
It doesn't help that youth sports is a $17 Billion big business in America. Make no mistake - Clubs and colleges know how much parents want their kids to succeed. They also know how much parents are willing to spend on helping their kids to succeed.
When our eyes are collectively fixed on the scoreboard, we miss a lot of the most important stuff happening both on and off the pitch. Have a listen as we explore, and discover the tremendous value in the youth sports experience that we have only to unlock and embrace.