Monthly Archives: July 2013

Building a Community

As a sport soccer is pretty simple and so are the ideas behind developing talent. There seem to be different factions out there all with their own interest from clubs, to parents, to coaches, MSYSA, to high schools, colleges etc…We are hoping this site will provide a Rosetta Stone or Tower of Babel so that we can all speak and understand one another better. Wouldn’t it be great to get the coaches perspective on what they are looking for, or for clubs to hear from parents what matters most? I feel education to all parties involved could really evolve the soccer scene within Michigan. Not due to secret training methodologies or affiliations but through a common understanding. We think the most important component however is the kids and that they are the main focus of all our youth soccer efforts. In the end if they are put as the priority in all of this we will parent better, coach better, run our organizations better all for their benefit resulting in their absolute love for the game. And those who have real success with the sport are those who have that undying passion for the game, not because their parents want them to get scholarships, or because they are the fastest kid at U8. Let’s work together and not create scholarship robotic soccer monsters, lets create a postive community for them to thrive and develop as great people and great players.

New Soccer Forum Live

Focused primarily on the Michigan Soccer Scene discussing topics from rec, club, high school, and college levels our plan is for this to be a great place to inquire, discover, share and learn about and from the Michigan Soccer Scene. The landscape in youth soccer continues to change and evolve as more and more folks with ability, talent, and knowledge contribute to the sport making it a very exciting time and this will be a great place to share these things.

When I was a kid playing premiere level soccer didn’t warrent a coach with an accent, we had a coach who was more familiar with touch downs than touch lines. Nowadays (man there is nothing that ages you like starting a sentence with that phrase) U5 and U6 rec kids might have a licensed club coach providing them with fantastic training, or maybe just Timmy’s dad lol

Hey Folks!

Welcome to stepuptotheball.com! A place to share and discuss youth soccer from the good, bad, and ugly.

The name of the site is based on a phrase my favorite coach hollered constantly with his 5’3 stature and his thick Cameroonian accent the man truly made a mark in the one year he coached me. So please come in and “Step up to de ball!” with us to discuss the best youth sport in the world.