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The Culture of Winning hurts player development

Posted by Roddy on March 20, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I would like to talk some of the important problems facing youth soccer (between the ages of about 5-13).

When it comes to youth soccer clubs, ask yourself this question:

Is the primary focus on what the club can do for the young player, or what the young player can do for the club?

Unfortunately in the U.S., our cultural beliefs idealize winning as the sole marker of success. Many clubs are driven by an insatiable appetite for winning, instantaneous gratification, and a pr...

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How to be prepared

Posted by Paul Kelshaw on June 25, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)


We tend to share different ideas, but i would like to share the following. Please share this with your soccer players and parents. Being prepared takes time, effort, preparation.

1.Drink more water: By now, this one should go without saying. Water is the number one thing your body needs for survival (not soda, or Red Bull!), so how can you possibly expect to perform at a high level if you're not drinking enough? How much is enough?...

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Respect the Referee

Posted by Paul Kelshaw on March 2, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The referees on Long Island have various degrees of experience and ability. There are many times when the game is in the hands of a novice referee, possibly handling the game for the first time. Go easy on the referee! He or she has a hard job and they are usually inexperienced teenagers or elderly men (who sometimes referee 4-5 games back to back). Just remember it could be your child out there someday or an even scarier thought is it could be YOU. How would you want to be treated?

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Coaching Philosophy (what i'm about)

Posted by Paul Kelshaw on February 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been involved with HLSC for nearly two years, initially starting as trainer for the winter program and eventually becoming the clubs first Director of Coaching. During this time a have coached well over 500 kids and every travel team in the club. I talk to board members, coaches, trainers and parents on a weekly basis and am constantly talking to the kids on and off the field. Many people who are part of the club are familiar with my training methods but I want to be sure that everyo...

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HLSC experienced significant growth in 2014

Posted by Paul Kelshaw on January 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hewlett-Lawrence Soccer Club (HLSC), is the largest youth sports organization in the Five Towns that offers professional training and high quality programs. HLSC saw an increase in participation over the past year — a figure I believe was indicative of the growing interest in soccer across the United States the excitement generated by the 2014 FIFA World Cup in addition to my ever increasing role as director of coaching.

In 2014, HLSC saw its registration grow with significant in...

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