Wisdom from Our Coaches

The Benefits of Watching Soccer at Home

April 15, 2020

By: Jose Debernard, 2006 Boys & 2003 Girls Trainer Players often ask me “coach how can I learn new moves?” or “how can I play as such and such player?” My answer is a simple one but effective one, watch lots of soccer games on tv and study and learn from your favorite players. In…

Physical Fitness in Youth Sports

April 15, 2020

By: Lucas Palker, 2006/2007 Boys Trainer Physical Fitness In Youth Sports As we all know, physical fitness comes with numerous benefits. This is especially important when it comes to the physical fitness of our youth who are playing competitive sports. There are cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits that all come along with physical fitness and…

Why Building a Positive Team / Club Culture is a Priority at NLSA

April 11, 2020

By: Jake Nesteruk, NLSA Trainer & HS Coach As many of the players, parents, fellow coaches, supporters, naysayers, and everyone else in between who know me know, depending on the subject of conversation, I am either incredibly short and reserved, or genuinely lack the ability to stop talking—there is no gray area. Same goes for…

Watching Matches – Tips for Fans

April 11, 2020

By: Ben Chrnelich, NLSA’s Youth Development Program (YDP) Coordinator When I was a teenager and then a college player, the opportunities to watch professional soccer were limited. Every four years we would be able to watch World Cup games in low-definition with a camera that was placed at the top of the stadium! Once in…

Why Nutrition During Tournament Weekends Needs A More Serious Convo?  A Coach’s Perspective

April 11, 2020

By: Ron Stinson, NLSA Trainer In the world of competitive youth soccer, we are always looking for an advantage or an edge to take our team to the Next Level.  With very little down time, increased demands on players, parents, and coaches, and the need to compete with other town programs, clubs, and academies, the…

What Today’s Coaches Are Looking For In Prospective Student-Athletes

April 11, 2020

By: Chris Edelschein, NLSA Trainer, Director of College Recruiting & Zone 3 Coordinator In a world where athletic accomplishments are top headlines in sports, some onlookers lose sight of the true meaning behind the term “student-athlete”. If we dive into the actual words “student-athlete”, we can analyze the true meaning behind the reason athletes head…

Benefits of ODP

March 21, 2020

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP? By: Kim Maurer, NLSA Trainer, ODP Coach, HS Coach 1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one’s age group. I have been a part of the ODP program for the past 13 years and I…

Why Does NLSA Believe in High School Soccer?

March 19, 2020

By: Andrew Plunkett, NLSA Trainer & HS Coach Here at NLSA we truly believe that the high school soccer experience is something that should be part of the youth soccer journey. It has so many positives for American soccer players. Coach Andrew, who is the NLSA 2003 boys coach and also the Allentown High School…