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Mass Youth Soccer Coaching Conversations 2022

When: Tuesdays at 7:30pm throughout February and March 
Where: Virtually via Zoom
Mass Youth Soccer's Technical Directors and Expert Speakers from our partners will be presenting each Tuesday in February and March for a FREE educational series.
By ensuring that member organizations meet all Federal, State and Governing Body (FIFA, US Soccer & US Youth Soccer) requirements and providing consultation and services in these areas, Mass Youth Soccer empowers our member organizations to do what they do best; providing safe, fun, inclusive and affordable playing opportunities for children in their local communities.
Social Media Use and Mental Health: Helping Your Athletes Find BalanceBoston_Childrens_hospital_updated_graphic
April 5th at 7:30pm
Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, and Jacqueline Nesi, PhD, will be discussing social media and its impact on mental health. Dr. O’Brien is a clinical social worker in the Sports Medicine Division and Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and a research scientist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nesi is an assistant professor at Brown University and author of Techno Sapiens, a weekly newsletter about technology, psychology, and parenting. This is an important topic for parents and coaches who are involved in the development of children and teens.
You Make the Call
April 12th at 7:30pm



Managing a Lopsided Game

Managing_a_lopsided_game_socialWhether winning or losing, blowouts are not much fun. Join Mass Youth Soccer Assistant Technical Director Tommy Geis to discuss strategies for managing both sides of a difficult situation.
Date: February 1st at 7:30pm



downloadPreparing and Running Match Day

This session presented by The Coaching Manual will focus on how coaches should be ensuring that the Match Day experience is the highlight of the week for players.

  • How they can use their training session to get players ready
  • How to ensure that the players get equal playing time
  • How they as Coaches should behave on the touchline
  • How they should coach throughout the game
  • How they can provide a review for players to help them learn

Date: February 8th at 7:30pm




How HS & Club Soccer Coaches can support college-bound students & families


NCSA's Alex Washington, Director of Team Solutions, and Sue Webber, Soccer Event Partnership Director, will be providing resources and tips on how you can leverage the NCSA Team Edition™ recruiting platform, including:

  • Connecting your athletes to the world’s largest recruiting network
  • Seeing which college coaches are viewing your athletes’ profiles
  • Access to a national directory of college coaches to build your network
  • Sharing valuable and helpful recruiting resources with your families.

Date: February 15th at 7:30pm



An insight into the MLS Academy environment and the pathway to professional soccer

Join New England Revolution's Rob BecerraDirector of Youth Development for Week 4 of our Coaching Conversations. Rob oversees the Revolution Academy and directs the coaching curriculum, player development, and player identification across all four Academy age groups
Date: February 22nd at 7:30pm 



Sideline Behavior
Skye Eddy, founder of Soccer Parenting Association will discuss sideline behavior and The Sideline Project. 
  • Acknowledge the important role you play in your child's soccer experience.
  • Pledge to learn best practices for sports parenting and player development.
  • Strive to have collaborative relationships with coaches and club leaders.
  • Work to establish a Sense of Community on the team and club.
  • Reference the Soccer Parent Value Statements in your decisions.
  • Do your part to Make Youth Soccer Better.
Date: March 1st at 7:30pm
Join the team from MOJO, the Official Grassroots Coaching App of Massachusetts Youth Soccer, in discussing the most critical (but often overlooked) aspect of youth soccer: the grassroots experience. As the first touchpoint for kids and families in soccer, developing and maintaining a great grassroots program that helps attract and retain players and families is crucial. This session will cover important tactics for coach and player retention, optimizing the grassroots experience, and more.
Date: March 8th  at 7:30pm
Early Specialization
Technical Director Ian Mulliner will be diving deep in the question: "Why do coaches move children around in to different positions?". The conversation will focus on creating Individual Player Development plans based on the players cognitive, physical and psychosocial traits and emotional wants and needs.

Date: March 15th at 7:30pm
Injury Prevention


Your Injury Prevention Experts from Bay State Physical Therapy and MCR Chiropractic will be discussing their overall goal of injury prevention for athletes. They will be showing how they can assess athletes who may be predisposed to injury based on screenings. The 4 injury types that will be covered are: Concussion, Ankle, ACL and Hamstring Strain. 
Sideline Behavior (Towards Officials)
With Coach Rob Holliday and Elie Nassif, State Youth Referee Administrator.
This is a conversation about youth referees and the impact on your game
-Who are the people who carry the whistle?
-How are they different from your players?
-Do they make mistakes? How do you react?
-Do your players make mistakes? How do you react?
-If it were your teenager out there refereeing, what would your reaction be if they encountered someone like you as a coach?
-Consequences of Coach/Player/Parent actions
-Path Forward: 
What can you do to help? What is MSRC doing? How can we work together to solve some of the issues our Game faces?
Date: March 29th at 7:30pm
Date: March 22nd 7:30pm

Please contact Jaime Balboni ( with any questions regarding Coaching Conversations. ​