By Robert Hay and Coach Reed
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Shot Happens is a podcast all about the trials and tribulations of youth soccer in America. Show hosts Coach Reed (the Cranky Veteran) and Robert Hay (the Thoughtful Rookie) discuss the hot topics all soccer parents face. No shots are held as they tell all and help you navigate the wild world of competitive soccer.
||CleanShot Happens #11: Alphabet Soup with Beau Dure||This episode was so good it took a while to marinate. Noted soccer journalist and youth league expert Beau Dure joins the podcast to discuss the alphabet soup of youth soccer leagues. We answer tough questions like how do you know which league is a good one, why are there a mess of acronyms in [...]||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens #10: A Player’s Perspective with Jonathan Molik||Do you ever wonder what a travel player is thinking? What bugs him or her, what s/he likes or dislikes about a program, and what some of the things are you wish they would share but can’t, for any number of reasons? In this post-book #1 release of Shot Happens, Reed and Robert Hay are [...]||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens #9 – Maintaining Work/Life Balance||Parents runs around driving their kids to practices, games, and social events so much that it is almost a second job. So how does a good academy parent manage their real job and their “second” one, all while being able to enjoy the experience of seeing their child (or children) play competitive soccer? Special guest [...]||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens #8 – Interview with Tommy Park of Alexandria Soccer Association||We have another special guest on this week to talk about the tough topic of ongoing player evaluations. Tommy Park is the executive director of the Alexandria (VA) Soccer Association. After years of coaching in the DC area high school and professional ranks, Tommy became the club’s first full-time executive director in 2011 and has [...]||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens: Blowouts = The Bad Kind of Running in Soccer||In youth travel soccer, blowouts are inevitable. As hard as administrators and coaches try to match teams in tournaments and leagues equally, so games are just lopsided. Or the teams are evenly matched but one just plays better that day and the final score is 8-0. What happens next and how do we deal with [...]||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens: It’s time to quit soccer… for the season?||Travel soccer players today are pressured into playing the sport year-round. But is it better to take a break and do multiple activities? Or should a player try to hone their craft as much as possible? Spoiler alert - it's ok to join chess club in the winter instead.||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens: KYSA Technical Director Adrian Parrish on USSF||Shot Happens Podcast Hosted by: Robert Hay and Coach Reed You’ve heard all of the opinions on what is wrong with U.S. soccer (or U.S. Soccer) and how to fix it, but have you heard from someone who is on the frontlines of improving the game today? You will in this episode. KYSA Technical Director [...]||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf it s broken…fix it.||Shot Happens Podcast Hosted by: Robert Hay and Coach Reed – I wanted to name this No Viking Clap, Just an American Face Plant Or …but it s always been done this way We tried to bury this episode in the deepest hole we could find and never speak of it again, but then the US [...]||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens #3: Parent…What are they Good For?||Shot Happens Podcast Hosted by: Robert Hay and Coach Reed Absolutely everything. They are one of the staples in youth sport. They’ve been stalking the sidelines of soccer games since the beginning and they will be there until the end. Instead of alienating them, ignoring them, and excluding them let’s find a way to incorporate [...]||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShot Happens #2: The Concussion Episode With Special Guest Nipun Chopra||Shot Happens Podcast Hosted by: Robert Hay and Coach Reed With Special Guest: Nipun Chopra In only our second episode, we decide to take a serious turn and discuss a hard topic that has been heavily covered in the media these days: concussions. We bring on special guest Nipun Chopra, with an extensive background in [...]||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
For coaches and parents of youth sports!