Early Specialization in Youth Soccer – A “Catch 22”

As a fitness professional, youth club staff member, and soccer dad, I hear ALL sides of the discussions about “early specialization in youth sports across the U.S.” While this trend affects many youth sports, this dilemma as it pertains to the American soccer landscape is the most interesting in my opinion. FACT– The U.S. is

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A Rant for Change…

After following the twitter responses to Howard Gray’s (twitter @HstephenG) blog post on his site – pursuitofperformance.blogspot.com regarding the nature of our industry’s leader in education, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, it got me thinking.
What is the nature of out industry? Where are we headed? How can we continue to move forward if we

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Functional Training?

When a local fitness facility down the street from my house started running F.I.T. Classes (that’s right… Functionally Integrated Training classes – same acronym as us). I had to ask the question… What were they integrating to the training to make it functional? Are these classes specifically designed to meet the needs of anyone’s (lifestyle,

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Setting the Charge, Ignition and the Launch of Skill Development…

What motivated you to become what you are today? What ignited your passion? Who mentored you as a young player and why did you choose to follow them?
Developing elite level skill takes more than just God given talent and/or great genetics. To truly develop skill to it’s fullest potential the following things must fall into

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Ball or No Ball – THAT is the Question

Today’s post is by SoccerFIT partner Tristan Tillette. Tillette serves as Director of Performance at Elite Sports in Birmingham, AL and On-Line Training Director of AthleteFIT.com
It’s an exciting time for SoccerFIT – our membership is growing everyday. We are gaining popularity in the youth soccer community and some of our staff even have positions with

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Youth Player Development

Today’s post is by SoccerFIT partner Tristan Tillette. Tillette serves as Director of Performance at Elite Sports in Birmingham, AL and On-Line Training Director of AthleteFIT.com
Soccer is a simple & beautiful game…THE beautiful game as it’s known around the world.  The abilities of today’s soccer players – Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi – and what they do

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Why Not U.S.?

The SoccerFIT staff attended the NSCAA Convention last week and had a great experience! We met several coaches, talked training, discussed the “state of the game”, and heard some insightful presentations.
The highlight of the weekend was hearing Anson Dorrance speak on “Player Development at the Grassroots Level.” Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the

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