David Stanley

Teacher & science guy, writer, musician, coach, skier and bike racer, I am interested… in everything; your story, food & spirits and music and everything in the natural world, spirit & sport. My son is 22 and still needs his Dad. I am 56 and so do I. I blog on life and death, cancer and sports, kids and education at http://dstan58.blogspot.com/

Posts by David Stanley

The Father-Son Go-to? It’s Sports.


My dad, even at 82, is a good athlete. As a younger man, he could do it all; soccer player, single digit handicap on the links, high school basketball, track guy, Golden Gloves boxer, and strong-armed infielder. That might help you understand why he was a family doctor. My Dad Mort was an old school […]

Every Practice Must Have a Purpose; Planning Your Team’s Soccer Practice

If you are successful in your day job, you know that a key to your success is planning. For successful soccer coaches at every level, planning is equally important. If your plan is to roll a ball out there and scrimmage with your kids, you have no plan. EVERY PRACTICE MUST HAVE A PURPOSE.  Practice […]

The Youth Sport Parents & Coaches Wish List

Bad behavior in sports, at all levels, is at an all-time high. Several years ago, an umpire had his jaw broken by an angry coach. One week prior, a father died in a fight with another father at a youth hockey game. (Read the article.) A website; www.Badjocks.com, exists solely to collate bad behavior by […]

Staging Your Soccer Team’s Parent Meeting

Coach, you have taken the plunge. You have volunteered to coach your child’s U-8, 10 or 12 soccer team. You’ve probably played soccer yourself; perhaps even coached before. You will find that most parents are reasonable and well-behaved, most of the time. But frankly, it is not always sunshine and rainbows out there in the […]

Don’t Follow the Herd

If you lead U-8 and U-10 teams, herdball is a fact of coaching life. Herdball – the clump of half a dozen players that follow the ball all over the field. Do you want to create scoring chances, eliminate a few defensive breakdowns and teach your kids the rudiments of full-field team play? Then, Coach, […]