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The Soccer Sidelines

131 EpisodesProduced by David DejewskiWebsite

Join Coach Dave on the sidelines as he brings you in on what’s going on behind the scenes and the stuff that really matters in youth sports. Understand the game, development, and ways you can support your young athlete at home!


2020 Senior Prom MASKquerade

<Share your wisdom and well wishes with 2020 Seniors>

In this episode, post a thank you sign for essential workers, host a MASKquerade, and check in on the DA and ODP. From senior graduating without a prom or even a formal graduation to players finding new homes after being displaced from the DA, I cover several topics in an informal discussion format made specially for these Pandemic times. 

Share Your Wisdom with High School Seniors!

I’m asking you to help me assemble an audio mosaic for 2020 graduating high school seniors. Would you wish them well? Offer them wisdom from your own experience? Visit the <Connect> tab above, click the orange <Start Recording> button about half way down the page, and leave a short comment or wisdom. I will assemble our comments together for our graduating seniors and post a Bonus episode just for them! 

If you don’t want to leave a voice message, write me instead! All of my contact info is listed on this page

Please: support the show and join our community as a Patron through my Patreon page

Our MASKquerade Photo Shoot

6′ of separation? No problem! Wear a mask in public? No problem! We managed to put together a 2020 prom photo shoot in the midst of a global pandemic!

These young ladies looked great and they had some fun with the default theme of the year!

Masks are in fashion this year, and hopefully won’t be back for any future prom season, so why not embrace the situation as it is and make it fun?! There was a lot of giggles and laughter under these masks. We even had some fun with a jail theme!

Is ODP Still a Thing?

Yes! ODP is still producing world class players who are emerging on the world stage. If playing soccer on a US Olympic team is your thing, then it’s definitely worth a look!

What’s Going on With DA Players

Since the DA was shut down, some have opted to raft together and start a new league called the Girl’s Academy (GA). Others have decided to join ECNL. Others will go on to join US Youth Soccer and/or the Olympic Development Program (ODP). The key is to stay humble and keep playing!

Essential Employee Gratitude Project Update

After several meetings, our Club’s project leadership team has decided to create signs with open space on them. Families will be encouraged to contribute to our fundraising effort and “sponsor” a sign or multiple signs. Families will be encouraged to decorate the signs with messages of thanks and to post thee signs throughout our community in thanks for essential worker’s service. 

Any additional money collected will be turned into meals for essential workers in various favorite locations around our community. 

What kinds of projects are you workin on in your community? Please share some of the good ideas you’re seeing and tell us how it’s going!

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