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Behind the Books Blog Entries: Q & A about the origin of iplaysoccer! Part 2

Watch our backstory video below to learn more! Q: How did you decide what to write about? A: Lindsay & Seth have both been involved in sport, particularly the beautiful game, for many years. Raising three little ones that play, we’re able to see a lot of the things that they struggle with as they […]

Behind the Books Blog Entries: Q & A about the origin of iplaysoccer! Part 1

We do soccer themed children’s books. Like Step Into Reading books, but specific to soccer, and specific to youth player development. We pick topics, or concepts from the game that children struggle with, then we put them into a story, told from the child’s perspective, and try and help kids understand how to overcome these […]

Behind the Books Blog Entries: What exactly is the iplaysoccer! book series?

What is this project all about? LearnSport Books was established to explain and simplify foundational sports concepts for the benefit of children, parents, and coaches as they progress together in sport. We believe that sports are games and should be fun. However, learning the nuances of team sports can be especially challenging for youth, as […]

Behind the Books Blog Entries: Transitioning to Playing Positions!

  LearnSport Books was established to explain and simplify foundational sports concepts for the benefit of children, parents, and coaches as they progress together in sport. LearnSport Books aspires to expand and develop the ways in which children think about team sports’ concepts, tactics, and terminology. Our focus is on teaching children how to think […]

LearnSport Launches Free iplaysoccer Companion App!

Download the first of our companion apps to the iplaysoccer! book series today and help your player develop while having fun during screen time!  Download it free now: In the App Store In the Google Play Store

Top Five Tips For Your Child’s First Soccer Game!

With the kick-off of a new youth soccer season, we’ve put together our favorite tips to help you and your little kickers get the most out of their soccer games and training. We love to see all the kids having fun both on and off the field, as well as living a healthy and active […]

Before you yell at your child’s referee, remember these five things!

Youth soccer referees have one of the most thankless jobs in our community.  So often, no individual is liked least by both sets of parents, players, and coaches – both during, and after a contest. Yet, they are integral to the enjoyment of youth soccer, and sanctioned games could not occur without them. The task […]

Are we creating a healthy sports environment for our children?

The discussion regarding what exactly is a healthy youth sports environment should be in the forefront of every parent and coaches mind. Nationwide, a youth soccer gameday can be a beautiful, yet perplexing event, that is a case study in human behavior. If you have the time to sit back and objectively observe on any […]

Developing Realistic Expectations and Finding Timely Teaching Moments:

Each of us brings our own unique perspective about parenting and competition to our child’s athletic endeavors. At some point along the way, many of us unfortunately create unrealistic expectations of our child’s soccer capabilities to some degree.  We focus on things like playing with intensity, having tactical awareness, committing to hard challenges, ball winning, sprinting […]

Some visual aids for who gets called what if born when!

It is sometimes difficult to remember exactly how age groups are organized and what birth year should be associated with the “U(age)”.  If we’re being honest, prior to the birth year age reorganization it took a minute to think and perform some math to determine age grouping based on equating U(age) to a child’s birthdate. […]