RUTH NICHOLSON: INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE – GoalNation

Source: RUTH NICHOLSON: INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - GoalNation Being an innovator has many definitions but generating the opportunity for change is always an intrinsic part. The leading video analysis company, Hudl, has partnered with SportsEngine, Soccer.com, Sklz, and United Soccer Coaches and created the inaugural Innovator of the Year award. After 100s of applications, four finalists were selected who embodied... Continue Reading →

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OFF THE PITCH: The Critical Flaw in Our Boards of Directors

Is the non-profit model for youth soccer clubs fatally flawed? This week’s goalWA.net “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson looks at a key source of dysfunction in the volunteer boards of directors that govern our youth soccer clubs. Ruth is an internationally-certified facilitator, organizational alchemist, and the founder of GO!, the expert resource for... Continue Reading →

Free upcoming GO! Webinars: Topics soccer / sports clubs care about

Join our GO! On Demand experts for FREE weekly webinars in February, March, and April 2018 at 11:00 am Pacific time every Wednesday For more information, contact Ruth Nicholson at Ruth@NicholsonFacilitation.com February 21: Coaching Conversations – Minimizing Discomfort when Navigating the Inevitable We often dread conversations about choosing a team or discussing playing time. Why... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Coaching Expectations & Evaluations

How does your club provide feedback and performance evaluation to its coaches? This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson interviews Bobby Howe, former Director of Coaching for US Soccer, regarding the major components of a performance evaluation for a coach. Ruth is an internationally-certified facilitator and the founder of GO!, the... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: The Committee Conundrum

Much of our work is done in groups and committees, but few of us enjoy slogging through meetings. How do you know which committees you really need? How can you set them up for success? This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson outlines the four reasons for convening a committee and... Continue Reading →

GO! Announces free online webinars in August

Ruth Nicholson, author of the column "Off the Pitch" which appears on goalWA.net, has sent us a schedule of free webinars happening in the month of August. They would be an excellent opportunity to learn about each topic but also to experience what "GO!" can offer your organization. Read the press release posted after the... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Secrets of Successful Clubs

You have worked hard to build your club – but what are the three simple secrets to making it even better? This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson reveals the three critical elements that make or break an organization’s success on and off the field. Ruth is the founder of GO!,... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Pitch Perfect Parents

This time of year, we begin the annual ritual of forming and reforming expectations for parents as our youth teams form in the spring and prepare for summer tournaments. This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson is the condensation of a piece on parent expectations written by Bobby Howe some years... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Team Meeting Magic

May is tryout and team formation month across Washington state, so this month’s two installments in the goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson focus on team meetings and parent expectations. Ruth is the founder of GO!, the go-to expert resource for youth sports governance and operations. A well-designed meeting at the beginning... Continue Reading →

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