July Wrap-Up: Coaches Prepping for Preseason, Youth Soccer Milestones & College Recruiting Bootcamps


As summer winds down, our attention inevitably turns to getting back on the pitch for preseason training. For my part, I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently with the Raiders SC coaches in Miami, running through drills and fine-tuning the club’s philosophy before training starts later this week. Here are some photos of the coaches’ prep sessions.

Whether your player has already committed to a college program or is still evaluating options, their level of effort in preseason will have a significant impact on their success throughout the season. It’s important to set – and maintain – a high bar.

Speaking of setting a high bar, what a joy it was to watch the USWNT bask in World Cup glory. Beyond the team’s win, the players’ commitment and mental toughness is a true inspiration.

I suggest you read this article that lists some important World Cup takeaways – including “run your own race” – that will benefit young athletes. And check out this first-person account of the road to the World Cup written by Ali Krieger if you have a moment.

It may also be helpful to keep these four traits of successful athletes in mind.

The confidence demonstrated by the USWNT in many ways reminds me of the culture of Clemson’s women’s soccer program, which I was fortunate enough to visit. I've shared my notes from the Clemson visit to give you some insight into the program and its philosophy of building bonds among the players.

For those who will soon embark on the college application process, here’s a list of essential tasks you should try to complete as soon as possible.

If your child is a middle-schooler, we’ve compiled this list of important milestones to help ensure they’re developing at an age-appropriate pace.

I should also mention that I’m hosting a series of college soccer recruiting bootcamps for U14-U19 boys and girls this fall. The events are a combination of advanced soccer training and Q&A to help families tackle some of the most challenging aspects of college recruiting. My hope is that I can educate and empower families to make the most of the recruiting process – and help players enjoy a successful college soccer career. Three event dates have been confirmed so far. Parents are encouraged to attend with their players.



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Chris Bart-Williams is the founder and owner of CBW Soccer Elite. After an extensive career in the English Premier League, Chris now uses his vast soccer knowledge to assist families throughout the college recruiting process and prepare players for the mental and physical challenges of collegiate soccer. You can reach Chris at