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Sports Psychology and Lifelong Success

By Joe Ulm

sports psychologyOur mission at PSU is to help players be successful. However they define success, we want to help them get there. The mission was created based on two beliefs:

  1. Sports teach. Kids who play sports are constantly learning important lessons – teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, effort, hard work, leadership, etc.
  2. If we create the right environment, we can help kids learn and apply these lessons within a framework of their own success. (link to article I wrote on 12/7 – attached)

Throughout this past year, we’ve implemented various programs to support our mission, and many of those programs have gone well. It’s confirmed our belief that we truly can help each player understand and apply principles of success to all areas of their lives – academics, soccer, and whatever other interests they have. Yet, there’s one piece that has been missing. You. 

The greatest influence in the life of a child is almost always their parents. So next week, we’ll be running our first video series for parents. The series is from an interview I did with Dr. Patric Mattek, Sports Psychologist and owner of PKM Clinical Solutions where we discussed a variety of topics including:

  • What Sports Psychology is (and how it works)
  • How anxiety is often the factor that limits on-field performance
  • How parents can best support their son or daughter’s sports experience – and the one thing parents should never do     

It was a fascinating discussion, and it’s one I think many of you will enjoy. I’m lining up other interviews now, so if there’s a topic you’d like to hear about, e-mail me at:

Until then, stay safe, stay United…

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!


  • Fridays : April 15 through June 3
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex


  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) are required
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of players in the program for any reason
  • Signed waiver is required