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The Lessons Sports Teach

By Joe Ulm

The way I grew up, responsibility was earned; little bits of trust given to me by mom and dad one piece at a time. I remember that first warm summer evening before my 5th grade year when mom let me hang out with friends after the streetlights were on. Then there was the time dad showed me how to mow the lawn and then trusted me to mow the hill on the side of the house. The time my aunt asked if I would babysit my younger cousins…and, of course, that incredible day when I got my driver’s license. Now that was a day! I turned 16 years old and got my driver’s license all in one day. I think I grew 10” inches taller that day (at least that’s the way I felt).

Of course, I needed wheels to go along with my license so I got a job bagging groceries at Kohls. Wait, I need insurance, too? Who knew?! I worked for 5 weeks straight, probably bagging thousands of dollars in groceries so I could earn enough to buy this awesome, $150 car. You should have seen it – it was SO sweet! It burned oil almost as quickly as it burned gas, but I didn’t care – I loved that car. I had wheels and I had earned them all on my own. It was then that I first began to understand the relationship between my actions, the benefits I reaped from them, the problems I created, and the responsibilities that came along with everything.

It’s different now. Today. Technology has changed the game. Now kids have so many more ways to learn this lesson. Along with these amazing technologies comes a world of opportunity to learn things the hard way, too. No guard rail, everything just a click or a swipe away, be careful because it’s a long way down.

It’s another reason why youth sports, clubs, and other youth organizations play a such critical in the development of our kids. Because whether we like it or not, sports teach. Sure, what they teach depends on who’s attending to the lessons. But that’s good news because we have a say in who attends the lessons; who teaches our kids to do the right things, who shows them the right way. And if we do it right, it will even shorten the fall a bit when they make mistakes.

street soccer

We’re excited for Street Soccer to return in Spring 2022!

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!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!


Spring Details

  • Fridays: April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex


  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • 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

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.