Welcome to Hot Topicz! With this new section, we will give you the chance to discuss issues that are important to you with influential members of the team and youth sports market.

We will recruit figures that have something to offer our community. We hope you will take the opportunity to speak up and let people know what you think. Topics could range from coaching your child, to league administration, a competitors view and everything in between. We'll do our best to keep it interesting; all we ask is that you participate.

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JEFF PILL - click here to view topic

Click to See Scott's Topic! Coach Jeff Pill (seated on bench in photo; blue jacket) began his coaching career at the Derryfield School, in Manchester NH, establishing what was then a National Record by winning seven consecutive state championships. He then became the first full-time director of coaching for the NH Soccer Association, working to increase the state’s number of registered players from 5,000 to 30,000. In 1998, he assumed the duties of the U-14 National Coaching Coordinator for US Soccer, serving Region 1. His duties involved player identification and development at the U-14 level.

Since that time, his duties with the Federation have changed considerably. He was one of the original two coaches hired by the then World Championship coach Tony Dicicco, to become the Women’s National Staff Coach for Region 1. His duties have included working with the Women’s National Team programs and identifying and developing the next generation of World Champions. Last spring, he took the U-18 National Team to Bulgaria to compete against the Senior National Teams of seven other countries. They ended up losing in the finals of the tournament by penalty kicks against Romania; a team they had previously beat in group play 2-1.

Jeff continues to work in this capacity for US Soccer, working closely with the state and regional ODP programs, attempting to raise the standard of play from the grassroots level on up to the professional leagues. Pill has earned his ‘A’ License from US Soccer, as well as his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and National Youth License from US Soccer.

Jeff is currently the U19 Women's National Team Assistant Coach and preparing for qualifications for the 2004 FIFA U19 World Cup. He resides in NH with his wife Shari, and three children. His daughters Sarah, and Hannah, and son Taylor, are all avid soccer enthusiasts.

SCOTT LANCASTER - click here to view topic

Click to See Scott's Topic! Scott Lancaster is the senior director of youth football development for the National Football League, and the author of FAIR PLAY: How to Make Organized Sports a Great Experience for Your Kids. He has 15 years of experience in developing youth sports programs in soccer and football, yet his innovative approach can be implemented to improve all youth sports.

Since 1995 Lancaster has managed the NFL's Youth Football programs, which have attracted more than four million players (ages 5-17) nationwide. Lancaster lectures widely on his programs and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including, NBC TODAY Show, CNN, CBS Early Show, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Woman's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, Child Magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. He is also a featured youth sports expert and columnist for iparenting.com.

Prior to joining the NFL, Lancaster spent four years developing grassroots programs for USA Soccer. He also owned a sports marketing company that represented Mia Hamm and other U.S. Women's National Team players.

For the NFL, Lancaster developed a youth sports philosophy with an innovative turnkey structure that has reinvented football, providing a more family-friendly way to play. The structure incorporates a progression of skill development, allowing a more sensible path for young athletes to play traditional football in their later years. Among the youth programs that have been initiated are NFL Flag, Junior Player Development, High School Player Development, Player Development camps, and the growth of Punt, Pass and Kick.

In November 2000, Lancaster organized and moderated the inaugural national NFL Flag Football Championship in Disney World, allowing only kids to call the plays with parents and coaches observing from the sidelines. The event provided a model for addressing the negative behaviors by adults that plague youth sports programs nationwide.

Lancaster is a graduate of Syracuse University. He resides in Somers, NY, with his wife and children.
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