The Role of the Parent
•The role of the parent is extremely important for all young athletes.
•Whether it is at training, during a game or on the ride home it is essential that there is positive feedback.
•At training and games, players should feel that they can perform what the coach is asking them to do and not what their mother or father is asking them to do.
•“The youth soccer club is much like a school system”. It takes time and there are many developmental aspects that have to be covered in order to eventually get the final product.
Help Your Child Be Prepared:
•Hydrate – Water or sport drink before, during and immediately after a game
•Weather: Sun screen, rain / cold weather gear
•Shin guards, properly inflated ball, soccer cleats
•Catch the players being successful!
Think of the soccer field as a playground!
•- Emphasize enjoyment
•- Encourage your child regardless of success
•- Cheer for all of the children
•- Applaud a good effort no matter who makes it
•- It’s okay to talk to other teams’ parents
•- Be a parent – not a coach!
•- Resist the urge to criticize
5 Guidelines for the Sidelines
•Relax and let them play
•Yelling directions = Distraction
•Remember, they are just kids having fun
•Have reasonable expectations
If you’ve ever driven a car with three kids screaming and fighting in the backseat, think about this: Does it tend to pull your attention away from the task at hand? Do you ever feel overloaded?
If you add more pressure to that car ride, such as an icy road, can you handle all that at once? That’s exactly what coaches/parents do when they yell at kids to do something: They distract them. They create “cognitive overload.”
(pg. 161, Just Let the Kids Play)