The following text is a simple guide for parents of Soccer Players (Author Unknown)
ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO BE A CHILD
No one ever told you that being a soccer mom or dad would be this tough. You carpool them to practice, cheerlead at games, care for them when they’re injured, and let’s not talk about the soccer camps, the muddy warm-up jerseys, the extra-fancy shin guards or that Name Brand equipment they just had to get.
So where do you begin?
1. Be There:
It is more fun for your child when you are on the sidelines and it’s a great opportunity to meet your child’s friends and other parents.
2. Encourage, Don’t Discourage:
Cheer positively. Compliment your child and his/her teammates. Ask, “Did you have fun and try your best?”, rather than “Did you win?.
3. Lighten Up:
This should speak for itself. It’s only a GAME.
4. Let the Coach Coach!
Guidelines to Soccer Parenthood
In competition someone always lose. If you win, do it gracefully not boastfully. If you lose, do not allow a child to become negative.
Too much competition, too soon can slow down a child’s progress in skill development.
Make fun and technique development you first priority.
Your child’s coach will need all the support and help you can offer. Please, make yourself available and volunteer all the time you can spare.
Disagreements with the coach or officials do not belong on the public soccer field. Questions, input and positive suggestions should be voiced to the coach and or club in an adult atmosphere (The youth player should not be present).
The overall purpose is to enjoy the game and the opportunity to be with your child on the field of play.
A PARENT’S ROLE IN SOCCER.
Provide transportation to and from all practices and games ensuring that the player is prompt not only in arriving but also in his/her departure.
Stay and watch practices as well as games and lend the young players your support in a positive manner. Do not point out their mistakes, leave that up to the coach, but dwell on their accomplishments as well as their efforts.
If unable to attend the practice or game, encourage the child not to talk with or leave practices or games with strangers.
Ensure that the child brings equipment to and from all soccer games and practices when appropriate. Includes Ball and Water.
Be available to kick the ball around with your child when you are invited to do so.
Avoid material rewards. Build an attitude of “the rewards lie in the fun of being able to play.”
Be a good listener. Make the child feel important and let them know that they are contributing to a team effort.
Be positive.Never criticize. Suggest an alternate way (only if you know a proper alternative) if they are not performing correctly. “Hey, that is pretty good, but why don’t you try it this way”.