You're a newbie soccer parent and you don't know what soccer parent advice to take. This post will help. You want what's best for your child's first soccer experience, but don't know where to start.
You want to cheer for your daughter, but don't want to be "that obnoxious parent" that creates a commotion. Here are 10 tips for you to follow on how to be a good soccer parent.
This makes everyone's list of parent advice tips for a good reason. Keep it positive. Avoid the negative. Soccer is a game and youth soccer is a game for kids. Criticism doesn't belong in the game at this level.
Your child needs your emotional support, not your judging comments. Clap and give encouraging words for the effort the children are putting forth. It's good for their self-esteem. Enough said.
The misunderstanding of the rules by soccer parents can leads inappropriate comments far too often. Just a 5 minute review of the rules on offsides, what constitutes a foul, and when the ball is fully out of play will make a big difference.
Here's the soccer-for-kids post on important rules of soccer.
Youth soccer leagues do their best to set up competitive games were the two teams are evenly matched. Despite that, mismatches will occur. Whether you're on the positive side or the negative side of a lopsided game, young soccer players should have a good feeling about the effort they put forward.
You can't always control the skill and experience of the opponents you face, but you can control the level of effort you put forth.
Even at the preschool level, the game of soccer moves extremely fast. Situations within the game changes instantly. It's hard enough for a coach to give instructions during the match. When several parents yell advice from the sideline, it can confuse young players on what to do.
Some soccer parents could be instructing the player to move forward, while another might be telling their child to prevent the pass. One parent may tell their child to dribble the ball while the coach is telling their player to pass the ball. Let the coach give instructions. You give encouragement.
Like many other sports, in the business world, and in life in general, learning teamwork concepts is vital for success. Although there will always be players that stand out, the idea of working together with others toward a common goal is one of the best concepts your child can learn from playing youth soccer.
Remember to cheer for the other kids on your son or danger's team. They're all in it together.
It's hard enough to be a kid. Young soccer players don't need the added pressure from an overbearing parent to ruin the experience of playing soccer. Youth soccer players already face peer pressure, school pressure, pressure to do well when competing
The only pressure should be on you. That's the pressure to help make it a fun experience for your child. There's nothing wrong with inspiring them to give their best effort, but you don't need to put any pressure to win soccer games on your kids.
There are many good reasons to enjoy the physical fun of playing soccer with your child. Any soccer play, whether it's an unstructured make-believe game or more of an organized soccer activity is great fun for young soccer players and their parents.
Quality family time helps create that lifelong bond between parents and their children. The more "touches" the young soccer play gets, in real matches, practice, or backyard play, the more their ball skills improve. Even if you never played soccer when you were young, you will enjoy the playtime with your children.
This is one of the best things you can do to be a great soccer parent. The only "necessary" equipment you need is a youth soccer ball. If you want to step up your soccer playtime, cones and soccer goals are the next step.
You want your child to enjoy herself. Lead by example. Having fun is contagious and if your behavior shows that your enjoying yourself, that naturally rubs off on the other parents and the players.
Wearing a smile, cackling a good laugh, or using an excited and enthusiastic voice all add to the fun of any activity.
When the game is over, it's over. Usually, the last thing your kids want to do is hear good old mommy or daddy rehashing the game. Kids look forward to the next fun activity, not a technical analysis of the soccer match after the final whistle blows. It's okay if you ask if they had fun.
My wife and I coached our 3 kids in soccer and other sports. It wasn't apparent to us right away that we were making the mistake of doing a detailed analysis of the game and of our kids performance right after the game.
Late on, when our level of communication with them was elevated did we realize this mistake. The very best thing you can do after the soccer match is over is to tell your young soccer player how much fun you had watching them play.
Volunteering to help at some level shows your child the benefits of getting involved in some way other than simply attending soccer matches.
Whether it's helping out at soccer practices, being the official "team parent," or helping put down the white lines on the field, you'll show your child by your actions how to contribute.
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This section gives you additional resources for good solid soccer parent advice. You want what's best for your child, not just in terms of participating in youth soccer, but in all aspects of your kid's life.
Soccer is a great game for all of the life skills it can teach to young people. The principles of teamwork, respect, confidence, and hard work can benefit children through their lives.
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Keep it positive. Keep it fun!
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