Here are the top 10 soccer parent quotes in no particular order. Let's face it. Deep down we all want what's best for our children for the long term. As parents and coaches, the impact we have on the kids we influence by our words and our behaviors can't be over emphasized.
These quotes for soccer parents can remind us of how we can influence our children in the right way. After all, today's children are tomorrow's adults.
A quote for parents by hall of famer, former NBA great player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson. His quote transcends beyond soccer and beyond other sports and is a great message for soccer moms, soccer dads, and soccer coaches in all walks of life, everywhere in the world.
"All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them." - Magic Johnson
“There’s got to be a cultural change from parents hovering over the kids and trying to prevent them from making mistakes, wanting them to do what they think is best for them by giving them instructions, pointing out obvious solutions that they can see, to help their kids be successful. ....It’s like giving a child a puzzle and telling them where to put the pieces because you don't want them to make a mistakes. When really what children do by trying different pieces of the puzzle, they learn how to put together a puzzle." - Scott Gimble, American Youth Soccer Organization, Director of Development
My wife and I were guilty of too much analysis of the games with our children immediately after the games were played. Our kids and players were ready to go on to the next post-game fun kid activity and we would want to give detailed feedback about what transpired during the match.
"The parents end up being the first ones that kids talk to when they get into the car. And the parents’ perception of what happened is huge for the kid in the backseat. ...You need to be 100 percent supportive of your child when they get into the car. Don’t try to give them an analysis. Just let them talk if they feel like it and hear them." - Jeff Baicher, De Anza Force Director of Coaching
This is one of my favorite soccer parent quotes. When I first started coaching in our town's rec. league, I chose the players for my team based on who their parents were, not on the skill level of the players I observed during tryouts.
"Your kids success, or lack of success in sports, does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But, having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient, and who tries their best, is a direct reflection of your parenting." - Unknown
As a soccer parent, it's a great idea to think of the whole youth soccer experience through the eyes of your young soccer player. No doubt, some kids are naturally very competitive and hate losing, but most kids seek out fun activities naturally, Their enjoyment of playing soccer is greatly enhanced when they know their parent is prouc of their efforts, not necessarily the final score in the game.
"Mommy and Daddy, I am a soccer kid. I’m not perfect. I’m still trying to get better. My little legs don’t move real fast yet, but I’m trying. I can’t kick the ball real hard yet, but I’m trying. I wonder if you’ll be mad when I miss. When I do it right I want to see if you’re watching me. I’m a soccer kid. I love soccer. I want to have fun. Winning makes me feel good, but when you give me praise I feel even better." - Coach Bruce, soccer-for-kids.com
"I used to go to my kids' soccer games and I was the only parent who wasn't screaming, because I'd have to do a show that night. It was hard. Moms and dads get more emotional at those soccer and Little League games than at a professional game." - Neil Diamond
The way you act toward the fans of the other team has a big impact on everyone's experience. Your child is watching your behavior. Would you want your child to make a spectacle of herself with confrontational comments? Not only are you representing your child's team, but you're also representing your child.
"My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth. They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably every soccer game I ever played." - Brandi Chastain
"I’m a KID.
It’s just a GAME.
My coach is a VOLUNTEER.
The officials are HUMANS.
NO college scholarships will be given out today." - Pleasanton Little League
Reinforcing the idea that the game was fun will provide encouragement for your child to continue playing soccer and reap the character building benefits that playing soccer provides.
“Very few of the parents are asking their child if they had fun today. The child will take the parent’s reaction to the result of the game as the norm. They’ll then relate their experience to the result of the game, which is really counterproductive." - Dave Carton, the director of coaching for Discoveries SC in Rock Hill, S.C.
Here's one of the shortest quotes for parents to read, but it's simplicity makes it all the more powerful: "The kids play. The referees officiate. I coach. You cheer." - Unknown
Taking a lighter approach to reading quotes on soccer parenting, here are a couple of cartoons that should bring a smile to your lips.
You and your young soccer player have so many good times ahead together. Here are some more good ideas and advice for soccer parents. Keep it positive. Keep it fun,
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