The most supportive soccer parents I have been around have always contributed to the best teams I have coached. I have always enjoyed my coaching with these teams. I have also seen some adults tear teams apart because they could not behave. Get behind the team and support the players.
Parents here are some basic guidelines to helping young players enjoy the game of soccer...
I remember my first soccer game! I just stood there and watched...wondering what do I do? No soccer parent yelled, screamed and told me to hustle. I eventually got the hang of it and it became my favorite game.
Every kid goes though a learning curve as they get used to the game if they are new soccer. Even if you have a more experienced player the parent should still support them and make sure they are enjoying the game.
Check out the Parent Code Of Conduct for some good basic rules for raising good soccer players.
As parents if you have never played soccer take the confusion out of soccer study the rules of the game and the soccer skills
that go along with the game, or even better yet go to a higher level
soccer game so you can see the players with good skills and tactical
understanding play the game.
Soccer coaches are not around your young players 24/7 like you are as a parent, so there is only so much a coach can do with 1-2 practices a week.
When the player is having issues like...
the coach know there is an issue is important so the coach can help. If
there is no communication it makes it very difficult for the coach to
figure it out. If I know there is an issue I can help that young player.
A parent can help a coach by
This stability will go along way to helping the young player perform on the weekends.
Parents talking about other kids and players on the team is a cancer and only leads to issues.
I like to follow these rules...
have seen some teams get destroyed by soccer parents, on the other hand
I have seen some youth teams thrive because of a good parent group. Try
and be part of the solution! To get more information on the game of soccer from a parent perspective go to USYSA and click under parents tab.