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Soccer Parents Listen Up

There is a reason why soccer has become the world game. Soccer is the best gift any parent can give to their children. Why aren't your kids playing soccer?

Author: Thomas K
Date: Oct 19, 2009 - 5:41:52 AM

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While professional soccer players are very serious about their game and have perfected their moves over the years, kids who are learning to play just want to have fun. Most soccer parents insist on staying on the field while their children play, which is okay, but in order to ensure that there are no obstacles in the way, soccer coaches should know how to deal with the parents.

A majority of soccer parents support their kids and do not go against the wishes of the coach, but every once in a while, there are such moms and dads who cannot refrain from causing trouble.

It is impossible for players to win a game unless there is teamwork. While this includes the players, it should also involve the parents as well as the coach. For a game to be successful there should be a cordial relationship between the soccer parents and the coach.

Many youth soccer leagues do not recognize this and tend to ignore it. What they don't realize is that if harmony exists, the children will be motivated to work harder and improve their game. If the child sees that his parents are constantly arguing with the coach, he will not be able to have fun, which destroys the entire purpose of the activity.

This is why it is important to prevent unpleasant situations from taking place, which is only possible if the parents are told about certain regulations and expectations. Before the session commences, the parents should be told about the schedule for the entire year as well as the methods that the coach follows to train the kids. Playing time and parent participation levels should be made clear. If the parents give too many suggestions and there are unnecessary arguments, it is best to recommend another league or club.

On the other hand, if they agree and are happy with all the guidelines, soccer coaches should ask them to get involved in the training process as well. They should be told about how they can help and how to participate during drills. Soccer parents should be briefed about such drills that can be carried out at home so that the child is never out of practice.

Every soccer coach should carry out weekly meetings with the parents. This way, problems can be cleared out. The coach should make sure that he gives a report to the parents that spells out important improvements and developments. Constructive feedback in the form of the child's weaknesses and progress should also be given. The coach should ensure that the soccer parents know that he cares about the game and that he does his best to help the children succeed.

However, despite these measures, if their problems still persist between the parents and the coach,personal meetings should be carried out. The behavior of the coach should be professional and biases should not color his opinions. If the coach sees a problem approaching, he should tackle it before it escalates and leads to further difficulties.

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