The Parents' Code:
* Remember that children play soccer for their own enjoyment, not for that of their parents
* Encourage rather than forge or oblige
* Encourage children to always the rules of the game
* Never reprimand a child for a technical error or for losing a game
* Remember that children learn from example
* Encourage both teams
* Congratulate both teams irrespective of the result of the game
* Help to eradicate all physical and verbal abuse from soccer
* Respect the decisions of the coaches and referees and teach the children to do the same thing
* Support, encourage and help volunteers, coaches, organizers and officials in their work. Without them, the children would not have the opportunity to play soccer
* Ensure fair play in all circumstances
Six Guidelines for Soccer Parents:
2. Relax and let them play
3. Yelling directions = Distraction
4. Remember, they are your children
5. Have reasonable expectations
6. Meet with the coaches
* Children want cheerleaders to applaud their success, not adults yelling instructions. Think of the soccer field as a playground and not as a sports venue.
* What's appropriate at a sport stadium with adult athletes is NOT appropriate for young children at play.
* Focus on the process of playing and not the outcome.
Good questions on the way home:
* Did you have fun today?
* What did you think you did well today?
* Did you learn any new moves?
* Did you make new friends today?
The car ride home:
* Don't analyze the game or training session with your child
* Don't ever speak of other children on the team
* Don't ever speak negative about the coaches
* Just tell them that you enjoy watching them play and that you love them
Why youth plays on a smaller field
Friendly advice from a parent to coaches
Off-side rule explained