The Parents' Code
A Message from Auke Wiersma (Director of Coaching)

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:

1. Cheer

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


Sideline behavior:

* 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



Sideline bahavior


Why youth plays on a smaller field


Friendly advice from a parent to coaches


Off-side rule explained