10 Helpful Rules and Guidelines for Soccer Parents
It's an enduring topic for coaches working with youth club soccer teams - how to handle the parents as well as the kids.
Organizations from the Positive Coaching Alliance, backed by sports luminaries like basketball's Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr and soccer's Julie Foudy, through to US Youth Soccer to AYSO have struggled with the same issue.
Parents with children on club teams, in particular, can be demanding.
In many cases they are paying top dollar to get their boys and girls on the soccer fast track and they expect a lot, both from the kids and from the clubs.
Where the club is concerned, parents have every right to expect results. Where their own children are concerned, it's a way more complex dilemma. Questioning a father or mother's treatment of their own children is a situation fraught with difficulty.
This is an area where good coaches earn their money.
As a helpful guide, here's 10 guidelines from the National Alliance for Youth Sports that may help parents and coaches navigate the perrennial parent problem:
RULES FOR PARENTS
1. Cheer for the entire team.
2. Focus on the positive.
3. Show respect for the opposing team.
4. Let the coach lead the team how he or she sees fit.
5. Show up whenever possible.
6. Understand a child’s athletic abilities are not a reflection of good or bad parenting.
7. Respect referees.
8. Remember, the kids are always watching.
9. Do not live vicariously through your child.
10. Remember what is actually important at the end of the day.
For more information about the National Alliance for Youth Sports, you can visit their official website.