Managing parents

A game for your players’ parents!

If you want success as a coach you have to make sure all the parts go together. One of the most important parts is your parents. They have the ability to make or break your season. You not only need them on your side, you need them to support and help your players at the […]

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Parents and motivation in youth soccer

by Dr. Alan Goldberg, sports psychologist and consultant Two weeks ago I was in the middle of a tennis match when I was distracted by a rather loud, incredibly annoying voice coming from 10 courts away. When I looked over, I saw a father giving his 12-year old son what looked to be a tennis […]

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Make your child a winner!

by Gary Williamson, NTSSA State Coach, reproduced by permission of the North Texas Soccer Organisation I often hear the comment “Oh well it’s just a game!” I wonder? Playing on a soccer team can be an important experience in your child’s life. Participation can help your child physically and personally. However, placing your child on […]

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How to deal with an unruly parent

As a youth soccer coach you are responsible for maintaining peace on the sidelines. If you are to succeed in this you need to be aware that your behaviour – good or bad – is contagious. A wild coach incites wild behavior by both players and fans. Usually a well-behaved coach is supported by well-behaved […]

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Hey parents! Leave them kids alone!

This article was submitted by coach Chris. I suggest that you hand it out as part of your welcome pack to new parents, at pre-season meetings or whenever you have a problem with parents shouting ‘advice’ from the touchlines or asking why their little star isn’t getting more of a game. When I was a […]

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Soccer coaching philosophy and a code of conduct for parents

Our coaching philosophy The coaching staff and officials of [your club name] understand that children participate in football (or soccer) to have fun. If children don’t have fun playing football, they’ll soon pack it in. We never forget that the game of football is just that – a game. It’s not about how many wins […]

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Six things parents should say

A lot of soccer parents with good intentions give a 30 minute lecture, covering all the players supposed deficiencies and giving playing advice, in the car on the way to each match. The kids arrive far off their optimal mental state, and dreading the critique they are likely to hear, whether they want it or […]

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How to manage your players’ parents

Parents are, obviously, necessary. Sometimes they can even be useful! You can, for example, get them to transport children, fetch balls during practice sessions and provide financial support. There will, however, be occasions when you have difficulty with one or more parents. Some may want their child to play more while others may question your […]

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