Sideline Behavior Tips and Questions for the Car Ride Home
Guidelines for Soccer Parents:
- Relax and Let Them Play
- Yelling Directions = Distraction
- Remember, They Are Your Kids
- Have Reasonable Expectations
- 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.
- Please know that any inappropriate conduct towards any other player, parent, referee, coach, ect. on the soccer fields will not be tolerated; and may result in ejection from the premises.
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?
ADDITIONAL PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCES:
PROJECT PLAY: The ASPEN Institute: Parent Resources (Click to learn more)
SOCCER GUIDE: Top Advice For Parents (Click to read the article)
US YOUTH SOCCER: Parent Resources (Click to access resource guide)
US Olympic Committee: American Development Model: The American Development Model is a concerted effort between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies of sport to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of sport in the United States