This article offers tips on: communication, planning and organization, and promoting of good player and parent conduct. With the correct tools and information, the team manager can become an integral part of the team and allow the coach to do what they are qualified and brought in to do: engage, coach, develop players.
Author Mike Slatton
Children are BORN with confidence. The have no fear of anything, until they are given a reason to fear something.
For instance, children aren’t afraid of heights until they fall, or they witness someone else fall, or are convinced by another person that they should be afraid of falling. Children aren’t afraid of strange animals until they are bitten, see someone else get bitten, or are convinced by another person that approaching a strange animal could result in physical harm. With no outside influence, children are CONFIDENT.
There is one universal thing that all parents want for their kids: happiness. Parents just…
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There are over 9,000 soccer clubs in the United States, training about 1.5 million “competitive” soccer players – 1.5 million potential professional soccer players… for only 2,000 pro league spots… that earn an average of $11,000 annually.
A well trained athlete has been rehearsing on-field scenarios to the point that almost nothing surprises them. The highest caliber military personnel mentioned above are, too. Many military personnel were athletes growing up. The best athletes are usually the ones who…
In reality, most parents are pushing the envelope on BAD field-side manner. Whether it’s snide remarks or downright yelling and screaming at the ref, bad-field-side manner is prevalent at nearly every youth sporting event – not just soccer.
The fact that kids are quitting soccer is NOTHING to be alarmed about. There is no way to remove pressure from sports. Pressure is what sports are all about. In fact, the pressure to win is a VITAL PART of the athletic development process. There seems to be this growing argument that winning games should be completely ignored in order to focus on “player development”, but the pressure to win is what MOTIVATES the desire to improve one’s skills.
Most kids who are new to the game are usually assigned to coaches who are equally new to the game. This the REAL problem of our youth system and the actual CAUSE of concussions in young players. That’s because 99% of concussions in youth soccer games u-8 and younger are directly related to CHASING THE BALL.
If you look at the core of most ACL injuries, the underlying problems start around puberty. That’s why it’s suggested by many competitive soccer trainers and respected youth soccer directors to enroll your child in Taekwondo, and encourage them to take an entire year off from soccer as they enter puberty.