Understanding the Sports Parent Psyche

Understanding the Sports Parent Psyche

The same biochemical and neurological mechanisms that underlie reflexive flinching underlie the aggressive behavior that sometimes is expressed by sports parents as they observe their kids on the field.  A sudden, involuntary rush of adrenaline and cortisol can transform a friendly, warm, level-headed parent into a virtual menace; someone capable of saying and doing some pretty shocking things.

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How to Keep Your Kids Off The Streets And On The Fields

How to Keep Your Kids Off The Streets And On The Fields

Your kids are registered to play soccer for the upcoming season and lets hope they are looking forward to the experience. I say that, because if you're looking forward to your son or daughter playing soccer more than they are, then there is something wrong that picture. Did your children agree to play because they were too afraid to disappoint you by saying they didn't want to play? I'm sure that is not the case with your child but be careful not to get trapped into what I like to call the parent vacuum.

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5 Coaching Tips Every Youth Coach Needs to Hear

5 Coaching Tips Every Youth Coach Needs to Hear

Youth sports coaches sometimes feel like everything is conspiring against them. The majority of parents support these volunteers, but there’s always those few who take things too seriously. Coaches may put too much pressure on themselves to win, and experience too much of an emotional letdown when their teams don’t. for the most part, coaches must take the initiative to improve the experience for their teams and the players in their charge. Here are five coaching tips that every youth coach needs to hear.

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The Unnecessary Element of a Youth Soccer Game!

The Unnecessary Element of a Youth Soccer Game!

The Parent that has all the answers on the “Laws of the Game” during a youth soccer game and wants to impress everyone with his/her knowledge of the “Laws of the Game” by yelling at the referees and telling them how “bad” they are doing officiating the game will find this very hard to comprehend but the parent is not a necessary element that needs to be a part of a youth soccer game. Players, coaches, and referees are all necessary elements of the game but the parents of the players are not.

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How to Keep Parents Happy on Your Youth Team

How to Keep Parents Happy on Your Youth Team

No youth sports team coach wants his players’ parents to be unhappy; after all, many coaches are parents themselves and truly have the kids’ best interests in mind. Nevertheless, the most well-meaning mothers and fathers can become frustrated and unfairly criticize a coach, and the most organized coach will make a mistake that will annoy his team’s parents. Usually, these issues are resolved amicably, but avoiding them altogether can go a long way toward keeping the peace. Here are a few things you can do to keep parents happy on your youth team.

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Soccer Parents’ Expectations – A Story of Many

Soccer Parents’ Expectations – A Story of Many

Many coaches have a story of such a parent in which they “know” their son is the next Neymar, Ronaldo, or Messi. The other day I met with such a parent and her son, he wanted to see about trying out for one of our competitive teams. After going over all the basic player information, such as playing experience, we were obliged to invite him out to one of our sessions during the week and evaluate him.

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Create a Positive Sports Environment

Create a Positive Sports Environment

A positive sports environment will look different for all groups involved including the athlete, family, friends, and coach. Player participation, fun, and activity interest all increase when each group that provides influence on the athlete work in harmony.

A positive sports environment will have options for all levels of participants including beginners, advanced players, and everybody in-between. Placing the athlete within the appropriate level and team where they have an opportunity for success through hard work and dedication assists in growing the passion. Match up a quality coach who understands the environment that athletes thrive in and an opportunity for life-long learning through sport appears.

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