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For A Little Perspective:

The Key is To Encourage them To WANT To Play!

 

 

Parental Support

 the key to peak performance


By: Jeff Pill

 

The role that parents play in the life of a soccer player has a tremendous impact on their experience. With this in mind, we have taken some time to write down some helpful reminders for all of us as we approach the upcoming season.

1. Let the coaches coach: Leave the coaching to the coaches. This includes motivating, psyching your child for practice, after game critiquing, setting goals, requiring additional training, etc. You have entrusted the care of your player to these coaches and they need to be free to do their job.

2. Support the program: Get involved. Volunteer. Join the Booster Club. Help out with fundraisers, car-pool; anything to support the program.

3. Be you child’s best fan: Support your child unconditionally. Do not withdraw love when your child performs poorly. Your child should never have to perform to win your love.

4. Support and root for all players on the team: Foster teamwork. Your child’s teammates are not the enemy. When they are playing better than your child, your child now has a wonderful opportunity to learn.

5. Do not bribe or offer incentives: Your job is not to motivate. Leave this to the coaching staff. Bribes will distract your child from properly concentrating in practice and game situations.

6. Encourage your child to talk with the coaches: If your child is having difficulties in practice or games, or can’t make a practice, etc., encourage them to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a big-time player. By handling the off-field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game – preparation for as well as playing the game.

7. Understand and display appropriate game behavior: Remember, your child’s self esteem and game performance is at stake. Be supportive, cheer, be appropriate. To perform to the best of his abilities, a player needs to focus on the parts of the game that they can control (his fitness, positioning, decision making, skill, aggressiveness, what the game is presenting them). If he starts focusing on what he can not control (the condition of the field, the referee, the weather, the opponent, even the outcome of the game at times), he will not play up to his ability. If he hears a lot of people telling him what to do, or yelling at the referee, it diverts his attention away from the task at hand.

8. Monitor your child’s stress level at home: Keep an eye on the player to make sure that they are handling stress effectively from the various activities in his life.

9. Monitor eating and sleeping habits: Be sure your child is eating the proper foods and getting adequate rest.

10. Help your child keep his priorities straight: Help your child maintain a focus on schoolwork, relationships and the other things in life beside soccer. Also, if your child has made a commitment to soccer, help him fulfill his obligation to the team.

11. Reality test: If your child has come off the field when his team has lost, but he has played his best, help him to see this as a “win”. Remind him that he is to focus on “process” and not “results”. His fun and satisfaction should be derived from “striving to win”. Conversely, he should be as satisfied from success that occurs despite inadequate preparation and performance.

12. Keep soccer in its proper perspective: Soccer should not be larger than life for you. If your child’s performance produces strong emotions in you, suppress them. Remember your relationship will continue with your children long after their competitive soccer days are over. Keep your goals and needs separate from your child’s experience.

13. Have fun: That is what we will be trying to do! We will try to challenge your child to reach past their “comfort level” and improve themselves as a player, and thus, a person. We will attempt to do this in environments that are fun, yet challenging. We look forward to this process. We hope you do to!

 

 

Chicopee High School Soccer Program

Parent Code of Conduct

I will:
(1) recognize that my actions and behavior represent my child and the
Chicopee High School Soccer Program
(2) be encouraging, supportive, & affirmative in regard to my child’s play on the field
(3) respect officials & accept their decisions
(4) support the coach, manager, the team and the program
(5) familiarize myself with the Laws of the Game
(6) comply with rules, policies, & procedures of the team as they apply to me
(7) discuss my child

  • – only with the coach
  • – not with the manager or any other person
  • – only at a time mutually agreed upon with the coach
  • – never prior to, during, or directly after a game

(8) watch the Mass. Youth Soccer produced video “Attitudes are Contagious”
located on the Chicopee Soccer Website

(9) recognize outstanding performances on either side of the playing field.

(10) be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner
possible, including content of cheers and signs.

(11) be a fan….not a fanatic!

 

Further, I will never :


(1) engage in dissent directed toward an official
(2) engage in any kind or type of unsportsmanlike conduct with any
official, coach, player, or parent
(3) be obnoxious. Game attendance is a privilege not a license to verbally
assault others.
(4) interfere at any time with the duties and responsibilities of the coach
(5) act in any manner which is detrimental to the team
_____________________________ ___________ _____________________________
Parent Signature                                             Date Printed                Name

Attitudes ARE Contagious!

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