Champions for Children A Guide for Parents of Youth Soccer Players U6-U12 “What is true of all soccer superstars I know is that these were their dreams, not their parents’ dreams.” “In my experience, the best soccer parents more or less let their children do their own thing.”
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A Guide for Parents of
Youth Soccer Players U6-U12
“In my experience, the best soccer parents more or less let their children do their own thing.”
- Anson Dorrance
Characteristics of players U6-U12
To learn new skills, have fun, learn “sporting behavior,” be with friends, and to simply run, jump and play.
CHARACTERISTICS FOR PLAYERS U7-U11
The English Football Association (FA)
What we can do to guide our children toward enjoyment in the game
Fueling the Young Athlete
Carbohydrates: carbs provide the primary fuel for exercising muscles. It is essential that young athletes consume lots of complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) on a daily basis. In addition, it is important to ensure that young athletes get the proper amount of carbohydrates before, during, and after exercise to support optimal health and performance.
*Adapted from the AYSO Tools for Parents*
Set a Good Example of Sportsmanship at all times
A sample of healthy foods to help athletes
recover from exercise:
***Most all of these pressures focus on winning instead of learning and development!
*Adapted from the AYSO Kids’ Zone Parent Pledge*
LOVE THEIR CHILDREN
State Director of Coaching