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North Carolina Youth Soccer Presents A Parents Guide to Recreational Soccer “The Game for All Kids!” This presentation is designed to introduce the game of soccer to parents of recreational players and increase the benefits of the sport without limiting the child
This presentation is designed to introduce the game of soccer to parents of recreational players and increase the benefits of the sport without limiting the child
Why Do Players Play?
(US Youth Soccer)
From an early age, every child loves to play with a ball. Soccer is just playing with the ball, except with others and a few simple rules. Soccer is having FUN! (US Youth Soccer)
The Purpose: To put the ball in the
How: Two teams face each other and
try to put the ball in the opponent’s
goal. Players cannot use their hands.
Where: The game is played on a
rectangular field, with goals at each
The Team: Apart from the goalkeeper,
the only player allowed to use their
hands, there is no fixed spaces or
positions in soccer. Players must
move and interchange positions
according to the flow of the game.
Equipment: Soccer is a simple sport
with little equipment needed:
1.Ball 2. Cleats 3.Shin Guards
Did You Know…..
Soccer is the most participated youth sport in the U.S. In 1999, there were 17,582,000 total soccer participants in the U.S with 7,881,000 under the age of twelve (SGMA, 2000)
“Most children play to have fun with
their friends. They do not play to
entertain the adults, boost the adults
ego, or improve the family social status
within the Community.
(Adams, U of Missouri)
Psychologists attribute three motivational factors in children's involvement in sport:
Think of the soccer field as a playground!
- Emphasize enjoyment
- Encourage your child regardless of success
- Cheer for all Children
- Applaud a good effort no matter who makes it
- It’s okay to talk to other teams parents
- Be a parent – not a coach
- Resist the urge to critique
“When asked what embarrasses them most, the overwhelming response from children is parents yelling.” (www.MomsTeam.com – Survey)
with three kids screaming
and fighting in the backseat,
think about this: Does it tend
to pull your attention away
from the task at hand? Do
you ever feel overloaded?
If you add more pressure to
that car ride, such as an icy
road, can you handle all that
at once? That’s exactly what
coaches/parents do when
they yell at kids to do
something: They distract
them. They create “cognitive
(pg. 161, Just Let the Kids Play)
Good Questions on the Way Home:
“For some reason, adults - some who can't even kick a ball - think it is perfectly okay to scream at children while they're playing soccer. How normal would it seem if a mother gave a six-year-old some crayons and a coloring book and started screaming? "Use the red crayon! Stay in the lines! Don't use yellow!“ You think that child would develop a passion for drawing? Most important parents must realize that playing sports is a way for children to express themselves."
Claudio Reyna, Former Men's U.S. National Team Captain
and having fun through games!
you should not see lines, laps, or lectures
freedom to play without constant
fixed spaces or positions in soccer.
Players must move and interchange
positions according to the flow of the
Did You Know…
90% of volunteer coaches in the U.S have had no coaching education!
73% of all kids who play organized
Youth sports end up quitting by the
time they reach the age of 13!
(Time Magazine, 7/12/99)
Major Two Reasons Kids Give Up Sport
The spirit of a child knows no bounds until limited by adults….
NC Youth Soccer Education Center
-Videos, skills, links etc
US Youth Soccer Parent Resource Center
-Videos, Quizzes, Age appropriate info etc
Laws of the Game
-U6, U8, U10, U12, U13+
US Youth Soccer Parent Resource Library
-Brochures, articles, coaching info etc
Parents Guide (Free)
Youth Soccer Parent/Coach Primer
Coaching Youth Soccer by Bobby Clark
Positive Parenting DVD
Coaching Education Brochure
Plus many more…….
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org