Soccer Being a Supportive Soccer Parent: Do’s and Don’ts

Soccer Being a Supportive Soccer Parent: Do’s and Don’ts

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Soccer Being a Supportive Soccer Parent: Do’s and Don’ts

You always want to aim to be the best parent for your child. Especially when they are so young, you want to make sure that they are developing on track.

 

If your child has experienced an interest in soccer and you've signed them up—or if they've been playing for a little while and are looking to play more competitively, be careful! This is where most “sissy-moms” and “delicate-dads” turn from a supportive parent into a self-proclaimed soccer guru—or chief leader of the team parents squad.

 

You need to find the delicate balance of helping your kid focus on developing skills, being competitive, and having fun.

 

Ultimately, your goal here as a parent isn't to out-yell the other team’s team dad but to help guide your child to grow into the sport and into themselves as happy, healthy, and confident young athletes.

 

To help you find that fine line and to stay away from it, here are some parentdos and don’ts” to being the supportive soccer dad or mom:

 

Do’s

 

  • Invest in Equipment: Especially if your kid is rather young, you don't have to break the bank in buying top-of-the-line quality. However, make sure that you know that if you go for the cheaper equipment, not only might it not fit your child properly, it probably won’t last the season. Check this off your to-do list before tryouts, not only giving you time to find the right size but also before they run out of stock!

 

  • Instilling Proper Game Etiquette: This means a few things. Not only should you be mentally preparing your kid for a win or a loss by talking about good sportsmanship but you should teach them how to help an opponent up after they've gotten fouled or how to say, “Good game,” once the final whistle blows—regardless of the score.

 

  • Give Them Encouragement: Regardless if they are good or bad, you need to lay a support foundation early on, no matter what sport they're playing.

 

“Don’t”s

 

  • Don’t Be Late If You Can Help It: This is simply setting a bad example for your child. Prepare you and your family and plan properly to get out of the house with enough time to get to the field. It not only helps create good habits for your kid and sets a good example, it also gives them the chance to play the full game or practice, and won’t cause problems with their coach or teammates.

 

  • Don’t Be Negative or Aggressive: Keep negative remarks and opinions to yourself—or at least don't let your child see or hear them! Although it’s easy to get invested, mouthing off the referee, talking bad about your child, and cussing out the other team’s parents aren’t going to get you anywhere.

I hope that these do’s and don’ts can help you find that perfect balance between being a competitive soccer dad or mom and being a positive influence for your child.

 

Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.


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