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Want to be a Soccer Coach?

Want to be a Soccer Coach?

It's fun to coach the kids. Try it!

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Your community’s soccer league may be scrambling for coaches. If you have the time and expertise, volunteer! It’s lots of fun.

When Your Kid is on the Team

Chances are your own child will be on the team. Address the fear of favoritism head on.

Ask that your child call you “coach” during practice and games. From the get-go, explain to the team that each and every member is “your kid” during play. Keep track of how often all the kids play and be sure to rotate everyone fairly.

During practice drills, ask the assistant coach to work with your child more often than you do.

If your child does poorly during a game, behave like any other parent should: don’t overreact. Wait until you are on the way home to bring it up. Offer to work with him or her at home. Relate an experience from your own life that illustrates how everyone makes mistakes and has bad days.

Drill at Home – But Keep it Fun

You and your son or daughter can have fun kicking a soccer ball around in the backyard or park. At the same time, your youngster can brush up on dribbling, passing, throwing, and kicking skills.

Keep these practices short and casual. Try not to lose your temper or push your child. Instead, encourage him or her and keep it playful.

Deal with Parents Squarely

One of the challenges of coaching is how to handle the parents. Most are great and only want what is best for the team, but it takes just one overbearing or demanding parent to raise your stress levels.

Ask for a parent meeting early in the season, or send home a carefully worded flyer. Make sure parents know that while cheering is acceptable, you expect them to respect all the players on the field, including those from the opposing team.

Post a code of conduct for the team – usually available from the town’s recreational department – and state your goals as coach clearly and concisely. If you feel the need to write your own code, clear it with the governing authority first.

Ask parents to address concerns with you directly and to do so off the field. Supply your phone number and email address. Make yourself available and accessible. Listen to the parent’s point and then respond in measured tones.

If you have drafted a code of conduct for the team and know your own mission, it should be easy to refer the parent to these and also to offer some constructive advice.

Not every child can be a star but all deserve time on the field if they attend practice and work hard. And you’ll have a wonderful time if you are right out there with them!

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