Parenting With Character

As parents and guardians, you have a very important role to play, too


MODEL appropriate behavior

Cheer for your team and not against the opponent

Never yell at an official or question a call on the field

Leave the coaching to the coaches and SUPPORT them in their efforts

Support your player with positive reinforcement but leave the coaching and soccer education to the coach

Thank your coach by practicing good communication skills and by supporting them

PRAISE and COMPLIMENT your child and avoid criticism

Support your player with positive reinforcement and encouragement

Allow adequate time and space for the player to decompress after games

Place the RESPONSIBILITY of getting ready and being prepared for practice and games on the player

Have your player show up on time with the proper equipment and attire

Communicate any schedule conflicts with coaches and managers well ahead of time

Voice Concerns APPROPRIATELY

Wait 24 hours after a practice or competition before addressing a coach with questions

Calmly state your concerns, listen to the coaches answer, and keep an open mind while respecting their authority as the decision maker

EMPHASIZE EFFORT and ENJOYMENT over winning

Praise the player immediately after a contest, regardless of a win or loss

Encourage players to always give 100 percent and show respect

BE ENGAGED in your club

Donate Time, Talent or Treasure; parent volunteers help keep a club running

Take an interest in the parents and other players on your team, be a team player

Problem solve any issues your child has WITH COACHES

Stay neutral and avoid making negative comments about the coach

Teach your player how to be an advocate for themselves directly with the coach


Courtesy: ©2012 GUSC, incorporating concepts adapted from "Competing with Character" by Kevin Kush, ©2008, Boys Town Press