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 PARENT EDUCATION
     PROGRAM
Careful !! - Children at Play

  Our Generation
       Had more unsupervised free time
       Made our own rules
       Ownership/power to decide what to play/how long


  Our Children
         Constantly supervised/shielded
         Monitored by overbearing adults
         Evaluated to adult standards
         Fast tracked to achieve goals
         Losing their autonomy/creativity opportunities
YOUTH SPORT HIJACKED
     BY ADULTS
 WHOSE NEEDS ARE
  CONSIDERED?

 WHOSE EXPECTATIONS
  ARE MET?

 WHOSE AGENDAS ARE FULFILLED?

 WHY PARENTS FIND IT HARD TO VIEW YOUTH
  SPORT AS JUST ANOTHER LEISURE ACTIVITY?
  (the return on investment syndrome)
   THE CYCLE OF
UNDER-DEVELOPMENT
                         Parents put
                        pressure on
                           coach

                                             Coach focus on
     Parents
  transfer child                                team
                                              development
 to another club



        Players don’t                  Individual
                                          player
        reach their                    development
          potential                       suffers
Impact Philosophy

  We want each child to reach his or her
   maximum potential.
  Individual development is more important
   than team performance.
HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP
       This presentation will cover:

   Cognitive development
   Understanding players’ needs
   Phases of commitment
   Trainable components
   Optimum practice to game ratio
   State of flow for max creativity
   Player Evaluation / Playing up
   Responsibilities of the soccer parent
COGNITIVE
DEVELOPMENT
(Piaget)
   SENSORY – MOTOR (birth to age 2)
   PRE-OPERATIONAL (from 2-8 years)
       Egocentric – Imagination – Non logical thinking
   CONCRETE OPERATIONAL (8-11)
       Logical thinking related to concrete objects
       Less egocentric – more cooperative - rules
   FORMAL OPERATIONAL (11 and up)
       Logical thinking related to abstract objects
       Time and space – Thinking in advance - rules
    Characteristics of
        Children
 U-8 Players

       Physical abilities still immature
       Playmates emerge. ‘Best friend’
       Team identity limited
       Attention span still short
       Limited self-evaluation: Effort equal success
       Still can mostly attend to one task at a time
       Looking for approval from adults
       Energy to burn – constantly in motion.
    Characteristics of
        Children
 U-8 Players – Implications
     Movement Education still a priority
     More pair activities – Cooperative & competitive
     Introduce 1v1 activities
     Still mostly dribbling and some passing/shooting
     Wean them from dependence on adults
     Generous praise
     Difficulties with throw-ins, goal kicks, etc
     Tactics still beyond them
     Phases of Soccer
       Development
 Phase 1 – Introduction to soccer
  (romance)
 Phase 2 – Commitment to soccer (refine
  skill)
 Phase 3 – Commitment to excellence
  (perfect skill)
 Phase 4 – Commitment to winning
  (fitness, tactics)
        TRAINABLE
       COMPONENTS
 TECHNICAL
  Ability to control the ball. Touches
 TACTICAL
  Ability to solve soccer problems (cognitive)
 FITNESS
  Endurance, speed, strength, agility
 PSYCHOLOGICAL
  Enjoyment, coping with anxiety, confidence
          TRAINABLE
         COMPONENTS
 PRACTICES FAR MORE IMPORTANT FOR SKILL
  DEVELOPMENT THAN GAMES (MANY MORE
  TOUCHES)

 YOUTH SOCCER’S BIGGEST PROBLEMS:
      OVER COACHING BY PARENTS AND COACHES
      MISGUIDED EMPHASIS ON GAMES
PRACTICES VS GAMES
          (*R = REC, S = SELECT)

AGE GROUP      GAMES PER      PRACTICES
                 YEAR         PER WEEK
   U-8           20-25           1-2
   U-10            20-30              2
   U-12            25-30       2(R*) 3(S*)
   U-14            30-35           2(R) 4(S)
   U-16            35-40           2(R) 4(S)
   U-18            35-45           2(R) 5(S)
     FLOW STATE MODEL
       (Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

   Activity or task matches ability
   Do not treat training like medicine
   Achievement = happiness (artists, athletes)
   Finished product less important than process
   If not in state of flow, other behavioral states:
     Distracted, bored, frustrated,
      anxious, defensive,
      mischievous, undisciplined
    Player Evaluation -
What parents should ask the
          coach

 U-6/U-8
   Is he/she having fun? Period.
     Responsibility of the
       Soccer Parent
   Understand the role of sports
   Understand the odds
   Be a role model
   Evaluate the club and coaches
   Understand pursuit of excellence
Role of the Soccer Parent

 Understand the role of sports
      Develop a healthy lifestyle (Sport = Leisure)
      Develop sport skills
      Develop life skills
             Social skills
             Positive self-image
             Values character and coping skills
      Mission of youth organizations
Role of the Soccer Parent

  Understand the odds
     Academy/Select no guarantee of success
     Only 6% high school soccer players to NCAA
     Only small percentage get athletic scholarship
     Only 2% of NCAA soccer players to pro
     Only 0.08% high school to pro
     Need to prepare your child for disappointment.
      Not build up his/her hopes unrealistically.
     College coaches only interested in U-16+
     ‘Exposure’ over-rated
Role of the Soccer Parent

  Be a role model
      Listen to your child (likes/dislikes)
      Sideline behavior – NO COACHING!!!
      Dealing with game results (unconditional love)
      Don’t compare or be critical
      Focus on positives
      Be supportive (towards child, coach, club)
      Shield from abuse, NOT from life lessons
      It’s your child’s game. Not your game.
Role of the Soccer Parent

  Evaluate the club and its coaches
      Consistent with mission statement
      Club coaches
            No lines/lectures/laps
            Certification level
            Philosophy of coach, motivation skills
      Ethical issues
              Best interest of the individual players
              Recruiting
              Playing time
              Zero tolerance for abuse
Role of the Soccer Parent
 Understand pursuit of excellence
    Intrinsic motivation (if you need to push….)
    Know the opportunities
          Recreational- Academy - Select soccer – ODP
    Know the two best coaches in the world:
          Watching professional soccer
          Playing pick up games
    How to reach potential
          Touches on the ball
          Self training
          Learning from the pros
          Practice to game ratio
          Perishable vs transferable skills
    Focus on process. Where is he/she at 18?
If we take care in the
beginning, the end will
take care of itself

				
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