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Sideline etiquette: 6 tips to make youth soccer better for parents and players
When playing in a game, youth soccer players’ minds are focused on making split-second decisions as they maneuver around and survey the field.
Every once in a while, however, a player’s attention may be drawn to his or her hyper parent yelling instructions or making a scene from the sideline. While parents’ actions may simply be the result of wanting the best for their child, their behavior can have a negative effect on their young athlete’s enjoyment of the game.
US Youth Soccer spoke to Dave Carton, the director of coaching for Discoveries SC in Rock Hill, S.C., to hear his opinion on some areas in which many parents could improve their sideline etiquette. Carton is no stranger to addressing adults on how to act while at games, and a letter he sent to parents of his club that cited their improper behavior was featured on the US Youth Soccer Coaches Blog.
Here are six things to keep in mind when attending your child’s game…
1. Avoid ‘coaching’ from the sideline while watching your child’s game
A common problem in youth soccer is the impulse parents have to shout instructions to their young player from the sideline. It’s especially difficult for a child because he or she has a tendency to refer to what a parent says, which often conflicts with the instruction from the coach. Carton said parents should imagine being in a room and having multiple people yelling instructions at them in order to see the confusion it could cause a child.
“Another thing about yelling instructions is that the tone a parent yells with is typically a lot more aggressive than the coach,” Carton said. “The coach is instructing with a teaching mentality. ‘This is what we have to do to improve. This is part of the process to get better and improve your level of play.’
“The instructions that the parents are yelling have an immediacy to it. They want it done now because they want the gratification of the instant result. It’s conflicting with what the coach is trying to do.”
2. Do not criticize the referee
Carton said this is an epidemic, and spectators should realize that referees are people and will make mistakes — even those officiating at the highest levels of play. When parents go after a referee for what they perceive as a mistake, it begins to make the game about the adults rather than the kids.
“A referee is ideally going to make an objective decision on what he or she sees. A parent is going to interpret that same situation through the prism of the team that their child plays on,” Carton said. “If it’s a decision that goes against their team, they’re automatically going to have a subjective view on it.
“The problem comes when there is an aggression to how the parents react to that. The bigger problem is when the child sees that, the child thinks it’s accepted. Parents need to remember they always need to be a model for their child.”
3. Focus on the benefits of the game rather than the score
Far too often parents worry about the numbers formed by illuminated lights on a scoreboard rather than the experience their child has while playing youth sports. Carton said parents are naturally from an older generation in which there was a larger focus on the result of a game. While it’s natural for everyone to want to win, he said parents need to keep focus on the larger picture.
“It’s natural instinct to want to win. The key thing is to keep things in perspective,” Carton said. “If we didn’t win, how can we go into the next game to improve on what we did wrong? Coaches talk about the development process, and losing is part of that process. If your team always wins, their mentality won’t be able to handle setbacks. It’s a big part of a child’s development.”
He went on to talk about a hypothetical 1-0 loss.
“Very few of the parents are asking their child if they had fun today. The child will take the parent’s reaction to the result of the game as the norm. They’ll then relate their experience to the result of the game, which is really counterproductive.
4. Think when interacting with opposing fans
“This is one that should be common sense. Grown adults should be able to go and enjoy their child’s experience without having any confrontation,” Carton said. “We get that at our club, too. We always say, ‘Don’t forget, you’re not just representing the club, you’re representing your child. The way you’re acting right now — if you could see yourself through the eyes of your child, what would you think of yourself? Why are you making a public spectacle over a U-11 girl’s soccer game? Are you proud of what you’re doing right now? Would you allow your child to act like this?’”
5. Don’t stress out over the game
Do you find yourself pacing up and down the sideline — anxiously following the action as it unfolds on the field? Stop it. Breathe.
“Just calm down. Enjoy it. Stop being so attached to it. It’s not your game,” Carton said. “Don’t base your enjoyment or happiness on what is going on out there.
“Look at your child. Is he having fun? Is he active? Is he enjoying the social nature of the game? Is he getting as much out of this experience as he can? Don’t worry about the rest of it. Some parents just give themselves aneurysms pacing up and down the line. Keep perspective. There are more important things.”
6. Save issues with the coach for the next day
Maybe you don’t agree with how much your child played in a game or another decision the coach made during the match. It’s important to take some time to think about it rather than confronting the coach in front of your child and the team.
“Directly after the game, the parents should not approach the coach. It’s an emotionally charged conversation and very little good can come from that,” Carton said. “At that time, there’s very little a coach can say that will make the parent feel any better. Go home. Talk to your family. Sleep on it. Get in touch the next day, whether it be by phone, email, or even going for a cup of coffee with the coach and asking for feedback.
“If the coach communicates well enough, the expectation should be there and the parent should understand the situation. If that’s not the case, the parent is totally in his or her right to bridge that communication gap.”
Content originally published by USYS.
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The start of the Spring season is fast approaching. If you have not heard from your coach yet, please contact the BASC office for assistance. Spring 2017 season games will start on March 4, 2017. The spring schedule is expected to be released approximately 5-7 days before the first game. Best of luck to all of our teams for an outstanding Spring season!
The rosters have been finalized for the Spring 2017 season. Your coach will be contacting you by February 20, if he or she hasn’t already. What kind of gear do you need for your first practice? What about your first game? And where do you get it all from?
What you will need for Practice:
Cleats: You will need soccer cleats. With growing children, you may be tempted to purchase cleats that are a size or two too big, to allow for growing room. Be careful not to get cleats that are too large for your child’s foot. Cleats that are too big may fly off while running or kicking, becoming an injury risk to not just your child but other children on the field as well. Too big cleats may also rub on your child’s foot causing blisters and will not provide adequate support to the foot, putting your child at greater risk of injury. The cleats on the bottom of the shoe should be made of plastic or rubber, metal cleats are not allowed.
Shin Guards: Shin guards are required for all soccer activities. There are two styles of shin guards, strap-on shin guards and slide in shin guards. Strap-on shin guards have a strap at the top of the calf and one that goes around the bottom of the foot to keep them in place. Slide in shin guards require a sleeve to keep them in place. Either style is acceptable for practice and game play, however the strap-on shin guards are more secure and will stay in place better than the slide in version.
Ball: The size ball your child needs is dependent on their age group. KickStart and U6-U8 players will use a size 3 ball, U9-U12 players will use a size 4 ball, and U13-U19 players will use a size 5 ball. There is no restriction on the color of the ball. Please write your name and phone number on the ball in permanent ink so that it has a greater chance of getting returned to you if it is left at a game or practice. Your ball should always be properly inflated. While not required, it is a good idea to have a ball pump with extra needles. These can be purchased inexpensively at most sporting goods stores.
Water Bottle: Soccer players run, a lot. Please bring water with you to every practice and game. For many players a standard 16-20 oz water bottle is not enough, you may wish to purchase a larger 64 oz personal water jug.
Comfortable Clothes: Your player is encouraged to wear comfortable clothes. Shorts or athletic pants and a t-shirt or sweatshirt are good ideas. Clothing that is restrictive, will cause chafing or may be revealing is not recommended. Also, remember that practice is outside. Your player will come home with grass, dirt and mud on their clothes and may get torn (soccer players fall down a lot). Please do not send your players in clothes that can’t get messy or torn.
What you will need for games:
Cleats, Shin Guards, Water Bottle, Ball
Uniform: For all U6 teams, BASC provides orange and white t-shirts for the players to wear during games. Your coach will let you know if he/she has a specific color of shorts and/or socks that need to be worn to each game. For U7-U19 teams, the coach is responsible for choosing the uniform. He/She will tell you where to go to order the uniform and how much it will cost. U7-U19 players are required to have a number on the back of their jerseys, talk to your coach about the numbers that are available to choose from (BASC does not allow players to have their names on their jerseys). Players are required to wear their jersey, shorts and shin guards at each game. If the game is taking place in cold weather, a player may wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, however their jersey must be on top of the cold weather gear.
Where do I buy everything?
Cleats, Shin Guards, Water Bottle and Ball may be purchased from a sporting goods store. BASC has upcoming shop days at both Academy Sports and Outdoors and at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Shop during one of the shop days with the BASC coupon and you will receive a discount off of your purchase. The Academy Shop Day is Saturday February 11, 2017. Click here for your Academy coupon. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Shop Day is Saturday and Sunday February 18-19, 2017. Click here for you Dick’s Sporting Goods coupon.
Uniform: If you are a U6 player, your coach will give you the orange and white t-shirts and will tell you about the requirements for shorts and socks. If you are a U7-U19 player, your coach will tell you where to order your uniform from.
All Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Managers are required to complete the online Concussion Training prior to the start of the Spring season. If you have already completed this training, you do not need to repeat it. Concussion Training must be completed by February 28, or you will be removed from your team account.
To register for the Concussion Training, log in to your Coach or Manager account on GotSoccer and click on the Concussion Center to begin your Concussion Training and receive your completion certificate. The Concussion Training is FREE to all coaches and managers. There is no need to submit a physical certificate of completion, BASC will be automatically notified that you have completed the training.
Mandatory Coaches Meeting Monday, January 30 or Tuesday, January 31 @ 6:30PM
Coaches must pick one meeting to attend on either Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM. OR Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held @ 1001 S. Main Street.
BASC will have a light meal for coaches who attend the meeting on January 30th.
Coaches will receive preliminary rosters and information they will need to kick-start their season!
Now that you’ve registered your player for the Spring 2017 Soccer Season with Broken Arrow Soccer Club, you may be wondering what happens next? How will I get my uniform? When does practice start? When is the first game? And more.
Our Coaches meetings take place at the end of the month. Within a couple of weeks of those meeting, the rosters will be finalized and released to the coaches. (Want to be a coach, assistant coach or manager? Click here to register as a coach).
Once the coach receives their finalized roster, they will begin to contact the team members (by phone, email or text). Your coach will give you the time and place of your practices and the information about where to purchase your uniform. You can visit the Parent Information Page for even more information including what size ball you need, soccer health awareness and sideline rules.
Practices will begin in the middle of February and the first games of the season will be on March 4. If your team is part of the closed league (U12 and younger recreational teams) all of their home and away games will be played at Indian Springs Soccer Complex at 13600 S 145th E Ave, Broken Arrow. If your team is part of the open league (U9-U12 Rec Plus teams, and U14 and older teams), their home games will be played at Indian Springs Soccer Complex and their away games will be played at one of a number of complexes in Northeast Oklahoma (please note: you may have travel times of an hour or more, one way, for these away games).
The BASC Spring Tournament will be the weekend of April 21-23, 2017. Talk to your coach now about signing up your team for this weekend of fun competition. Its a great opportunity to play against other BASC teams as well as teams from other areas of Oklahoma. Online registration for the tournament will be open soon!