You get your child to practice on time, remember to bring the right colored jersey, and always provide the best snacks; you’re a soccer parent superstar. But do you know the proper etiquette for being a youth soccer parent? QueensCast encourages parents to be their child’s biggest cheerleader with these simple etiquette tips.
Focus on What Your Child is Learning Rather Than the Score. The score might seem like the most important part of the game, but in reality, your child takes away a lot more away from a game than simply winning or losing. Soccer gives your child experience with teamwork, coordination, and problem-solving skills, and they get great exercise too! Make sure to ask your child if they had fun and what they learned while on the field.
Don’t Coach From the Sidelines. Your youth soccer player needs to focus on the game to succeed, and this can be hard when both a parent and coach are yelling directions at them. Allow the coach to be the coach and give instructions, and cheer your child and their teammates on to keep them encouraged.
Vocally Disagreeing With the Referee is Bad for Morale! Referees are there to keep the game moving smoothly and ensure everyone plays safely. While you might not agree with everything they do, you have to trust them to do their job. Sometimes wrong calls will be made, but throwing a fuss about calls can take the fun out of the game for everyone. It’s best to focus on cheering for your child and let the game go on!
Interact Respectfully With Other Parents. Competition can bring out feelings of opposition, leading people to believe it’s ‘us’ against ‘them.’ The parents on the opposing team are just like you — they want to see their child have a good time! Avoid insults, harsh tones, booing, and other disrespectful actions toward the other team’s parents.
Be Sure to Bring up Issues You Have With the Coach in Private. If you’re unhappy about the coach taking your child out or putting them in a different position, save those comments for after the game. Bringing up concerns and comments with the coach when there isn’t an audience also gives you time to think about their decisions; you might realize they had good reasons.
QueensCast has you covered when it comes to youth soccer rules and etiquette. Whether you’re a seasoned soccer dad or a new soccer mom who’s excited to help your child get started, be the best youth soccer parent you can be!