Imagine the following scenario: As a player rides home from a game with his parents, the father begins his critique of the game. He begins by telling his son that; “Your coach is making a big mistake with the way he’s handling you. Everyone knows that you’re better than Ralph is and should be one of the starting forwards. What is he thinking?” What ramifications does this behavior have for the player? For the coach?
Click here to download this month’s coaching education article discussing the common practice of undermining the youth coach. US Youth Soccer Coaching Department offers a number of programs to educate new youth coaches and enhance the skills of current coaches, continuing the progress of the game. Don't forget to check out the latest offering from US Youth Soccer the Parents Guide - An Introduction to Youth Soccer, complete with online presentation, quiz and printable certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.
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