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Georgia Soccer Parental Excellence Program
Parents play a vital role in youth soccer, but are often the least informed stake holders. Most parents’ primary goal is to help their child enjoy their soccer experience and help them to reach their potential. In addition to that, many parents help manage their child’s team and some even hold important positions at their youth club. Most board members and decision makers at youth clubs are parents.
Georgia Soccer recognizes the important contribution made by parents in youth soccer and appreciates the challenges facing parents in their quest for guidance on how to help their child reach their potential in life, how to be supportive and how to help their club in its mission to develop players.
Georgia Soccer offers a comprehensive menu of free parent education seminars, free online introductory courses and online soccer parenting courses for nominal fees. We also post articles and videos specifically geared towards soccer parents, which can be found below.
Parent Education Seminars
The Georgia Soccer Parent Education Seminar is a PowerPoint presentation which is designed to be presented to a large group of parents. Many clubs hold preseason parent meetings, which are ideal for this seminar. Some clubs who wish to educate a specific block of parents, i.e. Academy parents, can use this seminar for that purpose as well.
This seminar addresses the most common issues of sport parenting. It helps parents understand their role, how players develop, how to support their child as they go through the ages and levels, how to attain excellence and the do’s and don’ts of sport parenting. The content is based on expert research and data and is presented in simple-to-understand and insightful concepts.
Many clubs in Georgia have hosted this free hour-long seminar since its launch in 2007 and the feedback has been tremendous. Clubs who are interested in scheduling a parent education seminar should contact Jacob Daniel, Director of Coaching who will present the seminar at a mutually agreed time. Jacob can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 993-2109.
Parent Education Articles
Below are a few resources for parents of youth players:
Helping Parents Navigate the Maze of Youth Soccer
Jacob Daniel, State Director of Coaching, walks parents through the current youth soccer environment.
Opinion: How Soccer Parents Can Avoid the Trap of "The Next Big Thing"
Jon Akin, the Oglethorpe University Men's Soccer Coach, discusses the trend of "club hopping" and laments the disappearance of loyalty and parents' unrealistic expectations.
Georgia Soccer is always looking out for the safety of the players. Take a few minutes to read some of the player safety resources compiled by the Risk Management Committee.
Practice vs. Game - Which one is better?
In any sport, players develop skills via a combination of practices and competitions. This begs the questions: what should the practices-to-games ratio be and how often should we schedule games?
The New Epidemic...Sideline (Mis)Behavior
A look at sideline behavior and its impact on player performance, this article addresses an increasingly disturbing trend in youth soccer.
Child Athlete Bill of Rights
When children enter a sport program, they automatically assume responsibilities, but they also have rights. Adults need to respect these rights if young athletes are to have a safe and rewarding sport experience. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Youth Sports Task Force has developed a “Bill of Rights for Young Athletes.” The rights identified by these medical experts, sport scientists, and national youth sport administrators are presented.