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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 his/her soccer experience and help them 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 his/her potential in life, how to be supportive, and how to help their club in its mission to develop players. 
To that end, Georgia Soccer offers a comprehensive menu of free Parent Education Seminars, free Online Introductory courses, and Soccer Parenting online courses for nominal fees. In addition to that, we also post articles and videos specifically geared to soccer parents, which can be found below. 

Parent Education Seminars

The Georgia Soccer Parent Education Seminar is a power point presentation which is designed ideally for presenting to a large group of parents. Many clubs hold pre-season parent meetings, which are ideal for such a seminar. Some clubs wish to educate a specific block of parents, such as the Academy parents, or the Select parents or the Recreational parents, and can use this seminar for this purpose. 
The Georgia soccer Parent Education Seminar addresses the most common issues of sport parenting, helping parents understand their role better, understand how players develop, how to support their child as he/she goes 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. The seminar is 60 minutes long. 
Many clubs in Georgia have hosted this free 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 or 678-993-2109. 

Sports Path Online Parent Courses

Many parents are keen to learn as much as possible about sport parenting and enjoy the flexibility of learning at home at their own pace. For this reason, Georgia Soccer has teamed up with Sports Path, the world’s leading agency for the provision of online sports education, to provide online Soccer Parenting courses. Sports Path offers four online courses, with the first one free of charge and the other three for a nominal $9.99 course fee each. 
Each course navigates the learner through various scenarios and offers insight on how to resolve issues and behave and support the child. Some slides have buttons linking to optional in-depth resource material, so that parents have the option of going through the course quickly, or dig deeper through access to supplemental material. Each course can be completed in about 30-40 minutes if the links to additional material are bypassed. Parents can complete the course in one go, or stop and return to the course at a later day using the automatic bookmark feature of the courses. Upon completion of a course, parents can print a certificate of completion for their record. 
Below is the list of Sports Path online courses offered and a synopsis of each course. The first one is free for our members and the other three courses have a $9.99 fee for each course:
This course introduces the parents to the scope of the courses and what they will learn. It demonstrates how to use and benefit from the courses and deals with a number of relevant parenting topics. 
This course is most appropriate for parents of U-6 through U-14 Recreational players. The key items covered are: Why kids play sport and why they quit sports; Realistic goals for beginner players; How to keep kids’ interest in soccer; How to judge a good program or camp for your child. 
This course is most appropriate for parents of U-8 to U-12 players who show enough talent and interest to consider joining a more competitive/serious program, such as the U-10/U-12 Academy Program, or parents of players who are already playing in an Academy program. The key items covered are: Choosing a club; Realistic goals for 8-11 year olds; Interacting with your child’s coach; Helping your child deal with winning and losing; Dealing with disappointments; How to keep your child interested in soccer. 
This course is most appropriate for parents of Academy and Select players who are considering joining a top level elite team. The key items covered are: How to assess potential talent; How to support your child and help him/her reach their potential; What are the main factors in developing talent; Choosing an elite team; Realistic goals for 12-16 year olds; How to avoid burnout; Dealing with disappointments.
Please click here to register for Course #1 thru #4

Parent Education Articles

Helping Parents Navigate the Maze of Youth Soccer
Jacob Daniel, State Director of Coaching, walks parents step by step through the current youth soccer environment.

Opinion: How Soccer Parents Can Avoid the Trap of "The Next Big Thing"
Jon Akins, the Oglethorpe University Men's Soccer Coach, discusses the trend of "Club Hopping" and laments the dissapearance of loyalty and parental's unrealistic expectations
Georgia Soccer has been made aware of some recent soccer goal injuries and fatalities and feels the need to remind all leagues and coaches of the importance of Goal Safety…
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; how often should we schedule games; 
A look at sideline bahavior and its impact on player performance. This article addresses an increasingly disturbing trend in youth soccer.
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.