Nov 02

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Are you this kind of Parent?

As the season advances, we typically see a heightened level of competitiveness from PARENTS during Saturday games. Please give the game back to your kids. If you missed John O’Sullivan when we hosted him in Laguna Niguel, this TEDx Talk is a must for you. Don’t drive your player from the game because they are not having FUN. Keep them in the GAME.

What do you think is the most important thing you can tell your youth player this weekend?
“just tell your kids you love watching them play!”



Want to learn more about Being a Good Soccer Parent? Click on the US Youth Soccer Logo below:






And, speaking of FUN, please see below the Players’ and Parents’ Codes from the LNYSA Handbook.

Players’ Code
• Play for the “fun of it”, not just to please your parents or coach.
• Play by the rules.
• Never argue with or complain about the referee’s calls or decisions.
• Control your temper, and most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
• Concentrate on playing soccer and on affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort. Work equally hard for your team as for yourself.
• Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays, whether it is your team’s or your opponent’s. Thank the referees.
• Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated.
• Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills, and feel good. Don’t be a show-off or a “ball hog”.
• Cooperate with your coaches, teammates, opponents, and the referees — there cannot be any soccer games without them.

Parents’ Code
• Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
• Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
• Encourage your child to always play by the rules.
• Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner even in defeat.
• Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.
• Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
• Applaud good play by your team and by members of opposing team.
• Do not publicly question the referee’s judgment and never their honesty.
• Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees, and officials and give them their due respect. Let the coach do the coaching!
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
• Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted at any city park or school facility.



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