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Important Information for Parents and Guardians

Parents serve as role models for their children; become aware of this and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child’s team as well as the opposing team.

Parents should refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines.

Sideline coaching during games is called "joysticking". Don't try to command the players or tell them what to do. That would be similar to how you tell a player what to do during a video game, or "joysticking" the player. Let the player make their choices, and they will grow and improve much faster. Soccer is a fast-moving sport, and takes years to learn fullly. Be patient!

Please do not embarass yourself, your child, or your player's team and coaches by yelling at players, coaches, or officials. Show a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants; your child will benefit!

Parents should emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your athlete. Deemphasize games in the lower age groups.

On the ride home, ask your player how they think the day went. Ask them what went well and what they'd like to improve. That will show a continued focus on our shared goal of player development.

Parents should support the efforts of the volunteer coaches and the Club.

Parents should never use profanity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco during any game or training session.

Always show good sportsmanship and set a positive example for their child.

Ask your child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.

Place the emotional and physical well being of their child ahead of your own personal desire to win.

Never strike, shove, threaten to strike, or lay a hand upon an official, player, or spectator

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