| Small Sided Games Good for Parents Too! |
There is plenty of information out there from all the top experts from around the world and the US in regards to the benefits of youth players playing small sided soccer games (4v4)... Outside of all of benefits for player development, is there another argument to be made for the use of small sided games in youth soccer? Believe it or not, small sided games also benefits the parents!
| Everyone Calm Down!|
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck
I was taking my dog for a walk at a nearby grade school one Saturday morning and I passed a youth soccer game on the field. I knew from the uniforms that one of the teams was a local, competitive club. From the the sizes of the boys, I judged them to be around eight years old. I was stunned by the vociferous parents, yelling at the teenage referee about every call, and screaming instructions to the players each time they touched the ball. I kept walking that day. But a few weeks later, on the same route, I encountered the team again. As I approached, there was a huge blow-up from the parents of the local club. It escalated back and forth between both sides. The referee, an older gentleman this time, halted the game and warned the coach that if there was one more outburst, he would clear the sidelines. This time, I couldn't help myself. I stopped and said something. Read Article
| | Coaching Your Child: Expert Advice from T-Ball through High School and Beyond (Part 2 of 2)
By Steve Henson
What follows is a short guide to coaching a son or daughter found in the Proactive Coaching booklet, "Youth Coaching, Four Keys to a Successful Season." The examples are from baseball players, but the lessons can be universal to any sport: Read Article