As you know, I grew up playing soccer – and despite my best efforts to not sway my oldest daughter, she insists that she loves and wants to keep playing soccer. Great with me. Her mom has also been very supportive, but as the first season neared I noticed my wife seemed nervous about the new experience. Here are 3 fears that every soccer mom faces as their child embarks on a soccer or sports experience:
Youth sports teammates
Teammates can be friendly or not… What matters most is how your child is coached [by you] through the different processes of determining who is a good influence, how to deal with tough situations, and how to create friendships with lifestyle leadership.
In the 12+ years I have taught private lessons for a living, this seems to be the worst in terms of bullying in sports or [bad teammates].
More than ever players are quitting soccer, because of the abuse they experience.
One player age 10 was playing for a top club, but stopped because how her teammates treated her. For the past 12 months she has trained with me while playing for a rec team. I guarantee she’ll be technically better that most of her teammates in middle school. So don’t think you have to play club soccer year round.
Another parent with [3 soccer kids] was telling me how you can get a great group or a selfish / arrogant one.
On the contrary there are teams with amazing unity who end up being best friends.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn
Purpose of competition
Competitions kick off across the world every weekend… However, in my experience, most families have their children in soccer for the same reason as us: they want their child to learn the game, sportsmanship, how to be confident, take criticism and how to lose with graciousness [or at least have a good attitude / learn from the loss].
When my oldest first started playing sports, and even now I just hope she can compete. Not for any other reason than for her to fit in and have fun.
We all want to be a part of something and in soccer it’s sometimes not easy to find that perfect fit.
Each season is different, so be ready, build memories and enjoy the ride.
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Injuries in youth soccer
This is a tough topic because we have the ability to know so much more from research and long-term athletes in the game.
However, youth soccer is doing a good job to not only gain more education, but to promote more awareness and products to prevent injury.
At the earlier ages I am not as concerned with this, but teaching your child self-awareness of their own body, movements, and those of others is a good start.
Follow-up with these 5 reasons your body needs a warm up. It’s good for kids to know why warming up helps them.
Communicate with your coach about what the team’s protocols are for injuries and maybe even volunteer to coordinate such efforts.
There are injuries every day in soccer and every sport. There are also injuries at the playground, school and the homes. Stressing isn’t going to help, but learning about them before they happen is a great move.
Here are some of the most common injuries in soccer that you want to know.
Soccer mom reassurance tips
The most important thing you can do is to be proactive.
You are the best advocate and resource for your child and anything that might harm them. You can make the difference in how they respond and move forward, which is the healthiest solution of all.
Of the 3 fears that every soccer mom faces, injury is the serious one.
Girls ages 13+ are the ones who face the more serious injuries, like knee/ACL and concussions.
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