Soccer parents always want the best possible experience for their hopeful college student athletes. At times it’s easy to get caught up in the competition. Although, we may know the right things to do all the time, it never hurts to remind ourselves that we should keep an open mind on learning new youth sport parenting techniques. Here are some simple tips to help cultivate a positive environment and experience for your son or daughter:
- Player development is not the same for every player. Trust and enjoy the process.
- Model the behavior you would expect from your child.
- Listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings on soccer.
- Encourage creativity.
- Don’t use the car ride home to highlight mistakes.
- Encourage your child to play multiple sports.
- Engage with live or local soccer games.
- Get involved and encourage informal play at home.
- Allow your child to think and make their own decisions.
- Ask your child about the game rather than tell them about it.
- Gain knowledge of the development philosophy of the coach/soccer organization.
- Develop resilience by allowing your child to embrace challenges alone.
By following these simple tips, your prospective college student athlete will already be on the road to success. For more tips and information on iSoccerPath’s college coach-designed programs, visit here and be sure to follow us on social media @iSoccerPath.