''If you want your 8-year-olds to win tomorrow, you're going to address that group differently than if you say, 'I want my 8-year-old to win when he's 18 years old.''' -- Bob Jenkins, U.S. Soccer's Director of Coaching Education
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS....
Ideas for parents to help your player's developement...
Play soccer with your child. Kids learn by "doing", and it is critical that kids (and their soccer parents) find time to play with a soccer ball as much as possible. Just a few minutes whenever you can, passing the ball back and forth and dribbling, will greatly improve their ability to pass, receive, and control the ball.
Ages U5-U8 use size 3 ball, U9-U12 use size 4 ball, U13 and up size 5 ball.
Set up orange practice cones and goals for the yard. Orange practice cones (or whatever safe objects you have laying around the house) can be used for fun practice drills in the backyard. Buying or making a small soccer goal can also be fun and will definitely get their attention. Some ideas for making a goal include two chairs separated from each other (the size does not make a difference), two poles, a square clothes basket on its side (a personal favorite), or a cardboard box.
Attend the soccer games and practices. Listen to the coaches and learn the game from them. Don't be afraid to ask the coaches if you have a question.
Put a game on TV. It's the next best thing to being there!
Remember...club practices and games are not enough...camps that specialize in skills and techinque are very necessary for your player to keep up with the competitive level of soccer. Check the LUFC homepage for a listing of camps or check with your team coach/manager.