This section of our website is dedicated to providing parents with vital information that will help them improve their child’s soccer experience at the club. PUMA FC, we like to make sure that parents are given numerous resources to help benefit the child’s performance. The guidelines below highlight our expectations from parents, both at practice and on game day. Please watch the club’s communication closely to find out when parent education workshops are held for topics such as soccer basics, training priorities, club culture, college recruiting, and more…
At PUMA FC, our goal is to cultivate an environment where players have the opportunity to learn and develop with freedom of expression and without the fear of failure. All players should be encouraged and supported from the sidelines. Our players are learning the game all the time and the coach should be the only voice offering guidance for the players. Parents are NOT allowed to be on the sidelines during practice. Please see our parents code of conduct below for our the expectations placed upon our parents.
The role that parents play in the life of a soccer player has a tremendous impact on their overall experience. With this goal in mind, here some helpful reminders for all of us as we enjoy watching our loved ones play.
Help Keep Priorities Straight
Help your child maintain a focus on schoolwork, relationships and other things in life besides soccer. Also, if your child has made a commitment to soccer, help them fulfill her obligation to the team.
Support and Cheer for All Players on the Field
Foster teamwork. Remember that your child’s teammates, as well as the opposing players, are not the enemy. When they are playing better than your child, your child now has an opportunity to learn.
If your child has come off the field when their team has lost, but they have played their best, help them to this is like a “win.” Remind them to focus on the “process” and the things they can control and not the scoreboard. The athlete’s fun and satisfaction should be derived from “striving to win.”
Keep Soccer in Perspective
Soccer should not be larger than life for you. If your child’s performance produces strong emotions for you, suppress them. Remember your relationship will continue with your children long after their competitive soccer days are over. Keep your goals and needs separate from your child’s experience.
Let the Coaches Coach
Leave the coaching to the coaches. This includes motivating, psyching your child up for practice, after game critiquing, setting goals, requiring additional training, etc. You have entrusted the care of your player to these coaches and they need to be free to do their job. If a player has too many coaches, it is confusing and their performance usually declines.
Understand and Display Appropriate Game Behavior
Remember, your child’s self-esteem and game performance is at stake. Be supportive, cheer, and be appropriate. To perform to the best of their abilities, a player needs to focus on the parts of the game they can control (fitness, positioning, decision-making, skill aggressiveness, etc.). If they start focusing on what they cannot control (the field condition, the referee, the weather, the opponent, even the outcome of the game at times) they will not play up to their ability.
Monitor Your Child’s Stress Level at Home
Keep an eye on the player and make sure that they are handling stress effectively from the various activities in their life. Be sure your child is eating the proper foods and getting adequate rest.
That is what we will be trying to do! We will try to challenge your child to reach beyond their “comfort level” and improve themselves as a player, and thus, a person. We will attempt to do this in environments that are fun, yet challenging.