As a parent, it’s only natural that you want your child to succeed in everything they do. If your child is especially athletic, then you may share hopes and dreams with your child for them to become the best in their sport.
We’ve all heard of stories of intense sports moms and dads at summer soccer camps, parents who intimidate children into not enjoying their sport. Instead, it is your job to coach them into dedicating their heart to the sport, and more importantly, to have fun while doing it.
Soccer is no different, and doing all of this as a parent can be exceptionally tricky. So, we have created a list of our top three things every soccer parent should keep in mind all year long.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Getting your child to learn soccer skills won’t happen overnight. They are honing in on a skill that needs to be diligently trained. Many times, this takes years to do. Every child develops their skills at their own pace, so the easiest thing to do is to just encourage as much as you can!
They want to see you in the stands
We know how hard it can be to make it through your stressful day as a parent, and sometimes the last thing you want to do is to go to a soccer game. But your child simply seeing you in the stands — even if you are sitting quietly and reading a book — will be enough to propel them to play their best.
They need to practice at home
Again, to learn soccer skills is to develop a muscle. No soccer star just becomes the best player in the sport simply by practicing once a week. Rather, they need to go outside and practice their drills and hone in on what they learned in their coaching lesson or they will immediately forget it!
Each year, more than 11 million children and adults attend camp, including summer sports camps. If your child is interested in getting more involved with soccer, sign them up for a camp today, and the Olympics may be in their future one day!