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A More Enjoyable Season Pt. 2

Last week, we discussed the responsibilities for the Coach and Team Manager. This week, we talk about the responsibilities of our players’ Parents.


Before the game:

  • Adopt an attitude of support and caring
  • Fill the water bottle
  • Have the proper uniform ironed
  • Shine shoes and double knot the laces
  • Secure watches and other jewelry items
  • Make sure fingernails are closely trimmed
  • Check safety straps on glasses – just in case
  • Have clean socks over shin guards and shirt tucked
  • Feed player three hours prior to kick-off – if possible
  • Have transportation arranged to ensure timely arrival
  • Put identification marks on personal articles, ball, etc.
  • Provide at least 20 oz. of water – 15 minutes before kick off


During the game:

  • Become a spectator
  • Do not use profanity
  • Do not bother the coach
  • Cheer team effort positively
  • Let the coach do the coaching
  • Stay behind the spectator line
  • Exemplify good sportsmanship
  • Avoid calling the players by name
  • Make positive comments to all players
  • No alcoholic beverages or smoking on the sidelines
  • Never criticize a referee’s decision – learn the laws!
  • Set a good example
    ‘If you want to raise a good sport, be a good sport.’


At half-time:

  • Let you do the coaching
  • Insist their children drink lots of water
  • Train their child to stay with the team
  • Teach their child to listen when the coach is talking


After the game:

  • React positively to the teams’ losses and wins
  • Train their children to stay with the team for any post-game routines
  • Physical cool down
  • Mental cool down
  • Thanking the opponent
  • Drinking more water
  • Cleaning up the playground, etc.
  • Participate in after-game team social activities which should be the same regardless of game results
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