"The best advice my parents ever gave me was what they never said" - Ferenc Puskas (one of the best players of all time)
Let your kids learn life lessons. Support their interests, but don’t interfere with their experiences.
“Children only have one childhood and it’s our privilege (as coaches and parents) to be a part of that childhood; therefore as custodians we cannot fail them” (Mairs & Shaw ix).
Parents, always remember to ask your kids the right questions:
Becoming overly concerned with performance levels or attempting to evaluate how they are doing in comparison to other players is futile, as the players’ progress and performance levels will individually fluctuate throughout their formative years.
How soccer parents can avoid the trap of "The next big thing"
What the best soccer coaches around the world are doing
Development in youth soccer
To keep score or not
Talking to kids while playing
Taking a break from training
The Development Process
(Claudio Reyna – Soccer America interview)
Reyna said four key points outline his US National Development Curriculum.
Fire FC adopts a long-term player development model for our players. This model comes form the overwhelming amount of research in recent years, which supports the 10,000 rule.