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Concussion Information

As with all contact sports, concussions can happen in soccer. Even with the new bans on intentional heading for players under the age of 13, injuries occur. As a parent, you should be well-versed on the signs of a concussion and the actions to take. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has an fact sheets and free information available online for any parent to view. This is the link to the website page.

Five Signs of an Ideal Sport Parent

Let’s hear it for the parents who do it right. In many respects, it’s easier to be an ideal sports parent than a nightmare. “It takes less effort. Sit back and enjoy.” Here’s what to do:

Cheer everybody on the team, not just your child: Parents should attend as many games as possible and be supportive, yet allow young athletes to find their own solutions. Don’t feel the need to come to their rescue at every crisis. Continue to make positive comments even when the team is struggling.

Model appropriate behavior: Contrary to the old saying, children do as you do, not as you say. When a parent projects poise, control and confidence, the young athlete is likely to do the same. And when a parent doesn’t dwell on a tough loss, the young athlete will be enormously appreciative.

Know what is suitable to discuss with the coach: The mental and physical treatment of your child is absolutely appropriate. So is seeking advice on ways to help your child improve. And if you are concerned about your child’s behavior in the team setting, bring that up with the coach. Taboo topics: Playing time, team strategy, and discussing team members other than your child.

Know your role: Everyone at a game is either a player, a coach, an official or a spectator. It’s wise to choose only one of those roles at a time. Here’s a clue: If your child seems embarrassed by you, clean up your act.

Be a good listener and a great encourager: When your child is ready to talk about a game or has a question about the sport, be all ears. Then provide answers while being mindful of avoiding becoming a nightmare sports parent. Above all, be positive. Be your child's biggest fan.

And, of course, don’t be sparing with those magic words: "I love watching you play."

Five Signs of a Nightmare Sports Parent

Nearly 75 percent of kids who play organized sports quit by age 13. Some find that their skill level hits a plateau and the game is no longer fun. Others simply discover other interests. But too many promising young athletes turn away from sports because their parents become insufferable.

Even professional athletes can behave inappropriately when it comes to their children. David Beckham was recently ejected from a youth soccer field for questioning an official. New Orleans radio host Bobby Hebert, a former NFL quarterback, publicly dressed down LSU football coach Les Miles after Alabama defeated LSU in the BCS title game last month. Hebert was hardly unbiased: His son had recently lost his starting position at LSU.

Mom or dad, so loving and rational at home, can transform into an ogre at a game. A lot of kids internally reach the conclusion that if they quit the sport, maybe they'll get their dad or mom back.

As a sports parent, this is what you don't want to become. This is what you want to avoid:

Overemphasizing sports at the expense of sportsmanship: The best athletes keep their emotions in check and perform at an even keel, win or lose. Parents demonstrative in showing displeasure during a contest are sending the wrong message. Encouragement is crucial -- especially when things aren’t going well on the field.

Having different goals than your child: Brown and Miller suggest jotting down a list of what you want for your child during their sport season. Your son or daughter can do the same. Vastly different lists are a red flag. Kids generally want to have fun, enjoy time with their friends, improve their skills and win. Parents who write down “getting a scholarship” or “making the All-Star team” probably need to adjust their goals. “Athletes say their parents believe their role on the team is larger than what the athlete knows it to be,” Miller says.

Treating your child differently after a loss than a win: Almost all parents love their children the same regardless of the outcome of a game. Yet often their behavior conveys something else. "Many young athletes indicate that conversations with their parents after a game somehow make them feel as if their value as a person was tied to playing time or winning,” Brown says.

Undermining the coach: Young athletes need a single instructional voice during games. That voice has to be the coach. Kids who listen to their parents yelling instruction from the stands or even glancing at their parents for approval from the field are distracted and can't perform at a peak level.


Information on Playing College Soccer

Here are a few links to what a player and/or parent can do to get in front of college coaches. These are not companies that the Woodridge Park District endorses, but rather websites with some pertinent information. No player has to pay for a recruiter. These are just some websites that had some interesting tips for players and parents to read.

Remember, the college you choose should be a good all around fit--not just have a good soccer team. Players go to college to learn first and to play soccer second.

NCSA sports


Becoming a Referee

Anyone over the age of 12 can be certified to be a referee. The entry level grade is Grade 8. This is a referee designation--not a school grade. The Illinois Soccer Referee Committee runs clinics periodically for certification and for re-certification. Here is the link for the clinic schedules: ISRC. Check back often because clinics are always added. In Woodridge, we use referees for all our recreational and travel soccer games. Most of the recreational games have two assitant referees in addition to the center referee. Any travel game of U11 or higher also uses two assistant referees or linesmen. Officials are paid to referee soccer games so it is a great way for someone who is interested in soccer to make some extra money.

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