Daphne Strike Soccer Club: Parent Education

Tuesday, April 9
Healthy Kids Hub
A Hub of resources for nutrition and physical activity principals for out-of-school programs

Wednesday, April 3
7 Out Of 10 Kids Quit Organized Sports

7 out of 10

Wednesday, February 20
What Kind of a Soccer Parent Are You?

When I read this article, I realized that I had a number of the characteristics of these Sports Parents.  I am being perfectly honest when I say that I actually identified with a number of these categories.  I will also say that  I have undergone quite a transformation over the last few years and have become a much better "Soccer Parent".  Truth be told, I still have a way to go! Please read this article and see if you find yourself under one of these categories of "Sports Parent".  And if so, what can you do to transform yourself?

Wednesday, February 20
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

The number one purpose of youth soccer is to encourage children to develop soccer skills, all while having fun.  The following article will show the observation of a 30 year veteran of Collegiate Soccer coaching , when he enterred the world of youth soccer.  His eyes were opened after only 6 months of coaching a U16 team from Ohio... 
Handout: Good, Bad & the Ugly

Wednesday, February 6
4 Fun Ways to Improve Your Skills

See the attached file to learn about some of the skills your child can learn to acheive new goals for their Pro Badge Challenge.
Handout: Pro Badge Challenge

Sunday, January 27
Parent Information Packet 2013
Handout: Parent Information

Thursday, October 11
Giving The Game Back To The Players

Check out this video,  it's very enlightening.    If we all get quiet and give the game back to the players...look what can happen?


Thursday, October 11

Things for parents to keep in mind during a child’s soccer experience:

  1. Provide transportation to and from all training sessions and matches, and ensure your player is prompt in arriving and in departing.
  2. Attend training and matches if your schedule allows. Lend the players your support in a positive manner. Emphasize their accomplishments and efforts.
  3. Make sure your child never talks with, or leaves with, strangers.
  4. Have your child bring the required equipment to and from all matches and training sessions.
  5. Practice with your child at home.
  6. Avoid material rewards. Stress the joy of soccer.
  7. Listen. Make your child feel important and encourage contribution to a team effort.
  8. Understand that your child will make mistakes.
  9. Be positive and do not criticize. If your child is not performing correctly or improving, suggest an alternate technique with the coach’s guidance, such as, “That’s pretty good, now how about trying it this way?”
  10. Be graceful-and not boastful-when your child’s team wins.
  11. Be positive and provide encouragement when your child’s team loses.
  12. Make fun and technique-development top priorities when practicing.
  13. Support your child’s coach and, before being asked, offer to help in any way possible.
  14. Do not disagree with the coach or referees on the field or in front of your child. Questions, input and positive suggestions should be discussed privately and calmly.
  15. Enjoy the excitement of soccer and the opportunity to be with your child.

Thursday, October 11
The Car Ride Home

By Lou Mignone 

I like to initiate with some open ended questions which illicit more detailed responses than “yes” or “no” and encouragehim to talk about what is on his mind, thus providing clues of what he finds noteworthy about the practice or game.“Hey pal, what did you think about that game (or training session)?” That question usually brings out a response such as; “That was fun Dad. We practiced step-over fakes and I was able to do them with both feet. Coach George told everyone that I did it very well and I even demonstrated it for the team. I tried them in our game to trick people. It worked once butthe orange team stole it three times.” My response would not address whatsoever thethree times that the step-over fake was unsuccessful in beating opponents 1v1 but would accentuate my pleasure of his attempts to apply sound technique while under pressure.“That is so exciting to see you do that step-over fake. I bet that it is not an easy thing tolearn to do, especially when someone is trying to steal the ball from you.” A response would possibly be; “Yeah, it is tricky to do when you’re running too but I am getting better every day.” My follow-up would be; “You better believe it! I can’t wait until youhave the opportunity to try that again and again!” He will most likely turn this conversation into the direction of stopping for pizza and that would be just fine with me, considering that we had a very productive car ride home in terms of its player-development reinforcement value.
The car ride home, if looked upon as an occasion to summarize key elements of the player’s learning and practical application experiences that day, serves as a significant opportunity to buttress the positive development that is taking place. Each of these discussions may have a positive beginning, middle, and end regardless of match results or perceived mistakes on the field. The youth soccer experience should be one that is immensely enjoyed through exploration, risk-taking, and learning of ball skills as opposed to stressful feelings about winning and losing and worries about making errorsor displeasing coaches and/or parents. Let’s keep this game the beautiful one! 

Monday, September 10

Sunday, September 9


  • Be your child’s biggest fan by attending as many games as you can, offering support and encouragement.
  • Make your job on the sidelines that of your child’s unconditional positive supporter, especially when they are having a tough game. Let the coach be the one to offer up any criticism, skill pointers, or game strategy.
  • Cheer and call out encouragement instead of directions. Cheer enthusiastically for great skills, not just for scoring.
  • Always cheer positively. Root for all the kids on the team, not just your own, and not against their opponents. “Sam, get the ball!” from the sidelines becomes, “Go Strike” or “Go defense.”
  • Limit yourself to a few generic words of praise, such as “Great goal” “Nice pass” or “Go Strike!” Doing so will not only take pressure off your child, but it will also inspire other parents to tone it down as well.
  • Smile, show confidence and faith in your child. Your child will watch you closely during a performance and will feel dejected by your cries of frustration, or shouts to try harder.
  • Thank the coaches, referees at the end of the competition for their hard work.



  • Don’t yell at your child from the sidelines, as it only serves to confuse and potentially embarrass them. Doing so destroys your child’s concentration. Moreover, you put them in a no-win situation if you end up yelling out advice that contradicts that of their coach.
  • Do not lose your temper no matter how bad a call from a referee is or what your child’s opponent or their parents do or say. Walk off the stress or leave. Getting angry accomplishes nothing. Just as you don’t want your child to embarrass you, don’t embarrass them.
  • If you get more worked up and excited than your child, something is wrong. Take a break from attending a game to regroup and gain perspective.
  • Watch nonverbal disapproving signals you give your child, particularly looks of disappointment or disgust. In addition, realize that being silent or not giving your child any feedback after a game will likely be taken as implicit criticism.

  • Don’t shower your child with extravagant praise. Your child will quickly notice it, when you are cheering madly and all they did was pass the ball once to a teammate.


Sunday, September 9
A Youtube video that makes you think about how you handle the sidelines...

Sunday, September 9
Improving Your Spectator Skills

Thursday, July 12
Family Team Meeting, Monday July 6th, 2012

We would like to invite you to come to a family/team meeting on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at the Nicholson Center in downtown Daphne, AL.  The Nicholson Center is located across from May Day Park on the corner of College and Captain Oneal Drive.    

U12 and under meet at 5:30pm , U13 and Up meet at 7:00pm.  Please be sure to bring a chair.  :)

If you have not already turned in a copy of your child's birth certificate, please bring it with you.  The medical release form can be found in the handouts section of our website.  We need the original, so please fill it out and bring it with you (even if you are a returning player).  We will have a notary present.  You can also find the DII commitment form for the U15 Boys and girls teams in the handouts section,  so please fill this out and bring it as well.

Please feel free to bring your child who will be playing.  This will give you and your child a chance to meet their coach and the other players on the team.

Coach G will be hosting the meeting and will be giving out information about league play, tournaments, team camp, and training.

We will also have our Strike Spirit gear available for purchase.  We have Tervis Tumblers($20), car decals($5), wall crashers($10), t shirts($15), caps($10), soccer balls($25), and huggers($5), so bring your checkbook!

For our returning players, if you would like to have the Strike Crest added to your backpack, the cost is $7. Please bring your CLEAN backpack to me at the meeting.  (yes they can be washed, just not dried)  The crest will be embroidered onto one of the cleat pockets on the side.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone and starting fall off GREAT!!!

Monday, August 27
To Cheer or Not To Cheer-That is the Question

Most coaches and parents of beginner players unknowingly emphasize the wrong skills. In a typical youth club play, the players are encouraged by both the parents on the sidelines and the coaches to “boot” the ball up the field. Shouts of "get rid of it!" and “kick it!" are all too common. The further forward a player kicks, the louder the cheers. Players are so indoctrinated to 'kick it forward' that very few of them dare to get out of pressure by dribbling. Even when no one is around to pressure them, we see players just kicking the ball without any thought. Part of this might be because of the cheering they get from the sideline when they do this. However, kicking is not a skill. All of us, with no learning, can kick a ball. What we really want to emphasize is learning and skill development. So, please, do not cheer for kicking...cheer for dribbling and creativity. We do not want to 'coach’ the players out of developing skills and showing creativity-do we?