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Before the season starts set some ground rules with the parents on your team.

Here are suggestions from two of our eteamz Soccer Coaches that you might try:

Tell the parents they had three jobs as parents on your team.

1-To have the children at the games and practices on time (or let you know in advance if they'll be absent or late).
2-To only cheer positive things (good job, good steal, keep up the good work, etc.) at the games, and leave the coaching to you and your assistant(s).
3-To only look for the good things that their child did in games and practices and praise them about it on the way to and from the fields.

Believe it or not this can work wonderfully. As a 16-year-old girl coaching for the first time, I pulled it off, and the parents never took offence at my demands. I also had the best-behaved sidelines according to the referees.

Tell parents to observe the 3 B' there, be seated, and be quiet. Not to say they shouldn't cheer, but they should not be telling their kid where to go and what to do.

The other thing we told parents was the following: On the way to the game say to your child: I love you, play your best, and have fun.
On the way home say to your child: I love you, I enjoyed watching you play, and where do you want to go eat?

Before the season set ground rules with the players as well.

Tell them that you want them watching the game when they are sitting out, they will be able to learn from the mistakes of their teammates that way. One problem many coaches have is kids trying to tell them where they want to play. You may want to tell the kids they will play where you want them to, or they will sit on the bench.

NEVER give into the kid who only wants to play in the goal (or whatever position) and will simply stand sill if out in another position. Put that player's little backside on the bench, and tell them exactly why. It won't take long for them to realize that any position on the field is more fun than the bench.

Next: Try using small-sided games with younger children.
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