Parent Participation is an integral part of Soccer. Each parent or guardian is expected to help with his or her child’s team. Parents can contribute to the team through coaching, volunteering as a Referee or Game Monitor, or helping with administrative duties. Nevertheless, the primary responsibility of the parent is to be a parent. Parent responsibilities include:
- Having your child dressed and ready for practice.
- Getting your child to practice on time.
- Making sure your child attends the majority of practices and games.
- Telling the coach if your child is unable to attend practice or game.
- Supervising your child at all times. No child should be left unsupervised, even to go to the restroom.
- Practicing good sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship includes cheering for all players (even members of the other team), and being respectful to the Game Monitor, others coaches and other players.
- Cheering instead of criticizing. To keep the atmosphere fun and engaging, parents should only shout positive encouragement, instead of criticism, from the sideline.
- Letting the coach do the coaching. Parents should not be coaching from the sidelines unless they have already signed up to be a coach.
- Giving the team and the referee space on the sideline. Please stay about three feet back from the sideline to allow players room and to give space to Game Monitor to indicate if the ball has rolled out of play.