Alexi Lalas: Silence on the sidelines lets kids learn and coaches coach

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23 Aug Alexi Lalas: Silence on the sidelines lets kids learn and coaches coach

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Alexi Lalas – a former defender on the U.S. Soccer 1994 World Cup team and 2006 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame – makes the case for silence on the sidelines from parents of youth athletes.

“I certainly don’t need somebody over my shoulder telling me what to do all the time, and I don’t want to do that to any coach that is out there,” Lalas said. “But I also want them (kids) to understand that I’m being supportive.”

Lalas emphasized that both players and coaches need to be given the space to make mistakes and learn from them.

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