Parent Engagement & Education:


Players First provides a framework for parents to understand how to value their child’s soccer experience, replacing the reliance on match outcomes, which has hindered proper player development methodology.


View the Players First partners advancing parent engagement and education.

Positive Coaching Alliance: Tips for a strong parent/coach relationship

Eric Eisendrath, a lead trainer with Positive Coaching Alliance and a former Division I hockey goalie, describes the challenge parents face when their children start participating in youth sports. Eisendrath, who has experience coaching soccer, lacrosse and hockey, recommends parents focus on the big-picture issues, rather than smaller issues, such as strategies, positional play and playing time....

Positive Coaching Alliance: The impact of parental sideline behavior

In this Positive Coaching Alliance video, Danielle recalls one of her elite soccer peers failing to make a team: Despite that player having the requisite skill and ability, her father's sideline behavior, such as yelling at officials, eventually kept the coach from adding her to the team....