Positive Coaching Alliance: Kids prefer silence on the sidelines

Positive Coaching Alliance: Kids prefer silence on the sidelines

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching EducationParent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

John O’Sullivan, who founded the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach, explains how parents can be supportive from the sidelines without yelling.

It is difficult for kids to hear instruction in the run of play even if its from the coach, so when parents chime in from the sidelines, it doesn’t help kids learn, it hurts them.

O’Sullivan asked thousands of student-athletes what they’d prefer to hear from parents, and they answered unanimously: “nothing.” When asked the same question, parents already knew that answer, yet they still proceed to yell and scream at games.

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