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Joy Fawcett: Parents, Let The Coaches Coach!

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Joy Fawcett is a former U.S. National Women's Soccer Team star, two-time World Cup Champion and three-time Olympic medalist. A member of PCA's National Advisory Board, she holds the record as the highest-scoring defender in USWNT history and has a team-record 239 caps. She is known as the "Ultimate Soccer Mom" for raising a family during her playing career, along with her husband, Walt, and helping him run the Saddleback United youth soccer club in Southern California.

In this video, Fawcett discusses the importance of parents letting their kids' coaches coach. As a former player and coach it was difficult for Fawcett not to give her children instructions while they were on the field. Eventually, she realized it is confusing for players to take instructions from both their coaches and their parents. As a parent it is imperative to remain positive, supportive, and "let the kids just play" to create a beneficial sport experience.