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Why Soccer Parents (And All Parents) Shouldn't Be That Sideline Coach

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Rick Davis, a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is a retired professional soccer player and former member of the U.S. National Team. He played with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, and was named Player of the Year in 1979. Davis was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 and served as Executive Director of AYSO.

In this video, Davis makes it clear that the role of parents on the sideline is encouragement, not instructing. When parents are yelling from the sidelines at the players to change their on-field behavior, this is confusing for the kids, especially when this advice conflicts with what the coaches are saying. Plus, the yelling and noise from parents is distracting and makes it difficult for kids to focus on their play and their coach. Don't be a problem parent, heed this insight for appropriate sideline behavior and set parent expectations for behavior.