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I attended my first league coaches meeting. I can't wait until I have three of them in sports/extracurricular activities. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
Really.
 

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Have you started them on the HGH yet?<br><br>
'Cause those bastards in the next town over have been juicing for years.
 

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I read this a bit ago - pass it on to your teams parents --<br><br><br><br>
10 Things Kids Say They Don't Want Their Parents to Do<br><br>
1-Don't yell out instructions during the game.<br>
I'm trying to concentrate on what the coach says and working on what I've been practicing. It's easier for me to do my best if you save instructions and reminders for when I am working at home. I can get confused when too many people are yelling instructions.<br><br>
2-Don't put down the umpires.<br>
This embarrasses me and I sometimes wonder whether the umpire is going to be tougher on us because my parents yell.<br><br>
3-Don't yell at me in public.<br>
It will just make things worse because I'll be upset, embarrassed, or worried that you're going to yell at me the next time I do something "wrong."<br><br>
4-Don't yell at the coach.<br>
When you yell about who gets to play what position, or what they did wrong, it just stirs things up and takes away from the fun.<br><br>
5-Don't put down my teammates.<br>
Don't make put-down remarks about any of my teammates who make mistakes. It takes away from our team spirit.<br><br>
6-Don't put down the other team.<br>
When you do this you're not showing a very good example of sportsmanship so we get mixed messages about being "good sports."<br><br>
7-Don't lose your cool.<br>
I love to see you excited about the game, but there's no reason to get so upset that you lose your temper! It's our game and all the attention is supposed to be on us.<br><br>
8-Don't lecture me about mistakes after the game.<br>
Those rides home in the car after the game are not a good time for lectures about how I messed up -- I already feel bad. We can talk later, but please stay calm, and don't forget to mention things I did well during the game!<br><br>
9-Don't forget how to laugh and have fun.<br>
Sometimes it's hard for me to relax and have fun during the game when I look over and see you so tense and worried. When I look at you during the game I like to see smiles.<br><br>
10-Don't forget that it's just a game!<br>
Odds are, I'm not going to make a career out of playing softball. I know I may get upset if we lose, but I also know that I’m usually feeling better after we go get a pizza. I need to be reminded sometimes that it’s just a game.
 

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Miss Sunshine is going to start soccer in a couple of weeks. I certainly hope that the parents are going to be laid back. It's a 4 year old team. Miss S is not the most coordinated kid in the world, but she loves to run. We got a couple of books at the library about soccer. I can't wait to see her in her little shirt.
 

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Those are great rules. You should print them and hand them out to the parents too.<br><br>
You're going to have a blast. Enjoy it!
 

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I got coerced into becoming a coach the other day at the DS' soccer registration. I don't know anything about soccer!!! <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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Been there. Now this spring, I'm coaching my older daughter for her 6th season, and my younger for her second. It gets easier as you go. You'll find out what works and what doesn't. The most important thing is keeping all the little doing something at pratice. Remember to avoid the three Ls. Lines, Lectures, and Laps.<br><br>
And remeber to give all the players their B12 shots. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
--buzz
 

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At that age, no need to worry about the parents. Most kids haven't really touched a soccer ball yet. It really is a comedy<br><br>
Parents don't start getting a sniff competitiveness until U8, but it really begins to kick in at U10.<br><br>
--buzz
 
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