Please read the following book before your child begins this program: Potentiating Your Child in Soccer – A parents guide for helping kids maximize their potential in soccer and in life, Hancock & Russell
Promote what we teach in the Players' Academy and support the coach. The best way to do this is to read the materials outlined for the program and communicate with your coach. Do not wait for something to go wrong to do this. It is important that the player is not receiving conflicting information from adult role models. This will stunt their growth because the players will not want to disappoint either and go into a shell withdrawing themselves from communication ultimately reducing their confidence.
Our coaches are trained and have experience in the game at different levels. Ask them what they are working on with your child, ask them what your child needs to be working on and what he does well so that you can reinforce these things with your child.
Do not judge your child’s performance by the result of games and do not look to shift blame for mistakes to other players, referees, fields, weather or whatever. If you are in communication with your coach you will know what your child does well and what they need to or should be working on. Judge their performances on this and when things don’t go well you and your child will know how to fix it, if it is their mistake. Or, you will be able to reassure your child that they are doing well because of the things they do well and the things they continue to work on to improve.
Your child does not have to be playing at the highest level to be developing well. The most important thing for a player’s development is that they get the right level of challenge… just the right amount of adversity and confidence. This is called the ‘Flow State’. When a challenge is too difficult for a player they become discouraged, lose confidence and ultimately do not enjoy what they are doing. Children must be enjoying what they are doing to be developing well. If an activity is too easy they will become bored, which has the potential to develop into over confidence or unfounded confidence and for the child to not enjoy what they are doing.
PARENTAL AND PLAYER AGREEMENT
The Player- Student Agrees to:
- Attend all Players' Academy sessions and other required functions regularly and punctually
- Behave respectfully and with self-discipline
- Give notice of reasons for any absence as specified in the Players' Academy rules and regulations.
- Adhere to the the Players' Academy Code of Conduct
- Follow a lifestyle appropriate to development as outline and depicted in our values and character curriculum.
- Realize his/her need to represent the the Players' Academy at all times in a responsible and exemplary manner. i.e. as a role model to others
The Parent Agrees to:
- Encourage and help the player /student to meet his/her responsibilities as enumerated in the the Players' Academy.
- Support the player/student without pressure, praise good work, and refrain from negative criticism.
- Respect the opportunity given to the player/student and set a good example for him/her
- Communicate in a positive manner with The Players' Academy officials, keeping them informed about matters affecting the player/student but promise not to interfere with the work of the Academy Director and staff.
- Attend mandatory Players' Academy parent/player orientation meeting (2 annual) and Parent Education Seminar (1 annually).
- Adhere to the Players Academy Code of Conduct & Rules and Regulations.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Code of Conduct shall be binding on all Players' Academy parents and players and must be signed upon accepting registration. A general outline will include but not limited to; Technical requirements and learning and educational responsibilities. Distributed to players and parents after player evaluation and selection process is completed.