I recently read a short article about why kids should play soccer (5 Reasons Your Child Should Play Soccer http://www.homejobsbymom.com/child-play-soccer/). This got me to thinking about why my kids play soccer and why I think all kids should play soccer. My son's soccer "career" started when he was about 6. We tried a lot of sports with him before settling on soccer. Our local Parks & Recreation Department has a program called Grasshopper Sports that gives a child a taste
It never fails that at least once during each soccer season I get approached by a parent, grandparent, guardian, etc. who wants to chat about the league; sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. As we have our chat, they are amazed to find out that the board is all volunteers and that we are not paid to do what we do. Each of us has a "real" job outside of soccer that pays our bills. However, most of us wind up spending more time doing League work than we do at our "real"
While observing U7 games a few seasons ago I got into a conversation with a disgruntled parent. It turns out that this parent was constantly being told to stop coaching from the sidelines by the team's actual coach. This parent felt justified "getting involved" from the sidelines because, he explained, the designated coach of the team "wasn't coaching enough." Now, I had observed... this parent’s sideline behavior several times, and had also seen him silenced by his daughter’