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Teach Kids Soccer - Part 2

I've gotten quite a few e-mails from people about my "How to teach toddlers soccer" post. I'm actually just happy that someone reads this stuff let alone takes the time to write me an e-mail. Thanks to all of you. I don't have enough additional wisdom to make another top 10 list but, here's a couple other things I have learned from last season.

At age 4 size doesn't seem to matter. I saw big kids afraid to play and little kids that were fearless. I had one kid that was probably the biggest that only played in one game. No coaxing or reward seemed to make a difference. All the "excitement" is just too much for some kids.

Parents, don't pressure your kids into playing too much. If they aren't ready, they aren't ready. Encouragement is good, ultimatums not so much.

Teaching kids to not put their hands on the ball is easier than teaching them to not put their hands on other kids. Some kids get a little too zealous, pushing and shoving, trying to get to the ball.

Also, parents the best advice for you. RELAAAAAAAX. It's just a game.

Good luck.


Wendy said...

Thanks so much for your e-mail. You made me feel MUCH more relaxed about coaching soccer!