TC United Parents

What is Expected From me as a Parent

Support Your Child
Take your child to practices and games with the proper equipment. Support your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Help your child learn soccer skills and good sportsmanship. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory.
Always Be Positive
You are not on the team, but you have a strong influence on the team's environment. Applaud good plays by your child's team and by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities. Don’t scream at your kids on or off the field if they make mistakes. That’s how they learn. We tell players ALL the time that we’d rather see them take a risk by trying out a soccer move and losing the ball, than taking the safe route using the inside of their foot all the time or passing the ball as soon as they get it.
Be Enthusiastic and Supportive
Let children set their own goals and play the game for themselves. Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Instead focus on the education of the game, and encourage them to develop their skills.
Reinforce Positive Behavior
The best way to help a child to achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. No one likes to make a mistake. If your child does make one, remember that he or she is still learning. Encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished. Help children develop positive attitudes towards sportsmanship, competition, and respect. Model the philosophy that you don't always need to win or be the best to enjoy playing soccer.
Let Coaches Coach and Referees Referee
Coaches and referees are usually parents or siblings. They volunteer their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. What coaches and referees don't need is your help in coaching from the sidelines. So please refrain from coaching during games and practices.

Referees are important for fun, fair and safe games. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully. Keep in mind that many of our referees are young, and are learning just as much as your child is. Do not criticize the referee openly or directly, during or after games. Instead calmly report any issue regarding the referee to your TC United area representative, via email.