Comments from a soccer dad who has been through it all

I received an email from a friend last night with reflections on the youth soccer/sports journey:

“Thanks for the link to your blog – I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to more of your entries.

I find the whole soccer landscape very intriguing, esp now that my kids have completed their journey through youth sports (and wrapped up my 10 years of coaching as well).

It’s often very entertaining to hear the parents chatting on the sideline as I work a game as an AR – the naïveté and dreamer’s mentality that exist makes me smile and sometimes laugh inside.

The perspective changes SO much once you’re outside that sphere of influence and have lived through the drama and the tales of woes and celebrations.

It’s a wonderful experience, but best taken with a strong sense of humor! ;-)”

It’s easy to lose perspective at times. We as parents are emotionally vested in our children and often also soccer. And the emotions of parents, coaches, and players often feed of each other as the season unfolds.

But let’s try to focus on positive emotions as much as possible and keep perspective. I’m guilty of losing perspective from time to time so last night’s email was much appreciated.

[Thank you, Rob, for sharing!]

Author: James

Lifelong player and student of the beautiful game in Germany, England, and USA. Volunteer futsal coach and USSF referee.

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