THE SPORTING INFLUENCER

Introduction

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Within any given sport parent(s) have been highlighted as one of the major influences in a child’s level of enjoyment and participation. Having coaches youth and men’s soccer for a number of years, I’ve encountered and observed a mixture of positive e.g. Positive – encouragement, positive reinforcement, no pressure placed upon winning and Negative – aggressive sideline behavior, dictating players decision making. The effects of each approach have been discussed in the Helpful and Harmful Free E-Book.

With elite soccer players evolving into multi-millionaires and living luxury lifestyles, minority of parents expect their child to reach those levels from an early age. This creates unnecessary pressure and unrealistic expectations on those young players participating. On the contrast, some parents do recongise and more importantly understand the long term player development model (LTPD) and the importance of participation and enjoyment within sport. Those positive parents are engaged, willing and open to understand how to become a positive sporting influencer, thus increasing a child’s enjoyment in the game.

These blogs will highlight, educate and share contributions that potentially aid coaches, organizations and parents about how to deal with an array of matters and/or concerns within the youth sports environment . I wish to clarify that any suggestions that are made, must be carefully considered and adapted to one’s environment and individual and/or team. I must reiterate “one size fits all” doesn’t apply in this context

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The key to communicating effectively with your child’s coach

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“Many parents can find this incredibly tough and finding the right balance is not always easy. Some parents are afraid to communicate anything with their child’s coach as they may be perceived to be pushy, unhinged or interfering….”

“Other parents can be overly involved and vocal both in their support and in their conversations with the coach, often overstepping the mark in what should be a healthy two way relationship…..”

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Gérard Jones, MSc, PGCE

🆕Interview Series: Gérard Jones, MSc, PGCE

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⚽️Current Roles: Director of Coaching & Player Development at John Jay FC in Katonah-Lewisboro, New York. Responsible for Staff Development in Connecticut and New York for UK Elite Soccer. Men’s Head Coach at John Jay High School (U19s). USSF Coach Educator.

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💻 Other: Business Owner, Author, Public Speaker, Coach Educator, Teacher

🗣“Parents have a significant role to play where they have to offer unconditional support and ‘attention’ to their children and others which means, praise and encourage effort not the ability or performance outcome primarily.”

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Identifying different characteristics of youth sport parents​

🔘The Sideline: Identifying different characteristics of youth sport parents​🔘

➡️ Disinterested
➡️ Over-Critical
➡️ Sideline Coaching
➡️ The Supportive

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Parent’s behaviors can be a source of either support or stress to young athletes. Which one are you

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Half Time 1-1: Full Time 15-1 – What happened?

 

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Recently the above tweet brought a lot of attention upon itself, with coaches and parents from around the world giving their opinions also sharing similar experiences. How many of us can relate with such experience? Whilst discussing the above tweet with a parent, he decided to share his experience as a coach with The Sporting Influencer.

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All of us involved in youth sports need to remember that, our purpose is to develop people and secondly players.

Let’s make the game competitive for both teams, include everyone and have some fun.

Surely we can agree on that?

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