5 Tips for Being a Good Sideline Parent

5 Tips for Being a Good Sideline Parent

Being a kid on the field, there’s nothing like looking to the sidelines mid-game and seeing the family cheering you on! As a soccer parent, remember that your player is watching you on the sidelines just as much as you are watching them on the field. No matter if your player is in a competitive or recreational league, your sideline support is always wanted. If your athlete is new to the game, we’ve put together a list of ways you can be the best sideline parent for your athlete!

1. Be Supportive Before the Game

Before the game wish your player good luck! This may be a simple gesture, but it’s something they will remember. Remind them that that winning isn’t as important as having fun. Take the time to tell them you’re proud of their skills, improvement, and dedication no matter how they play that day!

2. Cheer for All the Players

Being a sideline parent means you are a parent to all the players. As much as you only want to cheer on your athlete, it’s important that you encourage their teammates and opponents as well. This will show your players the importance of sportsmanship and set a good example!

3. Avoid Negative Behavior

It’s perfectly fine to get a little frustrated in the heat of the game, but it’s important you avoid any negative behavior. Avoid screaming at officials or other parents no matter the heat of the moment. It’s best to leave the coaching to the coaches, and not risk embarrassing yourself or your athlete.   

4. Watch Your Body Language

Your athlete on the field is watching you just as much as you are watching them. If you are pacing the sidelines, talking on the phone, crossing your arms, or shaking your head, your athlete will notice! As hard as it can be, take the extra time to think about your body language and what your athlete might see when they look your way.

5. Be Supportive Even if They Lose

As much fun as it is to win, it’s okay to lose. Congratulate your player on their hard work even if the outcome wasn’t what they wanted. Do your best not to turn the car ride home into a postgame critique, rather give your athlete some time to give their thoughts on the game. This encourages a positive environment when your athlete might be feeling a little down. Most importantly remind them you are proud of them (and post-game ice cream always helps)!

Have any tips you want to share?

Leave a comment below with a tip that you would give a parent that is new to being on the sidelines. Don’t forget to show your fellow sideline supporters some love!


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