Things every new soccer (sports in general) parent should know.
by Jeff Bateson

Why do new soccer parents need tips?

Over the past 20+ years, I’ve been on both sides of the soccer field. I grew up in our U.S. youth system, played HS soccer at a high level, I’ve been fortunate enough to a college All-American, a former semi-professional player,  and now I’m a professional soccer coach of elite level college players and youth academy players just beginning their soccer career. During those 20+ years, I have often find myself counseling parents who want to know how to make their kids “star” athletes and get that coveted college scholarship.

There are many factors/variables that contribute to the success of an athlete that are out of your control as a parent. Fortunately, there are some very critical, common traits that have a lot to do with you. As a parent, it's important to realize the pivotal role you can play in aiding your child become a successful athlete - and in turn, a successful person in life.

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