Is Your U8 Soccer Team Safe?

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

May 26

The other day, I started thinking about our kids and how safe they are.

While you want them to have fun, make friends and improve there are other issues which we often forget.

Safety.

Keep kids safe and happy

In youth soccer, it is important to build the right kind of environment for players. Here are some tips.

Many times, fields are not made safe for kids. Schools and cities are strapped for cash and cutting back. One of the areas that get neglected are parks and fields. They are expensive and take time to maintain. So as parents and coaches be sure to check the field regularly.

Some of the major things to check are:

  1. 1. Rocks, glass and dangerous objects in the field. Always do a run down before the team takes to the field.
  2. 2. Anchor down goals. Make sure the goals are safe. Also, make sure the team knows not to climb and play on them.
  3. Make sure kids are aware of parking lots and streets. In some communities the fields are next to vehicle traffic. Make sure the kids know safety rules, especially the younger ones.

Obviously, doing these things will make your kids less likely to get hurt when they play.

However, it is also important to make sure that kids feel psychologically safe, as well.  Here are some things to check towards a safe mental environment:

  1. 1. Be aware of negative comments coaches, and parents. Many teams and leagues have guidelines for parents. Another great source for parents is the               Positive Coaching Alliance.
  2. Encourage positive team interactions. As kids get older and more competitive the meanness and sarcasm can get out of control. This is unacceptable and it’s the coach and parents job to make sure that all kids are safe…and feel safe.

    If a child is in a negative environment, he or she is less likely to play to the max, and less likely to become a confident, competent player because of it.

Making sure that a playing environment is safe is one of the most basic things that you should do. Make sure that you’re constantly making sure that players are safe, so that they can keep having fun.

 

 

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