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  1. bonnie sadock
    August 22, 2006

    It is pathetic that children’s soccer has become lives for parents instead of making our children well rounded physically and healthy .

    Kids should be guided by adults who love the sport and slowly lead The children to become leaders of their own teams destiny. Instead teams have become a parents social club and if the child’s parent isn’t willing to befriend and join the parent club than soccer is no longer a sport.

    Soccer is a baby sitting service for lonely people who need a life. The kids have been forgotten. Kids who love a sport will play in backyards,parks and anywhere they can. Now they have become little robots that need to fit in a social group, not a team.
    How sad.

  2. Soccer Dad
    August 22, 2006

    I think you may be painting youth soccer with too broad of a brush.

    First, this post was meant to be humorous. However, all sports have certain parents who drive their children into sports and treat them like robots. But that is by far the exception, not the rule.

    We have over 600 families in our program, not huge, but not miniscule either. 99.9% of the parents love the game once they learn it. There isn’t actually a ‘social club’ – sure groups of parents hang out together, but as teams change, so do the friendships.

    Hundreds of kids come out to our fields every day because they love to be there. Just tonight I had one of my 7 year olds stay for her sister’s practice so she could practice some more – because she was having FUN.

    Nothing is perfect and youth soccer has it’s problem parents and situations like any youth sport. But at least in our community, soccer has drawn a lot of kids to a game they’ve come to love and the parents have found a new social outlet as well if they so choose to utilize it. I don’t see that as a bad thing.

    Again – this was meant to be a humorous post, not a documentary of real life.

  3. Lee
    July 22, 2008

    I do believe a winter season would solve all of these ‘problems’. ;)

  4. Soccer Dad
    July 22, 2008

    Heh that may be true, though we play in some pretty cold weather as it is (tournaments in November and practices in late January onward) The parents are still out in force!

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