As the Fall soccer season approaches here in the US, there are thousands of parents who said Yes somewhere along the line and are faced with coaching a U6 or U8 team, having never coached soccer before. I’m working on a post that is a sort of ‘Welcome to Coaching’ resource, but I’m only one coach. So I figured I’d ask all of you coaches out there that have coached younger players before:

If you could tell a new soccer coach three things, what would it be?

I’ll compile the best answers in the comments along with some of my own thoughts into a comprehensive post in the next week or so.

UPDATE: If you’re a new coach, I’m curious what worries you most about the upcoming season. I started a new thread over at Talk On The Pitch for you to share your thoughts and concerns.