With all due respect to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (now known as Will Smith), sometimes parents DO understand.
Skye Eddy Bruce, an experienced player and coach, is now working to help parents understand youth soccer and then advocate for their kids. Throughout this interview, she and I talk about empowering parents. (And educating them — the idea isn’t to have ignorant parents berating coaches all over the country.) We don’t need to let coaches push winning over development, and we don’t need to sign up for the league that travels all over creation.
A few highlights:
2:15 About the Soccer Parenting Association — seeking to elevate the game with a focus on educating, engaging, supporting and advocating for youth soccer parents. And Bruce’s bio — including playing in Italy!
5:15 The stereotype of ignorant parents and how it’s changing. Includes a reference to this video:
12:55 Bringing up Bobby Warshaw’s concern about balancing “being a good person” with “being a good player.”
15:55 Putting too much of an emphasis on winning can drive kids away.
19:45 The true purpose of youth soccer
20:35 The proliferation of “elite leagues.”
28:20 The need to standardize our language — what does “elite” mean? Or “classic” or anything else?
33:35 Down with specialization! (At least, parents should be able to say that.)