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Sam Snow blog


Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

By: Sam Snow

Your Child's Playing Future Is At Stake: Part III

Jan 16, 2018

Here is some advice that may help in your 'Getting To Know Your Child's Coach' and building a good working relationship with that individual:


Approach the face-to-face meeting with the proper attitude. Your goal is to build a relationship that will benefit your child, you and the coach. This is not a grilling to assure that your child will always be in the starting line up on a winning team.

Greet the coach with a firm handshake and a big Smile. The handshake helps convey certainty, confidence and competence. The smile is an instant energizer which makes you appear approachable, friendly, relaxed, open and comfortable.

If possibly find out and greet the coach with their first and last name. However, if you do not know the coaches name then volunteer your own name and listen for the coach to give his/her name. Because a person's name is to him/her the sweetest and most important sound in any language you must remember it after the initial greeting. To do this, it is best to repeat their name in comments you make to the coach in follow up conversation. When you get a chance you may even want to write down their name on a piece of paper.

Become a good listener and encourage the coach to talk about him/herself. I'm sure you are aware that when you are talking you will hear only things which you already know; but when listening you will hear things that you did not know. You would, therefore, be wise to keep silent and yet very attentive to find out all about this prospective role model for your child.

When you feel satisfied and comfortable with the coach's personal background then you must guide him/her toward more specific subjects and you will want to ask some of the following questions:


  • How many years has he/she been involved in youth soccer?
  • Why/how did they get started?
  • What age groups and genders have they coached?
  • Their feelings on winning and losing?
  • Their position on Development vs. Winning
  • How they plan on improving each player and then specifically your child?
  • Cover everything from: Practice rules and regulations to Playing time..!
  • Segments & Illustrations were taken from my book:
  • FUNdamental SOCCER – GUIDE

Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)


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