The Benefits Of Playing Soccer For Your Children

August 10, 2014 health tips No comments

family playing soccer

family playing soccerGrowing up, I loved soccer and I always organized for community soccer matches when I became a little older. I would play soccer until I would forget to even go back home for lunch. My children are exactly like me, although I do not allow them to go play soccer in neighborhoods that are far away from where we live. I like encouraging them so that they can become better players and we have formed a community soccer football club where children always meet on weekends in the evenings so that they can play soccer.
Weekends are the days my family always looks forward to because after the soccer match, we head home to make some nice homemade food for dinner. We all have to get into the kitchen and prepare our dinner which is usually some nice fish with herbs that grow in our garden. I use one of my favorite fillet knives to carefully remove all the bones from the fish as the children grind the herbs with a good herb grinder I bought in a yard sale.
Although some of my friends do not like letting their children play, I always try to explain to them that the health benefits of playing soccer outweigh all the challenges that come with it. It is difficult trying to explain to them but most of them finally see my point of view and allow their kids to join the community soccer club. Here are some benefits of playing soccer for children;

Improves Fitness

A soccer player should be fit and agile. Soccer provides this since children jog up and down and run after the ball. These activities make their bones stronger and minimize their chances of becoming obese due to a sedentary life.

Builds Social Skills

A soccer team will enable your child to learn how to interact and to tolerate others. For a team to win a game, they must communicate effectively and also work together. Kids who play soccer have great social skills and high self confidence.

Develops A Good Self Image

Football has an emphasis on the success of a team and not an individual. It encourages team work and it puts very little stress on a child allowing the kid to identify personally with the success of their team. It is very rare for a soccer player to be singled out or to be put on the spot and soccer players share their success as a team rather than an individual. This allows children who are not so good at the game to participate in the game and enjoy.
Soccer also instills very important life lessons to children. It isn’t the most popular sport in the world for nothing. Encouraging your children to play will be improving the quality of their lives. There are so many other benefits of playing soccer, but these are the most important ones. As a soccer family, we always look forward to weekends so that we can go for a soccer match. It keeps us fit and happy.

Things You Should Never Say at Your Kids Soccer Game

August 9, 2014 Soccr Game No comments

kids playing soccer

kids playing soccerMy two boys love soccer. They play a lot of soccer and I always accompany them whenever there is a match. Before we head out for any soccer match, I ensure I put enough sunscreen on their face to prevent them from a lot of exposure to the sun. They also have long hair which sometimes is usually quite a challenge dealing with, but I always use one of the best conditioners that works wonders on their long full hairs. My hair is also like theirs so to avoid any frizzy look while I am busy cheering them; I also ensure I visit my hairstylist who does a great job on my hair by conditioning it with one of my favorite conditioners that is usually very deep.

When they were a bit younger, I used to be so overly excited about a game and I would lose control and start yelling at them while they are playing. I have grown, and so have they. One of my boys once threatened that he would not go to a soccer match with me because I used to embarrass them by shouting at the top of my voice during soccer matches.

I realized my vocal behavior was interfering with how my sons performed and so I decided to always be quiet and calm during games, which also allowed me to listen to the things that we as parents say to our kids. Here is a list of some things you should never say to your kids during a soccer match.

That was stupid! You should start playing well!

This is one of the worst remarks most parents say to their children. I believe this phrase can be said in a better way like “you should be playing well or correctly” this only makes the kid angrier and you will just be lowering their self esteem.

Stop being lazy! Run after the ball!

Some parents will often say this phrase so loudly without thinking of what they are actually doing. I am sorry, but some parents are so unfit they cannot even run to save their lives. And here they are telling their kids who are in the pitch they are lazy? Seriously!

You are such a poor ref! You have no idea of the rules of the game!

Most refs in soccer matches for children are quite young about 17 years. A soccer match is usually very fast and it may be difficult to see everything that takes place in the field. I have at times gotten angry with refs but only if the game was getting out of control, and children are getting injured. Other than that, I always ensure I keep quiet during a game. Bad calls are often made, but at the end, they tend to balance out.

Stop crying like a girl and get up!

I am not a fan of the overprotective parents who keep worrying every time their kids get a small bump. Or parents that keep running in the field each time their child falls down. However, this is the opposite. What are you trying to teach your kid by shouting at them when they are actually hurting? Yes, I know some children need some tough love, but a little bit of attention doesn’t hurt.
I have stopped the mad cheering for my children, but that has made me realize that the best parents are the ones who encourage their children. Our kids do not want us to watch them in silence, but all they want to hear is some positive encouragement.

The Best Parents Day for My Soccer Team

July 19, 2014 coaching No comments

parentdaySports loom large in the current world and while there are numerous insidious aspects to this, sports value, and most especially soccer team value in kids should not be underestimated. Soccer is the most loved sport in the world making it the best for kids to practice. I love soccer and that is why I thought of coaching soccer to a group of youth in my local area.

 

I have been coaching soccer for a long time now and this is something I cannot regret doing. The last game of this season captured the essence of coaching and playing well. Every single kid that I trained was trying his best to play to the top of his ability. Seeing them compete effectively against a very good team, attacking storm in the first half and scored a goal gave me morale. Such happenings are what keep me going and willing to make them better than they are.

 

As kids get older, they naturally develop their personal life which means there will be fewer ways for their parents to get involved. However, I realized even for those teenagers who are in most cases determined to shut their parents out, they usually tolerate them attending their games or paying them a visit during training. This is why I organized a parent’s day for my soccer team and sent out invitation letters to them. Surprisingly, all parents attended and kids were happy to see them.

 

I made parents understand that at the beginning or in the middle school, mean girls and cliques can be social minefields, and boys can divide themselves into groups with defined lines, which can end up harming their future. When a child joins a soccer group, this can be beneficial since the group cuts across all social divides bringing together kids from different groups. Being part of a team helps kids learn more positive things from one another and develop a sense of belonging.

 

On that parent’s day, I realized that one of the parent’s dilemmas is when to push a kid, and when to back off. This is because the issue surfaces in every aspect of their lives; from academic, music, to sports. However, I made them realize that for every child, there is a different answer because for every family there is a different story. But when it comes to sports, there are some universal truths. With soccer, many things will happen. Games will be won, some will be lost, a child may incur injuries, he might hate the coach when disciplined, but all this will be for his good because this will form a strong foundation that his future will rest upon.

 

After having a meeting with parents and allowing them enjoy watching their son’s play, I invited some of them to share what they do for a living and hear of their recommendation for their kids.

I realized that majority of them were business people who own their own companies. Others were pilots, affiliate marketers, real estate agents and owners, construction engineers, hotel owners, chefs, and nurses. One of the last ones I spoke to was a big time doctor in California. Another interesting parent was a sales manager for a major scotch company. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all types of liquor and he shared a few good resources to learn more about liquors. If you are interested, you can visit otheralaska.com to learn more about scotch. Surprisingly, none of them was in sports industry but they seemed to admire my career choice.

 

When I asked them about their recommendation for their kids when it comes to career, there was this one man who surprised me, he wished for his son to venture into construction work duties. Others recommended medical fields, banking, engineering, and management. However, some recommend chef jobs since and they felt it served better. But what made me happy was the fact that all of them thought that playing soccer was the best career for their kids and asked me to make sure they become gurus in football.

 

The day was fun, getting to know my team member’s parents and hearing what they have to say about their kids motivated me to continue coaching them.

 

 

Things I Do To Enjoy Life besides Coaching Soccer

July 13, 2014 Enjoy Life No comments

scooerI played soccer for 20 years and I loved doing it. However, I arrived at a point where I had to ask myself, “what next?” This is when I decided to impart my wisdom on kids to help improve their career choices. I love kids and coaching them is something that I always enjoy. But even if I enjoy my career, coaching is not stress free since just like any other job, it is somehow challenging. This is why I usually embrace every opportunity to have fun and enjoy life, away from coaching activities. Here are things that I do besides coaching to enjoy life:

1. Having fun on my own by finding a new passion or hobby

Even though soccer is my greatest hobby, when I want to take a break from it I get something new to help my minds relax. In most cases, I explore the artistic side of me. I try to learn how to sketch, take professional photos, or paint. I love doing so for I get to view world in a different perspective making my daily life fun. At times I try being a wordsmith by writing poems, songs or short stories. At times I take up solo sports such as swimming, running or power yoga and they are always fun.

2. Listening to music

Conversional wisdom recommends music for it is said to reduce stress and eliminate bad moods. Being with kids is fun for they make me forget all my worries. However, whenever I get home and I feel down, I usually listen to music and within a few hours I feel relieved.

3. Hanging out with friends

This is what I do most. Being with my friends is always fun I get to enjoy life without having to worry about any other thing. A friend may throw a theme party where we would gather and enjoy life to the fullest. Here I get to enjoy drinking all types of beer, but I like rum the most so I stick to it most times. At times, we check out new restaurants and go there for the food or happy hour conversations with friends.

4. Dancing 

Dancing with friends makes me feel happy. This is because no matter how silly it might be, it always feels fun when doing it with friends. We can go house parties or a night club with my close friends and dance all night through. It is always fun asking of what is the best tasting beer and getting an opportunity to try it out. Moving my body even when singing some lyrics of a silly song makes me enjoy life more.

5. Going on an adventure

yellowstoneI usually take a vacation, take a road trip, or at times go on an adventure at a local park or landmark that I have never seen with friends (I always wanted to go to Yellowstone). Road trip is what I enjoy most. We bring with us some candy, a map, pop music mix, and have fun on the road. There was a time we went to the beach and it was great having a friendly swimming competition.

6. Gardening

Gardening does not only produce beautiful flowers. It is a great activity to keep your body exercised and stress free. I enjoy gardening and seeing those beautiful flowers coming to life.

Evidently, it is possible to have fun by taking a break from your daily activities. Even though coaching remains the best thing for me, i can attest that deciding to do extra things to enjoy life will help you see magic unfold.

 

How Our Local Soccer Team Helps Our Community

July 7, 2014 Team building No comments

dog_soccerSchool and youth sports teams have traditionally worked with local community organizations. Bake sales, fundraisers, and volunteering in the local community are very common practices that school administrators and coaches promote on a regular basis. Sports, especially youth sports, is not just about winning or loosing. It’s about sportsmanship and working together. Helping each other and giving back.

By partnering up with local charities and organizations such as the local Humane Society or SPCA, members of youth sports teams are given the opportunity to not only excel in sports, but excel in other aspects of life as well. When children volunteer, not only do they help to support a charity or organization in their community, but they also gain very important and useful skills that will stick with them for the rest of their life.

This is how our soccer team helps our community:

-Our youth soccer team recently partnered up with the the local human society to provide the charity with volunteers to help walk, feed, and socialize the animals. Shelter dogs can get lonely because they are not yet part of a home, but these young volunteers giving a couple hours of their time makes a huge difference in the lives of these dogs. The youth in out community help in the adoption clinics aimed at finding homes for shelter pets including mixed breeds, labs, boxers, beagles, pit bulls, etc.

-The soccer team also holds semi-annual events to raise awareness for shelter pets in need of full time homes. Awareness is a huge factor because it educates people on the topic and brings in more community volunteers and donations. Bake sales, car washes, and special soccer games directed to the cause, are ways in which these youth teams raise awareness and funds to charities and organizations that help animals in need.

-Food drives are held throughout the year to provide food and necessities for shelter dogs and cats. People bring boxes full and sometimes even car loads of high fiber dog food, treats, cat food, cat litter, and toys.

Teamwork is something learned in youth sports, and the lesson extends outside of the game and into the community. Working hand in hand, local charities and youth sports teams are learning and benefiting from each other.

How I Was Able to Meet New Friends by Coaching Soccer

July 1, 2014 coaching No comments

Soccer is one of the games that are loved by all, regardless of age from all over the world. However, not many get an kidssocceropportunity to learn how to play it, especially young kids. This is because many think that kids may not follow rules accordingly, but all these are just but mere speculations. I thought of coaching kids under the age of 10 in my local area on how to play soccer and I do not regret it. Many people overlook coaching soccer, because they perceive it an inferior job, however, when I decided to take on this route, I had my motivations. I wanted to coach kids and get to spend time with them since I naturally love kids, and soccer is also my passion.

I help these kids have fun when playing and mastering new skills. Another great thing about coaching is that it offers me an opportunity to have immense and crucial influence on the future of my community and country at large. Besides, a hero does not come from nowhere. Even the famous soccer players started from somewhere, and someone coached them to who they are today. I fully understand that coaching soccer, especially to kids is not an easy task, but as I coach them I get to develop something I have passion for. Even if it has some challenges, there are rewards as well. Responsibility, leadership, and commitment are some of the skills I benefit from when coaching soccer. I never thought that I would make so many friends by coaching soccer.

Ever since I started coaching these kids, I have been able to build contacts in my community and neighborhood. Parents of the kids in my team usually come to pay a visit as we train and they are always overwhelmed by the sight of their kids mastering soccer skills. I get an opportunity to chat with them and share a lot about life. Just recently, I met Tony’s mum, we talked about career and she told me she loves being in medical field and so she was preparing a MA resume. She told me that another option she has is to use her background in certified nursing assistant to get a job. She can easily secure a job, all she need is to write a cna resume and apply. I encouraged her not to give up and give her a resource (www.bestresumeguru.com) for preparing resume. My team is now well equipped with outstanding skills on soccer and I believe as they grow up, they will master more skills and be soccer gurus in future. I always tell my team that soccer is more than just a sport; I made them believe that it can change their lives for the better. In fact, it has helped even those shy kids to build lasting friendships, just like soccer coaching has done to me so far. I have made so many friends than I could ever imagine.

What To Bring To Your Kid’s Soccer Game

June 25, 2014 Soccr Game No comments

soccergameSoccer is a great sport for kids. It is also one of the most popular school sports that children are involved in. Parents take great pride in watching their child play a team sport. From a young age, children learn sportsmanship and how to be a team player. Soccer, and all its benefits to kids, will have a lasting effect on children as they go through life.

If your child has just signed up for the school or local soccer team, here are some things you should know before the first game to make the experience go as smoothly as possible.

What to bring to your kid’s soccer game:

-Comfortable footwear. Soccer games are held in an open field, usually a good distance from a school or parking lot. While at the game, you may end up doing a fair amount of walking around and cheering on your child. Comfortable sneakers could come in handy if you need to walk to and from the school to use the restroom, or walk to and from your car to retrieve any needed clothes, snacks or supplies.

-A folding chair. While some soccer fields have bleachers for spectators, some do not. It’s best to be prepared and bring something to sit on in case seating is not provided, or if there is not enough provided seating to accommodate everyone. Certain games, like end of the season games, or highly publicized games may attract more onlookers. Even if there is plenty of seating, your own chair may be more comfortable for long events.

-A Camera. Preferably one with a zoom lens, as you are a distance away from the action on the field. Most likely you are going to want to take some photos of your child. Many people have relatives who live far away and can’t attend your child’s game. Capturing some highlights and sending them to friends and relatives is a nice gesture. You may also like to preserve some memories for yourself as well. So many times I hear parents say, “oh, I wish I had my camera”.

-Sunscreen. Protecting your child and yourself against the harmful effects of the sun is a must. Soccer games generally last a couple hours. Your child will be running around and getting sweaty, and it’s important that you remember to re-apply the sunscreen a couple times during the course of the game. Remember, even on overcast days, you can still burn.

-An Umbrella- Soccer games generally proceed rain or shine. As long as there’s no threat of severe weather such as a thunderstorm or strong and powerful winds, the game must go on! An umbrella will make your soccer game viewing a lot more comfortable. Your child, as he or she is playing in the game, does not have this luxury!

-A Blanket. Depending on the weather, you may need something to keep you warm during the duration of the game. While most of the soccer season will probably be held in warm weather, there probably will be some days at the beginning and end of the season that are going to be a bit chilly. I recommend leaving a blanket in your car and using it on an as needed basis. It’s always good to have a blanket stored in your car anyway for other uses. I also have a tent (I prefer a backpacking tent) in my car that I use for camping or just play with my kids on the grass.

-A Jacket or Multiple Layers of Clothing. Again, depending on the weather, a jacket may be needed. If it’s a chilly or cold day, both you and your child may need a jacket. Even if your child is running around, they can still get cold, especially during the down times of the game. Sometimes a hat or thin gloves could come in handy.

-Soccer Equipment. This becomes very routine. Your child most likely keeps their equipment together in one place, ready to take it with them to soccer practice each day or week. But keeping a checklist and confirming that your child has all their equipment packed on the day of the game will save a lot of time and aggravation in the long run. The last thing you want to do is make an unnecessary trip home to gather forgotten equipment. Cleats, mouth guard, shin guards, hair ties or headband (if applicable), and uniform, are all examples of items and equipment your child will need to bring with them for every game.

-Snacks. Don’t forget the snacks! Soccer games require a lot of energy and concentration on the part of the players. Healthy snacks such as granola bars, mixed nuts and trail mix, or oatmeal cookies, are essential for keeping your child’s energy up for the duration of the game. Also, you may get the munchies if you’re sitting at the game for 2 hours or more.

-Water and Sports Drinks. Get a water bottle for cool drinks your kids can enjoy! This is extremely important. Keeping your child hydrated throughout the game is always necessary. Even for you, just watching the game, you’re going to need to drink regularly. the hotter the day is, the more water and drinks your body will require. I recommend bringing an insulated water bottle to keep the water cold throughout the duration of the game. There’s nothing worse than warm water on a hot sunny day!

Being prepared for any situation that may arise is key to having a positive experience for both you and your child out on the soccer field. Have fun, and congratulations on your child being involved in such a wonderful team sport!

How To Stay Health And Perform Better?

June 13, 2014 health tips No comments

soccerplaySince the time I developed interest in becoming a better soccer player, I have realized one needs to develop good habits. After doing my own research, I noted that individuals who are successfully playing soccer today often have planned routines, which they stick to faithfully. I realized that if I wish to emulate these top players, then it might do me well to know what their usual habits are. The following is my daily soccer practice routine, which I came up with from my research:

1. I follow a healthy routine – I eat healthy foods, drink lots of water, and get myself a restful sleep. These are important in order for me to maintain a healthful body. As much as possible, I must lead a nearly alcohol-free life. But knowing youths of today, booze is always part of partying. If I have to party with my friends, I do so in moderation and I closely monitor my alcohol intake so that even if I drink up, I will still be able to get up for practice in the morning. When it comes to drugs, trying it out is a big no-no. If you want to be a better soccer player, get into the habit of clean living and keep away of any vices. (more…)

How To Play Sccoer?

June 13, 2014 health tips No comments