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The GPS SEE / Valencia CF Parent
We believe at GPS we understand and appreciate the role that a parent plays in a player’s development. Parents provide many things which aid the player’s development. At GPS we believe the best way of maximizing someone’s potential is for everyone to work together: Player- Coach- Parent.

GPS Parent Guide
Here is a quick guide to some things that may play a part in your child's development:
• Understand the GPS Developing Player Plan and your child’s age and stage of development.
• Set an example – be a positive role model.
• Focus on the long game to support your child and their teammates
• Be supportive and encourage your child to practice every day
• Assist in the guiding of the goals your child sets for themselves- and support them achieving those goals.
• Communicate effectively with our GPS Coaches- working together to maximize your child's potential. Thisinvolvesprompt, relevantandhonestcommunication.
• Recognize the role soccer plays in teaching life lesson

GPS Parent Role
The role of the parent is one we never underestimate as without them, the players would not have the opportunity to play. We believe the roles they undertake are important:
• Support your child to get to and from practice, games and tournaments
• Provide correct nutrition for your child to perform
• Ensure your child has the appropriate attire and equipment at all times.
• Support and encourage your child and team through praise & encouragement. Never coach though.
• Role model: You are a role model for your child so act in a way that will promote positive behaviors

Parent Behavior Impact
A player can be influenced by the actions and words of their parent both positive and negative. Below are some examples of what impact such behavior can have and why we want all of our parents to be positive when supporting their child's soccer.

The various behaviors noted below will have a negative effect on your child's development and performance.
• Aggression
• Criticize
• Sarcasm
• Ignore
• Non-verbal- turning your back, shaking your head

By ensuring that your behavior is positive this will increase a child’s aptitudes to learn, increasing performance.
• Praise (truthful & specific)
• Show Appreciation
• Listen
• Non-verbal- Thumbs up, eye contact

Positive Parent – Supporter
There are many ways a parent supports their child's development in soccer in a positive manner. We believe that two ways you can encourage them is by leading by example and encouraging effort.

Encourage your child to have a hard working attitude. This can be highlighted by you showcasing or adopting the following:
• Stick to it / Can do attitude
• Healthy lifestyle
• Show patience with your child's development
• Hard work is enjoyable and pays off

Inspire your child to always work hard in everything they do. This will empower and give responsibility to your child to give 100% to learn and improve.
• Ineverythingtheydo!
• Homework
• LifeSkills / Preparation
• Training
• Masteringtheirskill

Assist with Dealing with Mistakes
At GPS we want our players to be brave with the ball and become more decisive when in possession and with the decisions they make. During the learning phase this will lead to mistakes being made- at GPS we understand this and we don’t focus on the mistake but how a player responds.

Fear of making mistakes can impact negatively on the development and performance of a player. A player who is working hard to learn and develop new skills will make mistakes. Parents can support the player and encourage them to feel free to express themselves and learn from the mistakes.

How coaches, parents and young people deal with mistakes can be one of the most important things they do.

As a parent you can support this by using these 3 steps:
1. Don’t dwell on them- a positive comment from a parent can allow a player to move on from a mistake during a game.
2. Encourage to Learn From Mistakes- The coach will use the mistake to provide the player with information.
3. Help recover and bounce back- Support them before the next game to regain any confidence drop off they may have suffered.


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