Potentialing Your Child In Soccer

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About the author:
Dr. Lee Hancock is a tenured professor in the Division of Kinesiology at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Lee is also a highly sought after consultant who helps people improve performance through discussions and workshops. In addition, he consults for organizations including youth soccer clubs, Major League Soccer teams and US Soccer. Lee is a USSF "A" licensed youth soccer coach and has coached for over 20 years. Most importantly Lee is a father of 3 boys and someone who works at his potentialing skills day in and day out.
Robin Russell, educated as a teacher, joined the English FA in 1978 eventually becoming Assistant Director of Coaching in 1989. While at the English FA, Robin created the FA Coaches Association, and the FA Learning Ltd.
Robin left the FA in 2005 to start his own e-learning business and to become the UEFA Football Development Consultant. He has also acted as a consultant on e- learning, coach education and football development projects for FIFA,
National Associations and clubs.

Potentialing Your Child In Soccer

A parent's guide for helping kids maximize their potential in soccer and in life

Authored by Dr Lee Hancock
Authored with Robin Russell

PotentialingTM - is the deliberate process of maximizing someone's possible, yet to be realized, skills and abilities. It is progress along a continuum -not an absolute destination

Soccer Parents involvement in sport tends to be too often defined by stories of inappropriate behavior on the sideline during games involving their children.
Potentialing, however, recognizes contribution of parents and focuses less about 'controlling' parents and more about 'engaging 'them. It is something parents can do to ensure that their child's soccer experience is a place for growth - both as a person and an athlete: it's a great medium to learn life lessons

Up till now parents have been lectured on what they CANNOT or SHOULD NOT DO. Potentialing gives parents a platform for what they CAN and SHOULD DO.

Potentialing is more than just teaching or parenting, it is each of these but much more. It is a balance between a parent's biggest role of simply being "there" and additional roles of helping them, from a parental vantage point, not a coaching one, reach their "possible" skills and abilities.

Potentialing does, however, require a plan. Our plan centers around helping parents create a great environment. We use the medium of Play and the skills of Communication to help parents drive forward a child's Confidence, Persistence and Motivation. In the book we provide descriptions of these 5 concepts (that we call "The Big 5"), ideas on roles and responsibilities for parents, as well as provide examples of real life scenarios that might happen to parents and their kids during their child's soccer experience

Publication Date:
1481031651 / 9781481031653
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Parent Participation

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