WGUNITED was started by concerned parents and we know some of the problems that parents of young soccer players have. We have set up this web page just for you. Some parents will share our concern for the privacy and safety of our children when it comes to the internet. For this reason, we will not post any players' full names or phone numbers. On the other hand, team photos and statistics are a fun and secure way to get involved with our website. Please feel free to send along any photos during the season and we will make every effort to post them on our website.
The role that parents play in the life of a young soccer player has a tremendous impact on their experience. With this in mind, we have provided you with some helpful reminders as we approach the coming season.
If you are at the game and find yourself yelling the following words or phrases, STOP. You are only adding to the pressure your child feels by playing in front of you and other parents. Let them play.
Watch this video and you immediately feel for the young referee. We often forget as parents and coaches that referees are people too. Most of the time they are very young and as such inexperienced. They make mistakes. They have emotions. Remember, the outcome of the game is NOT what matters. Take a deep breath and enjoy the game. Avoid being the confrontational parent in this video.
Look at the aguish of this young 10 year old after making a simple mistake and being called out by the entire parent sideline, especially what is mst likely his mom. Do you think he will want to keep playing soccer after this? Let the coaches coach. Players will make mistakes, but let them learn. If you want to coach, come see me about getting a coaching license.
The St. Louis Youth Soccer Association league is run as a subsidiary of the Missouri Youth Soccer Association. Independent and Club teams from all over the state of Missouri compete in SLYSA in the fall and spring seasons. SLYSA has strict guidlines for age and roster composition. WGUNITED is a member of MYSA and enters teams in SLYSA fall and spring sessions. The SLYSA Board of Directors determines which Division (level of competition) each team is entered in. Each session consists of 8-10 games on any day of the week excpet Monday. Games are all over the metro area within a 40 minute drive. Follow those guidelines and you and your player will have a lot of fun: