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Parent Information


Welcome to the Parents page!   We have parent training links in the right hand column along with important links. 

Information on what player's equipment needs, and ways you can assist developing your player is included below. Please introduce your player to the Player page, there is important information for them, including tips and tricks to pack for games and practice.

If you are interested in being a coach - please refer to the link at the bottom page, and there is further information on training resources and the process in the Coach's Corner.

If your player is atleast 14 and they are interested in being a referee and earning some money - please refer them over to the Referee page.

What does my child need for soccer?

Each child should bring the following to each practice:

1. Water - Please make sure your child is bringing water to each practice and game. They work hard and need to stay hydrated during practice and games.

2. Shin Guards - Shin guards are required at practice and games. They should be the correct size for that child. This helps to prevent injuries. Shin Guards must be covered by socks.

3. Soccer Ball - Each child should bring a soccer ball to each practice. The coaches are given a limited number of soccer balls for the player that forgot their ball. For U6 and U8 the soccer ball should be size 3, for U10 and U12 it should be size 4, and U14 and up is a size 5 ball.

4. Cleats or tennis shoes - Cleats are the best for the grass fields, but kids can still play in tennis shoes. Cleats should not have the front football/baseball cleat. The cleats should be soccer cleats.

Ideas for parents to help your player's development

Play soccer with your child. Kids learn by "doing", and it is critical that kids (and their soccer parents) find time to play with a soccer pall as much as possible. Just a few minutes whenever you can passing the ball back and forth and dribbling, will greatly improve their ability to pass, receive, and control the ball.

Set up orange practice cones and goals in the yard. Orange practice cones (or whatever safe objects you have laying around the house) can be used for fun practice drills in the back yard. Buying or making a small soccer goal can also be fun and will definitely get their attention. Some ideas for making a goal include two chairs separated from each other (the size does not make a difference), two poles, a square clothes basket on its side (a personal favorite), or a cardboard box.

Attend the soccer games and practices. Listen to the coaches and learn the game from them. Don't be afraid to ask the coaches or board members if you have any questions.

Put a game on TV. It's the next best thing to being at a game. The kids will learn from just watching.

Soccer camps Camps can help to develop the skills and techniques that are very necessary for your player to develop their soccer skills. LSA offers different camps through out the year.

I think I want to be a coach for my child's soccer team

What do I need to do to be a coach for my child's soccer team? It is easy just follow the instruction on the link to the attached document.

Becoming a LSA Coach.

Parent Online Training - US Youth Soccer

US Youth Soccer has put together several online training videos.  You must register and then sign in before you can watch the Parents Guide and Introduction to Youth Soccer or the other videos available.  

Articles and links that may be of interest:
What Parents can expect from their first soccer experience
Side line etiquette - 6 tips to make youth soccer better for parents and players
What is Safesport?, online training and parent toolkit
What is RecognizetoRecover? - US Soccer's comprehensive player health and safety program
US Youth Soccer - Parent Resource Library 

Did you know?

New! There is a sports season calendar on the Programs tab!
It shows registration and season dates, all the program options with costs!
Click the green Program tab at the top of this page

New! There is a lost and found page!
Hover over the For You tab at the top of this page to see all the options...


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