Please note: These links are provided as a service to members of the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Club and soccer fans everywhere. While Kickers has made every effort to review the sites before publishing these links, we have no control over their future content. If you find content that is inappropriate or is inconsistent with our mission statement, please notify us immediately.
University of Iowa Soccer Program
National Alliance for Youth Sports - http://nays.org
This National Alliance for Youth Sports site is directed towards adults involved in youth sports wanting to encourage recreational team participation for children. The site clearly states the need for strong, trained youth sports administrators, coaches, and parents if we are to provide a positive sports experience for our children. The site provides training opportunities for all levels of involved adults as well as ethical standards for working with young athletes.
Sportsparents.com - http://sportsparents.com/psychology/rules.html
Sportsparents encourages proper behavior from parents in order to support your child's progress in recreational sports as well as to communicate with the coach. The site brings clear and informative examples to illustrate how coaches view parents, how kids view parents and how you can think through your own actions on the sidelines. The site also advises coaches on how to positively address parents in order to modify their behavior.
Fundamentalsoccer.com - http://www.fundamentalsoccer.com
This site contains an “Interactive youth soccer on-line magazine, as well as a section on training tips and resources.
American Youth Soccer Organization - http://www.soccer.org
This site is the official one for The American Youth Soccer Organization. . http://www.soccer.org/support/parents/code.html is a parents code included in the parents section of this site.
U.S. Youth Soccer Association: Parents - http://www.usysa.org/parents/index.html
This is the US Youth Soccer Association site – this site in particular is addressed to parents.
U.S. Youth Soccer Association: Coaches - http://www.usysa.org/coaches/index.html
This is the US Youth Soccer Association site – this site in particular is addressed to coaches. There are also articles addressed to parents and referees in the “On the Sidelines” section.
PsychologyOfSport.com - http://www.psychologyofsport.com/youth/index.htm
This site primarily offers materials authored by sport psychologist Joel Fish, PhD. Included are audio and video tapes and books.
North American Youth Sport Institute - http://www.naysi.com/sport_scene/sport_scene.htm
This is the North American Youth Sport Institute site. It contains a variety of information and resources, including a free online coach’s training course (http://www.usasportsnet.com/). This site also contains an online newsletter – Sport Scene – complete with an archive of back issues.
Youth Sport Institute at Mich. St. - http://ed-web3.educ.msu.edu/ysi/
This is the site for the Youth Sport Institute at Michigan State. On this site you’ll find information on soccer coaching handbooks, discussion lists, theoretical information on the psychology of youth sport, and links to other sites.
Positive Coaching Alliance - http://www.positivecoach.org/index.htm
This is the home site for the Positive Coaching Alliance. It contains information on workshops (they are all located at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California) as well as a “toolbox” with a lot of valuable information for parents, coaches, and administrators.
Positive Coaching - http://www.positivecoaching.org/
Check out the links page.
Youth-Sports.com - http://youth-sports.com/topics/052998-1.html
This website offers an array of books, guides and articles specifically developed for coaches and parents of young player (K-6). The website is primarily focused on the sports of baseball (70%) and soccer (30%). Coloring books which present fundamental aspect of the two different sports to the very youngest players are offered. One must note that all of these materials must be purchased. The website offers free newsletters that appear to be tailored to the end user (coach, parents or players) and a large number of articles indexed by topics, such as: teaching youngsters how to be good sports; coaching concerns; etc. The website offers a forum/chat area specifically for coaches, parents and young players. The content of the materials that I viewed appeared to be very good. Issues such as good sportsmanship, team play, positive adult attitudes, etc. are central themes. As requested, I looked for checklist and didn't find any. Just so everyone knows, the archive section on this website allows a person/subscriber to request back issues of the website's newsletter.
Parent’s checklist on right hand side- this is what was handed out in the coaches’ meeting in August.
Player’s checklist - this is what was handed out in the coaches’ meeting in August.
Coach’s checklist - this is what was handed out in the coaches’ meeting in August.
Are Our Children's Sports Too Competative? This particular page is an older (June 1998) discussion about children’s sports being too competitive. However, the overall site may be a good one for those who want to throw out a topic and create a discussion about youth sport.
Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace - http://www.peace.ca/sports.htm
Sports: When Winning is the Only Thing, Can Violence Be Far Away? We can't say enough about this web site. It is an excellent site for all ages and we could all learn a lot from it. It contains a three Fair Play Codes: one for parents, one for coaches, and one for players.