Parents

Parents Information

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Parents are extremely important to the success of Altitude FC and even more important to the continued success of your children in all their endeavors. Thank you for all you’re doing for your children. Altitude focuses on soccer to develop leadership, communication, tenacity, and other attributes that your children can apply to all other facets of their lives.

This pages and the related pages are intended to get you more information to help you and your children have fun, learn more about soccer, and stay safe on the field.  The US Youth Soccer Parent’s Pocketbook Guide to Soccer is a great place to start.

Why is soccer good for kids  

Soccer is a simple game that kids of any age and either gender can play. Physical stature is unimportant, making the game suitable for children of all shapes and sizes. As a result, soccer is a very inclusive sport, and it provides numerous physical and social benefits.

Health and Fitness

Soccer offers a great all-around workout for kids of all ages. Running up and down the field is an excellent aerobic exercise, while the constant change of pace and direction also helps to develop a child’s fitness levels and balance. According to SteadyHealth, playing soccer helps to increase a child’s muscle and bone strength while also promoting flexibility and endurance. Soccer is a great way to combat obesity; time spent kicking a ball around is far more beneficial than time spent in front of the television or computer screen.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/167681-why-is-soccer-good-for-kids/

Concussion Training for All Coaches – Also Recommended for Parents  

DATE: JAN 31, 2012

The Colorado General Assembly approved the “JAKE SNAKENBERG YOUTH CONCUSSION ACT” in 2011 which focuses on recognition and management of concussions. This act requires each coach (volunteer or paid) of a youth athletic activity where players are eleven years of age or older and under nineteen years of age to complete an annual concussion recognition education course. The Act shall take effect January 1, 2012.

Altitude FC has mandated that all of our coaches complete the training before they begin working with their teams. Training participants will be documented by the Club for reference.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a training kit titled “Heads Up, Concussion in Youth Sports.”

The CDC kit provides education for Parents, Players and Coaches on recognition, management and prevention of concussions; all of which are important in management of this type of injury. Information is presented in English and Spanish and can be obtained free-of-charge fromwww.cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports. Each kit also contains a test that reviews materials and tests the Parent’s, Player’s or Coach’s knowledge of concussions.

We strongly encourage all Altitude FC parents to complete this training as well so that you can also recognize the symptoms of a concussion.  It is also a good idea to review the information with your child(ren).

Positive Coaching Alliance- Online Parent Training

Welcome parents of Colorado Youth Soccer players! Thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between CYS and PCA – a national non-profit committed to “Better Athletes, Better People” – we are happy to offer you FREE access to the Second-Goal Parent® online course. CYS encourages you to take this 60-minute online training.  It will help you help your children get the most out of their CYS experience on and off the field.

Give just an hour of your time, and you will learn:

  • Specific tips and techniques for talking to you children on game day,
  • How to develop a productive parent – coach relationship,
  • Tips from top sports psychologists for helping your child transfer their lessons learned through sports to become successful in life
  • Lessons offered to PCA by its Advisory Board members such as Julie Foudy, Alexi Lalas, Kristine Lilly, Marcelo Balboa and Claudio Reyna as well as Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Summer  Sanders and others
  • And much more to help better you and your child’s experience in sports.

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit with the mission to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Since its 1998 launch at Stanford University PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth athletes.

Click here to begin the course and set your child on a path to enjoying sports while also learning how to succeed in life based on their sports experience:

http://colorado.positivecoach.org/partner/colorado-youth-soccer

Central to PCA’s work is its models: The Double-Goal Coach®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports; The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing; The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

Upon completion of the course you will receive your Second-Goal Parent certification card.  Please be sure to complete the course and receive your certification.  Colorado Youth Soccer in investing in this partnership and underwriting your participation.  A limited number of registrations are available on an annual basis.  “We are joining with PCA so that parents can access the tools and develop the skills and understanding they need to help their children learn life’s lessons through sports.” Jon DeStefano, President of Colorado Youth Soccer.

DIRECTIONS FOR Parents

Positive Coaching Alliance Online Registration process:

1. Go to http://shopping.positivecoach.org/Store/Courses/Second-Goal-Parent , and click Register and Pay.”

2. Enter your promotion code in the “Promotion Code” box and click “apply.” Your order total will be automatically updated.  Click “Proceed to Payment” to complete your transaction.

Promotion Code:  ColoradoYouthSoccer

3. Login as either a new or returning customer. On the next screen, enter your billing information and click “continue.”

4. Once the checkout process is complete, you will receive a thank you message with a link to register for the course. Once registration is complete you will be directed to the Second-Goal Parent®: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports.

Click here for the Goal Post Scripts page regarding some more information on Positive Coaching Alliance.

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