Here are several
excerpts from the player/parents guide in relation to the role of the
parent at Rotherham FC. We would like to express our thanks to John Bilton
one of the most respected Youth Coaches in English Professional Soccer
kindly donating this extremely useful guide.
must not coach from the pitch side during matches and training
should not criticise their child on any part of the Players game,
leave this to the coaches since it may cause confusion and erode the Players
- Be your
childs best fan and support him unconditionally. Dont withdraw
your love when he performs below his standard.
- On transporting
your son home, please be supporting and always focus on the positive aspects
of his game.
a responsibility in your son to pack his own kit, clean boots and bring
along his water bottle full of water only.
the facilities at Rotherham United and our opponents grounds.
- Do not
allow any of your young children to roam around the facilities, this particular
applies to our training ground, this is surrounded by a deep stream and
the dangerous river, please also do not allow them to play on any goal
posts, this could be dangerous.
- Do not
criticise your childs coach to your child or other parents, if you
are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach
and follow the procedure laid out in the Complaints/Grievance Procedure
your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties
in training or games, or cant attend training etc. encourage him
to speak directly to the coaches. This responsibility taking
is a big part of becoming a mature person and a professional Player. By
handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all
aspects of the game.
your childs stress level at home. Keep an eye on the Player to make
sure that they are handling stress effectively from the various activities
eating and sleeping habits. Be sure that your child is eating the correct
foods as suggested in the Nutritional Programme. Players should
be in bed at 9.30 pm on the night before a game and early enough on other
nights to ensure that adequate rest is being taken.
- Help your
child keep his priorities correct. He needs to maintain a focus on schoolwork,
relationships, and other things in life besides football. However you
and him have made a commitment to the Club so help him to honour that
- Help the
young Player to focus on the performance and not the result.
is not as important as the performance.
all the Players in your sons squad. Do not criticise any other Players
in the squad.
- Do not
criticise the opponents, their parents, coaches or the referee.
- View the
game from the designated areas for spectators.
at the Rotherham United Centre for Excellence is Serious Fun
football. We will try to challenge your child to reach out of his comfort
zone and improve himself as a Player and a person. We will attempt
to do this in environments that are fun, yet challenging.
the Player and or his parent/guardian have any grievance or complaint
then they shall follow the procedures set out in the booklet of the Complaints/Grievance
- The Football
League carry out frequent inspections of the Football Clubs Youth Development
Programme Players, Parents and Guardians are encouraged to contribute
towards any such
Click here for more information on Youth Development.