(Don’t) use your head!
A word about concussions …
The United States Soccer Federation emphasizes head injury prevention and awareness. Intentional heading is not allowed in Pensacola Youth Soccer until a player reaches U-15 age. (In all other age groups, intentional heading is considered a dangerous play, and the opposing team is awarded an indirect kick. Unintentional heading is not a foul.) If you suspect a concussion has occurred, do not let the player back in the game, and notify parents so the player can be evaluated.
We all have a job to do
The parent’s role is to be a parent
Let’s be honest — it can be hard for a parent to watch their child on the soccer field. We want to help. We want them to be safe and have fun. But we also need to remember that we each have a role to play. The coaches are there to coach. The players are there to play and have fun. And the parents — well, sometimes doing what seems like a good idea at the time maybe isn’t in everyone’s best interest.