Welcome to the WDMSC Parent Education Center. Here you will find information on our PACT (Parent, Athletes, and Coaches Together) Program. Parent education is a critical component of our programming and the relationship between the parents, coach and athlete is essential to a positive youth sport experience. At WDMSC, we believe that coaches and parents are striving for the same goal; for their child to reach their potential as young people and soccer players. In order to achieve these goals both parents and coaches must communicate in a respectful manner and work in collaboration to explore the best ways to assist their child in maximizing their potential.
The purpose of the PACT program is twofold:
- To educate and guide parents on how to be positive role models and to respect the children, coaches and officials as they participate in the game of soccer.
- To build strong and positive relationships between players, parents and coaches. We believe that the stronger this relationship is, the greater the likelihood that the child will reach their potential.
Parents Code of Conduct
- Children have more need for example than criticism.
- Make athletic participation a positive experience for your child and others.
- Attempt to relieve competition stress, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
- The opponents are necessary friends; without them, your child could not participate.
- Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
Please keep in mind that parental attitudes at games toward your child, the opposing team, the officials and the coaches influence your child’s values and behavior in sports. Sometimes overly anxious parents, bent on immediate success rather than long-range benefits, criticize officials and opponents and show disrespect. This inappropriate behavior devalues the sport and creates unnecessary stress for the player. It is not in keeping with the spirit of the game.