In the aftermath of this week's publication of the Yates Report into the NWSL, the reaction of those in the soccer community was rather muted, while trying to absorb the details of abuse by the league's coaches and inaction of the sport's leaders.
One of the most alarming aspects of the report was that the abuse in the NWSL is rooted in a deeper culture in soccer, beginning in youth leagues, that normalizes verbally abusive coaching.
We share this today as a reminder about what is expected from each of us in regards to how we coach, speak, motivate and address our DUSC players.
Our paramount objective is to create a joyful developmental environment for all of our players at every age group and level. Quite simply, we want happy players that feel good about their DUSC experience.
Research informs us that happy players are more productive, creative and that happiness drives development: Happy Soccer Players
Encouraging your players with positive reinforcement helps them hear and heed the necessary corrections. With that winning combination of truthful, specific praise and constructive criticism, performance improves and so do the chances that our kids learn all the valuable life lessons inherently available through competitive youth soccer.