Helena Youth Soccer Association

11 Tips for College Hopefuls

From Work Ethic to Recruitment

The college recruiting process can be very stressful and confusing for parents and players.

Top Drawer Soccre (TDS) interviewed Amanda Cromwell, Head Coach of UCLA soccer and Jane Alukonis, founder of College Committed an online program for 8th - 12th grade girls who want to play college soccer, to discuss college recruiting misconceptions and best practices.


Fan Education

Being a postitive role model is the #1 job of Parents and all the Fans.  Encourage your chld to be their best as players and ambassadors of Helena Arsenal.

The Players Speak

Role Reversal

After the Championship Match

Silenced: Let the Coach Coach

Show Respect from the Sideline: Referees, Coaches, The Ride Home

Stop the Verbal Abuse

Changing The Game Project

Keeping the fun in sports

Changing The Game

The mission of the Changing the Game Project is to ensure that we return youth sports to our children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’  We want to provide the most influential adults in our children’s lives – their parents and coaches – with the information and resources they need to make sports a healthy, positive, and rewarding experience for their children, and their whole family.  Parenting and coaching young athletes is an art, not a science, and the information you find here can help you navigate the maze of youth sports, and put a smile on your young athlete’s face, whether he or she is 6 or 16 years old.

From the Changing the Game Blog:

How Adults Take the Joy out of Sports

Here are 6 ways adults take the enjoyment out of sports:

1. Parents coaching from the sideline
2. Yelling instructions while the ball is rolling
3. Disrespecting officials
4. Parents questioning the coach
5. Commenting on Their Teammates’ Plan
6. Making the ride home/post game talk a “teachable moment

If parents and coaches took a moment to ask their athletes “what could we do more of so you would want to play more,” and then we implemented some of their suggestions, great things would happen.

  • Kids would take ownership of the experience.
  • Parents would let their kids go, and show respect to their kids, the coaches, and the officials.
  • And coaches would have teams full of more self-motivated, hardworking, and fearless players.
  • We would return more joy to sports, and that sounds pretty good to me.

The English Football Association's Respect Campaign

Good behavior makes for a great game

The Respect Programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football – to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

The Respect Guide

Point of view video's: your behavior is being watched and felt

Before the Game

During the Game

During the Game

After the Game

In the Child's Mind

Give it a rest: Your Child, The Officials