Mia Hamm Shares Advice for Youth Coaches
Soccer superstar Mia Hamm recently sat down with Soccer America Magazine to discuss youth soccer, effective coaching and her advice for parents of young soccer players. Read an excerpt from the interview below:
SOCCER AMERICA: What part of the coaching you got as a youngster helped you succeed?
MIA HAMM: Everyone talks about it being fun. And it definitely was. That needs to be the focus. Development over winning was something I felt was there... at a young age it's about development and making sure that the kids really enjoy the environment they're in so they want to come back and continue to learn and listen.
SA: What advice do you have for parents of aspiring players?
MIA: My parents really allowed soccer - and whatever I chose - to be my passion and not theirs. I heard one of my coaches say the best advice he can give to the parents is just be their parent.
It doesn't mean I won't share my knowledge of soccer with them or occasionally go out and coach their teams, but I want to make sure they know I'm their parent first and they can come to me, and I hope they come to me for anything.
Read Mia Hamm's Soccer America interview in its entirety.