As a club coach, high school coach and AP Girls Director, there are numerous expectations from parents, players and managers. The typical grading scales for soccer success include wins/losses, player improvement, statistics, number of players in your club, tournaments attended, club ranking, etc. Those are easy to evaluate and obvious.
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As parents and coaches, we are constantly looking for opportunities to find teachable moments. Sometimes we find those opportunities when our child makes a mistake and other times we compliment when they struggle through adversity. Either way, if we care about our kids, we find ways to make an impact.
Soccer is a high intensity sport which causes the body to consume a lot of energy in order for athletes to perform at their highest levels. This physically demanding sport can cause the body to utilize up to 2000 calories during a competitive 90-minute match, and athletes can require more than 3400 calories per day. Lack of suitable nutrition will impair performance, manifesting as reduced speed, reduced strength, or reduced coordination. Improper nutrition can also impair proper body development of muscle tissue normally gained by exercise.