• Happy Feet

  • How to Be a Gold Star Soccer Parent: (Everything the Coach, the Ref and Your Kid Want You to Know)
  • By: Dan Blank
  • Narrated by: Don Bratschie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Happy Feet

By: Dan Blank
Narrated by: Don Bratschie
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Happy Feet is the ultimate resource for soccer parents. Written by best-selling author, Dan Blank, it will give you a better understanding of the game, its rules and terminology. This remarkable book includes links to seven excellent videos that help explain soccer's more mysterious concepts such as offside, the advantage rule and systems of play. By the end of Section 1, parents with no soccer background will have a working vocabulary of this strange sport and an understanding of all its moving pieces.

More importantly, Happy Feet details the most common mistakes parents make in dealing with coaches, referees, and their own children. It is a practical guide to situations that every soccer parent will eventually face.

Happy Feet is not a collection of sideline horror stories. Written by a coach with more than 20 years of experience, Happy Feet offers a wealth of advice presented in a conversational and humorous tone. It is the definitive handbook for parents that want the best possible experience for their soccer playing children.

Happy Feet will help you understand the most effective path for growing your child's love for the game, while also helping you steer clear of the behaviors that cause children to fall out of love with team sports. Discover the easiest way to have a positive relationship with your coach, how to effectively deal with playing-time issues, and learn how to talk with your child before and after a game. Plus much, much more.

Seventy-five percent of youth soccer players quit by the age of thirteen. Happy Feet was written to combat this staggering defection rate by arming parents with everything they need to know to nurture and grow their children’s love for the game, so that soccer fields from coast to coast are alive and well with the sounds of Happy Feet.

©2013 Daniel Blank (P)2021 Daniel Blank

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I wish I knew all this 6 years ago. Glad I know it now. Thank you!!

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Great read for any sport patent, but especially a soccer parent

The book offers great insights for parents of athletes. It’s very coach centered, but makes a lot of sense. I started the book to learn more about soccer but ended up learning more about how to parent a soccer player.

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How to be a Gold Star ANYTHING Parent

This book is fantastic. It is great from beginning until end. And it is really about more than just being a soccer parent. This book can be consumed by parents of athletes in any sports. This book can even be consumed by parents of non-athletes and you can still learn something and become a better parent.

It is simple lessons like listening to your kids and asking them about their game, their days, their anything and staying out of the response. Let them dictate the conversation. Let them think individually and critically and only chime in when they ask. Otherwise just listen.

This applies to soccer parents and parents of athletes of any sports. There are a few soccer specific sentences in this book but beyond that it is incredibly transferable to any sports really and help you make sure that your kids are not loosing the joy in THEIR sports because of you. There are many pitfalls for parents. Many I have done myself. So this book is easily eye opening and puts all these issues into great context. Listen with an open ear and an open heart. Your athlete kids will benefit from it.

But the buck doesn't stop there. Most of the lessons can easily be transferred from interactions with coaches and referees to interactions with other important touchpoints in your kids and your life, like teachers, life coaches, person of authority and many many more.

This book is worth its weight in gold and then some. One of the best listens I had on here in a while. Great content wrapped in engaging story and with entertaining narration. And at just under 4 1/2 hours not too long. If anything I was yearning for more.

Thanks a lot Dan Blank!!!