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Book Review: Happy Feet by Dan Blank

Over my 15 years as a soccer parent I have read (or listened to a lot of books) I am going to keep reading and share some of my favorites with you. The links in this post are all affiliate link that go to Amazon. We receive a small commission on purchases made through these links.



"Happy Feet: How to be a Gold Star Soccer Parent" is an indispensable guide for parents navigating the world of youth soccer. Authored by Dan Blank, this book serves as a comprehensive manual on everything parents need to know to support their child's soccer journey effectively. This is an inexpensive book to buy but it is long. I did better


From understanding the dynamics of the game to managing the delicate balance of parental involvement, the author covers it all with clarity and insight. One of the book's standout features is its emphasis on the holistic development of young players. This book only glosses over technical skis and delves into the importance of character-building, teamwork, and resilience.

What sets this book apart is its practical advice and real-world examples. The author draws from personal experiences as both a soccer parent and a coach, offering invaluable wisdom that resonates with readers. Whether it's dealing with sideline behavior, communicating with coaches, or nurturing a positive attitude in young athletes, "Happy Feet" provides actionable strategies for every scenario.


More importantly, the book fosters a healthy perspective on competition and success. It encourages parents to prioritize their child's enjoyment of the game over winning at all costs, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment for young athletes to thrive.


The writing style is engaging and accessible, making it easy for parents of all backgrounds to connect with the material. Each chapter is well-organized, addressing specific concerns and providing practical solutions. Additionally, the inclusion of tips from coaches and referees offers a well-rounded perspective on the intricacies of youth soccer.


"Happy Feet: How to be a Gold Star Soccer Parent" is a must-read for any parent with a child involved in soccer. It's informative, insightful, and ultimately empowering, equipping parents with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective supporters of their young athlete's journey. Whether you're a seasoned soccer parent or just starting out, this book is sure to become your go-to resource for navigating the exciting world of youth soccer.

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