Parent Resources

As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s experience in youth sports, as no one has more influence on a child’s enjoyment and participation. The sport of soccer provides parents with numerous opportunities to help children learn important life lessons and gain memories that will last forever.

At South Texas Youth Soccer, we recognize the important contributions you make – and the challenges you face at all levels of the game. We offer a variety of parent education resources and initiatives, ranging from educational articles and best-practice recommendations to financial assistance and college preparation. Our coaching department is also available to help you create a parent education program tailored to your club or team needs.

Online Articles and Links

Introduction to Soccer and Rules of the Game

Advice for First-Time Soccer Parents 

Parent Pocket Guide to the Rules

Laws of the Game Made Easy  

Offside Made Easy

US Soccer Referee Program

South Texas Administrative Handbook 

US Soccer Calendar Birth Year Registration Information and Mandates

Player Development

US Youth Soccer Player Development Model: A Player-Centered Curriculum

US Soccer Player Development Initiatives

We Are Doing Youth Soccer Wrong: The Culture of Winning Hurts Player Development

Why Small-Sided Games?


Wellness Tools

Child Obesity 180 Program

Let’s Move Program

Athletic Nutrition for Young Athletes

Healthy Kids Out of School


Sports Injuries

You've Been Injured - Now What?

When to Ice? When to Heat? RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation)

Knee Injuries in Soccer

Care and Prevention of Ankle Sprains

Combating an Injury Epidemic and More On FIFA 11+ with Dr. Bert Mandelbaum


Insurance Claims

Insurance Claims and Players


Player Safety

Background Checks and KidSafe Standards

Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

US Soccer Recognize to Recover Athlete Concussion Guidelines

US Soccer Recognize to Recover Coaches Concussion Guidelines

Concussion Resources from the CDC

US Soccer Concussion Initiative

US Soccer Recognize to Recover Athletes Collapse Guidelines

Hydration and Heat Illness Guidelines

US Soccer Heat Guidelines and Index

Sun Safety Tips

CPR and AED Training Guidelines

Lightning Safety

College Resources

Free College Test Prep

As a benefit of membership with South Texas Youth Soccer, we are pleased to provide free access to acclaimed SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs through eKnowledge. Members have access to more than 11 hours of video instruction and 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material, plus thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions and practice tests.

Member access covers the complete $350 cost of the SAT or ACT Test Preparation Program. Participating students pay only the $19.99 cost of program delivery, which includes materials, support, shipping and streaming.

e-Knowledge Contact

For more information, visit or contact eKnowledge at (951) 256-4076 or via email

College Search and Recruitment

If you’re interested in getting on the recruiting lists of college coaches, Choose It Right provides the tools and support to help you get noticed. As an STX Soccer Member, you have access to the website’s complete college search, selection and recruiting system for free or at an affordable discounted price. Contact the STX State office for your free promo code for the Essentials Package as a South Texas Youth Soccer member!

Choose It Right is a web-based, college search and selection system that helps high school students, student-athletes and their families find the right college that best fits their unique academic, athletic and financial criteria. The system provides a suite of easy-to-use tools and services that not only can help you get started on the right track, but also guide you every step along the way through the college search and selection process.

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Additional College Recruiting Resources

STX Webinar Series: College Recruiting 101 Women’s Soccer with UTEP Women’s Head Coach, Kathryn Balogun

STX Webinar Series: College Recruiting with UTRGV Men’s Head Coach, Paul Leese

Former FC Dallas & SMU Men’s Coach, Schellas Hyndman's Do's and Don'ts of College Recruiting

List of Colleges with Men's and Women's Soccer Programs

US Youth Soccer College Planning

NY Times Article: "Committing to Play in College"

NCAA Recruiting Calendars

NCAA Eligibility Center