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Disagreeing Soccer Player

Dear Highlights,
My friend and I teach soccer to little kids at our school. But one person disagrees with some of our calls. What can we do?
Nolan (by e-mail)

Disagreements are normal. No two people see everything alike. What matters is how you handle these differences, because you’re teaching the kids how to behave as well as how to play soccer. Be a good role model by staying calm and respectful.

When someone disagrees with a call, take the opportunity to discuss why you made it. Help the kids understand that the referee has the final say and that good players respect the ref’s decisions.

A soccer coach or gym teacher may have suggestions for you, too.

Art by: Jenny Campbell

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