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  • 1. PotentialingTM – is the deliberate process of maximizing someone’s possible, yet tobe realized, skills and abilities. It is progress along a continuum –not an absolutedestination.Soccer Parents involvement in sport tends to be too often defined by stories ofinappropriate behavior on the sideline during games involving their children.Potentialing, however, recognizes contribution of parents and focuses less about‘controlling’ parents and more about ‘engaging ‘them. It is something parents can doto ensure that their child’s soccer experience is a place for growth – both as a personand an athlete: it’s a great medium to learn life lessons.Until now parents have been lectured on what they CANNOT or SHOULD NOTDO. Potentialing gives parents a platform for what they CAN and SHOULD DO.Potentialing is more than just teaching or parenting, it is each of these but muchmore. It is a balance between a parent’s biggest role of simply being “there” andadditional roles of helping them, from a parental vantage point, not a coaching one,reach their “possible” skills and abilities.Potentialing does, however, require a plan.Our plan centers around helping parents create a great environment. We use themedium of Play and the skills of Communication to help parents drive forward achild’s Confidence, Persistence and Motivation. In the book we providedescriptions of these 5 concepts (that we call “The Big 5”), ideas on roles andresponsibilities for parents, as well as provide examples of real life scenarios thatmight happen to parents and their kids during their child’s soccer experience. Lee Hancock & Robin Russell www.potentialing.com