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Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

The Soccer Sidelines

The Damascus Soccer Club sponsors a podcast titled "The Soccer Sidelines." This program can be downloaded from iTunes, the Google Play store, and other popular sites. 

The Soccer Sidelines goal is to bring parents, players and coaches together around the stuff that really matters in youth sports - and we don't mean winning games. Youth sports empower members to create thousands of teachable moments in a safe environment. Kids play while they learn powerful life lessons like sportsmanship, respect, courage, empathy, how to overcome winning and losing moments, and more.

Youth sports provide opportunities for physical, mental, emotional, and even core character development. Clubs like the Damascus Soccer Club are continually striving to maximize these opportunities. 

The Soccer Sidelines gets behind the scenes on great topics like:

  • Entertainment vs Development Culture - what's the difference and how do we recognize them?
  • Keeping training age appropriate
  • Systems of play - what are they and how do we choose?
  • Dehydration and it's effect on performance (you'd be surprised how much this affects our bodies)
  • Screwing up and Making Mistakes - The building blocks of successful people
  • Moms and Dads Can Coach, But Should They? - a discussion about Mom and Dad volunteer coaches and the phenomenon some call "Daddy ball." 
  • And much more...
Listen to Stitcher
Listen on Google Play Music


Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Damascus Soccer Club experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.


Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This list of articles will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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