Got soccer players in your family?
If so, then you know the struggle of trying to successfully get out the door with all the gear needed for practices and games. To help you teach your kids how to prepare and maintain their own soccer bags, I've got some tips, tricks, and free checklists to make it easier on your kids and yourself!
Why Soccer Bag Checklists Can Save Your Sanity
As a homeschool soccer mom to five boys, I know the extreme importance of time management and organization. There is no way that our family could homeschool, blog (me!), and participate in school and club soccer programs with smart planning and prep.
I played soccer, as well as coached. My two older boys (15 and 13) play competitive travel soccer and for our local school in the Fall. With all of that combined soccer experience, one of the most important things I've learned is that your player has got to be prepared with the right gear in order to perform their best.
There's nothing worse than showing up to a practice or game without your cleats or soccer ball. You think you've got your soccer backpack ready. And then you go to take out that item and BAM! no cleats or ball. It feels like a punch in the gut!
Then, panic sets in. What are you going to do? Usually, it's too far to dash home in time. And you don't want to have to tell your coach that you forgot. Not having the right equipment can mean extra laps, sit-ups, or push-ups. Ugh!
As a player, going through that type of anxiety totally sucked. I learned my lesson the hard way a few times.
As a mom, I discovered that the responsibility often falls on the parent, especially when your soccer player is young. And as nifty as it is to get your kids ready for soccer practice (because yanking on shinguards and cleats is oh-so-much fun), you'd like to teach your kids to get their own soccer bags ready so you can save your time and stress for more important stuff.
I'm lucky. My two older boys are independent and quickly learned how to prep their own soccer bags. But, I realized that I also taught them these skills by talking through the process and making DIY soccer bag checklists.
After getting many requests for tips and tricks for getting out the door on soccer practice and game days, I created two printable checklists for soccer families to use to help their kids prepare their own bags. You can find these free instant downloads by scrolling down 🙂
Recommended Items Found on Soccer Bag Checklists
I'm also often asked for recommendations about specific soccer gear. To help you get the best gear for your soccer players (and make packing those soccer bags even easier), here are our favorite soccer resources:
adidas Stadium Team Backpack, Black, One Sizeadidas Utility field backpack, Blue, One SizeUnder Armour Striker Soccer Backpack Royal Size One SizeNike Club Team Swoosh Backpack [MIDNIGHT NAVY/BLACK/WHITE] (OS)
As far as a soccer ball, you'll need to determine the appropriate size for your child's age group. Soccer Gear HQ shares helpful information for selecting the correct ball size for your player. My advice: ask your child's coach or organization to confirm the right size for your child's level of play.
adidas Performance X Glider II Soccer Ball, White/Solar Green/Black, Size 4adidas Unisex Russia Telstar 2018 World Cup Glider Soccer Ball, White/Copper/Gold/Gold Metallic, Size 5adidas Champions League Finale Kiev Capitano Soccer Ball, White/Yellow/Blue, Size 5
Under Armour Dual Action Ball Pump, Extra Metal Inflation NeedlesMIRACOL Dual Action Ball Pump with 6 Standard Needles, Cloth Storage Pouch and Pressure Gauge, Best for Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Football and other Inflatable Sports BallsBall Pump for Any Sports - Basketball Soccer Ball Pump - Small Air Hand Pump for Rugby Football Volleyball Balls - Portable Hand Air Pump Size 8 inch for Playground Ball - Air Pump comes with 2 Needle
Get Your Free Soccer Bag Checklists to Help Your Kids
To help your kids get the most out of these free soccer bag checklists, you'll need to walk them through the process. Show them each item and where it goes. Also, show your soccer players how to properly maintain those items.
For example, demonstrate how to fill their water bottle. Then, show your player how to make sure the water bottle top is closed so it doesn't leak all over everything. Have your child watch you wash and dry the water bottle to prepare for the next practice or game. Don't assume your player knows what to do.
I encourage you to customize these free soccer bag checklists. Put your soccer player's name on it and add any items that they may specifically need. For example, my 13-year-old has asthma and must have his inhaler with him at all times. I'd add a hat and gloves for when the weather is cold, too.
Oh and don't forget to put your soccer player's name using a permanent marker on their ball, water bottle, and bag!
To keep these soccer bag checklists from getting yucky, laminate them. You can even hole punch them and place on a hook. Or place checklist in a clear gallon zipper storage bag to extend its use.
Get your free soccer bag checklists by clicking on the image below. There are two versions: one for older soccer players and one with pictures for younger soccer players. But, use them however they best help your family!
If you know of soccer families that could benefit from using these free soccer bag checklists, please share tthe link to this post!
Do you have any questions about soccer gear or using these soccer bag checklists?
If so, drop them in the comments below 🙂
Wishing you the very best on the pitch!