Soccer America: Parents buy in to ‘Silent Soccer’

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Shhhhhh – Give the kids a break.

Southwest Ohio Youth Soccer met some parent resistance when it announced a “silent soccer weekend” in which parents were restricted to clapping. “We were a little unsure at first how we as parents were going to keep quiet and not cheer on our children,” said Amy Forte, a Thunder United Metro FC parent. “But when our son told us he absolutely loved it and wished they would do it more often, we were sold.”

Her son, 11-year-old Drew Forte, 11, said, “I could hear and communicate with my teammates and not have parents tell them what to do.”

Coaches were instructed to pull noisy parents aside for a talking to.

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