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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CODE OF CONDUCT

NOTE: All coaches, players and guardians will be required to sign this agreement to adhere to the club’s code of conduct.

Soccer players shaking handsCOACHES/PLAYERS

  • Play the game for the game’s sake.
  • Be generous when you win.
  • Be gracious when you lose.
  • Obey the rules of the game.
  • Accept the decisions of the officials.
  • Work for the good of the team.
  • Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.
  • Applaud the efforts of your teammates AND your opponents.

SPECTATORS

  • Children have more need for the good example than criticism.
  • Make athletic participation for your child, and others, a positive learning experience.
  • Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it.
  • Be courteous to the officials and coaches. The coaches are giving their time, energy, and money.
  • Applaud good play of players on either team.
  • Do not question the judgment or honesty of any official.
  • Accept the results of each game and teach your child to learn good sportsmanship.

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