The week of June 11 -15 is
“The week of Silence for House League at AYSC”
What does this mean?The core idea of "the week of silence" is to remind everyone involved with the game why we are there... to let the kids have fun. We want to encourage everyone to simply watch soccer games and let the kids enjoy the game. Reports from other associations that have tried this idea have been very positive. The kids overwhelmingly said the game was more fun; they liked playing and not being yelled at. Parents admitted to having a difficult time initially remembering the silent part, but also reported being pleased with the results, particularly the happy kids.
Our goals are simple:
- Develop our players' thinking and creative ability to make decisions on the field without constant sideline intervention.
- Improve the players' ability to communicate with each other on the field by reducing the outside noise level.
- Support all of our referees by eliminating all sideline dissension and intervention.
We ask that all age groups U8 and above participate in SILENT SOCCER during all games during this week by following these guidelines:
- Spectators are to be quiet, talking only in normal tones to the people around them. Comments that can be heard by players, referees, or opponents should be avoided. Cheering should be limited to clapping.
- Coaches are to be quiet and "let them play," giving only normal coaching instruction before the game, at the half, after the game, and to players on the sideline before or after substitutions.
- Coaches should address the referee only to request player substitutions
- When the games are over, ask your kids if they liked SILENT SOCCER,and explain to them the positive aspects that such an event can have.
The week of silence is designed to be a fun reminder for everyone that the game is much more enjoyable when we can eliminate negative comments towards players and referees from the sidelines. This initiative only lasts for one week so try to have fun with it during your games this week and and save up your positive cheers for next week!
VP of House League
Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 07:03