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‘Silent Soccer’ in Arlington This Weekend

by ARLnow.com — May 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm 3,085 110 Comments

The 6,000-player Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) will implement “Silent Soccer” rules in its recreational and teen leagues this weekend.

Parents and spectators will be encouraged to only silently support their kid’s team, and coaches will be asked to only provide “positive and encouraging feedback and allow players the time to work through issues on the field.”

“The reason for Silent Soccer is to let the kids enjoy the game of soccer and make decisions on their own,” the ASA said in a blog post. “While the practice does remove positive cheering of the kids accomplishments from the field, the goal is to make parents aware that the kids can play without their coaching, yelling, and other disruptive influences during play. At any age. So we remove all voices coming from off the field for this one day.”

Players are encouraged to speak to each other on the field as normal, but those on the bench are asked to remain quiet.

  • Ashton Heights

    Negative reinforcement is what made America great. Bah, humbug!

  • Swag

    …and at the end of every match, both teams get big trophies and pizza.

    *facepalm*

    • nom de guerre

      [ claps using one hand ]

    • Ashton Heights

      After that all will be told that they will one day be President. All Of Them.

    • drax

      Wow.

  • KalashniKEV

    It’s a joke… right?

  • EastPike

    Lame.

  • Quoth the Raven

    If some parents didn’t act like total d-bags, there wouldn’t be a need for this. For example, yelling, “Hey goalie, you suck!” at a 9 year old isn’t really good behavior.

    • Hurley

      Ban those parents then. This is beyond ridiculous.

    • Ben Taylor

      I am highly doubting a parent yelled anything like that. This just stems from over sensitive parents. It ultimately leaves these kids sheltered and unable to fend for themselves when they mature.

      Ladies, this is why you meet guys whose mother’s still take care of them in their 20′s and 30′s. This is why your boyfriend is a cry baby.

      • Hurley

        Case in point – Manning.

      • Louise

        Have you been to a child’s soccer game in Arlington, Ben Taylor?

      • drax

        WTF is all this crap about coddling the kids?

        This has nothing to do with going too easy on the kids. It’s about letting them play instead of getting yelled at all day by rude, jerk off parents, which ruins the game for spectators and players alike.

        • Elmer

          So ban soccer.
          No, wait. Where have I read that before?
          So ban dogs, so ban this, so ban that. Yeah, that’s it.
          Look familiar to anyone?

          • drax

            No, it doesn’t look familiar to you either.

            Nobody said anything about banning soccer.

          • Elmer

            “Nobody said anything about banning soccer.”
            Because I beat you to it.

          • drax

            Exactly, Elmer. You are the only one who said anything about banning soccer. So if you want to talk about it with yourself, feel free.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Ben, you can be as highly doubting as you like. But I was there, and heard it. The comment was followed by goalie’s dad telling jerk dad to shut up, which, of course, was followed by jerk dad claiming that if goalie’s dad touched him he would sue him for assault. Awesome.

      • Marc

        Which is why I always give my kids a timeout, in a leaning rest position. Hooah!!!

    • out there every weekend

      I’ve never heard such a thing, but then again, this is the people’s republic of arlington… If there’s a problem, create a rule. Someone behaves “badly?” Create another rule. Luckily there will soon be a bond referendum that will create a new public enforcement mechanism with cameras on every field so that if anyone even thinks a bad thought or considers teaching or coaching during a game, they will be immediately brought up on charges…

      • drax

        “If there’s a problem, create a rule. Someone behaves “badly?” Create another rule.”

        The horror!

  • Phil West

    This is pathetic. I’m silently giving this idea the finger.

    • Kicks

      ^^^ Agreed

  • wockney canker

    Timmy! Stick it in the fakkin mixah!!

  • Ben Taylor

    Terrible….this is ridiculous.

  • Hurley

    I hope to God we don’t go to war in the future, we’ll get our asses kicked if kids raised like this are defending our country. Why the hell are we raising our kicks like complete pansies in this country?

    • Hurley

      and by “kicks” I mean kids. Dammit this pisses me off so much I use wrong words. Oh well, thankfully no one will yell at me for it cause that would hurt my feelings. Do I get a certificate of participation for commenting?

      • nom de guerre

        [ presents certificate, big trophy, and pizza ]

        [ shakes hand ]

        [ silent applause ]

    • me too

      I hope we don’t go to war in the future either… as for the rest of your comment, it’s one weekend, and the emphasis is to enhance the player’s ability to think on their own, instead of doing what their coach says or, even better, what other parents say

      one weekend of making decisions on their own, on a soccer field, won’t destroy their backbones for the rest of their lives

      also, how many kicks have you raised? raising kicks must be difficult

      • me too

        damn, you ruined my joke (as poor as it my have been) at end, oh well

    • Josh S

      Frankly, I think a pretty good argument can be made that the Silent Soccer would end up improving the kids’ confidence, self-esteem, and mental toughness as compared to the normal telling them what to do every two seconds.
      Yelling at kids doesn’t build character. Giving them autonomy does.

    • kdc

      Having fought overseas on two combat tours with the Marines, I can tell you that no parent was screaming instructions in my ear telling me when to fire my M4, when to launch a grenade from my M203, or when to seek cover when I was in danger. The point of Silent Soccer is to have kids think for themselves, which should be a goal everyone can agree on. (The people inserting politics into this have it backwards. Silent Soccer is not a “Nanny State” concept–it is very nearly the opposite–it’s about loosening the leash that parents and coaches have on their kids and letting them be free to make decisions–good and bad.) I coach two soccer teams in Arlington, and it was the best weekend in my many seasons of coaching.

  • CW

    I mean, people can make all the negative comments, and I see how it’s pretty low-hanging fruit, but from a sports performance standpoint, forcing the players to actually make decisions on the field instead of just following orders will probably help their development.

    • Thank You

      Exactly. This not about parents cheering, this about the parents and coaches that spend the entire game constantly yelling instructions.

      In the case of the parents– what they are shouting is generally wrong and contradicts what the coach has taught the kids in practice.

      In the case of coaches, consistently yelling doesn’t allow the players to develop or to communicate with each other.

      • Skeptical

        +100. I don’t give a damn about soccer, but if I had a buck for every time I’ve seen a PARENT’S overinvolvement, over-coaching, back-seat driving distract and confuse a kid whatever the kid was doing, we could all have lunch. School orchestras, piano recitals, spelling bees, school plays — it’s good to turn up and support your kid, but there is a time to BACK OFF and save the commentary for later.

        It has absolutely nothing to do with coddling or rewarding bad performance. It’s just letting the game belong to the kids, without throwing the parents’ expectations out on to the field for them to trip over. You know there WAS a time when kids played games without their parents helicoptering over their every move. Anyone remember that?

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Skeptical wrote: “You know there WAS a time when kids played games without their parents helicoptering over their every move. Anyone remember that?”

          I sure do, Skeptical. Kids were able to play the game to enjoy it for itself and learn how to settle differences themselves.

  • Really?

    This is really Arlington done to a whole new level. I have a young kid who plays soccer and – of course – they don’t keep score so nobody gets their feelings hurt. God forbid they understand things like winning graciously and losing with class at a young age.

    I remember playing soccer as a kid and I loved hearing parents cheering for me. If a parent is being an a**hole, they should be called out as such. But, the concept of invoking some kind of sociological experiment and pretending that it’s “for the kids” is beyond insulting.

    • Yep!

      Amen, sir!

    • dk

      My 3rd grader plays soccer on an ASA rec team. Although they may not keep score with the younger kids, by 8 they most definitely do. I feel certain that this gives my child plenty of time to learn how to win and lose graciously.

  • Swag

    Parents can also rent personal helicopter packs so they can hover over their child while s/he’s playing.

    • This is anti-helicopter

      The parents that constantly shout instruction are the helicopters. The idea of silent soccer is get them to be quiet for 1 game

  • mr.demoist

    In a soccer game you must make literally hundreds of decisions. Decision making and creativity are two very important characteristics that good players have. Many coaches give far too much instruction at the youth level. Whether it is positive or negative instruction, it doesn’t help players develop these skills.

    • Greg

      I agree with this. The bleacher coaching is even more distracting. I could see this type of ban as positive (although cheering should be allowed).

  • JimPB

    When I was referring soccer games, it was easy to control the players (play clean), and because I was good at such control, I was often assigned games with problem teams. Of more concern was some of the coaches and some groups of parents whose verbal behaviors and several times their physical acts were far beyond the realm of acceptable. Maybe in this era of omnipresent video cameras and ready You Tube postings there are illustrative example of this misconduct on-line (although the most grievous examples would almost certainly be edited out, and rightfully so).

    The adult conduct adversely impacted the youth players. After I red carded a couple of coaches for recidivistic serious misconduct so that they had to leave the area, their teams played dramatically better; in one case, coming from behind 3-0 a quarter of the way into the second half to win 5-4.

    So “Silent Soccer” is for me a very desirable and welcome event.

    • dk

      Thank you for your hard work.

  • ArlingTony

    “…coaches will be asked to only provide ”positive and encouraging feedback and allow players the time to work through issues on the field.”

    Why do they need coaches then if they can only say, “Good try”? Also, what about refs? They are the ones who will be throwing cards. Getting a yellow or red card will hurt their self esteem. Ban penalties. So now we don’t need refs either since rules only hurt kids ability to discover and have fun.

    New rules:
    Matches will just be two teams…scratch that, teams encourage segregation and people from the other team being excluded from being part of the opponent’s team. Better just have everyone as one big team. Each game starts with everyone holding hands, singing a song about friendship, then getting their own ball since having only one ball means a kid might not get a shot. So everyone has their own and just kicks it around the pitch. No need for goalies since it’s not nice to try to stop someone else’s ball. No need for goals since they just encourage competitiveness. Scoring is as follows:

    Kicked the Ball – A “Best Soccer Star Ever” Ribbon Didn’t kick the ball – A “Best Soccer Star Ever” Ribbon Didn’t show up for the match – Same

    All are made from absorbant material, perfect for soaking up your tears 20 years from now while you cry (I mean, work through your issues on your own) in your parent’s basement about how life isn’t fair.

  • UYD Fan

    As a former soccer ref, I have to agree with your take on “adult” behavior at youth soccer games. The parents and coaches were usually the worst part of the game. However, the referee has almost total control over the game. Coaches, players and (from what I remember) parents can be removed from the field of play, which usually means that they can’t even watch from the sidelines. So if abusive language is coming from the parents or coaches, the ref can and should take care of it then and there.

    But I don’t see the rational behind the “Silent Soccer” idea. Kids can play on their own…on their own. You don’t even need expensive uniforms and a regulation sized soccer field! Presumably the parents are paying for their kids to learn how to play soccer, not just have fun. And honestly, you only need to see a few U8 or U10 games to realize that those games will quickly turn into a total mess without a lot of adult supervision. At that age, most kids just don’t know how to play soccer. If you want to see them run around without any direction you should just take them to the park and give them sugar.

    • dk

      ….except in the younger kids’ games, the refs are teenagers. How many of them have the cojones to remove a coach or a parent from the field? How many coaches or parents would submit to the request?

      I don’t disgree with your second paragraph, however.

      • E

        Exactly! When I was in college, I reffed youth soccer games. In one u8 game, I actually had to throw a father out for abusive language. He came onto the field and basically told me he was going to kick my a** for trying to get him to leave. 25 minutes later, he was finally escorted off of the field by the coaches, and a couple of big dads. I was a 19 yo girl..and that was my last season of reffing. Coached for ten years, will never ref another game in my life.
        From a coaching standpoint, I don’t think this has anything to do with “coddling” players. I coached club/travel for the last 4 years, and HS varsity before that for 5 years, and the chatter that goes on on the sidelines, from the parents, is ridiculous. Yes, not all of the parents are like that, but I have had girls come off of the field in tears b/c of some of the things parents from other teams have said to them.. they were 12 yo… and not the crying type. Plus, I always told my girls to ignore any coaching that their parents gave them from the sidelines anyways… 9 times out of 10, it was completely wrong.. like parents who cheer when a player just randomly boots the ball down the field.

      • UYD Fan

        I did it when I was a teenager :) It’s a great feeling. And it’s something a ref has to learn otherwise he or she can lose control of a game.

  • WeiQiang

    I actually like the idea of supporting the kids’ ability to make independent decisions.

    However, I will be at Sistah Sparkles’ Silent Karoke at Freddie’s.

  • Marcel Marceau

    I approve of this plan.

    • Josh S

      *moves hands together repeatedly, without actually touching* *two thumbs up*

  • Elmer

    I predict some parents will get around the “silence rule” by putting texting devices on their kids and sending them verboten messages.
    If the parents can text while driving, it won’t be any challenge for them to teach their little darlings how to play soccer and text.

    • Elmer

      Ahem, That should have been: “…how to play soccer and read text.”

  • Jerry

    One more example of “someone” wanting to have everyone do things their way. No vote, of course . . . this is for the “good of the kids,” “the good of the game,” “to keep from having negative comments,” “etc.” I’m sure glad there’s someone out there to tell me how to act. Only one day? You bet!

  • sunflower

    it’s only one f- ing weekend people; get over it!

  • It’s all about you.

    Swat unit practice during kids soccer games would solve the problem of annoying parents.

  • One Percent

    There are two types of parents — 1) most parents are well-behaved at games and 2) there are a few overbearing parents. Silent Soccer will silence #1 but will not silence #2. So now we’ll just have the overbearing parents screaming their heads off and nobody else to drown them out with their positive cheering. Great plan!

  • Escardazo Sanzobell

    Just wrap them in bubble wrap and spoon feed them the rest of their lives. Will next weekend be “Bullhorn and Paintball Guns for Encouragement” weekend or what?

    • Tabs

      Oh I’m sorry, no. It’s The Moops.

  • KalashniKEV

    “Lacrosse Team Bullying Session” is planned in Arlington for rest-of-life. :)

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  • charles Smith

    …as a kid who played little league, high school, and college sports, my most vivid memories (aside from a few great plays I made) are people in the stands cheering AND jeering. They go hand in hand!

    • KalashniKEV

      Soon there will be no points or keeping score… because that just leads to hurt feelings and can be harmful to self esteem. This is how wars are started.

      • drax

        You didn’t read the article this time either, did you?

  • Silent Soccer Worked

    Back from 2 silent soccer games– they were great. There were no parents shouting stupid, wrong instructions and no coaches trying t move kids around the field like they were puppets.

    Coaches made adjustments in the game by talking with substitutes before they went on the field.

    For what is worth the coaches that most bought in the concept won both of the games. Because, yes we keep score and have standings

    • 90 minutes

      Well, after seeing a couple of these games in person, this was definitely an experiment worth continuing periodically.

      The kids really seemed to enjoy the change of pace and even the bulk of the parents along the sidelines appeared to relax a bit.

  • Arlimprovements

    F*ck that when kindergartner scores I am cheering!

  • Wilbur

    No we would not want to cheer for our kids now would we. And this is why ACES is stupid.

  • Brad

    This is absolutely insane.. a few years from now when these boys and girls are overseas fighting for freedom, are we going to ask for silence..
    I am liberal, but this is extreme even for Arlington.. get a grip people

    • drax

      Why do so many people insert politics into this? It’s a soccer game. The silence is to make the games less obnoxious and let the kids enjoy it the way it’s supposed to be. It’s not about your political beliefs or what you think the kids should be like, just like its not about you when you’re in the stands.

    • Josh S

      So, as part of their senior year, they’re going to move halfway around the world. defect and then attempt to overthow the local tyrant?

      “a few years from now when these boys and girls area overseas fighting for freedom”

      No matter how many times I read that, I still am completely stumped. How does one go from a silent weekend at youth soccer games in Arlington to that?

  • One Percent

    Silent Soccer did NOT work! It was like attending a funeral…not a soccer match. And no, guess what, the people who needed to be most silent were not!

    • Disagree

      You must have been seeing different games then the ones I saw this weekend. Everyone I saw was silent except for applauding all the great plays.

      The players on the field were talking more and making their own decisions.

      I’m just trying to figure out how to get the parents on my teams to continue to be quiet next week. Adding cheering will be great but the sideline coaching won’t be missed.

  • Julie

    I need to move my boys out of this wuss bag own. First- no tag allowed at elementary school—not even chasing. Now silent soccer! God- these kids don’t stand a chance in the real world.

    As a libertarian tis is some f*cked up sh@t!

    • drax

      No it’s not. I has nothing to do with being wusses. It doesn’t change the way the game is played on the field at all.

      I’ve never seen so many people jerk, their knees without actually thinking and reading the article.

    • drax

      And soccer is not political. It’s kids playing a game, for God’s sake.

      • Julie

        When you take away people’s First Amendment rights- it most certainly is political.

        • drax

          Oh, no. Not another amateur first amendment scholar.

          You have every right to speak your mind. And the soccer league has every right to ban you from further games if you violate its rules. So go ahead and yell, but next time you’ll be yelling from behind a fence a few hundred yards from the game.

        • sunflower

          i wouldn’t dignify this with a response

          • Logic My Dear

            Hoisted on your own self referential petard……stick to being a flower !!

        • Josh S

          HiLARious.

          First Amendment rights…..

          Stop, you’re killing me…..

      • forarl

        You’ve obviously never played competitive soccer. It is incredibly political….esp when it comes to who makes the state, local, National teams.

  • Bob Smith

    I have never, ever, ever, ever heard of something so screwed up in all of my life. One more time: I have never, ever, ever heard of something so screwed up as this. There’s something seriously wrong here. “Players are encouraged to speak to each other on the field as normal, but those on the bench are asked to remain quiet.” Oh, those on the bench. You know what I’m going to do? Play ball against you. Stronger then ever.

    • drax

      You don’t play soccer, obviously. You don’t go to games. You don’t play anyone on the bench. You sit on your computer and comment about things you don’t understand.

  • Julie

    NO wonder the US sucks at soccer!

    International games are so quiet, right? F@ck no! Those fans are LOUD!

    • drax

      For God’s sake, it’s a kid’s league.

    • sunflower

      your point being? ……….

    • Quoth the Raven

      Don’t you think there is a difference between international games played by professionals and Arlington games played by kids? And I’ll note, by the way, that there have been several instances internationally when the fans got so out of hand that the players played in an empty stadium. So acting like this is only an “Arlington” issue isn’t quite accurate.

      The point was simply to make an effort, on a single weekend, to get overbearing parents to shut up. So all this talk about “first amendment rights” and whether we’re making our kids into “wusses” is just silly hyperbole.

  • Matt

    Silent soccer was great. It was enlightening to see how well the kids can play without any instruction from the sideline–turns out, they know what they’re doing. This experiment had nothing to do with self-esteem; it wasn’t even about cheering. It was about letting the kids make their own decisions and teaching the parents and coaches that they can trust the kids to make the right ones.

  • getoveryourselfArl

    I grew up playing very competitive soccer. We played all over this country and in others. Some of my highlights as a kid were playing in a tournament in Long Island with chain smoking parents in wife beaters threatening to beat up the ref and having to be carried out by several of the parents spewing profanity the whole way out. Now that is character building for a child and provides insight to the world they are about to enter. Stop sheltering. If a parent is obnoxious–eject them. Given the metrosexual dads in this County–it should be pretty easy to eject them. Running in goofy footy-toe shoes and bking in Lance Armstrong attire, oh lord.

    Arlington is really a police state. You should see the Rules for Recess at the local Arlington elementary schools. They have banned just about everything minus sitting in the corner making daisy chains. Try explaining to your boys when they have to write a letter home in Kindergartner apologizing for playing ‘cowboys and indians’.

    • drax

      “Arlington is really a police state. You should see the Rules for Recess at the local Arlington elementary schools. They have banned just about everything minus sitting in the corner making daisy chains.”

      That’s simply not true.

      “Try explaining to your boys when they have to write a letter home in Kindergartner apologizing for playing ‘cowboys and indians’. ”

      I don’t believe this happened.

      • getoveryourselfArl

        Sad, but true. When we were told ‘tag’ was outlawed–we asked about some of the other ‘running’ games and were told that ANY type of ‘chase’ was specifically banned at our elementary school. The reason: kids get hurt. We were told they were allowed to ‘jog’/’do laps’ around the field. Do you know any 5-8 year olds that think doing laps around the field is fun stuff?

        • drax

          So it was about chase games, not specifically “cowboys and indians.”

          Yes, chase games can be dangerous. If you’re playing on a hard surface like black top, or have a large group of kids playing it, or a small group playing it in a larger group that isn’t, it can lead to injuries. Kids playing chase games end up moving all around and taking unexpected twists and turns and do desperate things to avoid getting caught, and that leads to more collisions and falls.

          A few adults managing a hundred or so kids at recess is much different from watching your three or four kids at home play in the yard, you know. There are simply going to be more restrictions.

  • Arlington, Northside

    There was nothing silent about my kids’ First Grade Soccer Game this weekend. Kids Cheered, Parents Cheered and yelled encouragement and advice. Just a normal great Saturday of soccer, too bad the rain did not hold out to allow a good afternon Little League game.

    • cr

      It was only silent for “8 and older’. I was all prepared to rebel…cheer for my kid and was disappointed to find out the sound ban wasn’t for the younger set.

      • Westover

        Then, I shall rebel when my kids are of that age. I have been asked after games why I have not yelled more…..

        • Arlington, Northside

          A proud parent rebellion! And if my kid screws up, I’ll yell advise too! Imagine that, positive active parenting!!!!! And if they want to play in the park alone in silance, they can do that too! It will be like a flashback, to the ’80s!!!!

  • sunflower

    How are replies with earlier time stamps being inserted after the fact?

  • dk

    ~yawn~

  • CP Neighbor

    Not suprising. You can’t cheer for encouragement, but get coddled with participation rewards. What next? Players who get yellow and red cards will have to give apologies and hugs to the other player? Make the goals bigger so more kids can score goals to feel better about themselves? Just kick out the obnoxious grown-ups. Leave the sport alone.

    • Westover

      Players who get yellow and red cards SHOULD have to give apologies to the other player. Sick of seeing some of these kids stew on the sidelines like it is the other team’s or the ref’s fault that they were not better sportsmen. But the cheering should be allowed at FULL VOLUME!

  • ar

    I dressed in full Mime get-up at my kid’s game. Marcel Marceau had nothing on me. When he scored–I put on my happy face,,,when the ref made a bad call…I mimed ‘choking him by the neck’.

  • Converted

    Count me among the converted who strongly support and applaud this effort. All of these comments against remind me of the similar reception physician rest requirements initially received. Didn’t matter that physician fatigue posed a clear risk to patients…somehow it was considered more harmful to ease the physical abuse that some just blindly considered essential to become a good physician.

    Similar level of ignorance is at play here. There is growing evidence that all the helicopter parenting during games – barking conflicting instructions, prioritizing winning at all costs, criticizing players, intimidating/abusing referees, etc. – does more harm than good.

    While the really horrible parents are thankfully among the minority, I’ve been amazed to learn how detrimental well-intended sideline coaching can be. I was that kind of coach once. While always encouraging, I was constantly yelling to my players to tell them what to do. “Geoff takes the kick. Will takes the throw-in, etc. etc.” While I thought I was helping them, and I tried to spread the touches evenly, I wasn’t allowing them to learn and think for themselves. They were being trained to always await an instruction from an adult. And those instructions were frequently coming from both coaches and parents at the same time. There’s no way that was fun.

    Arlington Travel Soccer converted me. During my son’s first game, the coaches never said a WORD. Not one word that I could hear during the game. Halftimes were spent soliciting feedback from the boys on what they were observing during the game and tactics to consider in the second half. Parents were strictly forbidden from sideline coaching. We could only offer cheers of encouragement for the team, never singling out a player by name. If we violated that rule, the coach might send our son to the sideline during the game to remind us publicly.

    We lost every game that season. And the coaches couldn’t care less. They emphasized fun and skill development over winning and losing. And they were unapologetic in defending their methods. While the losses were frustrating at first, my son loved the practices and thrived under a system that rewarded risk-taking and development over fear of making a mistake that could contribute to a loss.

    My son is now in his fourth season of travel soccer with the same coaches. They largely play against the same teams that beat them that first season, but with very different results. As the coaches predicted, their emphasis on skill development and player decision-making ultimately paid off big time. They’ve enjoyed tremendous success. I’d liken the experience to the Karate Kid putting in all those hours waxing on and waxing off, then quietly and calmly mowing down all the kids who were trained by the angrier, “no mercy”, we’re-tougher-than-you, win-at-all-costs trainer who reflects some of the coaches and parents we unfortunately still encounter on the road. I feel for those kids and the referees who endure them.

    Kudos to Arlington Soccer for promoting awareness to this important issue through this event. Should anyone have interest or still scoff at this notion, check out the following articles and video our coach required us to read/watch. They converted me. Perhaps they will convert others.

    “What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent — And What Makes A Great One

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare-sports-parent

    “Video: Don Lucia, Head Coach, University of Minnesota Men’s Hockey Team”

    Exceptional perspective from Division I hockey coach that our soccer coach uses to explain his coaching philosophy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFsF0Z9EKDg

    There’s also a great article in the most recent issue of Arlington Magazine called “Parents Gone Wild” that addresses this issue within Arlington Youth Sports.

    • arlimprovements

      This is all moot. The fact that ‘cheering’ was outlawed is f*king ridiculous. I let the coaches do the coaches—but how can you outlaw cheering and say only ‘silent support’ is allowed? Give me a fking break.

      • drax

        Because then you have to have a crowd police to decide what constitutes cheering and what is coaching.

        It was just one weekend. The point was to make parents and fans think about what they say and how they behave. Most of them probably got it. Judging from the comments here, some probably didn’t.

  • The Greatest Comment Ever

    Let’s have a silent County Board meeting — that is, the Board members cannot talk.

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