September 29 is Silent Saturday
Just a reminder that this Saturday is Silent Saturday.
The objectives for this Saturday are:
* To reemphasize that the game is about letting the kids play and have fun!
* To give the players a chance to play totally on their own.
* To eliminate the verbal questioning of the referee’ decisions.
* To help the few parents and coaches who feel they must provide constant direction, and to understand that the kids can play very well on their own with limited instruction.
Coaches may not provide any direction – verbal or non-verbal – to the players on the field. They may speak quietly to players who are on the bench and they may address the team during quarter breaks and halftime – in a normal tone.
Spectators may not make any verbal comments on the game or direct any comments to players, coaches or referees – either on or off the field – this Saturday! You are encouraged to cheer for your team in creative, non-verbal ways. Clapping is allowed! Noisemakers, bullhorns, cars honking, etc are not allowed.
Players are encouraged to speak to each other on the field. They are encouraged to provide support and direction to each other. Players on the bench may cheer freely in a positive manner, but may not provide instruction from the bench.
Referees have been instructed that if coaches and spectators are not following the rules, they may stop the game to issue a warning. Should the behavior continue and they need to stop the game again, they may terminate the match.
So this Saturday, pull up a chair and just watch your kids go out there and have fun! That’s what this is all about.