Soccer’s silent Saturday

Gloucester Scorpions Soccer Club division two players from last year's competition. Picture. Supplied
Gloucester Scorpions Soccer Club division two players from last year's competition. Picture. Supplied

Football Mid North Coast will take part in Northern NSW Football’s Silent Saturday this Saturday.

The message is aimed at all coaches, parents and spectators who will be attending ALDI MiniRoos (5-11s) matches on this day is to encourage you all to “keep quiet” and “just let the kids play”.

This message is especially important to team coaches who have the opportunity to set a great example for their players and the parents by showing that the game is for the players and to refrain from any communication with the instructing referee or game leader.

This initiative covers all ALDI MiniRoos age groups (5-11) with the aim of just letting the kids play and have fun without having to worry about how their performance is affecting the adults on the sidelines.

The objectives of holding a “Silent Saturday” are:

  • To re-emphasise that the game is for the players and allowing the kids to simply play and have fun.
  • To give the players a chance to play, learn and enjoy the game on their own.
  • To completely eliminate the verbal questioning of the game leaders’ decisions and/or ability.
  • To reaffirm to parents and coaches that players do not need constant direction to enjoy their match.

Kids have the right to play without having to hear:

  • “Wake up! Don’t just stand there!”
  • “You have GOT to be kidding me!”
  • “Why do I waste my time coming?”
  • “Watch the game ref”
  • “Kick it ! Kick it !”
  • If your comment is negative, then remain SILENT!
  • If your comment is directed at a player, then remain SILENT!
  • If your comment is directed at a game leader, then remain SILENT!
  • Reward good play by both teams with applause; if you can’t then remain SILENT!

Show respect to players and game leaders. Remember it’s their game.

Spectators should refrain from making any verbal comments on the game or direct any comments to the players, referees or coaches – on or off the field.

Clapping IS of course allowed and supporters are encouraged to be creative in how they choose to cheer their child’s team – make signs to hold up, bring a scarf in the team’s colour and wave it wildly, there are lots of ways to cheer other than verbally.