Silent Sidelines Saturday

Posted by Pawling Soccer Club on Sep 17 2014 at 05:00PM PDT
Dear Pawling Soccer Club Members, Fans, & Families,

We are again participating in a national movement one weekend this Fall -  “Silent Sidelines Saturday”.  This is the name given to the day on which the coaches of youth sports are asked not to coach and parents are asked not to cheer or to guide their children in any way. There is no shouting at players, no yelling at coaches, no protesting to officials due to any perceived bad call.  The children are free to have fun with no additional pressure to perform in a strategic way or directive from the sidelines.
"Silent Saturday" is ONE DAY out of the schedule in which parents, coaches and spectators are asked not to talk to the players, coaches, or referees during the game. 
This may sound like a radical idea, but the program has met with huge success all over the country.
The concept of a “Silent Sideline” is that it allows players to develop and improve on their communication and leadership skills on the field of play that is sometimes difficult due to the noise level generated from the sidelines. 
We need to remember that kids go out on the playground every day and play soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, etc. without help or cheers from the sidelines.
Please see below our objectives & special rules during our "Silent Sidelines" Saturday.
The Objectives of Silent Saturday:
1. To give players a chance to trust their skills and instincts without sideline input, and without concern that their mistakes will be corrected from the sidelines in a game environment.
2. To foster leadership skills among the individual players as they have the unique opportunity of giving their coach's instruction on the field.
3. To foster a sense of true teamwork as the players must learn to rely upon one another and communicate with each other accordingly.
4. To remind coaches, parents, and players that PRACTICE is the time for instruction. Games are the showcases for learning.
5. To remind everyone that youth soccer is primarily for the purpose of kids playing, learning and having fun.
6. To support our youth referees & volunteer coaches.
A) Silent Saturday Does Not apply to the U6 division.
B) Coaches are permitted to call out for substitutions, and coaches may speak quietly to their players on the sidelines, giving them instructions to carry out onto the field, such as "Joey, I want you to switch positions with Tommy, and make sure Billy gets a chance to do a throw in, ok?"
C) Parents are encouraged to clap after great saves & goals, and can make posters, signs, or banners showing their child's name/team and/or jersey number. 
D) Parents are also encouraged to bring pom poms, or Vuvuzela horns, or cow bells, or drums, or other noise makers (No Whistles, please) to let the children hear their continued support.
We request that all coaches, parents, guardians, and adults attending follow our intent to have the kids play in a "free play" situation that use to occur on the playgrounds.


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