This weekends round of matches is ‘Silent Saturday’! Please see below memo from Northern NSW Football in regards to the weekend.. Please remember refereeing is a thankless task at the best of times and just like our players, they are young and constantly learning so lets appreciate our referees!
The message to your members of your club is to encourage them to do their best to “Keep Quiet” and “Just let the kids play” on this Saturday.
This message is especially important to team coaches who have the opportunity to set a great example to the players and the parents on Saturday by showing that the game is for the players and to refrain from any communication to the referee/instructing referee/game leader.
This program is aimed at all age groups and its main purpose is to just let 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 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 referees’ 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.
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 you might enjoy it.”
– “Kick it ! Kick it !”
Spectators should be advised by clubs to 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.