Canton Youth Soccer Association was founded in the 1980's by a group of parents interested in promoting the most popular sport in the world. Starting with a handful of children at is conception, Canton Youth Soccer now provides recreational, and travel
Silent Sidelines This Weekend, October 19th & 20th
A mother was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her teenage son. Suddenly the boy bursts into the kitchen.
"Careful! Careful! Put in some more butter! Oh my goodness! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful!... CAREFUL! I said CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"
The mother stared at him. "What's wrong with you? You think I don't now how to fry a couple of eggs?"
The son calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm trying to play soccer."
Silent Sidelines Reminder - October 19th and October 20th
Each year, Connecticut Junior Soccer Association sponsors statewide Silent Sidelines weekends. Coaches are permitted to give players direction from the sidelines. Spectators are directed to refrain from making any comments to players, coaches or referees, but are encouraged to applaud efforts by players.
The goals of Silent Sidelines Weekends are to:
Develop our players to make decisions on the field without sideline intervention.
Improve the players’ communication on the field by reducing the outside noise level.
Support our youth referees by eliminating dissension from the sidelines.
The guidelines are simple. Spectators are to be quiet, talking in a normal tone to the person next to them. What is to be avoided are comments that can be heard by players, referees or opponents. Applause is permitted and encouraged.
The program works. It has increased the awareness by both coaches and parents of the players’ development. In addition, it has increased referee retention.
Your help is needed. We are asking everyone to promote and support Silent Sidelines Weekend and give the game back to the kids.