In 2003, Massachusetts Youth Soccer developed and produced an outstanding video focusing on the issues of sideline behavior of adults, and specifically on how that behavior is affecting the retention of qualified referees. While many have talked about the issue of adult sideline behavior, Mass Youth is the only organization to turn the talk into a valuable tool that teams, towns, clubs and leagues can put into immediate use to help curb unwanted noise along the sidelines.
Parent behavior along the sideline is shown in a constructive fashion. It’s easy to see how involved adults become and how easy it is to slip over the line from being supportive to being critical.
The video highlights several very simple steps to improve the situation along the sideline. We all want to ensure our children have a positive, fun experience playing the game. This video goes a long way to help encourage that. The video is appropriate for viewing by coaches, players AND parents of teams at all age groups.
“Some of my staff members saw the video and were very impressed by the quality and content of the message. Your organization should be very proud of the product you have put together”.
– Ken Uhrich, President, Wyoming State Soccer Association
“A lot of our Cal-North people…had a chance to see it and tell me it is excellent. Thank you and your association for making this contribution to youth soccer”.
– John Murphy, Chairman, California Youth Soccer Association – North