Silent Sidelines Week - June 19 to 25, 2016, News (Strathroy United FC)

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Silent Sidelines Week - June 19 to 25, 2016
Submitted By Admin on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Forth Week in June 2016 (June 19th – 25th) is Silent Sidelines Week! Helping parents and coaches learn the value of quiet support for their children's sports games!  Strathroy United FC is pleased to provide this opportunity once again for the third consecutive year during our 2016 Soccer Season.

Too often in kids sports; adults, parents and coaches become overly vocal in their approach to working with young athletes. However well-intentioned some of them may be, the results are not always positive.   With a Silent Sideline Week, the coaches and parents are asked to keep talking to a bare minimum on the sidelines.


One coach from each team will be given the task to instruct (not during the game), while everyone else stays silent - watching.

2014 Silent Sidelines Video from the Coaches Diary - (
Coaches Diary - Silent Sidelines)


Supporters are allowed to clap to show their enthusiasm but adults/coaches are restricted from coaching their kids from the sideline.

This is a time when kids can make decisions for themselves, without having adult’s shout 5/6 different instructions at them. When adults scream from the sidelines they are not just invading the children's playtime, they are preventing children from learning the game in a natural manner. Sideline screaming is just ignorance; we need to educate adults on stages of development.


We expect far too much from children at a very young age. We must not forget, we are talking about children not adults. How does it work? No Shouting Instructions. No Shouting at the ref. No Shouting at the opposition. Absolutely no shouting when a player is about to receive to ball or pass it. Silent at all times. Kid’s voices heard everywhere.


With the sidelines quiet, players have the chance to make their own split-second decisions on the pitch and learn by them, instead of being distracted by the stream of noise that usually exists, the kids on the pitch get the opportunity to communicate with one another, deciding who will take the throw-ins, the goal-kicks, free-kicks or the corner kicks etc.


This also gives them time to think and focus on what they are about to do. Why? The focus of the weekend is not to take the atmosphere out of the kids' game but instead try to encourage less coaching from the line. We want every team in Canada in organized leagues in every sport to conform to the 'Silent sideline' week. Not everyone is going to agree with this idea, but one thing is for sure the kids will! We are aware that many teams have some great coaches & parents who may already give minimal instruction and focus on the positives in a game more than they have others.


This exercise is to highlight the over coaching from adults on the sideline across kids sports in Canada and mainly soccer. We think many kids will benefit from this even if they are used to hearing encouraging words every game. You can be sure that one population that favours the silence is the referees.

They will love this, and I am sure they would love to have it every week. What is expected from Participants?


- To get all clubs and leagues to sign up across the whole of Canada and the world.
- Clubs to manage this initiative internally with our support and the support of every club and league.
- Club should select 2 sideline supervisors to keep people calm and make them aware of what is expected.
- Each club should have a silent sideline ambassador.
- Absolutely no shouting or directing from the sidelines.
- Coaching staff to speak to players at halftime and when making changes ONLY.
- Clapping allowed for goals scored and effort for both sides.
- No directing or advice from adults at any time.

- Absolutely no questioning of the referee in charge of game at any time. 


The only time you can shout at the kids that weekend is to get them up out of bed! The voices of the players should be all we here.


Can you imagine a weekend when kid’s voices were heard everywhere? We can! Let us make this happen; let us start talking about it!  If you have questions please contact Strathroy United FC or the "Soccer Buddha" at the email address below.


Yours in Soccer,

Soccer Buddha

[email protected]

The Executive Committee Strathroy United FC

[email protected]

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