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Shhhhhh! Parents ordered to stay silent on the sidelines

Shhhhhh! Parents ordered to stay silent on the sidelines”

Silent September is what the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association will put in place for all sponsored league games at the state level with the main objective to let the kids play and for the parents to lay off the referees.

A new rule in SC will require soccer parents to be silent on the sidelines during the upcoming season.

The Post and Courier reports that under these new rules, coaches will ask parents to pipe down on the first warning, the second violation will ask all fans to be quiet and the third will result in removal.

Parents and players have mixed reactions about the change. The edict maintains "no cheering, no jeering" for parents. 30,000 youth players are in the league.

The rule will use a common sense approach so that it's not an uncomfortable silence where you could clap when a goal is scored.

"I think it's a good idea because I don't like when my mom screams at me from the sidelines", said Ashley Gonzales, a youth soccer player.

He adds that he understands why the rule was implemented, especially for the protection of young refs, saying, "We have refs who are 13-or 14-years-old. and they're getting yelled at constantly by parents about calls, and it makes them not want to come back and be a ref".

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina soccer fields are likely to be quieter this September.

"I get the not coaching, but I really will have trouble with not encouraging and cheering my daughters on from the sidelines", he added.

CNN notes several instances where things got out of control during youth soccer games in the past year.

A soccer league in SC said fans are not following the rules.



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