Northern NSW Football’s Silent Saturday initiative for 2017 will be conducted on Saturday May 27. The message to all coaches, parents & spectators who will be attending ALDI MiniRoos (5-11s) matches on this day is to encourage you all to “Keep Quiet” and “Just let the kids play”.
This initiative covers all ALDI MiniRoos age groups (5-11) with the aim of just letting the kids play and have fun without having to worry about how their performance is affecting the adults on the sidelines.
The objectives of “Silent Saturday” include; •To re-emphasise that the game is for the players and allowing the kids to simply play and have fun. •To give the players a chance to play, learn and enjoy the game on their own. •To eliminate the verbal questioning of the game leaders’ decisions (eg referees). •To highlight that kids do NOT need constant direction to play or to enjoy their football.
Tips for parents AND spectators; • If your intended comment is negative, then remain SILENT! • If your intended comment is to be directed at a player, then remain SILENT! • If your intended comment is to be directed at a game leader, then remain SILENT! • Reward good play by both teams with APPLAUSE. • Show respect to players and game leaders. • Remember, the game is for the KIDS.
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. ...