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SILENT SATURDAY

Happening on all Area V Soccer Fields for all matches for division U10 - U19 for the entire weekend.

The Area V Staff is pleased to announce that all Area V Regions are once again participating in  Silent Saturday. Even though this event is called Silent Saturday, the rules below apply to all matches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the affected weekend.

We recognize that the vast majority of spectators just cheer for the kids and the kids love that cheering! However, we feel that the loss of cheering for one game was worth it to meet the following criteria:

  • To reemphasize that the game is about letting kids play soccer and have fun.
  • To give the players a chance to play completely on their own.
  • To eliminate the verbal questioning of the referee’s decisions.
  • To help the few parents and coaches who feel they must provide constant direction, understand that the kids can play very well on their own with limited instruction.

While most of the adult verbal participation is intended to be positive and constructive, the fact of the matter is that the games have become so loud that the players often have difficulty hearing and communicating with each other on the field. Taking one week off from any verbal interference may help adults gain perspective on just how loud they have been in the past. Hopefully, this effect will carry over into games in the weeks that follow.

Silent Saturdays have been tried in communities all over the country. While there have been mixed reviews on Silent Saturdays, it has been successful overall. Area V wants to continue the positive message of letting kids play and having fun. Silent Saturday will include all age groups, with the rules as follows:  

Silent Saturday Guidelines

Spectators – Divisions U19, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8

  • Please be advised that you may not make any verbal comments on the game or direct any comments to the players or referee(s) – on or off the field.
  • Clapping is allowed and is the only permitted way to cheer during Silent Saturday. There are no horns, whistles (other than the referee) or other noise-makers allowed
  • Parents and spectators are encouraged to make posters, signs or banners but it can only show the players name or jersey number (showing both is a violation of AYSO Safe Haven rules)
  • Spectators will still be able to talk among themselves in normal conversational tones.

Coaches – Divisions U19, U16, U14, U12 and U10

  • You may not provide any direction, verbal or non-verbal, to players who are on the field.
  • You may speak quietly to any players who are on the bench.
  • Coaches may call out names of players being substituted at the appropriate time.
  • Coaches may address the players before and after the game and at half time.

Players – Divisions U19, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8

  • You are encouraged to communicate with your teammates on the playing field.
  • You are free to support, provide direction and encourage each other.
  • Players on the bench may cheer freely in a positive manner but may not provide instruction to those on the field.

All coaches will be expected to fully understand, cooperate and communicate to every member and parent – the goal, philosophy and expected behavior for Silent Saturday.

If any coach has questions prior to Silent Saturday, please discuss with your assigned Regional Division Representative.

Referees will be instructed to stop the game and issue a warning if spectators and coaches are not following Silent Saturday rules. The Referee will then have the option to issue a second warning or may opt to terminate the game.

Let’s always encourage and support our players while they are learning and playing the game, but for Silent Saturday - “Mum’s the word!”

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