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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 Sidelines. Silent Sidelines applies to all AYSO matches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the affected weekend. Click here to download a flyer.

The purpose of this tradition is to encourage players to think and communicate with each other on the field, and to develop their decision-making skills without outside interference. This is particularly helpful for younger players who are still learning the game and developing their skills. The game is the best teacher of the game, when we allow players to make decisions in a game setting.

Silent Sidelines Guidelines

• U6 and Younger – These age groups are still learning and need a lot of guidance from their coaches. So, these guidelines do not apply to these age groups.

• U8 – This age group may have played before but still need a little guidance. For the coaches, please try to use one or two-word directions, more positionally directions like “spread out” - “drop back” - “move up” – Do not use words like, shoot, pass and dribble. These are the things we want them to do without direction.

• U10 and Above – Your coaching moments are before the game, half time, or with the players on the bench. For those on the bench, coaches should provide direction on playing strategies for when they enter the game. Coaches shall not provide any direction – verbal or non-verbal – to the players on the field. During active play, coaches should be evaluating the performance of their team and decide on coaching points to be discuss at halftime and for the next practice. When we allow the players on the field to communicate and make decisions, they learn from each other.

While on the field, players are encouraged to communicate, to support and provide direction to each other. Thus, to improving their game play. Substitute players on the bench should communicate with their teammates on the field as well. Substitutes are the 12th players on the field, and they see the game from a different perspective. Learning to use your voice as a player from the touchline is a huge tool to help their team.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not the coach telling the players what to say, this is the players watching the game and verbalizing what they are seeing to their teammates.

We request that you cheer and support all players. Therefore, cheering for positive accomplishments (after a score, a save, or other action) is encouraged. However, spectators shall not coach and/or direct any comments to the players, referees, or coaches. This means spectators shall not be yelling while the ball is in play. There are additional ways to cheer such as clapping, shaking a pom pom, twirling a rally towel or even get creative and make a sign with your child’s name on it. AYSO policy does not allow for horns, whistles, or noise makers of any kind at any time.

The referee should give the coaches a friendly reminder before the game and ask the coach to handle their sidelines regarding the silent sideline rules.

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 Sidelines Weekend, 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 Sidelines Weekend - “Mum’s the word!”

"In AYSO it is about more than the game."

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