“Let Us Play” Campaign
Posted by: Brian Sheehan | 8U-10U Central Recreational Director
The sidelines of every youth soccer game are lined with parents and spectators wanting their team to succeed. Fans communicate in many ways, from chanting and cheering to clapping. Too often this enthusiastic exuberance can come with shouting instructions and trying to coach from the stands (joysticking the players). As a club, we are committed to a positive player experience of learning and individual growth of our team members.
In all Rapids Zone 1 programming, parents, coaches, and CRYSC staff commit to fostering an environment where players grow in confidence as masters of their own on-the-field decision making. To honor this commitment, all parents, coaches, and spectators are encouraged to take the ‘Let Us Play!’ Pledge during the season.
- I pledge to let players do the thinking
- I pledge to positive cheering and a high standard of civility & sportsmanship
- I pledge to abide by CRYSC Zone 1 sideline behavior guidelines
Sideline Behavior Guidelines
The touchline zones at all CRYSC In-House League matches have been designated as “Let Them Play Sidelines”. This creates a calmer atmosphere in which the children can hear themselves think, hear each other and make their own decisions, free from adult interference. Those watching are welcome to applaud both teams (e.g., clapping when a player tries a move, completes a great pass, or a goal is scored) but must not shout or call out instructions to direct players.
During a match, coaches should not shout instructions telling the children what to do. This does not help their development and makes them coach-dependent. Coaches should keep instructions for breaks between playing periods and keep their comments during games to a minimum. When coaches do call out to players, the focus should be challenging and open-ended questions that prompt players to think for themselves and, where necessary, on boosting morale.
Take the ‘Let Us Play!’ Pledge!
If you would like to take the ‘Let Us Play!’ Pledge, keep an eye on club communications and Zone 1 news for updates about your gameday location.