Talking on Sidelines
  • Why Do Parents Talk on the Sidelines?
    • They think they are helping
      • They are feeling stress
        • Child seems confused or lost
        • Child isn't focused enough
        • Child is underperforming
        • Referee made a poor call
        • They are upset with something that happended on the field
    • It's a generally accepted thing to do
 
  • What is "Talking on the Sidelines"?
    • U-10 and under (4th grade and youger)
      • Telling child what to do, how to play, where to go
      • Getting upset with referees
      • Encouragement to child
    • U11-U13 (5th grade to 6th or 7th grade)
      • All of the above
      • Getting frustrated with their child
    • U14 and older (7th or 8th grade and high school)
      • All of the above
      • Getting upset with other players
 
  • 3 types of sideline communication
    • Supportive
      • Good try
      • Nice pass
      • Good work
    • Distruptive
      • Shoot
      • Pass to "name"
      • Go to the ball
    • Hostile
      • You can do better
      • Come on Ref
      • Get in the game
Based off of a US Youth Soccer workshop info found US Youth Soccer website in free resources open to anyone. Click for a PDF of the full PDF