I am so excited that we are finally outside and playing games this spring. We had a wonderful winter training program and I hope to see that hard work show up in the development of our soccer players. I have had the chance to see all of our teams play or practice this spring and I just need to send out a few reminders about our club philosophy and guidelines that we follow.
1. As a club we require that a parent is present at all training sessions. This is for the safety of all who participate in our program. I have instructed coaches to end the practice and send players home if there is not a parent “on-duty”.
2. Do not confuse a loud coach with a “good coach”. At BYSC I encourage our coaches to coach and instruct at practices. I want our coaches to help our players made good decisions in games; this may require a few bad decisions to help them learn the game. I like our coaches to give encouragement and coaching points as they come off the field in more of a 1 on 1 environment instead of yelling a coaching point that has already passed.
3. We do not want “remote control” players who only are able to do what people around them are yelling at them. I want our players at BYSC to understand the game and make their own decisions. This is a process that will happen at a different pace for all of our players.
4. Players play, coaches coach, referees ref and parent’s cheer. We need to pick a role and do it very well.
5. Please respect all participants in the game. Without another team, we have no game. Without the referee, we have no game.
We need to be aware of some of the acts of violence that have taken place at recent youth sporting events. A referee in Utah was assaulted by a player and later died. This will affect all of us in the youth sports arena because the governing bodies will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of sports officials. For the 2013 season and moving forward I know that referees will not allow a lot yelling or questioning from players, coaches or spectators.
I will ask that we treat all participants of the game of soccer with respect. In the state of Minnesota we are 1,000+ referees short of a full staff. We (me included) are pushing young referees out of the game. If we don’t allow them to develop into better referees with experience we will be stuck with inferior referees. It has been my experience that referees make mistakes for and against both teams on a fairly even basis.