SUPPORT THE KIDS
» This means all the kids - not just yours!
» Provide positive support and encouragement.
» Revel in their accomplishments.
» Offer a shoulder, a hug or kiss when everything doesn't go perfectly.
» Forget constructive criticism -- kids take it too seriously.
» Applaud good plays by kids on the other team (who, after all, are your neighbors).
SUPPORT THE COACH
» Coaching is hard work and the coaches feel responsible for the kids having fun. Help out by showing up on time for practices and games.
» Leave sideline coaching to the coach. Players hate to hear instructions from more than one person anyway.
» Coaches plan game line-ups ahead of time. Please notify the coach in advance (e.g., Friday night) if your child will miss a practice or game.
» Coaches can always use extra help. It’s not too late to volunteer as an assistant coach!
SUPPORT THE REFEREE
» Refereeing is also hard work, and referees (like coaches and players and parents) can make mistakes. Live with the mistakes; the game is about having fun!
» Recognize that you may not know or understand all the rules (e.g., offside, rough play, injury time-out, etc.).
» Interfering or arguing with a referee can result in a forfeit and/or ejection from the field.