Youth Soccer Parent/Guardian,
You are receiving this email because you have one or more children participating in our Fall Youth Soccer program. You may have already heard from your coach regarding the Sportsmanship Saturday (Friday too) event coming up as part of our Fall Youth Soccer program on October 3rd and 4th.
There are three things that will be taking place this weekend that we ask for your help in supporting.
1. We are asking all spectators to remain silent (no cheering) for the duration of this ONE game.
2. Teams will exchange players (divide and make new teams) for the second half of the game.
3. Teams will share snacks together at the conclusion of the game.
Below is some addtional information on these items associated with Sportsmanship Saturday (Friday too).
-->"Silent Saturday", as it is most often referred to, is ONE DAY on the schedule where spectators are asked to remain silent (no cheering) throughout the game. This may sound like a radical idea, but this concept has been met with huge success rates across the country. Oftentimes, it is the kids themselves who express the most positive feedback.
Some objectives of "Silent Saturday"; 1. To give players a chance to trust their skills and instincts without sideline input 2. To foster teamwork and leadership as players are required to communicate with each other while on the field 3. To remind coaches, parents and players that practice is the time for instruction and games are showcases for learning 4. To remind everyone that youth sports are primarily for the purpose of kids playing, learning and having fun.
-->Switching teams at halftime - is a concept that has been used around the country and in our soccer program and has been well received by players. It's a great way to meet new friends and compete with a slightly different set of teammates.
-->Sharing snacks - we are asking each team to bring drinks for their own team and snacks for both teams to share at the conclusion of the game.
It is our hope that coaches, parents and players will support this new event on the schedule and reserve feedback for our post-season questionnaire. We believe this will be a positive fun event for the kids. At the conclusion of the season we will be asking for your feedback on this and many other aspects of the Fall Youth Soccer program.
We hope your child enjoys the rest of the Fall Youth Soccer season!
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