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May, 2018

Silent Soccer Set for May 6 with DC Stoddert

The reason for Silent Soccer is to let the players enjoy the game of soccer and make decisions on their own. During the ‘silent’ game, coaches should only provide positive and encouraging feedback and allow players the time to work through issues on the field. Parents should support their players and teams in non-verbal ways, and not by intruding in the game.

Here is how it works: On Sunday, May 6, spectators are not allowed to be verbal during games. Parents and coaches may cheer good plays (by clapping, etc.), and coaches may communicate with their teams according to specific guidelines (listed below). 

Potomac teams playing against DC Stoddert in CCL matches will play under the Silent Soccer philosophy (perhaps a first in DC-area Travel soccer!).

Give the game back to the kids. Let the kids make decisions and play without all of the extraneous verbal accompaniment that they usually must endure.

Here are the guidelines for coaches for Silent Soccer:

1.      Before the game, explain Silent Soccer to your players. Tell them that you will talk to them at halftime; but that they should figure things out and talk to each other during the game;

2.      Limit the on-field feedback to fairly quiet, positive, supportive comments only;

3.      Don’t correct obvious mistakes, as the players know they have made them;

4.      Limit the overall during-game feedback. Provide coaching points at the start of the game, at halftime and after the game.

Here are the guidelines for spectators for Silent Soccer:

1.      Before the game, let your child know that you are there to support them, but will not be providing too many comments during the game;

2.      During the match, limit general audible support & feedback to non-verbal methods. Clapping is preferred, whistling is great, etc.;

3.      During the match, applaud the players’ hard work and effort!