Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shout at your youth soccer player - it'll cost you $45

I'm collecting examples of rules that adults make to shield kids in organized sports from....adults. I am not disparaging these policies. For the most part, they're wise and needed. But there is something unsettling about having to protect them (children) from us.

In a soccer league in Duval County, Florida, parents, players and coaches are required to sign a "sportsmanship contract” before the season begins.

In youth soccer leagues in Naples, Florida, calling out to a player during a game can cost a parent $45.

In Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Soccer Association instituted “Silent Weekends.” Parents and coaches are barred from speaking during games.

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League has a "Silent Soccer" weekend each year. To keep parents quiet - and their mouths occupied - the Pennsylvania league hands out lollipops.

Of course, Little League Baseball has an elaborate system for limiting pitches. An 11- and 12-year-old pitcher is limited to 85 pitches a day. The amount of rest between pitching assignment varies depending on the number of pitches thrown, i.e., pitcher throwing more than 61 in a game must rest for three days of rest and a pitcher throwing 41 to 60 pitches has to stay off the pitching mound for two.

Please send additions from your local league, rec council, etc. I'll post, give credit and, if you'd like, will record the message on your home answering machine.

1 comment:

Dennis Murray said...

Georgia's High School Association has a sportsmanship announcement that is done before every single event.

At the youth level, I've heard of referees ejecting all of the spectators outside the field perimeter and allowing them only to watch from the parking lot.

My general recollection is that there is more controversy in soccer (with regards to the officials) than any other high school sport (or youth sport) I photograph.