Disputes Heating up Between Parents and Referees on South Carolina’s Soccer Fields

August 9, 2017, 11:00 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — It’s clear that competitive sports teach young and old athletes the value of good sportsmanship.

For an athlete to grow in their skill, it requires a lot of practice, sweat, tears and the support of family and friends.

Youth soccer has been used as a tool for children and adolescents to learn the value of good sportsmanship, exercise and skill.

Unfortunately, good sportsmanship doesn’t always extend to the bleachers where countless arguments and full-out brawls break out.

Because of parents and others behaving badly, September has been deemed by the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) as “Silent September.”

Burns Davison from the SCYSA shares on what can be expected.

The Silent September rule reads, “All parents and visitors shall be silent during the game. No cheering, no jeering, just enjoy your player and the sport they love.”

The purpose of the rule is to make parents and visitors aware of appropriate sideline behavior and the existence of the code of conduct. It is an overall effort to curb abusive behavior among parents and visitors between referees or other individuals.

Warren Sloane, the James Island Youth Soccer Club president, shared that he could understand a weekend of silence, but calls an entire month going way overboard.

Sloane stated, “I don’t think that any attempt has been made by the SCYSA to clear up things they are directly responsible for, and instead they point to parents as being the major negative impact on refs, and I just don’t believe that’s the case.”

Sloane among several others have held opposing views to Silent September.

Davison added in response to views opposing Silent September, “Understand that every call that you make and every call that you don’t make, there’s going to be have off a sideline that doesn’t like what you’re doing. And for the good of the game, […] with youth sports, it’s really more sporting to be quiet on the sideline.”

At the end of the day, SCYSA expresses that they want parents to set a good example for their young athletes.

Visit the SCYSA website for more information.