Team Evanston Parents,
The leagues our players participate in are extending last weekend's Good Sportsmanship Weekend to this weekend as well. Please heed their request to be quiet and respectful toward Referees, and refrain from sideline coaching and commentary toward players on either team.
"Sports rage" is on the rise in soccer, where parents criticize referees and players, focusing their attention on goal scoring and winning instead of on more important aspects such as skill development, fun, teamwork, and player self-esteem. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but we all need to be aware of it, and we need to stop it. Our leagues currently have a shortage of referees because many are tired of the abuse they're receiving from fans on the sidelines.
In response to this, the YSSL and IWSL are promoting Good Sportsmanship Weekend this weekend, October 29-30. Click here to read about it.
Our club fully embraces the sentiment and would like all our parents to exemplify what it means. Please don’t complain about refereeing, comment on a player’s performance, or shout instructions such as “Shoot!” or "Pass the ball!" Instead, offer encouragement to the players when either team does well, stay calm, and quietly enjoy watching the beautiful game. Your behavior sets a tone: if you remain positive, players will have fun, relax, be good sports, and learn, which is really what youth sports are all about.