This weekend is Sportsmanship Weekend for Illinois Youth Soccer. Also known as "Silent Weekend" for the YSSL & IWSL, the leagues ask that parents and other spectators sit back and enjoy their children play a game in as quiet and supportive an environment as possible.
The referees will also appreciate a weekend designed to discourage criticism/abuse of officials and players. The cyclical and cumulative effect of referee abuse is hurting youth sports, as the article below details.
By Jason Smith, Next College Student Athlete, 04/18/18
When it comes down to it, many referees are amateurs who are held to a professional standard.
We’ve all been there. Whether it’s watching the Super Bowl at home, or catching an NBA game from the nosebleed seats, or sitting behind the first-base bleachers at a Little League game — we’ve all disagreed with a referee’s call. And in a heated moment, we may have even aimed some not-so-nice comments at the referee.
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