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Sportsmanship Weekend

By Team Evanston, 05/11/18, 11:15AM CDT

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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.


Referee Shortage Is Affecting Youth Sports

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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