During "Respect the Game" week, at all East Central League soccer games (including those at Recreational, Academy and Classic levels), we will ask parents to pay close attention to their sideline behavior, making sure that cheering for our players is positive, and that we're creating an environment in which players can listen to their coaches, and coaches and referees are able to focus on player safety and development.
Starting on Saturday May 19 and continuing through Friday May 25, 2018, all clubs within the East Central Soccer District will be asked to participate in "Respect the Game" week. This initiative was created to promote positive and appropriate sideline behavior and respect for those around us, including players, coaches, referees and other fans.
Over the past few years, East Central Soccer District has seen a rise in inappropriate sideline behavior, making it more difficult for coaches to effectively coach and players to effectively play; we've also seen a rapid decline in recruitment and retention of referees. We're hoping that by taking some time to promote positive sideline behavior and reminding ourselves what is and is not appropriate, we can reverse those trends.
So here's what we're asking: During the week of May 19 through the 25, 2018, let's really make an effort to examine our sideline behavior and ensure that we're respecting not only our players and coaches, but our referees and other fans, too. Here are suggestions:
We hope that you continue to help us promote the importance of respect for not only the game of soccer, but for our players, our coaches, our referees and each other. We look forward to seeing what this week has in store and all of the creative ways we can all find to cheer for and motivate our players and keep our positivity level at its highest!