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Pacific Soccer Families,
Let's hope and plan for something good!
Recently, a state-wide ban was put in place on many businesses and other activities in Washington, including youth sports that runs through the end of March.  In a "normal" year, PSC Spring Rec Soccer would have us starting to practice around April 1, and starting our game schedule about the second weekend of April.  This year will be a bit different. Many of our fields - especially practice fields - are at school locations, so due to school closures we have pushed our planned start back by a few weeks.

Currently, club registrars and league schedulers are working on a plan to have games start as soon as we are released to do so.
Our governing body SWYSA is still planning to host a Spring League.  It will be compressed and end about a week later than originally planned.  

Dates are tentatively 5/1 start and 6/13 finish.  This would include double headers and weeknight games.
We still plan to NOT play games May 22 & 23, to avoid impacting Memorial Day weekend.
We know we have players who want to play, and we'll continue preparation for our delayed season.
Sure, it might be easier just to throw in the towel and cancel the season.  But that wouldn't be the right example for our players.
Among the lessons learned from soccer are - or at least should be - always giving your best effort, and keeping a positive attitude.
Let's have faith that we are, and will be, taking the proper actions at every level to combat COVID-19, and that progress is being made by those we rely on.

Have confidence in our nation, our state, our community and our friends.  We have the greatest minds in the world working on the issues before us. We do not know what the outcome may be, but we do know this:  We cannot give up!
Until we are told by our governing bodies ‘it is over’, we will be working hard like usual;  assigning players, recruiting & clearing coaches, coordinating fields, acquiring equipment, scheduling games.  All this to assure every player has the opportunity to participate this spring.
Registrars still need help from our families.

Please respond promptly to them to let them know you are working on getting the info they need, such as:
     Birth Certificates (Yes, we actually need them this year even if you have submitted in the past)
     Background Checks and other Volunteer requisites

We also still need coaches for many age groups.  Remember that this is a volunteer-based activity.  Every team ultimately has one or two volunteers step forward to lead.  It doesn’t take any more than the willingness to help.  We have the support structure in place from experienced coaches and volunteers to help our new coaches with drills, activities, etc.
Some families have asked about refunds.  At this point we are holding off on refunds.  
If someone wishes to cancel today due to uncertainty over COVID-19 or delays in the season, there will be no refund.  
However, if we later determine that we are unable to deliver a spring season, we want to provide refunds to all players.
 We will provide updates at least every other week as we head toward our Spring Soccer Season.

So please join us as we hope and plan for something good this spring!
Pacific Soccer Club


Pacific SC Parents & Players
Sideline Sportsmanship

Soccer Sideline Etiquette for Parents

We all recognize that soccer is a very passionate game - for players and fans.

But when it comes to youth soccer, the soccer pitch can bring out some of the worst instincts that we have.

We all want our sons and daughters to play, to play hard, to play well, and have fun. We want them to be well coached, play on a team that is competitive in their category, and benefit in a host of ways from being involved in competitive athletics.

Yet we, as parents, sometimes undercut how much fun our kids have, and how much they will actually benefit.

This happens by and through our behaviour, especially during games.

So with the fall soccer season underway, here is a primer, a reminder, of little things that we can do on the sidelines to make the soccer season more pleasant for all concerned - most importantly, for the kids.
15 things to keep in mind while watching from the sidelines this summer:

1. Let the coaches' coach. If you are telling your son or daughter - or any other player for that matter - to do something different from what their coach is telling them, you create distraction and confusion.

2. It is very unnerving for many young players to try and perform difficult tasks on the field on the spur of the moment when parents are yelling at them from the sidelines. Let the kids play. If they have been well coached, they should know what to do on the field. If they make a mistake, chances are they will learn from it.

3. Do not discuss the play of specific young players in front of other parents. How many times do you hear comments such as, "I don't know how that boy made this team.." or "she's just not fast enough.". Too many parents act as though their child is a 'star', and the problem is someone else's kid. Negative comments and attitudes are hurtful and totally unnecessary and kill parent harmony, which is often essential to youth team success.

4. Discourage such toxic behavior by listening patiently to any negative comments that might be made, then address issues in a positive way. Speak to the positive qualities of a player, family or coach.

5. Do your level best not to complain about your son or daughter's coaches to other parents. Once that starts, it is like a disease that spreads. Before you know it, parents are talking constantly in a negative way behind a coach's back. (As an aside, if you have what you truly feel is a legitimate beef with your child's coach - either regarding game strategy or playing time, arrange an appointment to meet privately, away from a soccer field.)

6. Make positive comments from the sideline. Be encouraging. Young athletes do not need to be reminded
constantly about their perceived errors or mistakes. Their coaches will instruct them, either during the game or at half-time, and during practices. You can often see a young player make that extra effort when they hear encouraging words from the sideline about their hustle.

7. Avoid making any negative comments about players on the other team This should be simple: we are talking about youngsters, not adults who are being paid to play professionally. I recall being at a rep baseball game some years ago, when parent on one team loudly made comments about errors made by a particular young player on the other team. People on the other side of the diamond were stunned- and angry. Besides being tasteless and classless, these kinds of comments can be hurtful to the young person involved and to their family as well.

8. Try to keep interaction with parents on the other team as healthy and positive as possible. Who's kidding whom? You want your child's team to win. So do they. But that should not make us take leave of our senses, especially our common sense. Be courteous 'till it hurts; avoid the 'it for tat' syndrome.

9. Parents on the 'other' team are not the enemy. Neither are the boys or girls on the other team. We should work to check any negative feelings at the door before we hit the pitch.

10. What is the easiest thing to do in the youth sports world? Criticize the referees. Oh, there are times when calls are missed, absolutely. And that can, unfortunately, directly affect the outcome of a contest. That said, by and large those who officiate at youth soccer games are hardly over-compensated, and give it an honest - and often quite competent - effort. At worst, they at least try to be fair and objective.

11. On that note, outbursts from parents on the sideline made toward the referees only signal to our own children on the field that they can blame the refs for anything that goes wrong. Blaming others is not a formula for success in sports.

12. Yelling out comments such as "Good call, ref" or "Thanks ref" may only serve to alienate an official. The ref always assumes they made the proper call, that's why they made it. Trying to show superficial support because the call went 'your' way is simply annoying to the officials, and to anyone within earshot.

13. Walking up and down all game long along the sidelines, following the play, is unnerving to players and totally unnecessary- particularly so if you are trying to yell out instructions to various players, including your own son or daughter. It is likely embarrassing to the player/players involved and simply counterproductive. If you want to coach, obtain your coaching certification and then apply for a job.

14. We all feel things and are apt to be tempted to say things in the 'heat of the moment'. But we don't excuse athletes for doing inappropriate things in the 'heat of the moment' (there are penalties, suspensions, etc.) so we should apply similar standards to our own sideline behaviour. Quickly check yourself and ask: Will I be proud of what I am about to say or do when I reflect on it tomorrow?

15. The parking lot is not the time to 'fan the flames'. Whether it is a coach's decision, a referee's call, a comment that was made, let it go. Don't harass the coach, or an official, or a parent on the other team after the game is over. Go home, relax, and unwind. Talk positively with your child. The ride home is sometimes as important as the game itself. Make that time a good memory for your son or daughter by discussing as many positives as you can about him/her, her coach, her teammates, etc.

Six Things

Parents Should Say to Their Player Before the Match

1. I love you
2. Good luck
3. Have fun

After the Match

1. I love you
2. It was great to see you play
3. What would you like to eat?

by Bruce Brownlee
USSF "C" License
Tophat Soccer Club
Atlanta, GA

Copyright 2002 Soccer Coaching Notes.


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