The Commish Exclusive: How to Stop Bad Sideline Behavior
At the 2012 NAGM in Seattle, Wash., RCs from around the country got together for hours of discussion, problem solving and idea-sharing in the RC Caucuses.
has collected these caucus topics and the resulting ideas and solutions from the participating RCs, and we are excited to share this information with you.
This week’s challenge: How to Stop Bad Sideline Behavior. See below for the RCs’ suggestions:
Make it a Kids Zone®
. The Kids Zone® initiative is AYSO’s driving force behind positive sideline behavior. “Use the Kids Zone® yard signs to display at the fields and remind parents how to behave,” advised one RC. “Also, have the team parent keep a copy of the signed pledge on the field and gently speak to parents that are beginning to get out of hand.”
Connect with your coaches.
Speak with your coaches at the beginning of the season and encourage them to go over proper sideline behavior with their teams’ parents at the start-of-the-season parent meeting. “Then you can let your coaches know that they will be held accountable for sideline behavior,” shared an RC.
Share the rules.
Informing your Region’s parents and visitors of some basic soccer rules will help prevent possible frustrations come game time. For instance, giving parents a clear understanding of offside will teach them more about the game and give them a better understanding of the calls being made by the referees. “One Region passed out laminated referee cards with the basic rules at the fields,” said one RC. “This really helped the parents.”
Create a Board Member presence.
“Have Board Members on the fields at the beginning of the season, wearing their board shirts,” suggested an RC. “This way, they can report or stop any bad sideline behavior early, before it becomes a big problem throughout the season.”