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I feel like cheering for silent soccer

Posted: December 2, 2008 5:55 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2008 4:59 a.m.
I read your article about silent soccer games (Nov. 25) and would like to speak for those of us in favor of this move.

As a parent of two players, a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, I would like to see more games conducted like this.

I have served as volunteer referee for my children's games over the years and this is the first year I have had difficulty with parents in nearly every game.

I'm not speaking of the 13-year-old's games.

I am talking about the 6-year-old's.

Last Saturday, I finally got fed up with a group of parents and their coach in a 6- to 7-year-old game and had to stop the game twice to talk to the coach and a mother on the sideline regarding her comments about my "poor calls."

I offered my whistle to one father whose comment back to me was, "I've already refereed a game today."

Then why is this guy acting like this if he is a referee himself?

From my observation of running up and down the field for an hour, it seemed to me that this particular hyper-competitive group of parents was broken into two factions: negative and positive parents.

After my exchange with the father (aka, referee dad), I heard a mother and her family seated in their lawn chairs say, "They are the reason why we have to have Silent Saturdays."

Enough said.


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