Youth soccer league kicks off season with silent sidelines

(WTNH) — 45 million kids play organized sports in America, but right now, it’s their parents who are being benched.

The largest youth soccer league in South Carolina is kicking off the season with silent sidelines.

The change is coming this fall. 30,000 youth players are in the league.

Parents and players have mixed reactions about the change.

“I was a little surprised because I’m one of those who enjoys at times coaching from the sidelines,” said Brian Callahan, a soccer parent.

“I think it’s a good idea because I don’t like when my mom screams at me from the sidelines,” said Ashley Gonzales, a youth soccer player.

According to the South Carolina Referee Association, the number one reason game officials don’t return to the field is the sideline behavior of parents and fans.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s