We would ask all parents, whether they turn up for training sessions or for matches (when they eventually happen) to observe the following sideline rules when watching your child play:
- No abusive shouting
- No destructive criticism; even collective moans and groans when a child does something wrong are very inappropriate.
- No hysterical shouting of instructions; Calling out instructions such as "Kick it", "Shoot", "Boot it", "Go, go, go", etc. only panics the children and is detrimental to their development as players.
- No specific tactical instructions; Shouting out something like "Johnny, pick up number 6", whilst it may be well-meant only confuses the children.
Please do not embarrass yourself, your child or the club by engaging in any of the above behaviour. Remember, even though football is a passionate game, to the children this is supposed to be nothing more than fun and enjoyment.
By all means engage in positive, but controlled encouragement such as "Well done Billy", "Great pass Jane", "Good effort, Johnny."