Silent Sunday is an annual event for all Ohio Travel Soccer League (OHTSL) teams. The date for Silent Sunday is determined by OHSTL and is posted on their website calendar as well as communicated by BSC to our club members. This day has become a traditional day for players to work on their team communication skills within their team without the issues of having to scream over parents or coaches.
On this day, all parents are required to remain quiet to players and referees with the exception on cheering on good plays. Coaches at all ages/birth years (except the youngest age groups U8/9) are only allowed to yell out to referees when making a substitution as well as positional instructions during those changes.
As parents, grandparents, coaches, referees, and fans, we all need to remember that our words and actions truly matter. Silent Sundays allow our players to problem solve and play simply for the love of the game while allowing referees to simply manage the match. We can quickly forget that the point of youth sports is the “youth.” Let’s keep the fun in the game, the joy in the spirit of our players, and remain aware that what we say and do matters.
Regardless of it being a “Silent Sunday” or any game day – from our recreational program through high school sports – let’s keep the comments positive and the cheering happy. The players will remember what you said and did in terms of how it made them feel for years to come. This also goes for the young referees – remember they are also somebody’s child, please treat them with respect. Thank you for your support in this endeavor!