Spectator Behavior Guidelines

We can sum up our expectations of parents, families, and other spectators into three simple rules:

Absolutely no abusive or threatening language or gestures toward officials, coaches, players, or other spectators. No calling for illegal play or retaliation on the field. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of abuse and discrimination have no place in the game, period. 

Don't shout instructions to the players when they are on the field. They need to learn to make soccer decisions on their own, and shouting instructions gets in the way of that.

Enjoy the game!  Cheer for your team. Cheer good play from either team. Let your players know that you love to watch them play.


* - A note on "Don't Be Distracting": 

We ask all JPYS parents, families, and spectators to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE refrain from providing instruction or direction to the players during games. The same goes for practices, scrimmages, etc.  If you have played with JPYS before now, you should have heard this. We emphasize this at all levels in JPYS because we believe it is that important to players' development. It's great to offer words of encouragement or praise such as, "Great pass!" or "Nice teamwork!" but please try to avoid shouting directions such as "Shoot!", "Spread out!", “Kick it!”, “Pass it!”, "Go to (some part of the field)", or anything that is intended as a direction or suggestion to a player about what they should do while playing. There are many reasons we ask this, but some of the most important are:

In short, the games belong to the players. We should do our best to let the players have them.

We recommend looking at The Sideline Project (https://thesidelineproject.com/take-pledge/) or the Positive Coaching Alliance (https://www.positivecoach.org/) for more ideas on how to support our players in a positive environment.

As a final note, we want to remind spectators to remain on the opposite the side of the field from the players during the game. This causes less distraction for the players, and makes it easier for the coaches, players, and referees to communicate with each other. Nobody should be on the team side, on the end lines, or behind the goals at any time during the game.