Silent Sunday Checklist 2018
Weather permitting the teams of the Surrey Primary League will try the popular Silent Weekend initiative on this Sunday, 25th November 2018 which the aim of promoting Respect in Youth Football and showcase an attractive game that puts the needs of the players first.
Please note this is mandatory to all U7, U8, U9, U10, U11 and U12 SPL fixtures and we welcome teams in other age groups to take part if they wish.
We know you are busy (like us) so we have put together a checklist to help you be ready
- Read Silent Weekend pack here, https://surreyprimaryleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Silent-Weekend-FINAL.pdf
- In advance of Sunday please remind your coaches and spectators that they are to have minimal verbal contact throughout fixtures for this Sunday.
- Share with them the Code of Conducts which have the aim to raise awareness of the need to create a positive and pressure- free environment in which children can enjoy football and learn to love and develop their game. Codes of Conducts can be downloaded here, https://surreyprimaryleague.com/silent-weekend-2018
- Print and distribute the Spectator Code of Conducts on the day to inform any parents. Your players could help to hand them out.
- Share your support on social media using the hashtag #WeOnlyDoPositive
- Gather feedback from your coaches, spectators and most importantly your players.
- For those doubters please have a read of some articles we have found online from Silent Weekends in other Leagues,
What is the Silent Weekend?
The weekend will involve coaches and spectators having minimal verbal contact throughout games, to raise awareness of the need to create a positive and pressure- free environment in which children can enjoy football and learn to love and develop their game. We have seen similar initiatives being reported as a major success in other League and Counties, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/10693435/Sound-of-silence-speaks-volumes-about-bawling-parents.html
What are the coaches supposed to do if they can’t communicate?
Coaches are encouraged to give clear instructions to players before the game starts, take notes during the game
and utilise half time or designated quarters to communicate to players positively. Also, coaches can communicate to players through the captain or substitutes during suitable breaks in play.
We hope with your support you will encourage parents and spectators to take part and spread awareness of this fantastic initiative. Please take time to read over the DO’s & DON’Ts for all parties.
Codes of Conduct
You can download, print and share the following code of conducts with your coaches, players, match officials and spectators.
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Spectators and Parents
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Young Players
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Match Officials
Thank you for your cooperation.
League Management Committee