Sawyer YSA 01b: News: Important Game Information

Important Game Information
Hand ball
Referee calls it - no arguments from the sideline, ever.  Accept and move on.
 
Offside rule
Referee's can get it wrong and it frustrates nobody more than the coach.  We are teaching these players how to play the game and bad calls seem to work against us.  The referee is THE last word in EVERYTHING that has to do with the game.  Accept and move on. 
 
Advantage rule
Sometimes a referee will not call a foul immedietly.  If the referee throws both his/her arms forward - it means even though there was a foul, the 'fouled' team should not have play stopped to penalize their advantage.  A referee may go back to the foul and issue a card if he/she deems needed.
 
Physical Play
Select soccer is a faster and much more physical game - not all contact is a foul... there is no need to Referee from the sidelines.
 
Never Question Referee
When was the last time a referee got pummeled by spectators and he/she said "OK - my bad - I see now - you are right - call changed"?  Never - and you won't see it, so leave the referee alone!!
 
Help Players Stay Organized
Sideline coaching = confusion.  Very tempting, but.. DON'T DO IT!  Please.
Good words to use from the sideline: Yes!  Great Try!  Awesome!  Next Time.  Pressure! 
 
A very important item to watch for...
If you feel that our team is getting called for a lot of fouls, stop and watch the game for a bit.  REALLY watch... Are our players always playing 'catch-up to the other team?  Are we getting in late on the 50/50 balls?  Are we 'chasing the ball'? If you can answer yes to any of those questions - then we SHOULD be getting called for a lot of fouls.
Resolution:  tell your player to pay more attention, participate more, and train smarter on Tuesday/Thursdays.  They will learn more and become better players.  Then watch the foul count go down.
 
Summary:
- Leave the referee's alone.  We will NOT be that team.
- Cheer your players from the sideline.  Coaching them confuses them.
- Get your players to training sessions on time and encourage their participation.
- Have fun at the games, encouraging your players progress.
- Please do not 'post-game coach'.  Ask your player what things THEY thought they did well, what things THEY thought they could do better at the next game.  And then, suggest they speak with the coach to help them get better as a player.  Your players will not dred the rides home after a loss so much if you help in this manner.