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Sideline Project

The Sideline Project is a movement to improve youth sports sidelines and we are proud to partner with The Sideline Project to make youth sports better.

We want all our club parents, coaches, referees, administrators, and spectators to take The Sideline Project Course and add your name to the virtual pledge wall.  Information about your access to The Sideline Project Course will be emailed to parents.  In the meantime, Take the Sideline Pledge: watch the short video about sideline behavior, read the pledge, and add your name to the virtual pledge wall.

Youth sports belongs to the players.

I pledge to honor the youth sports experience of the players with supportive, not distracting, behavior.

I pledge to eliminate hostile behavior targeted towards players, coaches, parents, and most notably referees.

I pledge to honor players, to respect referees, and to Make Youth Sports Better.

Take the pledge

Development vs Winning

The youth soccer landscape has taken a sad turn to the performance and winning culture which is best suited to adult sports. Ironically in the US, this is flipped, with a closed league at men’s and woman’s elite level where there is no promotion or relegation; yet kids as young as 11 put into environment’s where promotion and relegation are the focus… outcome orientated.

There is a plethora of research which supports the need for process in youth learning, where deep learning can be achieved through empowering individuals to become decision makers and creative, requiring risk and freedom to make mistakes. This is robbed from the kids when the outcome is priority.

The challenge is, when you’re against the youth sport business with extensive resources in marketing and prey on the parents FOMO, it’s a difficult message to ask for patience. Some interesting articles below on how this is having such a damaging effect on youth players, and ultimately the national level in the US.

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