Spectating kids sport - harder than it looks. Whether you want to admit to yourself or not, watching your child put on the uniform and engage in sports is pretty exciting. You need to carefully consider if your excitment leads to sideline behaviour that helps them or gets in the way. It's pretty well known now that negative support, yelling instructions and the like drags whole team down, no matter how much you think you are helping. If you find yourself yelling instructions to the players then you need to ask yourself why you didn't put up your hand to coach, because that's what you are trying to do...badly. It takes a child an average of 7 repetitions of a new concept before they "get it"? If a child seems to be completely ignoring the coaches instructions don't think they weren't listening or not concentrating and please don't criticise them for it. It's not going to make anything happen faster. Playing soccer takes your child's whole concentration. If you constantly break their concentration by yelling things that may, in all likelihood, contradict what their coach has told them, you may put them off sport altogether - they will feel like they are letting you down and a failure and associate playing sport with feeling inadequate. Celebrate the good stuff and let them make their own mistakes. Lots of noise, chanting the team name or "Go Blue!" is great... think carefully about anything more you feel you need to say. Blue Rovers values fair play and will not tolerate parents who lower our standards by abusing other teams, other parents or refs. At the end of the day we want our kids to have fun and try hard (and win!). Aggressive parents are the biggest barrier to that. If the other team is over the top let it slide – if you respond, it escalates. We take sideline abuse seriously and coaches are expected to report incidents - whoever intitiates it. A note on training: Coaches are not babysitters. It is every parent's responsibility to have the player to the field on time, properly equipped (boots, shinpads, water, warm gear), and to arrive before training is finished to pick them up - do not put your coach in the position of having to wait for you to arrive so they, themself, can leave. Please don't let your child load up on sugary drinks or sweets before training (or games) - it can make them hyper and unmanageable and the training goes sour for the whole team.