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Beyond Lollypops and Silent Saturdays – Introducing the Sideline Project

The time has come to move beyond giving parents lollypops and requesting you be silent on a Silent Saturday or Sunday! The Soccer Parenting Association has developed the Sideline Project, an easy to implement, free education program to be facilitated by coaches.

The Sideline Project is designed to engage parents (instead of give you a lollypop) and provide you with some much needed education so you can become more mindful of your sideline behavior, all while developing a stronger relationship with your child’s coach and helping your child thrive.

The Purposes of the Sideline Project are to

1. Educate parents and coaches about the different types of sideline communication: Supportive, Distracting and Hostile,

2. Help parents be aware of and eliminate Distracting Communication from the sidelines,

3. Eliminate Hostile Communication from the sidelines, and

4. Support a healthy relationship between coaches and parents by opening the lines of communication and the level of engagement.

Interested in learning more?

Interested in learning more about the Sideline Project and in registering a team for the Project?  Visit TheSidelineProject.com

The simple to facilitate program is an intervention that works better than a Silent Saturday.  It consists of a parent meeting, the coach and parent watching an educational video, and taking a pre-project survey, reminders automatically sent during the course of the season, the implementation of a 1 minute pre-game huddle by the coach for the parents, additional resources provided to coaches to share with their team parents at various times and a post-project survey that will be conducted at the end of the season.

The Sideline Project can be started at any time, so if you’re already started with your season, no problem!

Questions? Post them below in the comments, or reach out via email at Skye@SoccerParenting.com.

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Skye Eddy

Founder, SoccerParenting.com
Skye is a former All-American goalkeeper, professional player and collegiate coach. She holds her USSF "B" License and USSF National Goalkeeper License and is an active youth coach, soccer parent and coach educator.

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