On what I expected to be a very busy day at the Parkway College Showcase, I was reminded of the discussions we had in 2019 on sideline behavior. San Diego implemented new Sideline Behavior rules last year. I came across it in a Facebook group for referees to discuss decisions and their experiences. Consider this the first in an irregular series of topics I’ll be considering during our hiatus from the live game. Feel free to comment on my Facebook Page
Here’s the experience the poster shared related to new rules implemented in San Diego for this season.
I was waiting to see if the new sideline behavior rules for the San Diego County leagues actually made a difference. They not only made a difference, they completely changed the sideline behavior of most teams. I have had zero incidents and when a parent did yell at me or an AR the coach, manager and other spectators quickly shut that parent up. This has had a side effect of mellowing the coaches and players. I have had no problems with coaches. I have not issued a Red card even though I have centered numerous 16-18 year-old games and the number of Yellow cards I have issued is down. The other referees I know or have worked with have reported similar results. The new sideline policy is below and I hope all gaming leagues and tournaments in Southern California adopt this policy. Your referee associations should try to get this implemented in your leagues.
Sideline Behavior and Ejection Rule
Starting this fall 2019 Season Presidio Soccer League has instituted a Parent/Sideline Ejection Rule, the rule is as written;
* If a parent is ejected from a game, he or she must leave the field area immediately (be out of sight and sound) and will automatically be suspended for a minimum of 2 additional games. In addition, the entire sideline will also be suspended for the team’s next game, due to the parent being ejected from the game.
* The only individuals that are allowed on the sideline other than the team’s players will be the coach and team manager, unless the team manager was the offending party.
* If the manager was the offending party the club will appoint another pre-determined administrator or parent to act as the team manager for the game, prior to next game.
We expect at youth games behavior that is becoming of parents that is used as a model examples of good behavior. We have already suspended entire sidelines for a number of games for what we all know is not good and proper behavior. We feel this has got to STOP! If it doesn’t, games will be played without any spectators – just think the kids might like that. Put yourself in their place, having to listen to and see first-hand bad behavior over a game.