We need to teach our players to Honor the Game

I recently participated in a pretty elite tournament in Maryland and left the weekend more disappointed in the environment surrounding the event than the games themselves.  The way some coaches treated the officials and the way some players acted towards the referees without consequence from their coaches was baffling.  Parents routinely yelled obscenities towards the referees all weekend.  I have to say that I was happy with the way the players that I coached responded and was (mostly) happy with their parents but overall I felt like it was an ugly weekend for youth soccer.  I recorded this synopsis on the way home, it is unscripted and a bit raw but it was the essence of what I was feeling about the disappointment of the weekend.

 

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