Support from the Sideline

Sideline Expectations

We have all been there. Some times in the heat of the game, we want to be helpful, and we just slip up and yell out at the players. We think we are helping out, BUT it may not be what the team has been working on. Only the coach and the players really know. Let them play and learn from their mistakes. And they will!

Our club has an expectation of all parents (and their families) that are attending games to support the club’s identity and development structure helping to develop the players through positive encouragement, and defining an identity for CASC.

CASC parents should always be recognized around Southern California by:

  • the support they show to all of the players,
  • the respect they show to coaches and game officials, and
  • the understanding that they play a key role alongside their coach in the development of their child.

CASC parents can aid their child’s development by:

  • Understanding and encouraging CASC’s Identity, Philosophy and Style of Play
  • Allowing players to ONLY hear the coach’s voice for coaching points on game day.
  • Showing a respect for the players by allowing them to develop by thinking for themselves when on the field.
  • Supporting their CASC team with positive encouragement and cheering
  • Leaving the referee to referee! Zero comments or communication with the match officials, during, or after, the game.
  • The 24 Hour Rule: Never approaching a coach directly after a game or practice! Set up time to meet.
  • Understanding that decisions made by a CASC coach are for the betterment of every individual within the team.

Here are some game scenarios to think about


CASC team #1 has been training really hard to get players out wide to make quality crosses to teammates making perfectly timed runs into the box for brilliant goals.

During the next game, the chances did come up, and….well it never happened…because a few well-meaning parents yelled “kiiiiiiiick-it, at the same time other parents were yelling “dribble, dribble, hurry”, and right when the nicest, sweetest grandpa on the planet yelled “Shoooooooot it”.

With all the distractions and mixed messages, the player lost concentration and just hoofed the ball out of bounds.

The entire sideline groaned under their breath.


CASC team #2 has been working on “playing out of the back”, a common tactic used around the world to develop possession and better ball skills for all the players, including goalkeepers.

During the game, one of our fullbacks tried to pass back to her goalkeeper. One parent yells “Whaaaat are you doing? Don’t go back!” Another parent yells “Clear it”.

Instead of the goalkeeper passing to an open teammate as planned, the goalkeeper gets distracted by the yells, tries to kick it long and mis-kicks to an opposing player who shoots and scores.

The goalkeeper hangs her head as the entire sideline groans under their breath.

Is this the way it’s supposed to be?