Over the last few days there have been a couple of communications sent out by Capital Football, you may have received these directly or via your grade coordinator.
The communications have been addressing appropriate standards of behaviour for player, coaches, officials and spectators.
The message from Paul Greig, Capital Football Development Officer referred to 8th Grade Fun Football games he attended on Saturday. Members of the WU Junior Committee were at games over the weekend that also had incidences of vocal sidelines. There have also been issues at the senior football level that have made the newspapers and resulted in serious fines and bans.
From the Wellington United Junior Club viewpoint; the message is not to discourage your support but to check that sideline behaviour is positive, that the kids can hear their teammates and have a chance to think about their game.
Can we also take a moment to acknowledge the coaches and referees who are volunteering to do these roles, and without them the game would be lost. Please note there is only one referee. Even if you disagree with a decision please refrain from yelling at and/or undermining the referee. If you have concerns about the decisions of a referee please let your team coach know and if appropriate follow up with the WU Junior Committee.
Finally, we want the kids to play football because they love the game and to foster that we need to give them the freedom to play football; to make mistakes, solve problems and make their own decisions.
The 2014 Playing regulations and NZF Code of Conduct can be found here http://www.wellingtonunited.org.nz/2014-playing-regulations.html