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SideLine Behavior - Do you know how to act?

SideLine Behavior - Do you know how to act?

October 16, 2014

Sideline Behavior

We all recognize that football is a very passionate game- for players and fans.

But when it comes to youth football, the game can bring out some of the worst instincts that we have.

We all want our sons and daughters to play, to play hard, to play well, and have fun. We want them to be well coached, play on a team that is competitive in their category, and benefit in a host of ways from being involved in competitive athletics.

Yet we, as parents, sometimes undercut how much fun our kids have, and how much they will actually benefit.

This happens by and through our behavior, especially during games.

With football well under way, here is a primer, a reminder, of little things that we can do on the sidelines this football season to make it more pleasant for all concerned - most importantly, for the kids.

15 things to keep in mind while watching from the sidelines this summer:

1. Let the coaches' coach. If you are telling your son or daughter - or any other player for that matter - to do something different from what their coach is telling them, you create distraction and confusion.

2. It is very unnerving for many young players to try and perform difficult tasks on the field on the spur of the moment when parents are yelling at them from the sidelines. Let the kids play. If they have been well coached, they should know what to do on the field. If they make a mistake, chances are they will learn from it.

3. Do not discuss the play of specific players in front of other parents. How many times do you hear comments such as, "I don't know how that boy made this team.." or "she's just not fast enough.". Too many parents act as though their child is a 'star', and the problem is someone else's kid. Negative comments and attitudes are hurtful and totally unnecessary and kill parent harmony, which is often essential to youth team success.

4. Discourage such toxic behavior by listening patiently to any negative comments that might be made, then address issues in a positive way. Speak to the positive qualities of a player, family or coach.

5. Do your level best not to complain about your son or daughter's coaches to other parents. Once that starts, it is like a disease that spreads. Before you know it, parents are talking constantly in a negative way behind a coach's back. (As an aside, if you have what you truly feel is a legitimate beef with your child's coach - either regarding game strategy or playing time, arrange an appointment to meet privately, away from a Football field.)

6. Make positive comments from the sideline. Be encouraging. Young athletes do not need to be reminded constantly about their perceived errors or mistakes. Their coaches will instruct them, either during the game or at half-time, and during practices. You can often see a young player make that extra effort when they hear encouraging words from the sideline about their hustle.

7. Avoid making any negative comments about players on the other team This should be simple: we are talking about youngsters, not adults who are being paid to play professionally. I recall being at a baseball game some years ago, when parent on one team loudly made comments about errors made by a particular young player on the other team. People on the other side of the diamond were stunned- and angry. Besides being tasteless and classless, these kinds of comments can be hurtful to the young person involved and to their family as well

8. Try to keep interaction with parents on the other team as healthy and positive as possible. Who's kidding whom? You want your child's team to win. So do they. But that should not make us take leave of our senses, especially our common sense. Be courteous 'till it hurts; avoid the 'it for tat' syndrome.

9. Parents on the 'other' team are not the enemy. Neither are the boys or girls on the other team. We should work to check any negative feelings at the door before we hit the pitch.

10. What is the easiest thing to do in the youth sports world? Criticize the referees. Oh, there are times when calls are missed, absolutely. And that can, unfortunately, directly affect the outcome of a contest. That said, by and large those who officiate at youth Football games are hardly over-compensated, and give it an honest - and often quite competent - effort. At worst, they at least try to be fair and objective.

11. On that note, outbursts from parents on the sideline made toward the referees only signal to our on children on the field that they can blame the refs for anything that goes wrong. Blaming others is not a formula for success in sports.

12. Yelling out comments such as "Good call, ref" or "Thanks ref" may only serve to alienate an official. The ref always assumes they made the proper call, that's why they made it. Trying to show superficial support because the call went 'your' way is simply annoying to the officials, and to anyone within earshot.

13. Walking up and down all game long along the sidelines, following the play, is unnerving to players and totally unnecessary- particularly so if you are trying to yell out instructions to various players, including your own son or daughter. It is likely embarrassing to the player/players involved and simply counterproductive. If you want to coach, obtain your coaching certification and then apply for a job.

14. We all feel things and are apt to be tempted to say things in the 'heat of the moment'. But we don't excuse athletes for doing inappropriate things in the 'heat of the moment' (there are penalties, suspensions, etc.) so we should apply similar standards to our own sideline behavior. Quickly check yourself and ask: Will I be proud of what I am about to say or do when I reflect on it tomorrow?

15. The parking lot is not the time to 'fan the flames'. Whether it is a coach's decision, a referee's call, a comment that was made, let it go. Don't harass the coach, or an official, or a parent on the other team after the game is over. Go home, relax, and unwind. Talk positively with your child. The ride home is sometimes as important as the game itself. Make that time a good memory for your son or daughter by discussing as many positives as you can about him/her, her coach, her teammates, etc.

 


 

2014 Weekly Scores as reported by the League Presidents

October 15, 2014

 

Here are the Scores for the previous weeks as reported by your League President.   If you don't see scores for your team, find your president and remind them they need to send them to me at:    jlbreazeale@bellsouth.net

 

You can view the 2014 weekly Scores document in the handouts section or by following the link below:

 

See 2014 Weekly Scores

 

 


 

 

 

 

2014 Coaches and Referee Certification

August 24, 2014 – 12:00 PM

 

Presidents

Our 2014 coaches meeting will be held at Raleigh Agricultural complex, ( the big Building), on Sunday August  24th. The Referee certification will begin at 12:00 noon in the small meeting room. The NYSCA certification will begin at 1:00 PM in the big room. Please remember that all leagues must have two coaches certified per team in either NYSCA or USA football. Please remember if you are certifying NYSCA bring a check Made out to NYSCA for 20$ per coach. Following certification we will have our coaches meeting and go over rules, rule changes,  questions and suggestions. If some of you are not able to attend read over the attached procedural and rule changes that I have attached to this email. Mississippi Youth Football will be providing food and drinks for the attendees. Anyone willing to help set up and or clean up after please contact me at 601-466-0678. We will need all the assistance we can get.

Thank you for caring about our youth.
 

Lester Ivy

 


 

Lightning safety

                                                                                                                                       

 

 

Guys:
 
I am sure you have all heard the national news about a middle school player and coach in the hospital after being struck by lightning on the football field yesterday in New Mexico.  I know you all are more careful than to take chances with our kids but I want to remind everyone of the new guidelines and rules MHSAA are using, which, becomes our rule also.
 
It is that if thunder is heard regardless if lightning is seen or not the play is suspended and field cleared. Bottom line is that no one knows exactly how far lightning can travel so clear the field if thunder is heard or lightning is seen in the distance.
 
Don't wait until it's close  please, let's not risk our kids lives or the lives of the parents sitting in the stands. 
 
 
Thank you for caring about our youth 
 
 
Lester Ivy 
 

Official Weighin for 2014 Locations

August 30, 2014

Presidents;

As you are aware the 2014 presidents meeting voted in rule changes in the weigh in days allowed and weigh in procedure. We are holding only two weigh in days this year, one on August 30 and one on September 6. All players are required to make one of these weigh in days. There will be no more referee or game day weigh ins allowed.

I have attempted to send each of you a copy of the rule changes which included the weigh in days and procedures voted in and if you did ...not receive it please contact me with your email address and I will forward it to you. My phone number is listed below.

The Board of commissioners have set the following weigh in sites for 2014;

 

August 30th;

At Taylorsville; 8:00 am Officials, Leter Ivy, J.L. Breazeale , Location, next to the high school football field

At Poplarville 8:00 am, Officials, Michael Brown, Ken Ferrell

At SCOOBA, 8:00am, Officials, Johnny Dear, Dewayne Ruffin, Charles Westerfield, location EMCC

At Prentiss, 8:00 am, Official Tom Polk, Location, Prentiss football field

 

September 6th;

At Oak grove, 8:00 am, Officials, Michael Brown, Ken Ferrell, Location,

At Carthage, 8:00 am, Officials Johnny Dear, Charles Westerfield, Dewayne Ruffin

At Raleigh, 8:00 am, Officials, Lester Ivy, J.L. Breazeale, Location Raleigh football field

Tom Polk will announce locations he will supervise for this day later

 

Please remember that all players MUST have their registration form with a picture attached in hand when they come to the scales, with out this the player will not be weighed. Also, remember the one step rule that was voted in at the Presidents meeting, also, have your players ready to weigh before they approach the scales, one step is all they are given then the weight is recorded as it is. These are two of the new changes voted in this year and we have a lot of players to weigh in two weigh in days, therefore, Presidents, make certain that your paperwork is in order with two, (2) printed copies of your roster, one for the weigh official and one for your records. Make sure you have your players lined up in the order that they appear on the roster to speed the weigh in process along. If anyone has any questions about the weigh in process PLEASE contact me to clarify the new rule changes so we all have a smooth weigh in procedure and lose no child for the season.

Thank you for caring about our youth;

Lester Ivy

 


 

Coaches Meeting and Certification

August 24, 2014

                                                                                                  


President 

Our 2014 coaches meeting will be held at Raleigh Agricultural complex, ( the big Building), on Sunday August 24th. The Referee certification will begin at 12:noon in the small meeting room. The NYSCA certification will begin at 1:00 PM in the big room. Please remember that all leagues must have two coaches  certified per team in either NYSCA or USA football. Please remember if you are certifying NYSCA bring a check Made out to NYSCA for 20$ per coach. Following certification we will have our coaches meeting and go over rules, rule changes,  questions and suggestions. If some of you are not able to attend read over the attached procedural and rule changes that I have attached to this email. Mississippi Youth Football will be providing food and drinks for the attendees.

 Anyone willing to help set up and or clean up after please contact me at 601-466-0678. We will need all the assistance we can get.
 
Thank you for caring about our youth.


 Lester Ivy

 


 

Presidents Meeting

August 3, 2014

                                                                                                

 

Presidents,


I hope that you all have had a restful and peaceful off season as it is once again time to get back to the business of Football. You have all worked hard to make this league one of the largest and best in the USA and I know we can continue to prosper and grow with your help.

Our 2014 presidents meeting will be held on Sunday August 3 at 2PM in the Laurel recreation department Cameron center,  upstairs meeting room. If you are not able to attend have someone in your organization represent you for business purposes as there will be several orders of business to vote on. . All books left with Tom and myself will be there on the table.

Please don't forget our USA football player safety coach certification at the Mize High school auditorium on July 26th , registration is at 0730 and classes start at 0800. The physical address for Mize High is Mize Attendance Center, 125 School drive, Mize Ms. 39116.

The Physical address for the Cameron Center is; 711 north 10th ave. Laurel Ms, 39440. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for caring about our youth;

 

 

Lester Ivy

 

 


 

3rd Annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

August 16, 2014 – 08:30 AM

  

Hi,
 
The 3rd Annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition will be held Saturday, August 16th at the Petal Panther Football Stadium.  Onsite registration will begin at 8:30, announcements and warm-up at 9:00 and competition at 9:45.  The competition is FREE of charge and sponsored by the Petal Education Foundation and PYSA.
 
There are three ways to register...on line at www.nflppk.com,  by picking up a form at Central Office, Petal School District, or on site, the morning of the competition.  (NOTE:  the lines are long the morning of) Each participant will receive a t-shirt.
 
For more information reply to this email or call me at 601-545-3002.
 
Hope your child can join us.
Leahne Lightsey
 
NOTE: MYF is not recommending this camp and is not affiliated with it in anyway. We are just passing on the information as presented to us for your information.
 

Youth Football Camp in Mize Mississippi!

July 12, 2014 – 09:00 AM

This camp is open to all area teams and their players, not just Mize, contact email and numbers on the flyer for registration, please help get the word out to all area players

 

 

NOTE: MYF is not recommending this camp and is not affiliated with it in anyway. We are just passing on the information as presented to us for your information.


 

Tyler Russell Skills and Drills Camp. July 12, 2014. Ages 7-13 @Northside Park Soccer Complex

July 12, 2014 – 07:00 AM

Neshoba County Youth Football Presents
Tyler Russell Skills and Drills Camp. July 12, 2014. Ages 7-13 @Northside Park Soccer Complex. Pre registration is $25. Camp day registration is $30 and is from 7am - 9 am. The camp hours are 9am - 1pm. All registered campers will receive a camp t-shirt and water bottle. For more info contact: 
Dun Moore @ 601-562-9867, Greg Fulton @ 601-650-8301, Debbie Reynolds @ 601-575-1207
Brookes Hardin @ 601-416-5397

 

NOTE: MYF is not recommending this camp and is not affiliated with it in anyway. We are just passing on the information as presented to us for your information.

 


 

 

 

 



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