Avon, Connecticut

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CJSA - Connecticut Junior Soccer Association


A mother was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her teenage son. Suddenly the boy bursts into the kitchen.

"Careful! Careful! Put in some more butter! Oh my goodness! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful! . . . CAREFUL! I said CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The mother stared at him. "What's wrong with you? You think I don't now how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The son calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm trying to play soccer."

Each Fall and Spring playing season CJSA sponsors a statewide Silent Sidelines weekend. The Spring Silent Sidelines weekend will be the third weekend of May and the Fall Silent Sidelines will be the third weekend of October. Coaches will be permitted to give players direction from the sidelines. Spectators will be directed to refrain from making any comments to players, coaches or referees, but will be permitted and are encouraged to applaud efforts by all players.

The goals of Silent Sidelines Weekend are to:

  1. develop our players to make decisions on the field without sideline intervention.
  2. improve the players’ communication on the field by reducing the outside noise level.
  3. support our youth referees by eliminating dissension from the sidelines.

Visit CJSA's Silent Sidelines page for more information.