Amaranth fully adopt the FA's RESPECT initiative. This is designed to create a safe, fun environment for everyone to enjoy their football, especially junior players. It is also designed to keep referees in the game as there is a significant shortage of referees who walk away after being abused by parents and spectators.
Their are individual codes of conduct for players, coaches, parents and spectators, which can be read below, but we've provided some top-tips, especially for parents of junior teams to make sure you know how to conduct yourself at matches;
- Please stand behind the barriers provided. All spectators should be on one side of the pitch and the coaches and subs should be on the other. Please be aware than in junior football, no-one is allowed to stand at either end of the pitch.
- Please do not abuse the referees. The referees are human, they make mistakes. Even World Cup referees make mistakes and in grassroots football, there are no linesmen, fourth officials or video replays - Any kind of abuse is teaching kids the wrong thing.
- Applaud good play - on both sides. And don't criticise or jeer when players make mistakes, It's how the learn. Remember this isn't Elland Road. Players getting criticised from the sidelines won't want to touch the ball again and may even want to stop playing. When players make mistakes, give them reassurance to boost their confidence.
- Don't coach from the sidelines. if you want to coach, get in touch with the club about getting your coaching badges. Leave the manager and coaches to issue instructions on match days. The chances are you'll be shouting something different than they have just been told to do - and probably something different from the parent five places up from you who has a difference opinion and is shouting something else.
- Don't just celebrate and reward goals. Passing, tackling, running, saving, talking. Even just trying should be recognised as much as scoring a goal. It has long been tradition for some parents to pay their kids when they score. This just teaches the wrong behaviour and selfish play. Goals are great, but some is everything else the players do on the pitch.
Football is a passionate game, and every parent is emotional about their child's performance, but to give them the best chance of development, it is important that players enjoy the game and have fun. The RESPECT codes are their to help encourage that, so please be mindful on match days of your role to help their development.
Please take time to read the Respect code, alongside your player.