By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
October 17, 2023-We received nice comments after writing how positivity would change the youth soccer landscape.
Sadly, it was then back to reality. I was AR1, the assistant referee by the benches for an Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) game. My position was in front of the bench with four coaches, three of whom were trying to micromanage the players by telling them constantly where to go and the head coach yelled in frustration whenever one of his players miskicked the ball. It’s strange how coaches say “Relax!” which is very difficult to do when their players know they are going to be yelled at if they misplay the ball.