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Dealing with Inappropriate Sideline Behavior

If you’ve ever played in, watched, or coached a game of youth soccer, you’ve seen it happen: the parent, angry at a referee’s call, a coach’s decision, or a player’s execution, lets loose a stream of negativity that can be heard by everyone, on the field and off. Whether the fury is directed at the parent’s own child, a player on the opposing team, the referee, or the coach is largely irrelevant. The fact is, the behavior is inappropriate and must be dealt with quickly and effectively. But how?

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