FORT MILL, SC (FOX 46) - Yelling, screaming and barking are all sounds we expect coming from any youth soccer game, but imagine a game where the crowd is silenced. Well, that concept will be coming to South Carolina soccer fields in September.
"It's ambitious and it's bold, but it's not unheard of," said Director of Discovers Soccer Club, Dave Carton.
"It was a long time coming. It needed to happen across all clubs," said parent, Stacey Poole.
Silent September is what the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association will put in place for all sponsored league games at the state level with the main objective to let the kids play and for the parents to lay off the referees.
"Recently, it's almost become somewhat embarrassing of the behavior from many of parents," said Poole.
Poole has a daughter who plays for Discovers Soccer Club , a SCYSA's affiliate in Fort Mill, and she says beyond some of the verbal moments she's witnessed --- physical threats have been made too.
"There have been some threats to the point where police have to escort parents off the field and parents are banned for future games," she added.
Carton admits enforcement will be tough because it relies on the coaches talking to parents
Stacey says adds although watching soccer for her will be different -- in the end it will be worth it.
"It's going to be difficult because as parents we all want our kids to do well and want to cheer them on but if that's what it takes to calm parents down then have at it," Poole said.