Sideline positive behaviour reminder

Shoosh for Kids Week runs from May 15 to 21 aimed at promoting positive sideline behaviour at junior sporting events.

The NSW Office of Sport is encouraging all clubs and associations to join the cause, with the aim of keeping kids playing sport.

HAVING FUN: Workers under 6 Mini Roo soccer players Isaac Skelly, Dylan Miller, Harley Beltram Jackson Chandler and Joshua Kuitkawski want encouragement from the sideline not negative comments. Photo: Darryl Fernance

HAVING FUN: Workers under 6 Mini Roo soccer players Isaac Skelly, Dylan Miller, Harley Beltram Jackson Chandler and Joshua Kuitkawski want encouragement from the sideline not negative comments. Photo: Darryl Fernance

Office of Sport Chief Executive Matt Miller said bringing the Shoosh for Kids Week to clubs and associations across NSW encourages junior sport to be promoted as a positive, happy place for kids to enjoy themselves while being active.

“Sport is such an important part of our lives, with so many recognised health and social benefits. We want to ensure that all players, officials and spectators, have a positive experience,” Miller said.

“We want everyone, especially children, to continue their involvement in sport because it’s a fun and encouraging environment for everyone.

ORANGES: Half time oranges and encouragement from the coach makes the game even more fun for Stags Mini Roo under 6 players; Cameron Reuben, Elijah, Bradley Lachlan and Charlie. Photo: Darryl Fernance

ORANGES: Half time oranges and encouragement from the coach makes the game even more fun for Stags Mini Roo under 6 players; Cameron Reuben, Elijah, Bradley Lachlan and Charlie. Photo: Darryl Fernance

“Most people do the right thing. However, the sports we are working with want to remind spectators that there is no place for negative comments in local sport.” 

  • If your comment is negative, then SHOOSH!
  • If your comment is directed at a player, then SHOOSH!
  • If you comment is directed at a referee or match official, then SHOOSH!
  • Reward good play by both teams with applause; if you can’t then SHOOSH!
  • Show respect to players and game officials. Remember it’s their game.

Winter sports supporting Shoosh for Kids Week include AFL NSW/ACT, Basketball NSW, Country Rugby League, Football NSW, Hockey NSW, Netball NSW and NSW Rugby Union.

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