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"Silent September" aims to limit negative parent interaction at soccer games

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When it comes to soccer, there is one aspect 9-year-old Kevin Escorza loves the most - scoring.

He'll have to wait more than a month to do so when the season begins in South Carolina. He says the one thing that motivates him to score is hearing his parents cheer him on.

"I want to make them proud,” said Escorza.

Some parents take it too far according to the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association. In September, the league will introduce “Silent September.”

That means no cheering or no jeering. They just want you to sit back and enjoy the game. Coach Rene Lozano says it's taking the "let them play" approach a little too far.

"I think most of the SOCCER in the Upstate,” explained Lozano, “Overall I'd say is fairly clean. The parents don't get involved with the Refs and as coaches we encourage the parents to stay mellow."

For those parents choosing to act otherwise, they will be warned by a coach for their first offense. The referee will tell the coach to talk to the parent for their second offense and third offense the referee will tell the coach to instruct the parent or parents to leave.

Coaches that are found to have violated the same guidelines will be reported to the association and the game will be abandoned.

In his 16 years of coaching, he says he hasn’t had many issues with unruly parents.

"There might be a mom or dad that might get a little bit more excited,” said Lozano.

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