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Youth soccer club sends strong message to parents with sign that went viral

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-19 08:40:03-04

Soccer moms across the country can relate to this sign.

A Colorado youth soccer club is sending a message to parents by posting about sportsmanship on the field. A spectator took a picture of the Grand Junction Fire FC sign, and it's been shared on social media thousands of times.

The sign reads: "Reminders from your child...I'm just a kid. It's just a game. My coach is a volunteer. The officials are human. No college scholarships will be handed out today."

Now, after hundreds of thousands of shares on Facebook, other clubs are catching on.

"This is something we've discussed in the Skyline Soccer Club office," said Finn Ruehrdanz. "What we can do as far as signage. We've talked about handing out cards players can deliver to parents everyday with a core value or reminder."

Parents say some of their peers could benefit from the reminder.

"I don't try to push him in what he's doing," said Joe Schwartz, the father of an 8-year-old player. "It's up to him, whatever he wants to do, whatever he wants to play, whatever level at this point."

Up to 30 million kids play sports every year and 70 percent of those drop out by the age of 13, according to researchers at Michigan State University.

Some spectators say if it takes a sign to fix the problem -- so be it.

"It's hard having a lot of pressure from parents," said Grace Kellner. "It makes it less fun and more stress."

The Colorado club says the response has been mostly positive. The general manager received feedback that the sidelines are more enjoyable -- because the signs are posted.

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