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EUGENE, Ore. - YMCA's Youth Basketball held it's annual Silent Saturday on February 3.
Parents and other spectators are asked to keep quiet during the games in order to promote a positive environment with lots of sportsmanship.
Staff with YMCA said they have encountered incidents where a coach will tell a player what to do, and they'll look to their parents for their thoughts before taking any action. They'll also sometimes see parents offer opposite advice than a coach, and a player get confused due to that.
Staff said the ultimate goal is to create an environment where the kids are learning and becoming more independent as players.
"At the end of the day it really is about putting them in a position where they can have fun, go out there and be successful, have some failures, and learn from going through the process," said Robbie Petetit, the YMCA Youth Sports Director.
Petetit said they do encourage parents to clap and show enthusiasm. He said it's mostly criticism and orders that they were looking to avoid.
The games ranged from kids in fifth grade all the way down to first grade. The YMCA Youth Basketball season will continue until March 10.