Last weekend, I “ran line” on four youth soccer games. That means I was one of the referees on the sidelines, running up and down the line with the play. I happened to be on the side where the parents were sitting (players and coaches on the other side). There are lots of sounds in a situation like that, and I got to thinking about how I’d describe them in writing, which led me to thinking about writing about sounds in general. The reason I’m posting this musing is just to see what others have to say about this topic.
I’ll give it a try for my situation. Please feel free to improve these, or just to share your opinion and wisdom in general.
The sounds I heard were:
indistinct murmer of voices as the parents conversed among themselves
sharp intermittent chatter from the players on the fields
blasting whistles near and far from referees on the various fields
loud excited yelling from fans when a goal was scored
angry outbursts from parents who disagreed with a referee’s call
firm words of caution from the referee to a player getting out of hand
playful laughter of children brought along for the ride, not watching the games but playing together
an occasional jet overhead
whipping of my own flag when I ran
panting of my breath, same
grunts and thumps when wrestling players got close to me fighting for the ball