Thank you for joining us and welcome to the AYSO Experience! We are pleased to have you and your children enrolled in the most innovative and positive youth sports program available.
This webpage provides an introduction to AYSO, Region 213 and the sport of soccer. You will learn the basics of the game and opportunities for you, as a parents, to get more involved in making soccer a positive experience for everyone. In addition, we will give you information about additional AYSO programs for competitive play, players with disabilities and more. In AYSO, there's something for everyone!
By signing up your child for AYSO soccer you are giving him or her the finest soccer instruction and the GUARANTEE that they will play at least half of EVERY game. In AYSO, everyone plays... and everyone has fun.
I hope you enjoy it and that you enjoy your AYSO soccer season.
Andy Edwards, Regional Commissioner
As a parent, you have a special role in contributing to the needs and development of these youngsters. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help assure the effectiveness of the AYSO program.
Support your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory. Your child will be a winner, even in defeat.
Parents are not participants on their child’s team. However, they do contribute to the success experienced by their child and the team. Parents serve as role models for their children. Applaud good plays by your child’s team and by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
Let children set their own goals and play the game for themselves. Be careful not to impose your own standards and goals on your child. Don’t put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72 percent of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winner.
The best way to help a child to achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. No one likes to make a mistake. If your child does make one, remember that he or she is still learning. Encourage your child’s efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.
Coaches and referees are usually parents. They volunteer their time to help make your child’s youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. What coaches and referees don’t need is your help in coaching from the sidelines. So please refrain from coaching during games and practices. Referees are not the "bad guys." They are volunteers too, and need your support and encouragement. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully.
People who give freely of their time and talent to a worthwhile group or cause. A volunteer is someone who believes that people make a difference and is willing to prove it.
A coach, a referee, a registrar, a fundraiser, a field marker, a publicist, a treasurer–many people, all contributing their time and efforts to make AYSO a great program for our soccer-playing kids.
AYSO needs volunteers because people power runs AYSO.
Volunteers strengthen AYSO by giving their time and
energy, their ideas and ideals. Volunteers make AYSO
Almost anyone can volunteer. Moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, even friends. We need women and men, young, middle-aged and young at heart folks. AYSO wants volunteers who want to help make our soccer program a fun experience for kids.
Everyone plays in AYSO, and everyone has something special to contribute to the program. They...
AYSO volunteers gain satisfaction and growth from their experiences. They make new friends. They learn new skills. They develop creativity. They investigate new careers. They enrich their lives.
It’s easy. Talk to your child’s coach, or call/email Brian Foster, the Regional Commissioner, or any of the Region’s board members. They will be most helpful–and happy–to find the right job for you.
The VIP program is for players whose mental or physical disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on a mainsteam soccer team. Special rule allowances let more players enjoy the benefits of AYSO soccer. VIP teams may include athletes who are blind, deaf, amputees, mentally challenged, autistic and those with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or other conditions that impair mobility, strength and/or comprehension.
VIP programs operate within the existing structure of a Region, just like an age division. VIP integrates its players into AYSO by using “buddies” to help the players both on and off the field. Teams can be as few as five players and may be coed. VIP teams can be balanced based on size or physical ability. The program has AYSO’s minumum age requirements but has no upper age limit.
For families who thought they would never see their loved ones playing a sport or making new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their players having fun and learning skills.
The national media has focused on the negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. As part of AYSO’s education agenda, Kids Zone® is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. It is aimed toward producing a thoroughly positive impact on everyone involved in youth soccer. To execute this program, several basic elements are involved:
As a support to these elements, we also have a special Kids Zone® Promise. It’s a simple pledge, but we encourage all AYSO members to consider these words: I promise to Honor the Game. I will respect all participants, encourage good sportsmanship and keep soccer fun.
Finally, we encourage all AYSO members to help Kids Zone® grow. Let your Region know that you support Kids Zone®. AYSO depends on you to keep youth soccer safe, fun and fair. So spread the word!
Safety is a big part of keeping things fun. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind: