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  Parents - We encourage you to read and enjoy this amazing game we call soccer:

Your Child is now playing EXTRA, so help your child by coming to the games, to sit back, cheer and to watch a good game of soccer. Don't try to be the coach or the referee or complain about it. You will have way more fun too if you just plan to come and relax

As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of the young players, not just yours but team mates too. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls to learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In AYSO, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat – all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.

While watching from the sidelines, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the game. It is important, however, to remember that the Kids are watching and learning from our behavior!  We as parents, spectators, and coaches need to set a good example for our young players.  In order to promote proper “Sideline Behavior,” it helps if everybody is on the same page with how the game is played and how the rules are enforced. Below you will find two links that help explain the game and the Laws in fairly simple terms. Following that you will find excerpts from the “Parent Pledge.”

Before You Go Yelling at the Referee…

Consider the most common reasons why you might disagree:

  • Referee(s) are usually in a better position to see the action, the offside line, etc.
    Referee(s) usually know the Laws of the Game better than coaches and parents.
    Many judgments are “in the opinion of the referee”. You are entitled to a different opinion but Law 5 makes it abundantly clear that only the referee’s opinion matters.

Finally, referees are only human, and volunteers. Even FIFA World Cup referees don’t see everything. Referee(s) have enough to keep track of as it is, with 14 or 18 or 22 players on the field; they don’t need coaches and parents yelling at them too. If you’re driving on the freeway in heavy traffic, does it help if all the passengers are yelling at you?

Laws of Soccer, Simplified - Refer to this link for the Laws of Soccer, Simplified

PARENT PLEDGE - The Kids Zone Pledge

Support Your Child

Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important. 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 – that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!

Always Be Positive

Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this fact and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child’s team as well as good plays by the opposing team.  Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports.

Remember: Your Child Wants To Have Fun

Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It’s very important to let children establish their own goals – to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them. Don’t put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team. Children play for the fun of playing.

Reinforce Positive Behavior

Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it’s all part of learning, so encourage your child’s efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.

Don’t Be A Sideline Coach Or Referee

AYSO coaches and referees are usually parents of players, just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child’s soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. A phrase that cannot be over-utilized is, “Let the Coaches coach and the Referees referee.” In a volunteer organization like AYSO there’s always an opportunity to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!

AYSO Pet Policy - Please read it is important that you know, it does not matter where the games are located, if it is an AYSO event, please                                         leave your pet at home.

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