AYSO's Parents Code

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 abusive language and behavior 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 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 refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. In a volunteer organization like AYSO 
there's always an opportunity to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next 
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