and Codes of Conduct
AYSO has always encouraged good
sportsmanship in its program, but now we’re doing something more about it.
First of all, we added “Good Sportsmanship” to our philosophy statement in
our National Bylaws. Secondly, AYSO strongly recommends that its individual
regions promote good sportsmanship through dynamic programs.
AYSO believes that when players,
volunteers and parents understand what is expected of them with regard to
good sportsmanship, those individuals will act to meet that expectation. AYSO understands that good sportsmanship
doesn’t just happen. It needs to be taught, encouraged, and demonstrated. To
that end, here are the AYSO codes of conduct.
- Do not force an unwilling
child to participate in sports.
- Remember children are
involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Teach your child always to
play by the rules.
- Teach your child that hard
work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
- Help your child work toward
skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will
then be a winner, even in defeat.
- Do not ridicule or yell at
your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.
- Set a good example.
Children learn best by example.
- Applaud good plays by your
team and by members of the opposing team.
- Do not publicly question
referee judgment and never their honesty.
- Recognize the value and
importance of volunteer coaches, referees and officials and give them
their due respect. Without them there would be no AYSO soccer.
- Support all efforts to
remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
- Support the Kids Zone
- For U9 and older: Spectators should stay at least six feet outside the touchline and between the two penalty areas. No spectators should be near or behind the goal line unless they have the permission of the referee. Please note that these spectator locations are a Region 109 standard practice, other regions may have other rules -- particularly at the U16 & U19 level. The six feet from the touchline rule is to give the assistant referee clear view of the entire touch line and allow him/her to run up & down the line without fear of tripping over chairs, children, dogs or water bottles. If in doubt, check with referee.
- Play for the fun of it, not
just to please your parents or coaches.
- Play by the rules.
- Never argue with or
complain about the referee calls or decisions.
- Control your temper and
most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have
- Concentrate on playing
soccer and on affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort.
Work equally hard for your team as for yourself.
- Be a good sport by cheering
all the good plays, whether it is your team’s or your opponent’s.
- Treat all players, as you
would like to be treated.
- Remember that the goals of
the game are to have fun, improve skills and feel good. Don’t be a
showoff or ball hog.
- Cooperate with your
coaches, teammates, opponents and the referees.
- Support the Kids Zone