AYSO's philosophies are living tenets that separate it
from other sports organizations. They are Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open
Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.
Our program's goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on
every team must play at least 50% of every game. It’s no fun to spend the game
on the bench…and that’s no way to learn soccer!
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it’s more fun
and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows
for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of
different skill levels.
Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to
register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for
playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players
and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of
the most influential people in a child’s life, so AYSO requires they create a
positive experience for every boy and girl.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a
win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good
sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and
knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a
team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.