AYSO's Six Philosophies
AYSO's philosophies are living tenets that separate it from other sports organizations.
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 thats 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.