AYSO’s Six Philosophies
Our goal is to operate a program that provides a fun, fair, and safe environment for the kids. Our successes are due in a large part to the efforts of our volunteers – coaches, referees and program administrators – all working together. Our volunteers are learning that sport is a mechanism for building character and self esteem. Our coaches and referees are trained to remember that they are role models. We wish to create an atmosphere where young people can develop a positive self-image, self-confidence, and other positive character traits through their interest and participation in soccer. Our program is based on the Six AYSO Philosophies.
At the start of each season we aim to set up teams as evenly balanced as possible – it is more fun when teams of equal ability play – one sided games have little value to either team.
Our goal is for kids to play soccer – so we mandate that every player on every U6 through U14 team must play at least 3 quarters of every game.
Winning kids are built up, not torn down! We train and require our coaches to offer honest positive encouragement to our players, rather than negative criticism; “catch them doing something right.” Soccer is FUN for players, coaches and parents. MAKE IT SO!
Our programs are open to children of San Carlos between the ages of 4 ½ and 18 years who want to play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. We will accommodate as many children as available playing fields and qualified volunteers allow.
Athletic contests naturally involve competition. We desire to create an environment in which the game is played with a healthy and constructive orientation, rather than a “win dominated” attitude. We want everyone to “honor the game.” We emphasize respect for: rules of the game, opponents (for whom without we have no game), officials, teammates, and self. We believe that no matter what the outcome of the game, everyone will have a positive experience if they are treated respectfully and congratulated for giving their best effort.
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.