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American Youth Soccer Organization Providing world class youth soccer programs that enrich children's lives.

, Bakersfield Southwest, 9001 Ashe Rd.

Sideline Etiquette

AYSO soccer encourages positive self-esteem, discipline, personal responsibility, teamwork, perseverance, and acceptance of learning from both disappointment and success. It is an enjoyable game to watch as well as play.

We believe that quality soccer can and should be developed to be fun. Therefore, the emphasis of our program is not on who wins, but on how well the individuals and teams develop. We want all participants to reach their full, age appropriate potential, while enjoying themselves in the progress.

Please allow the Coach to be the SOLE source of coaching during the game
. Spectators please stay on your sideline not behind the Goalkeeper area or the other team's sideline Parents are not to be communicating any tactical or technical adjustments to the players. You must realize that the players are trying to put into play lessons learned during practice.

When players hear conflicting instructions from the sideline, it only confuses them and thwarts their ability to "think on their feet."

An important aspect of the AYSO program is Sportsmanship. The players need to experience:

•  The fun of hard fought but fair competition
•  Learning how to be gracious winners
•  Accepting a loss with dignity
•  The ability to improve through practice
•  Acknowledging good plays by teammates as well as opponents
•  Learning the social skills involved in becoming a member of the team

One of the ways our children learn good sportsmanship is by our demonstration of good sideline behavior. Our children will learn by taking the clues from our conduct.

Negative comments have no place on the field or on the sidelines. Offer your support and encouragement.

Keep a positive outlook and demonstrate it by supporting the Players, the Coaches, and the Referees, in spite of any mistakes they may make during the course of the game. 

Give them your respect... because without the Players, the Coaches, and the Referees, there wouldn't be any AYSO soccer.


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AYSO Region 73

4725 Panama Lane Ste D3, Post Box 371
Bakersfield, California 93313

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 661-556-2931
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