The national media often focuses on the negative behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. In a proactive effort to counteract this view, AYSO initiated a program called Kids Zone–a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior.
In AYSO, we want all players, coaches, families and volunteers to have fun. That’s where “Kids Zone” comes in. The “Kids Zone” is a program that encourages Parents and Coaches on the sidelines, and anyone else near the play, to use positive language, show sportsmanship in their attitude and behavior, and create a great experience for every player. It’s a reminder that the soccer fields are a “Kid’s Zone!”—- a friendly, happy, wholesome place for children to play.
Region 20 participates in the Kids Zone program. Remember that no matter how intense the game can be, kids need cheerful support from the sidelines.
The Kids Zone Parent Pledge – parents are asked to sign the pledge and agree to the following guidelines:
- Kids are No. 1.
- Fun, not winning is everything.
- Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach.
- No yelling in anger.
- Respect the volunteer referees.
- No swearing or abusive behavior.
- No alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
- No weapons.
- Leave no trash behind.
- Set a proper example of sportsmanship.
When it comes down to it, Kids Zone is about supporting every child on the field – even those on the opposing team. It means supporting the players whether they win or lose. It means honoring the game – not the outcome of the game. Remember, respect starts with you!