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Kid Zone Pledge

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 18 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:

  1. Kids are No. 1.
  2. Fun, not winning is everything.
  3. Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach.
  4. No yelling in anger.
  5. Respect the volunteer referees.
  6. No swearing or abusive behavior.
  7. No alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  8. No weapons.
  9. Leave no trash behind.
  10. 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!

At the beginning of each season, parents of all players are required to virtually sign the “Kids Zone Parent Pledge” as part of registration   

Kids Zone Parent Pledge

I understand that the top three reasons kids play sports are to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. I understand that the game is for the kids, and I will encourage my child to have fun and keep sport in its proper perspective. I understand that athletes do their best when they are emotionally healthy, so I will be positive and supportive._____

I will redefine what it is to be a “Winner” in my conversations with my child. Winners are people who make the maximum effort, continue to learn and improve, and do not let mistakes, or fear of making mistakes, discourage them. I understand that mistakes are an inevitable part of any game and that people learn from their mistakes. I understand that all children are born with different abilities and that the true measure of success is not how my child compares to others, but how he/she is doing in comparison to his/her best self._____

I will “Honor the Game.” I understand the importance of setting a good example of sportsmanship for my child. I will show respect for all involved in the game including coaches, players, opponents, opposing fans, and referees. I understand that officials, coaches, and players make mistakes. If the referee makes a call I do not agree with, I will refrain from questioning, insulting or making personal attacks against him or her._____

I understand that games can be exciting for my child as he/she deals with the fast-paced action of the game, responds to opponents, referees, teammates, and listens to coaches. I will not yell out instructions. During the game, I will make only sportsmanlike comments that encourage my child and other players on both teams._____

I will not make negative comments about the game, coaches, referees or teammates in my child’s presence. This sets a bad example, which can negatively influence my child’s motivation and overall experience. I agree to act in a sportsmanlike manner and make every effort to foster a friendly and nonviolent atmosphere._____

I agree to honor the AYSO Parent Pledge in my words and actions.

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-Courtesy of ayso.org

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