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VERY IMPORTANT: AYSO Region 473's Safe Haven Environment for Our Children

Welcome to the Spring 2013 Season

In addition to our trained and certified volunteers – our neighbors, friends and parents or guardians just like you – I am asking you to please review this transmittal as well as the links to ensure that when our Players and Youth Referees step on to our fields they are playing in a Safe Haven Environment.

Whether you are a new or returning family, understanding these components of our Safe Haven environment – Kids ZoneParent Pledge - Youth Referee PolicyGoal SafetyConcussions - will give you and your children a safe and positive experience.

Kids Zone – can be found here in both English and Spanish. Please download and review it with your family, sign it and bring it with you on game day. Every coach will review Kid Zone with you before the first game.

AYSO Parent Code of Conduct

As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters.

Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In AYSO, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.

Support Your Child
Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important.

Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!

Always Be Positive
Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this fact and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child's team as well as good plays by the opposing team.

Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports.

Remember: Your Child Wants To Have Fun
Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It's very important to let children establish their own goals - to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on your children.

Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team.

Children play for the fun of playing.

Reinforce Positive Behavior
Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it's all part of learning, so encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.

Don't Be A Sideline Coach Or Referee
AYSO coaches and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too.

That means refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. In a volunteer organization like AYSO there's always an opportunity to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!

Our Youth Referee Policy – reminds all of us that Youth referees are also children under the supervision of our AYSO Volunteers. Referee Mentors, Assistant Referees, Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Parents are required to ensure that players and youth referees are free from verbal, physical or emotional abuse, among other concerns, and there is zero tolerance for any abuse of the youth referees as they enter the field, officiate the game and leave the field.

In the event that an adult chooses to engage in abusive behavior, e.g., taunting, yelling at, charging the field, or in any manner intimidating a Youth referee, in addition to ejection from the game, the adult is subject to a 2- year suspension from all AYSO activities. Their children are welcome to continue participation, but the abusing adult may not attend. Upon completing the suspension, the abusing adult may return after completing the Safe Haven course, but without Volunteer privileges, and with the understanding that a second infraction will result in an additional 3-year suspension.

Concussions(AYSO Concussion Action Plan) traumatic head injury often occurs when a blow to the body or head causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.

  • Coaches are required to report all head injuries to the Safety Director and encourage parents to seek medical care for their child.
  • Any player with a suspected head injury may not return without Medical Clearance.

Here is a link to the CDC on Concussions & Head/Brain Injuries to give you a better understanding of the very serious issues. http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/

Goal and Goal Cart Safety – a few very simple rules will keep our players, younger siblings and spectators safe:

  • Securely anchor or counter-weight portable goals at all times. Every goal should have at least two sandbags counter-balancing the rear corners of every goal.
  • Never climb on the net or goal framework.
  • Check all connecting hardware during morning set up. Replace damaged or missing fasteners immediately or if damaged return to cart.
  • If a goal becomes damaged during Game Days, tip unsecured or damaged goals onto their goal face and move them away from the field. Use cones or bags for the goal until a replacement goal is available.
  • Never climb on the Goal Cart – Parents are responsible for the safety of their children.

Have a fun, fair and safe season.

VERY IMPORTANT: AYSO Region 473's Safe Haven Environment for Our Children

Welcome to the Spring 2013 Season

In addition to our trained and certified volunteers – our neighbors, friends and parents or guardians just like you – I am asking you to please review this transmittal as well as the links to ensure that when our Players and Youth Referees step on to our fields they are playing in a Safe Haven Environment.

Whether you are a new or returning family, understanding these components of our Safe Haven environment – Kids ZoneParent Pledge - Youth Referee PolicyGoal SafetyConcussions - will give you and your children a safe and positive experience.

Kids Zone – can be found here in both English and Spanish. Please download and review it with your family, sign it and bring it with you on game day. Every coach will review Kid Zone with you before the first game.

AYSO Parent Code of Conduct

As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters.

Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In AYSO, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.

Support Your Child
Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important.

Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!

Always Be Positive
Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this fact and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child's team as well as good plays by the opposing team.

Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports.

Remember: Your Child Wants To Have Fun
Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It's very important to let children establish their own goals - to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on your children.

Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team.

Children play for the fun of playing.

Reinforce Positive Behavior
Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it's all part of learning, so encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.

Don't Be A Sideline Coach Or Referee
AYSO coaches and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too.

That means refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. In a volunteer organization like AYSO there's always an opportunity to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!

Our Youth Referee Policy – reminds all of us that Youth referees are also children under the supervision of our AYSO Volunteers. Referee Mentors, Assistant Referees, Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Parents are required to ensure that players and youth referees are free from verbal, physical or emotional abuse, among other concerns, and there is zero tolerance for any abuse of the youth referees as they enter the field, officiate the game and leave the field.

In the event that an adult chooses to engage in abusive behavior, e.g., taunting, yelling at, charging the field, or in any manner intimidating a Youth referee, in addition to ejection from the game, the adult is subject to a 2- year suspension from all AYSO activities. Their children are welcome to continue participation, but the abusing adult may not attend. Upon completing the suspension, the abusing adult may return after completing the Safe Haven course, but without Volunteer privileges, and with the understanding that a second infraction will result in an additional 3-year suspension.

Concussions(AYSO Concussion Action Plan) traumatic head injury often occurs when a blow to the body or head causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.

  • Coaches are required to report all head injuries to the Safety Director and encourage parents to seek medical care for their child.
  • Any player with a suspected head injury may not return without Medical Clearance.

Here is a link to the CDC on Concussions & Head/Brain Injuries to give you a better understanding of the very serious issues. http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/

Goal and Goal Cart Safety – a few very simple rules will keep our players, younger siblings and spectators safe:

  • Securely anchor or counter-weight portable goals at all times. Every goal should have at least two sandbags counter-balancing the rear corners of every goal.
  • Never climb on the net or goal framework.
  • Check all connecting hardware during morning set up. Replace damaged or missing fasteners immediately or if damaged return to cart.
  • If a goal becomes damaged during Game Days, tip unsecured or damaged goals onto their goal face and move them away from the field. Use cones or bags for the goal until a replacement goal is available.
  • Never climb on the Goal Cart – Parents are responsible for the safety of their children.

Have a fun, fair and safe season.