Lincoln Youth Soccer: General Aims and Goals

Saturday, March 13
Mission Statement

The purpose for which the LYSA is formed, is to foster, encourage, and promote the playing of the sport of soccer for the children and families of the residents of Lincoln through the maintenance and operation of instructional, intramural and travel team programs; to develop and promote the qualities of physical fitness, competitive spirit, team play, loyalty, and good sportsmanship in those who participate in the program; to provide opportunities to adults interested in participating in the program as coaches or, in other capacities, to work with children in a sports setting; and to foster and promote understanding in the fundamentals and the fine points of soccer.

From  Lincoln Youth Soccer Association Constitution and Bylaws
As amended
at November 2003 Annual General Meeting


Saturday, June 5
Team Placement Philosophy

LYS recognizes and embraces the small size of our community.  As such, it is our philosophy to maintain high child participation throughout the lifecycle of the program as our ultimate goal, with respect to team placement. 


At all levels below U14, the strong preference will be to keep a team within the same school grade since children often prefer to be with their peers.  When there are multiple teams within the same school grade, the placement process will aim to balance the teams to the extent reasonable, and to mix the teams the following year to provide a new experience for the players.   Formal tryouts will not be held for teams below the U14 level.


At the U14 level, team assignment will be handled by the head coach.  He/She will use level of ability, based on the tryout process, as his/her primary criteria. 


If a team within a given grade has too few players, players from a different grade may be asked to play “out of grade”.  Such requests will come from the Commissioner or President to the players’ parents.


Please note that parent-initiated requests for their child to “play-up” are not permitted.  

A Word About Commitment


Please be aware that our goal of high child participation does not excuse poor player or parent commitment to the program.  It is the expectation of LYS that players attend practices, skills sessions and games.  The more commitment the players bring to their team, the better the experience will be for all.