Ossining AYSO: For Parents

Information for Parents:

Listen to Julie Foudy, former Captain of the US National team, talk about AYSO here.

Our basic policy on weather is, unless you hear otherwise, that day's practice and/or game is still on. We will strive to update the home page "scroll" for the latest information. Do know that thunder and lightning are automatic cancellations, whether prior to or during an event. But we do play in rain.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance. Click here to learn more about the Positive Coaching Alliance.


Ossining AYSO is an all-volunteer, non-for profit organization run by parents like you.  Every coach, assistant coach, referee and administrator is a volunteer. Some of our volunteers have played soccer their entire lives and others had never kicked a soccer ball before getting involved with AYSO. All of us do it because it is fun and worthwhile. If you only have a little bit of time and want to help your child and our community, we will find something useful for you to do.  To learn more about how to become a volunteer
follow this link.


The
AYSO Parent Pledge :

In my words and action, I pledge to:

  • Attend and participate in team parent meetings.
  • Be on time or early when dropping off or picking up my child for a practice or game.
  • Ensure my child is supported and encouraged by family or loved ones at games.
  • Encourage my child to have fun and keep sport in its proper perspective.
  • Define winning for my child as doing his/her very best.
  • Endeavor to learn the rules of soccer and support the efforts of referees.
  • Honor the game and show respect for all involved including coaches, players, opponents, spectators and referees.
  • Applaud and encourage players from both teams and not yell out instructions.
  • Not make negative comments about the game, coaches, referees or players in my child's presence.
  • Encourage others to refrain from negative or abusive sideline behavior.



The 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 assure that 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. Become aware of this 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 activities.

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 them. 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.

Reinforce Positive Behavior

Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and 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

Coaches and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support too. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. As a volunteer organization, there's usually always an opportunity for you to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!


Useful Links

Westchester Field Directions
Tips for Soccer Moms and Dads
i Soccer Mom
Soccer-for-Parents
Easy Guide to Soccer Rules
Simplified Rules of the Game
FIFA - Laws of the Game
National Alliance for Youth sports
Sideline Etiquette



Become a Volunteer

We need volunteers! Ossining AYSO is a volunteer, non-for profit organization run by parents like you.  Every coach, assistant coach, referee and administrator is a volunteer. Some of our volunteers have played soccer their entire lives and others had never kicked a soccer ball before getting involved with AYSO. All of us do it because it is fun and worthwhile. If you only have a little bit of time and want to help your child and our community, we will find something useful for you to do.

 

Please contact the Regional Commissioner if you are interested in helping us.  We have many “jobs” available for our volunteers, such as:

COACHES:  This is the bedrock position on which AYSO is built.  It involves teaching the children how to play soccer, assigning positions and playing time.  We must work to make sure that coaches can concentrate on coaching and are not burdened with administrative duties that can be performed by other parents (see Assistant Coaches and Team Parents).

ASSISTANT COACHES:  Assistant coaches need not have prior knowledge of soccer.  This is a great way to learn the game.  The job entails helping the coach enforce discipline and reiterating the teaching of the coach to the smaller groups that the practice breaks up into.

TEAM PARENTS: The individuals who free up the coach by sharing the responsibility for organizing the team off-the field.  Team parents assist the coach by doing such things as setting up telephone trees, (a list of parents' telephone numbers arranged so that the coach only calls one person, who calls two people, etc.). This is so that the coach's messages as to changes in practice times, etc. is conveyed to the team with minimal effort by the coach.

REFEREES: The referee is totally in charge of the game.  Referees are usually parents who volunteer their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one and need your support and encouragement.  The referee ensures that player safety and fair play come first.    

YOUTH/PLAYER REFEREES:We encourage older players (U19, U16, U14) to become trained and certified referees to handle the younger division (U6, U8, U10) games.

STAFF:  Parents working in staff positions will be called as needed to assist in preparing mailings, entering the names of the players into the computer, etc.

FIELDS:  This involves designing and lining the fields and making sure that they are in playing condition.

BOARD MEMBERS:We have many positions on our board available for volunteers with different skills.  Please visit the board page or contact any of the current board members to learn how to join us.

 

AN ODE TO VOLUNTEERS

Many will be shocked to find

When the day of judgment nears

That there’s a special place in heaven

Set aside for volunteers.

Furnished with big recliners, satin couches and footstools

Where there are no committee chairmen,

No group leaders or car-pools,

No eager team that needs a coach,

No bazaar and no bake sale.

There will be nothing to staple,

Not one thing to mail.

Telephone lists will be outlawed,

But a finger snap will bring

Cool drinks and gourmet dinners

And treats fit for a king.

You ask, “Who’ll serve these privileged few

And work for all they’re worth?”

Why, all those who reaped the benefits

And not once volunteered on Earth.