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Rivertowns AYSO (Region 324 New York)

What is expected of Parents

What is expected of me as a parent of a player in one of our soccer programs?

  • Does my job as a parent begin and end with bringing my player to and from the game?
  • I pay a fee for this program, does that make it a form of drop-off childcare?
  • Am I expected to cheer for my player and direct her on the field?
  • If I yell at games will my player hear me and know that I care?

Parent DOs

  • Be involved with your player and the soccer program she/he is involved in.   
  • Make sure you or an assigned parent is present at all practices and games.  
  • Learn the rules of the game and explore soccer content.
  • Offer positive reinforcement and cheers to your player, her teammates, and the other team.   
  • Allow the coaches and trainer to provide the only sideline instruction.
  • Become a volunteer and become more involved in your player's experience.
  • Practice (if you can) with your player off of the field the skills learned during training sessions.   

Parent DON'TS!

  • Do not drop your player off at the field without at least making plans for another team parent to remain through practice and games.
    • The weather can be fickle and both games and practices can end early.
    • This is not a baby-sitting service, but a learning opportunity for your player.
    • Skills learned can be practiced by parent and player off of the field.
    • Players tend to perform better when their parents are positively involved.
  • Do not cheer only for your player.
    • Soccer is a team sport and all of your player's teammates have earned the praise.
    • Good sportsmanship is a hallmark of our soccer education.
    • Cheer the other team as well and laud worthy accomplishments.
    • Anything other than simple positive phrases become noise and distraction to the players.
  • Do not shout directions/instructions to any players on the field.
    • It's the role of the coach and trainer to provide direction and instruction during practice and game play.
    • Conflicting messages confuse the players on the field and hinders the learning process.
    • Limit comments to "great job" and "well done" and "keep going" -- and other positive reinforcements.

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Rivertowns AYSO (Region 324 New York)

P.O Box 684 
Ardsley, New York 10502

Email Us: [email protected]
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