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KID'S ZONE

In AYSO, we want all players, coaches, families and volunteers to have fun. That’s where Kids Zone comes in. Kids Zone is a program that encourages fans 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.

 Regions that participate in the Kids Zone program typically place buttons and posters near the fields as helpful reminders that no matter how intense the game can be, kids need cheerful support from the sidelines. Then there’s the Kids Zone Pledge – parents and spectators are asked to sign the pledge and agree to the following guidelines:

  • Kids are No. 1.
  • Fun, not winning is everything.
  • Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach.
  • No Animals
  • No yelling in anger.
  • Respect the volunteer referees.
  •  No swearing or abusive behavior.
  • No alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • No weapons.
  • Leave no trash behind.
  • 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!

 In recent months, the national media has focused on the negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. In a proactive effort to counteract this trend of violence, AYSO has a program called Kids Zone.

 As part of AYSO's education agenda, Kids Zone is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. It is aimed toward producing a thoroughly positive impact on everyone involved in youth soccer. To execute this program, four basic elements are involved:

1. The Button. This is a pin-on button bearing the program's logo. This will be worn by program supporters at games, and will serve as a reminder of the importance of positive sideline behavior.

2. The Sign. A large sideline poster, which lists positive behavior standards, designed to be posted at the entrance of participating fields. Parents and spectators who will abide by these standards are welcome -- all others are not.

3. The Pledge. We will request AYSO parents to sign a pledge that holds them to the Kids Zone standards.

 To view the pledge click here.                          To view the pledge in Spanish click here

 4. The Video.  This is a 12 minute documentary that introduces AYSO's principles and its Kids Zone action plan to new participants.  Viewers will also watch a parent intervene to change another parent's negative behavior. 

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