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Tips for Parents

Your role, as parents or guardians, has a tremendous impact on your child’s experiences as he or she participates in sports. Here are some tips:

Parent Code of Conduct

• Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
• Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours. Teach your child to always play by the rules.
• Teach your child that hard work and honest effort are often more important than a victory.
• Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner even in defeat.
• Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game. Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
• Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
• Do not publicly question the referee’s judgment and never their honesty.
• Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees and officials and give them their due respect. Without them, there would be no AYSO soccer.
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.

Conversations before the games

  • Tell your child you love him/her regardless of the outcome.
  • Tell him or her “Go for it, give it your best shot and have fun!”

During the game

  • Understand that kids are over-stimulated during games. The Coach may be giving instructions, opponents and teammates are talking, the crowd is cheering, and the Referee is blowing the whistle. To a youth sports participant, the atmosphere is much like that of a fighter pilot with enemy jets racing all around. Do not yell instructions to your child during the game because it only adds to the confusion.
  • Sometimes the best thing you can do as a parent is to be quiet.
  • Cheer and acknowledge good plays by both teams.

After the game

  • Thank the officials for doing a difficult job.
  • Thank the coaches for their efforts.
  • Thank your opponents for a good game.
  • Congratulate your child and his or her teammates for their efforts.
  • Compliment individual players on good plays they made in the game.

During the car ride home

  • Point out a good play your child made during the game.
  • Avoid criticizing or correcting mistakes.
  • Ask open-ended questions about how the game was played rather than how many points were scored. Here are examples of open-ended questions that might apply:

    – Did you have fun?
    – Did you give it your best effort?
    – What did you learn from the game?
    – What was the best play you made and how did it feel?

Remember:  Coaches Coach • Referees Ref • Parents Cheer


It is important that players attend practice. When you sign up to play AYSO soccer, you have agreed to attend practices regularly and help the coach build a team for the enjoyment of everyone. Practice is fun – it’s where players learn the skills, strategies, and teamwork necessary to play the game. Please let your player’s Coach know when your player will miss a practice or game.

Team practice dates and location are determined by each individual coach. The best way to have input into the location, date, and time of practices is to volunteer as a Coach.

Each player must have a soccer ball to use for home and practice. It’s a great idea to put your player’s name and phone number on his/her ball using permanent marker. 

Players MUST wear shin guards to practice or they will NOT practice. Also, just as with games, players shouldn’t wear wrist-watches, earrings, barrettes, metal bracelets or any other object that could injure the
player or others.

Parents – please don’t rely on the coach to baby-sit, he/she has a family and other obligations too. If you don’t stay at practice – make sure you drop your player off and pick them up ON TIME


There are only a couple tournaments Region 955 tends to participate in.  

Fall: AYSO Area C Fallfest: 2-day event open to AYSO 10U-19U Core teams from Area C Regions.

Spring: AYSO Section 8 Tournament (Spring 2022 held in Coldwater, MI) or AYSO Port Huron Tournament.

If there are additional tournaments you are aware of and would like us to participate in, please forward all information to your coaches in order participate.  Coaches will share information with Regional Commissioner for decisions to be made.  Submission of request does not guarantee approval to play in additional tournaments.  


Players and families do not have to engage in Fundraising to participate in AYSO. Because we are a 100% volunteer organization, the cost of operations is primarily covered by player fees and sponsor donations. 

In an effort to subsidize these funds, we offer fundraising options to help keep costs low.  

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AYSO Region 955 - Memphis and Surrounding Areas

PO Box 610 
Memphis, Michigan 48041

Email Us: [email protected]
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