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AYSO Region 1284 - Genoa / Kingston / Kirkland


Focus on fun, not the score!
  • While children, especially as they get older, most certainly do "keep score," our focus is on having fun and learning about soccer
  • No prizes are awarded to the team with the most wins in the end
  • Because teams are balanced when they are put together, the games should technically be fair
Winning/Losing "Streaks"
  • On occasion, teams have gone for an entire season without winning - or without losing - a game
  • Players should be reminded that this is not a reflection on any one aspect of the sport or coach or team or player

If the team is having a hard time winning games

  • Focus not only on good sportsmanship, but also on what they are getting from the experience - perseverance, dedication, supporting their teammates even when they are down
  • This is not always an easy thing for parents, let alone coaches or especially players, to do. Be mindful of that in dealings with the referees, coaches, other parents, and other players as well as your own.
  • If children see you are okay with it, they are less likely to feel they have let you down; if they hear someone being berated, they will feel shamed.
  • Ask them if they did their best, and if they had fun. They will most likely say "yes!"
  • Remind them that they are playing as a part of a team
  • Remind players (especially goalkeepers) that the ball also had to get through every player on their team before the goal was scored
  • Tell them how proud you are of them
  • At the end of the game, ask them, "Which one of your teammates did something well?"  (Kids are actually good at answering this question.) Then yourself, "What did I see that I liked?"  This gives you a nice chance to recognize specific, positive things you saw, and a chance to talk about these positive things with your player. It ends the competition on a positive note.

If the team is having an extremely successful season

  • Players should show good sportsmanship in their wins
  • Commend them on their efforts
  • Be wary of their becoming too "cocky" and getting comfortable
  • Encourage them to challenge themselves, to further develop their skills by doing extra passes, shooting with their non-dominant foot, etc.
  • Tell them how proud you are of them

National Partners

Regional Commissioner - Jason Haack

AYSO Region 1284

301 Forest Dr 
Kirkland, Illinois 60146

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