A Parent's Guide To AYSO
Rogers Park AYSO is a soccer organization, a community, a lifestyle, a family, an adventure, a learning experience, a place to make memories, and a season of exciting and busy Sundays, all wrapped up in color-coordinated jerseys and soccer cleats.
Give your child the opportunity to play soccer and learn about life, sportsmanship, and the fun of competition and physical activity with a soccer program that has been kicking around since 1964.
ABC's of AYSO
To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our philosophies:
Everyone Plays - Our goal is for kids to play soccer---so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least half of every game.
Balanced Teams - At the start of each primary season we form teams as evenly balanced as possible---because it is more fun where teams of equal ability play.
Positive Coaching - Winning kids are built up, not torn down! We train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to our players, rather than negative criticism.
Open Registration - Our program is open to all children between 4 ½ and 18 years of age that want to register and play soccer in our program. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.
Good Sportsmanship - We desire to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
Player Development - We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
Everyone Helps Out
AYSO is a volunteer organization with more than 250,000 parents and friends, many of them working as coaches, referees and administrators. It's not unusual to find two, three or more children in the same family playing AYSO soccer - while Dad serves as referee and Mom as coach. It can be a total family experience!
AYSO was founded in 1964 in Torrance, Calif. with about 125 players. Today that number has grown to more than 625,000 nationwide.
Why AYSO Works
AYSO works because our volunteers work. The volunteers work because they believe in the AYSO philosophies. Our phenomenal growth underscores AYSO's commitment to a healthy competitive atmosphere for youth soccer players, combined with dedication toward the development of responsible individuals.
What Makes AYSO Tick? AYSO was founded on community involvement. Volunteer staff members are encouraged to organize in ways best suited to their needs. The foundation of AYSO is the "Region", or basic community program. Each Region is headed by a Regional Commissioner who, with the help of a regional board, conducts business within the framework of AYSO's philosophies, Rules and Regulations and Bylaws. Depending on its stage of development, a Region may have as few as 200 players or as many as 5,000, grouped into boys and girls divisions based on age.
Several bordering regions compose an "Area". Each Area is headed by an Area Director who is responsible for performance and growth of the Area. Rogers Park AYSO is in "Area D".
Area Directors report to Section Directors, who are responsible for the general welfare and administration of a "Section." Rogers Park AYSO is in Section 6 which includes most of Illinois, Wisconsin (including the Upper Peninsula), Minnesota, and Iowa.
A National Board of Directors governs the overall AYSO organization. Regional Commissioners, Area and Section Directors, along with the National Board Members, serve as executive members with voting rights.
The staff at AYSO's national headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. works closely with these volunteer executive members and interfaces directly with each Region. The headquarters, called the National Support and Training Center or NSTC, provides many services: computerized registration; publications; liability and accident insurance; training for coaches, referees and administrators, and more.
What's a Region?
Whether you are a veteran AYSO volunteer or you're new at this soccer business, you may be wondering just what is this thing called an AYSO Region and how it works.
The Rogers Park AYSO region is one of more than 900 local programs in communities nationwide. Each AYSO Region is the same, yet different.
That means AYSO Bylaws and Rules and Regulations standardize operational procedures and playing rules. But because community needs and characteristics may be different, Regions like Rogers Park AYSO have flexibility to satisfy their unique needs.
Rogers Park AYSO is identified by its own number (1206). It is managed by parents just like yourself. In fact, you may be one of those dedicated volunteers working to ensure the program is run effectively and AYSO philosophies are upheld.
Our Regional Commissioner and Regional Board of Directors usually meet once every two months during the year and perhaps more often for pre-season planning. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
Get to know your child's soccer coach and other parents. Volunteer your time, skills and energies to make your AYSO Region run well. This way, both your child and you benefit from the AYSO experience.
Here's what you can expect from your Rogers Park AYSO:
- A fun soccer experience for your child during games and practices.
- Coaches and referees who understand the AYSO philosophies and support them.
- Technical training for coaches and referees.
- Caring volunteers to manage the "business" of the Region.
- A national organization for support and guidance.
- Fiscal responsibility via a financial statement, published yearly.