Respect Starts with ME!!
No one is perfect. Mistakes get made. But when respect is the foundation of our relationships, we treat each other with courtesy, consideration and patience. Kids watch the behavior of adults and they learn how to relate to the world around them. Youth sports are as much about learning life lessons as they are about learning the sport on the field.
Respect isn’t about “the other guy,” it always starts with ourselves. Respectful behavior towards other parents, referees (who volunteer their time to ensure that every game is fun, fair and safe), coaches (who dedicate hours every week to make sure every player is learning soccer and having a great AYSO experience), administrators (who give countless hours to register players, line fields, hang nets, set up schedules and rosters, process money and so much more) and, most importantly, the kids that we all care so much about.
Respect may not specifically be one of the Six Philosophies of AYSO, but it is embedded in everything AYSO does. From good sportsmanship to Kids Zone, respect on the field, on the sidelines and in the community is what makes AYSO the special organization that it is.
The RESPECT Campaign began as a “respect for referees” initiative in Europe and has now spanned the globe, picking up meaning as it has traveled. Under its U.S. Soccer umbrella, the governing body of all soccer in America has launched a fan-respect campaign for fans in the stands; the European Football Union (UEFA) added an anti-racism component and AYSO has kicked the ball further, by embracing it as a campaign for parents, players, referees and coaches.
At least one parent is expected to serve as: head coach, assistant coach, team parent, referee, board member, field setup, tournament, registration, or for team photos.