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AYSO REGION 980

AYSO Pledges

AYSO Pledges

AYSO CODES OF CONDUCT

AYSO has always encouraged good sportsmanship in its programs. In fact, “Good Sportsmanship” is one of the Six Philosophies listed in the AYSO National Bylaws. AYSO strongly recommends that Regions promote good sportsmanship through dynamic programs.

Elements of these programs may vary from Region to Region, but all define the conduct of players, coaches, referees and even parents. They explain the fundamentals of good behavior - which is simply showing courtesy and respect for all involved in the game. If players, volunteers and parents understand what is expected of them when it comes to good sportsmanship, they will act accordingly. Good sportsmanship doesn’t just happen. It needs to be taught, encouraged and demonstrated.

AYSO COACH PLEDGE:

·        Enthusiastically support and practice the AYSO mission to “enrich children’s lives” by embracing AYSO’s Six Philosophies of:

Everyone Plays, Open Registration, Balanced Teams, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.

·        Stay informed about sound principles of coaching, child development and creating a safe haven.

·        Respect the game and know the Laws.

·        Emphasize to players that they must abide by the Laws of the Game at all times.

·        Develop a true respect for all referee decisions.

·        Develop a team respect for opponents and each other.

·        Ensure a safe environment for players.

·        Never yell at or ridicule a player, referee or opponent.

·        Always set a good example.

·        Remember that soccer is a game and all games should be fun.

·        Let the players play without constant instructions or commentary from sidelines.

·        Role model good sporting behavior.

AYSO PLAYER PLEDGE:

·        Play for the sake of playing a game, not just to please a parent or coach.

·        Always give your best effort and work as hard for your teammates as you do for yourself.

·        Respect the game and each other. Treat all players as you would like to be treated and let an adult know if someone or something concerns you.

·        Be a team player.

·        Be a good sport and support good plays whether they are made by your team or your opponents.

·        Follow by the Laws of the Game.

·        Cooperate with and show respect for coaches, teammates, opponents and referees.

·        Never argue with referees or complain about referee calls or decisions.

·        Control your temper even when you feel you have been wronged.

·        Do not use offensive or abusive language or behavior.

·        Remember that the object of the game is to win, but the goal is to have fun and give your best effort.

AYSO REFEREE PLEDGE:

·        Always remember that the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play come first.

·        Study and learn the Laws of the Game and understand the importance of the “Spirit” of the Laws. Help fellow referees do  the same.

·        Encourage and enforce the AYSO Six Philosophies, especially “Everyone Plays,” “Positive Coaching,” and “Good Sportsmanship.”

·        Demonstrate respect for all participants; coaches, players and spectators.

·        Respect other referees’ decisions, and do not publicly criticize another official.

·        Wear the proper uniform and keep it in good condition.

·        Maintain good physical condition to keep up with the speed of play.

·        Stay calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches and parents.

·        Honor accepted game assignments. In an emergency, find a replacement.

·        Support good sportsmanship with a kind word to players, coaches and parents of both teams when deserved.

·        Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest. Decisions based on personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.

AYSO PARENT PLEDGE:

·        Attend and participate in team parent meetings as requested.

·        Partner with volunteers to keep your child and all children safe.

·        Be on time or early when dropping off or picking up your child for training or a game.

·        Ensure your child is supported and encouraged by family or loved ones at games.

·        Encourage your child to have fun and keep sport in its proper perspective.

·        Define winning for your child as doing his/her very best and appreciate Development over Winning.

·        Endeavor to understand the Laws (rules) of soccer and support the efforts of referees.

·        Honor the game and show respect for all involved including coaches, players, opponents, spectators and referees.

·        Applaud and encourage players from both teams and do not yell out instructions as this causes confusion to the players and ultimately, hinders development.

·        Refrain from making negative comments about the game, coaches, referees or players, especially from the sidelines.

 

Team Expectations for the Region

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025 Changes

  • Required parent/guardian meeting 7/14, 7/20, 7/28 @ 2PM (Location TBD: Zion Park District or ….)
  • You are encouraged to attend so you are informed about changes from season to season.
  • Labor Day Parade, September 2 (All players, parents needed to walk – promote our local program, coaches, referee’s, board members are encouraged to participate – pass out candy, flyers, stickers, etc…)


Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

  • The season fee covers playing in fall and spring and will not be split in half by season. (Note: HS has a different fee since they play fewer games)
  • All payments must be made on-line thru our registration site
  • If you register after 6/30 a system late fee of $40 will be applied per player (Note:  this is due to needing to get early registration to get on inter-region game schedules.
  • A uniform fee applies if you are new to playing with AYSO980 - Zion United this season, if you've outgrown your uniform, or have lost part of your uniform set, moving up to 8U Division. (We have had the same uniform since Fall 2022 thru Spring 2024)
  • We are ALL volunteers.  Many volunteers help the program to run smoothly.  This past year Fall 2023 & Spring 2024, we've struggled.  We need your help to invest in the program and making a difference in our children's lives
  • Any tournament games such as Challenge Cup for 14U and Section Games for 10U, 12U, 14U, HS will register for play in April.  There will be a separate fee for registering to play in these extra events. (exception would be any in house tournament play for our younger divisions 6U and 8U – there will be no cost)

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025 Team Requirements

  • Each team is required to have the following positions filled. 
  • Head Coach,
  • Assistant Coach,
  • Referee(s),
  • Field Monitor,
  • Field Set-Up Crew,
  • Field Closure Crew
  • Note- at discretion of the region based upon volunteer pool:  If these require volunteer roles are not filled for each team from 8U-HS, then the kids will play Gymboree style. 
  • Important Note:  Scheduling for the 8U-HS divisions are done in July and in February.  We need enough players to form teams to play against other regions.
  • Head Coaches will determine practice day and time. 
  • Fall play will be at 38 Acres in Winthrop Harbor
  • Spring Play we plan to be back to David Park in Zion off of 21st Street

AYSO PARENT PLEDGE:

  • Attend and participate in team parent meetings as requested.
  • Partner with volunteers to keep your child and all children safe.
  • Be on time or early when dropping off or picking up your child for training or a game.
  • Ensure your child is supported and encouraged by family or loved ones at games.
  • Encourage your child to have fun and keep sport in its proper perspective.
  • Define winning for your child as doing his/her very best and appreciate Development over Winning.
  • Endeavor to understand the Laws (rules) of soccer and support the efforts of referees.
  • Honor the game and show respect for all involved including coaches, players, opponents, spectators and referees.
  • Applaud and encourage players from both teams and do not yell out instructions as this causes confusion to the players and ultimately, hinders development.
  • Refrain from making negative comments about the game, coaches, referees or players, especially from the sidelines.

AYSO980 Refund Policy:

  • IF you’ve played in one game, no refund will be given
  • IF your player quits before 1st game, you’ll receive only the season refund $160 (these fees will not be refunded: National Player Fee, Processing Fee, Late Fee, Uniform Fee)
  • You MUST email [email protected] with this request with the following information
  • Player First & Last Name
  • Parents First & Last Name
  • Address (Street, City, St, Zip)
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Order #

Parent Information

AYSO Parents

AYSO Kids Zone
In AYSO, fans are asked to be cheerleaders, not critics. Kids Zone® is a unique program that includes a parent pledge that moms and dads sign to commit to positive, encouraging behavior when they're watching the games. It also includes signs, buttons and other game-day reminders.  If you haven't signed the Kids Zone pledge, click on the link below, print the pledge and turn it in to your team coach.
Kids Zone Pledge
Kids Zone Pledge (sp)

Covid-19 Resources

Fall Field Map

Playground through 14U
38 Acres Park
2700 9th Street
Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096

Refunds

Withdraw from AYSO 980:

We certainly hope that it will not be necessary for you to cancel your registration. However, if you must withdraw from AYSO 980, please submit a letter to the Registrar, as there maybe other players on a waiting list.  

You can request a refund under the following conditions:

  • Players withdrawing prior to first game of the season will be issued a refund for the current registered season, excluding the $20.00 per player National fee and Processing Fees.
  • After playing the first scheduled game, NO REFUNDS will be issued.

 

Requesting a Refund:

To receive a refund of your registration fee,

  • Contact the Registrar for a mailing address.
  • Submit a request in writing along with a self-addressed stamped envelope & mail it to the registrar.

There will be a $30 fee for any returned checks. This fee & the check amount will need to be paid in cash or by cashiers check.

Withdraw from AYSO 980:

We certainly hope that it will not be necessary for you to cancel your registration. However, if you must withdraw from AYSO 980, please submit a letter to the Registrar, as there maybe other players on a waiting list.  

You can request a refund under the following conditions:

  • Players withdrawing prior to July 31 will be issued a full refund.
  • Players withdrawing between July 31 and the first game of the Fall season will be issued a refund of one half the registration fee.
  • After the first game of the Fall season, NO REFUNDS will be issued.

 

Requesting a Refund:

To receive a refund of your registration fee,

  • Contact the Registrar for a mailing address.
  • Submit a request in writing along with a self-addressed stamped envelope & mail it to the registrar.

There will be a $30 fee for any returned checks. This fee & the check amount will need to be paid in cash or by cashiers check.

Withdraw from AYSO 980:

We certainly hope that it will not be necessary for you to cancel your registration. However, if you must withdraw from AYSO 980, please submit a letter to the Registrar, as there maybe other players on a waiting list.  

You can request a refund under the following conditions:

  • Players withdrawing prior to July 31 will be issued a full refund.
  • Players withdrawing between July 31 and the first game of the Fall season will be issued a refund of one half the registration fee.
  • After the first game of the Fall season, NO REFUNDS will be issued.

 

Requesting a Refund:

To receive a refund of your registration fee,

  • Contact the Registrar for a mailing address.
  • Submit a request in writing along with a self-addressed stamped envelope & mail it to the registrar.

There will be a $30 fee for any returned checks. This fee & the check amount will need to be paid in cash or by cashiers check.

Withdraw from AYSO 980:

We certainly hope that it will not be necessary for you to cancel your registration. However, if you must withdraw from AYSO 980, please submit a letter to the Registrar, as there maybe other players on a waiting list.  

You can request a refund under the following conditions:

  • Players withdrawing prior to July 31 will be issued a full refund.
  • Players withdrawing between July 31 and the first game of the Fall season will be issued a refund of one half the registration fee.
  • After the first game of the Fall season, NO REFUNDS will be issued.

 

Requesting a Refund:

To receive a refund of your registration fee,

  • Contact the Registrar for a mailing address.
  • Submit a request in writing along with a self-addressed stamped envelope & mail it to the registrar.

There will be a $30 fee for any returned checks. This fee & the check amount will need to be paid in cash or by cashiers check.

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Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 847-445-8222
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