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AYSO United (Westchester, NY)

Player Expectations

Player Pledge

I will:

  • Play for the good of the game
  • Promise to work hard at practice and games to improve my soccer skills and my understanding of the game. I understand the amount of playing time I receive in games will be based on my skills, determination in practice, punctuality, and attitude. I know that I may receive more or less playing time than my team members and, while playing 50% is guaranteed, any playing time above that must be earned and is not guaranteed.
  • Have a positive and never quit attitude.
  • Exemplify and demonstrate sportsmanship at all times
  • Win without boasting: Be generous when you win; graceful when you lose
  • Conduct myself with class and dignity…be professional at all times !!!
  • Respect all officials and coaches and accept their decisions without question
  • Give encouragement to my fellow teammates
  • Attend & be prompt to all games & practices
  • Immediately report any injury to my coach
  • Respect my coach & my opponents
  • Abide by my coach’s decision regarding playing time and positioning
  • Learn and obey the laws of the game
  • Practice individual soccer skills on my own time at least 3-4 times per week
  • Notify the coach or team manager if I will be late for or unable to attend a game, training session, or team meeting
  • Learn the rules, policies & procedures of the Team & Club
  • Approach the Coach with any personal soccer related problems
  • Be the BEST that I can be at all times; for myself, my team, my club and my family

I will never :

  • Engage in dissent toward an official or coach nor use profane or vulgar language
  • Leave a game field or training session without the permission of my coach
  • Use a controlled substance (drugs), tobacco products, or drink alcoholic beverages. It is the firm commitment of the Club to take an active role in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Our policy is no drugs, no alcohol, and no destructive behavior. We will involve ourselves with the player and parents any time that a situation has an impact on our Club or its members. It is important that we be able to trust players to obey Club rules, because of the responsibilities that we assume when we travel. Violation of this policy may be the basis for suspension or dismissal from the team, or for requiring that a player return home early from an out-of -town tournament at the parent’s expense.
  • Never forget that I represent AYSO !!! 

Soccer is a very demanding sport. Your must be prepared to do your best at every game. Here are a few simple basic guidelines:

  • Come to each game mentally and physically prepared to do your best.
  • Be sure to arrive prior to the prescribed time to allow for all warm-up activities.
  • Arrive at the game well rested. Avoid late nights or spend-the-night parties on the night before a game. More than a few soccer games have been knowingly "forfeited" the night before the soccer match. Fatigue, as a result of too little sleep, raises the risk of injury.
  • Build up body fluids before the game. Start drinking water and or sports drinks as much as 24-48 hours before the game, and try to take in as much proper fluid as possible right up to game time.
  • East sensibly, especially on the day of a game. For instance, milk, peanuts or carbonated drinks before a game will shorten a player’s wind.
  • A pre-game warm-up to get an abundant flow of blood to the muscles, followed by sensible, slow stretching activities designed to increase flexibility and minimize the possibility of muscle pulls or injury, are of vital importance.
  • Make certain that you have proper equipment, and bring them to each practice and game.
  • Proper fitting shoes and regulation shin guards are essential.
  • Watches, jewelry, and hair pins should be left at home !!!
  • NO baseball caps or hats !!  Leave them home !!
  • Treat minor injuries promptly and properly. For muscle strains and bruises, remember the principle of "R-I-C-E" -- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Your team should arrange to have ice available at every game for quick application to twisted ankles or knees.
  • Let your coach know before practice or a game of any condition that might affect your ability to play. Seek early medical help for physical problems that persist.

While in Uniform

  • Whenever an AYSO United player is in uniform, she/he is representing the Club and should wear their uniform properly and with pride.
  • Please read and abide by the following guidelines:
    • Bring all uniform equipment to every game including all uniform shirts, shorts, socks, shoes (cleats and turf depending on conditions), warm-up shirts, warm-up suits and tape.
    • Jerseys must always be tucked into shorts whenever you are wearing the uniform (not just during the game). Sliding pants should be the same color as the shorts, not extend below the uniform shorts and not be visible.
    • Players should be dressed alike during team warm-ups before games.
    • Uniform socks will be pulled up whenever you have them on. Shin guards must always be covered by socks.
    • Arrive at games looking sharp.  No Baseball Caps !!! Have your equipment bag with you at all practices and games.
    • Put equipment bags carefully in a row on the sidelines at all games. Keep bags in a proper team location at practice.
    • Bring your water bottle with you to all practices and games. At games, place your water bottle behind your bag when not in use. To prevent passing on illnesses to teammates, do not share water bottles !!!
    • Use saddle soap or leather protector on your shoes before every game; in other words, shine and take care of your shoes. They are your tools of the trade !!
    • Bring your properly inflated soccer ball to every practice and game.
    • Leave your rings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, other jewelry and hairpins (except for rubber bands or other elastic bands) at home or in your equipment bags.

Individual-Learning Program Participation

Without regular and proper practice, soccer skills and tactics cannot be mastered. It is impossible to expect that players master their skills only during their prescribed training sessions. Therefore, it is imperative that players set aside time at home to work on their individual technique and conditioning. This is called the Individual-Learning Program. We demand a significant time commitment from the coaches, and we expect our players to be willing to make the same commitment. 

We know that many of our players have other interests and demands on their time, but we believe it very important that you make every effort to have them attend each practice session and allot time at home to individually further refine their skills. They will need those refined skills if their team is to be competitive and if they are to continue their individual development. So please make every effort to arrange their schedules to allow time for soccer practice at home.

Generally, team training sessions will incorporate both individual technique and team tactics based upon the age group.

Important Team Training Session Tips

  • It is imperative to come to practice sessions regularly. You cannot miss training sessions or practice poorly and expect to improve. If you have a problem attending a practice, give your coach a call, in advance, if possible
  • Pay attention to the coaches in practice
  • Do not distract others at practice (e.g., conversing with teammates while attempting a drill is distracting to others)
  • Practice at game speed (learning to do a skill in slow motion will not help in a game)
  • Bring water or sports drinks to replace lost fluids during the training session
  • Shinguards are mandatory at all training sessions.
  • Game Day Preparation-Preparing to do Your Best!

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AYSO United (Westchester, NY)

1 Town Hall Plaza Attn: Rec Dept 
Valhalla, New York 10595

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 646-523-0166
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