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Welcome to Madison, AL AYSO Region 498

Special Notes

  • There is no rule that the team parent must be a 'mom'. There have been plenty of team dads in recent years who have done a good job just as there have been plenty of female coaches who have excelled in what was primarily a male coach's role in the past.

  • Do not let yourself become a babysitter at practices or games or a taxi service for parents who can not get their children to games or practices.
  • In today's litigious society you should also be sure that you are not alone with any child that is not your own. Always have a second adult on hand.
  • Stay organized. Be sure to have a calendar available for team dates as parents will often call and ask for time and dates of games or practices since they have lost their own schedule.
  • If you are giving a hand-out to players at practice be sure to write the name of the player on the top of the page. By doing that you will be sure that everyone gets a copy and there are no questions when a parent later complains that you did not give a copy to their child. At younger ages it makes sense to place the hand-out or envelope directly in the parent's hands when possible.
  • There is a website that allows you to order Team Parent Handbook and Software.  Several excerpts are shown here:http://teammom.net/excerpt.htm

Parent/Spectator Behavior & Dissent

These guidelines are PER GAME.

  1st occurrence verbal warning
  2nd occurrence recorded caution
  3rd occurrence ejection & 1 game suspension

• Two (2) ejections in a season will result in suspension.
• Refusal to leave after an ejection will result in suspension.
• Coaches are responsible for their parents. If they are unable to control a parent, the game will be stopped until the offender leaves.
• Profanity will result in ejection and removal from all playing fields. People using profanity will be asked to leave the complex. The game will not continue until they leave. City of Madison Police Department will enforce all Recreation Department bans and enforce as trespassing.
• Physical contact with a ref, league official, coach or any other persons will result in suspension and may be subject to further discipline.
• Referees and/or all league officials and City of Madison Recreation Department employees may enforce all these rules.

MOST IMPORTANT - CONFRONTATIONS OF ANY KIND WITH YOUTH REFEREES SIMPLY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

  ZERO TOLERANCE, NO EXCUSES !!!

Parents

"In AYSO it's about more than the game... It's about the kids"


Kidzone PowerPoint

The 10 Commandments for Parents

80 Words of Encouragement

PLEASE VOLUNTEER!!

AYSO is a volunteer-driven organization. Without people willing to give their time to coach and to referee, there would be no soccer program.

WE HATE TURNING KIDS AWAY, but we are limited to the number of kids we can accommodate by the number of coaches and referees we have. AYSO National has set the maximum number of children that can be on a team. IF you volunteer, your children are guaranteed a place on a team as long as you volunteer before late registration. After that we can guarantee a place only for the child you would be coaching. Any other child would be placed at the top of the appropriate waiting list. Please make sure your child’s Player Form indicates that you are a volunteer and what you are volunteering to do (coach, referee etc). 

If you are going to volunteer, please do so as early as possible since we need to have a good idea of the number of spots available for the kids. Due to identification requirements, we are no longer able to accept Volunteer forms by mail. An exception can be made if you turned in a Volunteer Form during the previous year. Please contact our Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate at cvpa@ayso498.org for permission to submit your Volunteer Form by mail.

All new volunteers can go to www.eAYSO.org and fill out a volunteer form. The benefit of filling out this form online is that the complete social security number and driver’s license number are not printed out on your volunteer form. AYSO National must have these numbers for the background check, but our local volunteers do not need them. This protects your privacy. For more information, please contact our Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate at the email address listed above.

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AYSO Madison AL, Region 498

P.O. Box 182 
Madison, Alabama 35758

Email Us: commissioner@ayso498.org
Phone : 256-684-2959
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