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Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall Season Coaching Moments

We have had our coaching moments thru the start of the AYSO 183 Fall 2016 Season.    

Let's be sure that when we have our "coaching moments" that we follow the AYSO Vision and Mission along with the "AYSO Principles of Sport" (AYSO Safe Haven Manual 2015 Edition).

Everyone Plays!
We need to have more volunteers (as coaches) to help expand the number of teams with players who are on a wait list.   However at the time of team formation and to keep pace with the pre-season preparations (500 or more hours of volunteer time), a decision is made with the number of coaches available to coach in a division.

There are times that some divisions are +1 on the roster size (recommended max size).    The max size of a roster is to ensure that we get every player to play 3/4 of every game before any player gets to play a full game.     If we are +1 or more on a roster, then a coach must be sure that every player plays at least half of every game.    We in AYSO Region 183 want to do more for the player by having them play 3/4 of game which is more than a 1/2 game!         However, since some divisions have less people who volunteered to be a coach, then players don't get to play as often.

Open Registration and Balanced Teams
We have some divisions where the number of players are +1 max over the roster size.   However not all teams are over the max size, and AYSO 183 has a vested interest to 1) allow new players to join AYSO via wait list and 2) ensure that players are assigned appropriately with equal number of players per team within a division.

If all teams have an equal number of players assigned, and we start moving thru the wait list to assign players, all teams will now eventually have that higher number of players.    This is a part of our "balanced teams approach".  

Positive Coaching and AYSO Safe Haven "Positive Role Model and Good Sportsmanship"
As players are added to your team, as a positive role model - acceptance of a player as to who they are is one of the most important aspects for enriching a "child's life".    Non-acceptance is not enriching to a player and discouragement has ensued which is hard on a new player.    

We have a wait list of players.    We have a wait list of of players who come from diverse backgrounds.   We have a wait list of players who come from diverse backgrounds which is most definitely not the same as yours.

As an AYSO Safe Haven Certified Volunteer, we have an expectation that you as a volunteer understand that as a "positive role model" your interaction on and off the field is an important aspect that enriches children's lives.    You are there to provide positive feelings of self-worth, treat children as individuals, and to build confidence and self-esteem.

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