Welcome to Five Cities
AYSO Region 83 soccer, an experience to be enjoyed and participated in
by the entire family.
AYSO soccer is more than
an athletic program. AYSO is also focused on player
development. AYSO is an opportunity for our children learn
skills, meet friends, work as a team, learn and practice good
sportsmanship, and to make and carry out a commitment to their team.
We are committed to the
five AYSO Philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open
Registration, Positive Coaching, and Good Sportsmanship.
Everyone plays: every registered player will play
at least three of the four quarters of each regular league season game
in which they play. (Players arriving late to a game may not play three
quarters.) Players playing goal keeper will play at least one quarter
out on the field.
Balanced Teams: every effort is made at
the time teams are formed to form teams of equal skill. Players have
more fun playing soccer when games are competitive. Training is offered
to and required of all of our coaches in an attempt to assure a high
quality of coaching for every team.
Open Registration: any player meeting
the age requirements for AYSO soccer, and timely paying a registration
fee and completing registration paperwork is given an opportunity to be
placed on a team, independently of skill. The number of players and
teams we are able to field is dependent on the number of volunteers we
have to coach and referee.
Positive Coaching: we teach our coaches to keep it
positive. Player have more fun when they aren't being over-coached, and
are being encouraged. Soccer is a player's game, and players need to
develop the ability to think and act on their own on the field.
Good Sportsmanship: we teach our
players good sportsmanship. Winning teams are not winning teams without
an opponent. And, when the score is not in your favor, winners behave
with grace. Our five goal rule (which applies to all divisions)
helps to teach players respect for their opponents, and that being a
winner means not running up the score.
Our primary focus is not
on building winning teams, but on building winning players--regardless
of the final score. We recognize that there is a great deal of pressure
on children today to be "the best." We also recognize that the
number one reason kids give for quitting an athletic program is pressure.
We therefore instead focus on helping each player to be "their best."
For parents, AYSO is an
opportunity to become involved in an exciting program with your
children. AYSO has no paid staff on the local (Region), Area or
Section level. All of our board, staff, coaches, referees, field
crews, and other volunteers contribute their time freely without any
monetary compensation. We do so in service of our own children,
and in service of the children of our community. Literally, this
program requires a minimum of one volunteer for every family
registered. It is vital that you actively participate in
supporting AYSO at all levels.
Additionally, AYSO is a
chance for parents to teach their children that they must honor their
commitment to their team. This may mean helping them regret a
party invitation or forego a trip because a game is scheduled.
Helping children make wise choices of activities, such as AYSO, and
encouraging full participation without any excuses, will benefit the
players throughout their life.
Five Cities AYSO Region 83
has four main means of communication. The first is through our Division Coordinators to our
coaches, and then to our registered members; the second is
through announcements on our Information/Message line at (805)597-4747;
the third is on our website, which
is updated regularly; and the fourth is through our electronic mailing
list, for which you can sign up on the Region 83
home page. Keep an eye open for more details on our website,
and sign up for our electronic mailing list.
So, welcome to Region 83
AYSO. I hope you enjoy this year as part of the AYSO family.
Regional Commissioner, Region 83