Region 318 serving Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa, NV and Woodfords and Markleeville, CA
Dear Parents, Players, Coaches, Referees and Community Members,
The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) has a long, proud, history of providing the Carson Valley community with an excellent soccer program for players ranging in age from 4 to 18 years old. AYSO is pleased to tell you that the program will continue in the fall of 2015, as it has done since 1981.
AYSO is a soccer program for the entire family. AYSO’s goal is for every girl and boy stepping on a soccer field to learn soccer and have a fun, fair and safe experience. It’s also to ensure that the whole family can be involved, creating memories that last a lifetime. AYSO's kid-first approach makes us a leader in player development. Everybody likes to win, but developing successful players and people is what's fundamental. We also create a terrific experience for parents who can be involved with their child as a coach or referee. We provide training to all our volunteers. It’s not only easy, it’s free. This training is the same no matter where you reside, Florida, Oregon, Texas and yes, here in Nevada. This ensures that we are delivering the same program that has been our hallmark for 50 years. We want to make sure it’s as much fun for mom and dad as it is for your players! With player development in mind, AYSO makes sure that no kid signs up to play soccer and ends up only riding the bench! That’s not how you learn the game.
Our organization is almost entirely run by volunteers from team parents all the way up to our National Board of Directors and even the National President. This is not our job, it's our passion. AYSO’s mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our Six Philosophies:
Everyone Plays® -- Our program's goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50 percent of every game. It's no fun to spend the game on the bench...and that's no way to learn soccer! In your Region, your kids will play even more because of the three before four rule. No player shall play an entire game before every other player on the team has played three quarters. Your kids will be playing soccer and not sitting on the bench if you chose AYSO.
Balanced Teams -- Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it's more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
Open Registration -- Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Positive Coaching -- Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child's life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.
Good Sportsmanship -- We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
Player Development -- We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
In order to make sure that AYSO continues to thrive in your community we are asking each one of you to step up and volunteer, even if you only have a few hours to give each season. With your help, we can continue to provide AYSO in your community. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to volunteer. We cannot do it without you!
Thank you in advance for you continued support of AYSO in our community.