For help registering as a volunteer please visit our New Volunteers page!
Thanks to all our new and returning referees!
Volunteer Opportunities with AYSO:
~ Assistant Coach
~ Team Parent
~ Referee Coordinator (Spring only)
~ Team Manager(Spring only)
A Positive Game Environment
Referees are part of the game and as such, they play a key role in keeping the game a positive experience for all. Respect for the referees is a must if we want to continue providing a great environment for families to enjoy and support their children’s development, and for adults to share their passion for playing and making friends. It is important that we support those who choose to become referees and help us enjoy the game.
The game moves so fast and in such unpredictable ways, that it creates many exciting and enjoyable moments, but it also challenges a human’s ability to see and evaluate incidents with perfection. The result is that referees and players will make mistakes during every match and we must accept this as part of the game. Even professional/international players and referees make mistakes. Referees are constantly improving their skills and getting experience and they certainly do not want to make mistakes and when we do, we feel terrible. But the fact is that mistakes will be made. Don’t let this part of the game, or a disagreement with a referee’s decision, be a reason to disrespect referees or worse yet, physically abuse them.
Steps that allow all of us to keep the game safe for referees and others:
- Everyone must respect the referees at all times, even when they make calls with which you
-The sooner an adult takes action, the easier it is to manage possible negative behavior.
If a player starts to act negatively:
-The coach should mentor him/her and if needed, substitute the player.
-When present, a parent or family member should connect with the player and take action.
Any player who threatens or is guilty of aggravated assault on a referee should be reported, so that the competition authorities can take the proper action.
Communicate to the membership without revealing personal information, all actions taken to ensure players and referee safety.
A spectator starts to act negatively:
-Other spectators supporting that team should ask him/her to stop the negative behavior.
-Remind the negative spectator about the concept zero tolerance for negative behavior.
-If needed, other spectators should immediately take action restraining the person if needed and calling the authorities when warranted.
Training and awareness provided in AYSO:
-AYSO integrates the teaching of core values, including respect within our programs.
-Our AYSO Mission has Six Philosophies which include Good Sportsmanship and are integrated in all of our programs.
-We have the PIE principle - Positive/Instructional/Encouraging approach that we use to coach players.
-We have Kids Zone®, a program which reinforces positive behavior through a list of nine directives that include, “Set a proper example for our children.”
AYSO provides constant visibility of positive messages that support good behavior.
-T-shirts, banners, posters, etc. all displaying positive messages.
-Reminders are provided periodically in meetings, at the fields, ongoing training, etc.
-Teams, players and team fans are recognized for projecting respect.
AYSO encourages players, coaches and other volunteers to take an annual reminder via a course that includes proper behavior direction and guidelines.
-Safe Haven provides training and awareness of proper conduct, which generates great results.
-Safe Haven also shares and encourages teamwork to generate a positive, respectful environment for players, parents, coaches, referees, volunteers, and all others that participate in AYSO.
AYSO National Referee Program Administrator