Sideline Etiquette

AYSO strives to create a healthy environment for our children and our community. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a high standard of conduct at our games:

  • Negative comments and complaints about officiating are prohibited.
  • In Region 13, the home team always occupies the north or west sideline. This rule applies regardless of sun, shade or other conditions.
    • Spectators must sit on their team’s sideline.
    • No spectators are allowed behind the goal line.
  • Coaches must remain in “the technical area” (on the sideline, within 10 yards of the halfway line). Since the technical area is not painted on Region 13 fields, coaches must go no further from the halfway line than the edge of the center circle.
    • Exceptions: U6, U7, and U8 coaches are allowed along the entire sideline.
  • Only coaches may “coach” (i.e., instruct and direct the players). Others on the sideline should cheer and encourage, but should never coach.
  • Coach participation in matches is limited to comments that are positive, instructional, or encouraging.
  • A coach should never speak to opposing players except to compliment them on their play.
  • Coaches are not entitled to question the referee’s calls or ask for explanations during a match.
  • Coaches are not permitted on the field unless specifically invited by the referee (e.g., even if there is an injury, the coach must be invited by the referee before entering the field).
    • Exceptions:
      • U7 Coaches are permitted on the field for September games.
      • U6 Coaches are permitted on the field throughout the season.
  • Alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited at AYSO games and practices, and in the immediate vicinity of AYSO fields.
  • AYSO games (and practices) require a certified, currently registered AYSO coach.
  • AYSO scheduled games require a certified, currently registered AYSO referee. If there is no referee, there can be no game, but the teams may still scrimmage.
  • Region 13 has adopted a NO Pets Policy at all AYSO events held in the Region.  We ask all parents, guests and spectators to please leave your pets at home when you attend any AYSO event including practices, games, picture day, opening ceremonies, Tournaments, etc. This Policy is endorsed at the National level, is endorsed at the Section level, is endorsed at the Area level, is consistent with neighboring Regions and is in keeping with our Insurance Policy which does not cover animal bites or related injuries.  Service animals are generally exempt from this Policy. We appreciate your cooperation.

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