Governing documents

Player safety and concussions

  • Parents and players will receive the concussion information sheet. The sheet is available in English and Spanish. This form must be signed and recorded by the Region.
  • Parents and players will receive the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) information sheet. This sheet is available in English and Spanish. This form must be signed and recorded by the Region.
  • All volunteers must take the CDC Concussion Awareness online training (one time). This training is available in AYSOU which is accessible through our registration system.
  • All volunteers must take the Simon’s Heart Sudden Cardiac Arrest online training (one time). This training is available in AYSOU which is accessible through our registration system.
  • Any player suspected by the coach, referee, or a parent to have a concussion, or exhibiting symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, must be removed from further participation for at least the remainder of the day. Coaches shall complete an AYSO Incident Report and deliver it to the Safety Director (safety@ayso13.org).
  • The Safety Director shall forward the report to insurance@ayso.org and inform the injured player’s parents about AYSO’s Soccer Accident Insurance.

Per state law, players suspected of having a concussion must receive professional medical evaluation after an injury and secure medical clearance in writing before a player may return to play. Your AYSO membership includes supplementary injury insurance to help with associated costs.

  • Parents must sign and give the coach a signed Participation Release Form for a player having a concussion or suspected of having a concussion before they are allowed to return to play. 
  • Coaches shall deliver the form to the Safety Director (safety@ayso13.org), who will forward it to the AYSO national office.
  • Coaches, parents, and players will follow the CDC’s Return To Play process.

Please direct any questions to the Safety Director safety@ayso13.org or the Regional Commissioner rc@ayso13.org.

Respect the referee

AYSO is premised on putting the kids first. Games are about the kids, not the adults. Each game is the opportunity to put core values at the forefront, including “Good Sportsmanship” and “Player Development.” When the adults at a game lose the focus on the kids and coaches and parents yell at or disparage our volunteer referees, it not only fails to model Good Sportsmanship but also interferes with Player Development. The kids notice what their coaches and parents are doing, and instead of focusing on playing the game and having fun, the kids also turn their attention to complaining about the referee. Everyone suffers. This Respect the Referee Policy is designed to ensure that the kids stay the focus of every game. A simple slogan can help explain the policy: “Referees ref, Coaches coach, and Parents cheer.”

Read the full Respect The Referee Policy

Turf fields

The field permits specify these conditions

  • Only water is allowed on the track and on the field.
  • No sports drinks, food, candy, energy bars, no gum, etc.
  • Only players, coaches, and referees are permitted on the fields/benches.
  • Benches are provided for player and coach use only.
  • Parents, siblings, children, friends, relatives, and guests may sit in the bleachers on their
    team’s side.
  • No chairs of any type are allowed on the Artificial Turf field or running tracks.
  • NO PETS
  • Shade structures, canopies, or umbrellas that rest on the ground are not allowed on the artificial turf field or running track.

No pets

NO Pets are allowed at all AYSO events held in the Region. We ask all parents, guests, and spectators to please leave their pets at home when they 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.

Seriously, please leave your dog at home. Even well-meaning dogs can knock over or injure a toddler.

Dispute resolution

Coaches and referees are responsible for reporting incidents occurring at games or practices, including injuries, arguments, violent conduct

Some take soccer very seriously, so AYSO offers volunteers instruction in dispute resolution, and has a formal due process system for resolving disagreements. These processes are rarely used, but they’re there.