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AYSO Region 697 - Oak Park and surrounding areas

Suggested Team Meeting Agenda

Fall 202x Division # 
AYSO contact info: (

Parents & Players Team Meeting – MMM DD, YYYY

Coaches:  Coache names and emails

Players:  Roster


  • Verify/Fill in Roster, Application Form copies, Medical Release Form
  • SAI (on-line), picture forms, parent handbooks (on-line)
  • Introductions – coaches, parent names, player’s name, goal and expectations for season
  • Team philosophy
  • Trainings and Games
  • Season Goals and Expectations
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Why we play short-sided games [NOTE – indicate for U14 and under]
  • Key dates
  • Health and Equipment
  • Uniform donations
  • Distribute Uniforms
  • Nominate and vote on team name

Team/AYSO Philosophy:
Have FUN while building skills, conditioning, character and friendships!

  • Open registration
  • Balanced teams
  • Everyone plays
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Positive coaching
  • Player development


  • [Day 1] [start-end time] at [field] – [Day 2] [start-end time] at [field] we’ll train earlier (probably [start-end time] by mid-October when the sunset is earlier)
  • Required: shin guards, socks, soccer cleats (preferred), regular T-shirts and shorts, WATER!!!
  • Buy/bring (optional) #[size] soccer ball with player’s name on it


  • Regular Season (tentative; schedule coming).
  • Arrive at field 20 minutes prior to game time ready to warm up
  • No jewelry, watches, casts/splints, no long nails
  • Uniforms clean, shirt tucked in, socks fully covering shin guards, soccer cleats preferred
  • Plenty of water (Snack volunteer to have available also); spray bottles, wet wash cloths
  • Rainout news: assume play is on unless hear from coach (or call coaches)

Goals and Expectation for the Season:

  • Have FUN!
  • Improve technical and tactical (versus opposition) skills
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and commitment expected!
  • NOT pushing a sports career
  • Improve each player’s soccer abilities
  • Improve physical condition
  • Build/enhance self-confidence, character, and attitude through a positive sports experience
  • Enhance cooperation, team play, and sportsmanship

On-time and present at trainings and games:

  • Please be on time at trainings and games! If unusual circumstances occur, please call either coach (cell phones first) as soon as possible to let them know you’ll be late.
  • Parent/guardian or designee must pick up child at trainings and games unless players have parents’ approval to walk/ride bike home. Coaches cannot give rides to players and cannot take children to their house if training runs late or is cancelled.  

Sportsmanship and game rules for parents, spectators, and players:

  • Positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all costs attitude
  • Spectators remain behind control line (at least 3 yards from sideline)
  • Parents and spectators should give positive comments only
  • No coaching by parents at games
  • No derogatory, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behavior is allowed by parents, players, or coaches, to players, coaches, referees, spectators, or others
  • Show respect to referees, players, others, even when mistakes are made
  • “Catch Them Being Good!”: Congratulate good offensive/defensive plays by players on both teams
  • No alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs in vicinity of the playing field during trainings or games
  • No dogs at AYSO games
  • Players develop character, learn to win and lose graciously, develop good behavior on and off field
  • Play hard, but respect teammates and opposing players and referees
  • Applaud and thank referees (they are volunteers, too) at end of game
  • Players, coaches, parents exchange handshakes (before and) after each game; build tunnels!

Key Dates and Times:

  • Games through October 23 or 30. No Games on Labor Day weekend.
  • OPAYSO Red Stars Outing TBD 
  • End-of-Season Team Party: date to come

Health and Equipment:

  • Hydrate before trainings and games, Bring Lots of Water!
  • Shin guards at all times
  • Soccer cleats preferred (or tennis shoes); no toe cleats (no baseball or football type)
  • No jewelry, watches, casts/splints, no long nails
  • Medical Alert bracelets-cover with cloth wristband or equivalent
  • Prescription eyeglasses restrained by strap or otherwise firmly on head; non-prescription glasses or sunglasses are not permitted
  • Coach will have limited First-Aid items available

Volunteer with Oak Park AYSO Region!

  • Are you interested in helping one of the most important, all-volunteer community organizations for children’s sports, and working with really cool volunteers? We always are looking for a motivated volunteer, interested in helping at the Regional Oak Park AYSO level with various roles depending on interests and needs – e.g., scheduling, administrative assistant, field setup (opens and locks goals on game day), marketing, tournament coordination, etc. Contact our Regional Commissioner ([email protected]) or Assistant Regional Commissioner ([email protected]) and/or Oak Park AYSO Board members.

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