Policies 2019-08-01T21:06:12+00:00

Responsibilities & Rules

• Treat your opponents and team mates as you would like to be treated.
• Play for the fun of it and not just to please you parents and coaches.
• Never argue with a referee. If you disagree with a ruling, talk to your coach when you are off the field.
• Control you temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in soccer or any sport.
• Use no foul or inappropriate language at any time. Be on time to all practices and games and let the coach know if you have any scheduling conflicts.
• Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team.
• Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
• Be a good sport and appreciate all good plays whether by your team or your opponents.
• Try to win without boasting, lose without excuses and never quit.
• Know that how you play is more important than winning or losing.

• Parents must not coach from the pitch side during matches and training.
• Parents should not criticize their child on any part of the player’s game, leave this to the coaches since it may cause confusion and erode the player’s confidence.¬
• Be your child’s best fan and support him unconditionally. Don’t withdraw your love when he performs below his standard.
• Respect the facilities at our opponents’ grounds.
• Do not criticize your child’s coach to your child or other parents, if you are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach.
• Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in training or games, or can’t attend training etc. encourage him/her to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a mature person. By handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.
• Help the young player to focus on the performance and not the result.
• Winning is not as important as the performance.
• Support all the players in your child’s squad. Do not criticise any player.
• Do not criticise the opponents, their parents, coaches or the referee.
• Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
• Respect the decisions of officials and teach children to do likewise.
• Learn the rules of the game and the policies of the organization.
• Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
• Respect the rights, dignity and value of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
• The coach is a volunteer -giving of personal time to provide a recreational activity for your child. They are providing a valuable community service, often without reward other than their personal satisfaction. Without them your child could not participate.
• Believe that referees, just as coaches and players, are attempting to do their best.
• Refrain from speaking to officials, unless it is to say thank you after the game. If you have questions or concerns with the referees, speak to the coach after the game or at practice.
• Report to the coach all injuries, special medical conditions (such as asthma) or extenuating circumstances (such as lack of sleep or family crisis) that may affect the player.
• Be ready to play. Be dressed in uniform and arrive on time.

Attendance Policy

Soccer teams rely on the attendance of players to have a successful season.  If you register for soccer, please plan on attending practices and games, and let your coach know in advance if there is a practice or game you cannot attend.


Be sure to bring the following items with you to your first day of practice:

  • Soccer boots (some people call them cleats)
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Healthy snack
  • Signed medical release form
  • Appropriate soccer attire (e.g. shorts, t-shirt, etc.)
  • A friendly parent reminder to pickup your child on time

Why Do Children Play Soccer?

Develop new skills 88%
Improve their fitness 85%
Compete 80%
Make friends 81%
Have fun! 100%

Why Do Children Stop Playing Soccer?

Three out of every four of children stop playing soccer before they turn 13 years of age. A recent study identified the top five reasons for this high drop out rate. They include:

  • Lack of playing time.
  • Overemphasis on winning
  • Other activities are more interesting
  • Lack of fun
  • Coaching/adult behaviors

Equal Playing Time for All – Equal playing time provides all children with the opportunity to apply newly developed skills, improve their fitness, compete against their peers, develop healthy relationships, and have fun in a game setting. All Methow Valley Youth Soccer Club coaches will ensure that every soccer player will receive as close to equal playing time as possible during  every game and every player will sit out a portion of the game, allowing every player to receive gametime instruction from their coach in support of their development.



Catie Barber, Co-Director / Registrar


Mark Crum, Co-Director / Treasurer