Welcome to AYSO Region
Serving the communities of Bentley, Halstead, Kec
hi, North Wichita,
Park City, Sedgwick, Valley Center and Whitewater.
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The Spring season is
finally here!! The first week of games will be March 8th.
Please check the schedules page regularly for updates! If you have
not been contacted by your coach, please let us know. We know that
not every team will have had practices yet due to the weather, so please
be patient with all of the volunteers as we get ready for the season. We look forward to seeing you
out on the soccer fields soon!
Region 253 Home Field
Region 253 has change locations for their home games. For the Fall
2013 season all home games for Region 253 will be behind the Valley Center
Middle School located at 800 N. Meridian Valley Center, Kansas
67147. The field is part of the McKay-Petrie Sports Complex behind
the Middle School.
We are always seeking
volunteers who are willing to help our region run better. If you are
interested in volunteering, please contact a board member for
Volunteers Needed We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing a
safe, fun and fair environment for the development of youth soccer skills.
We are glad your family has chosen to be members of the AYSO Region 253
family. Help make this exciting and enjoyable soccer experience even
better by volunteering a small amount of your time. You can make a
positive difference for the kids.
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
Without volunteers we would not have a program for
our kids to play recreational soccer! Our coaches, refs and staff
donate numerous hours to insure our kids play in a Fun, Safe &
To all, please remember that the coaches and refs are
volunteers and we need them! Please, keep your comments
Julie Foudy was a midfielder for the United States women's national soccer
team from 1987 through 2004.. She served as
the team's co-captain from 1991-2000 and the Captain from 2000 through her
retirement in 2004. Foudy played in 4 Women's World Cups, winning two FIFA
World Championships -- in 1991 and 1999. She also played in 3 Summer
Olympic Games, winning an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996, Silver in 2000,
and Gold again in 2004. Her retirement after the 2004 Olympic Games,
alongside fellow soccer legends Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett marked the
end of what the media labeled the "golden era" of women's soccer.
AYSO Mission Statement: To develop and deliver quality youth
soccer programs which promote a fun family environment based on our
philosophies: Everyone Plays; Balanced Teams; Open Registration; Positive
Coaching; Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.
To be a great soccer player,
you must be in love with the game. You must love its culture, its
nuances, the equipment, the skills it requires, the lessons it teaches
you, and of course, the passion it creates among those who play and watch
worldwide. In short, one of the most important parts of soccer is
Want to be notified about registration dates, team
pictures and more? Join the AYSO 253 Mailing List!
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the new AYSO Region 253 Mailing List, CLICK
HERE . If you
were a member of the old mailing list, you will need to sign up again to
be included in the new mailing list. The purpose of this list is to keep
the AYSO community informed about the news and upcoming events of AYSO
Region 253. Regional newsletters and announcements will distributed
through this list, as well as general information about the AYSO kids zone
and parenting youth athletes.
Do you know the
Rules of Parental Behavior at Their Kid's Games? If not, take a look and see how well your behavior
matches up.Click Here
Have you heard
about the Ten Commandments for Parental Behavior at Sporting
No Pets Allowed
Pets are not
permitted on the soccer fields at any time, even if on a
leash. This is necessary for the safety of our players. Many
children have been bitten by a "normally gentle" dog. Your cooperation is
necessary to maintain safe environment for our children. This
includes during practices as well as games.
All of the regions in our AYSO area have designated
spectator seating areas. In general, spectators will sit on one side of
the field and coaches and players will sit on the opposite side of the
field. Coaches and/or referees will ask spectators who sit on the wrong
side of the field to move to the designated spectator area. You
cooperation is much appreciated!
The AYSO Team
AYSO team is made up of players, referees, coaches and parents. Each of us
helps create the environment that our children develop in. For more
information about how the AYSO Team can create a supportive
environment for AYSO players, click here .
is soccer such a great sport in which to get your child involved? Click Here
The philosophy of AYSO soccer is that:
Plays Our goal is for kids to play soccer. So
we mandate that every player on every team must play at least half of
Teams We set up teams as evenly balanced as possible - because
it's more fun when teams of equal ability play.
Coaching The way to make winning kids is by building them up, not
down. We train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to
understand and offer positive help to our players, rather than negative
Registration Our programs are open to all children between the
ages of 5 and 18 who want to register and play soccer. Interest and
enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.
Good Sportsmanship We
desire to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather
than a win-at-all-costs attitude. All our programs must be designed to
instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
Player Development We believe
that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and
knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as
members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the
has several programs in place to support and protect the players and
volunteers, as well as to make the AYSO experience more enjoyable for
everyone. Click here to learn more about Safe Haven, Kids
Zone and Short-sided Games.
COUNTS by Larry Hughes
A few years ago I was
refereeing a U-8 game in Phoenix. The playing field was right under the
approach for planes and helicopters landing at Luke Air Force Base. The
players were all trying their hardest to advance the ball in the direction
of their opponents' goal. In other words, the beehive was on the move.
Suddenly, we heard the whirling noise of four helicopters above moving in
unison toward their destination.
The play stopped dead in the middle of the field and
all looked to the sky to see these beautiful flying machines - all, that
is, except one player with one thing on his mind, to score. He dribbled
his best through and around all the gawking players and the referee and
shot the ball into the net. Needless to say, he was celebrating big time,
shouting, "I scored! I scored! I scored! His celebration was cut short
when one player said to him, "So What? You didn't see the helicopters."
referees and parents, it's what's important to the children that
For some soccer fun, click here! You will
find soccer puzzles, mazes, online soccer games, and coloring pages.
Ask your parents if you can try them out!
Want some ideas about how to be a good sport? Click Here
For a Sportsmanship Checklist for Kids, Click Here
Do you feel nervous before a game? To learn how to take the pressure off
of competitive sports, click here .
how to avoid getting hurt while playing soccer! Click Here
Do you know what foods to eat before the big game to help your body be the
best it can be? Click Here !
Why is is so important to drink lots of water during practice and at
games? Click Here for more information.
Do you know how to stay safe in the sun? Click Here
What do other kids have to say about fair play? Click Here
What do other kids have to say about how your attitude effects sports? Click Here
in your soccer drawings and view them in our AYSO Art Gallery. Click Here