Statement of Philosophy

For Players, Coaches, and Referees

The purpose of Westwood Youth Soccer (WYS) is to provide a program through which children can learn to play soccer while having fun and learning to feel good about themselves. WYS makes every effort to provide an environment in which children can develop a strong sense of self-esteem, team and social skills, sportsmanship and an appreciation for the game.

  1. Westwood Youth Soccer considers the teaching of good sportsmanship to be as important as the teaching of good soccer skills. The coach should be the role model for this lesson.

  2. Westwood Youth Soccer encourages participation regardless of athletic ability and emphasizes player development over winning. Each child shall receive equal playing time under the following conditions:

At the travel level (U9-U14), children who attend practice on a regular basis shall play a minimum of half the game. WYS will strive to ensure that each team is small enough to make this possible.

At the mite level (K-2) this means that all children shall have equal playing time.

  1. All coaches, players, parents and other spectators shall treat each other with respect at all times. All communication should be constructive. Children are to be praised for their efforts and encouraged to play to the best of their abilities.

  2. Westwood Youth Soccer provides an opportunity for our referees to develop leadership skills, to assume responsibility, and to become positive adolescent role models for the program’s younger players. In support of our referees, WYS fully endorses and enforces Boston Area Youth Soccer’s (BAYS) Soccer’s Zero Tolerance Policy.   The Zero Tolerance Policy for referees is recommended by Federation Internationale De Football Association.

It is every coachs responsibility to communicate Westwood Youth Soccer Philosophy to the players and parents both directly and in their actions. All players, parents, referees and coaches are encouraged to inform the WYS board of any conflicts or lack of adherence to this philosophy.