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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Zero Tolerance Policy
for referees is recommended by Federation Internationale De
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.