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Central Michigan AYSO Region 862


Thank You to all who Volunteer with our Organization!  We would not be able to function without all of your help.  
If you are interested in Volunteering please contact us; there are always open positions we are looking to fill.

AYSO Philosophy of Coaching


In AYSO, Positive Coaching is a core philosophy. We believe that kids best develop as players when they receive positive encouragement and mentoring. Every AYSO coach is a volunteer. Come share the joy of soccer with your own child and the other members of the AYSO family of players and volunteers. We provide all the training you need in a few hours. You provide the fun.

AYSO philosophy:
Everybody Plays
Open Registration
Balanced Teams
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
Player Development

•The coach is the most important AYSO person for the kids. You have the most contact. 

•You make it or break it for the kids. 

•The kids will have lasting memories about how you treat them.

•Control the sidelines.  You are responsible for your own conduct, the conduct of assistant coaches, players and parents. Most of them take their cues from you. If you are yelling at the refs and players, they will feel that it is ok to do so.  It's not. You need to set the example that all of the others will follow.

•Referees don't point out your coaching mistakes. Likewise, do not vocalize referee errors.

AYSO Safe Haven

We take safety seriously. AYSO’s Safe Haven program has been put in place to protect AYSO players and the volunteers who serve them. Under the rules of this program, AYSO requires that each volunteer complete and eSign a volunteer application each and every year, including agreeing to background checks and to abide by the philosophies and policies of AYSO.

Our volunteers are also asked to complete Safe Haven courses and job-specific training in order to become certified. AYSO in-person and online training focuses on the best ways to work with children and important safety protocols.

Additionally, every AYSO Region is required to designate a volunteer to act as the Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA). A CVPA helps implement Safe Haven policies at the local level.

The AYSO Safe Haven program was the first of its kind in youth sports, most notably in soccer. We continually strive to create a safe environment for our players and volunteers, so they can enjoy a happy and healthy soccer experience.