"When you realize that you're going out there to enjoy, not to evaluate, it's much better," says John Ouellette, AYSO Technical Director and National Coach. "We're talking about kids playing a game. It's like going to the park, watching children play, and savoring every moment."
This will take a lot of stress off your first season. AYSO isn’t Major League Soccer or the World Cup. And while it’s very important that players develop, learn new skills and become better players, why do you think they’re really out there twice during the week and once on weekends? To have fun! Take on that perspective of your players and enjoy your season. There may be some bumps along the road – tough losses, missed practices, etc. – but remember to see the game through your child’s eyes.