The North Allegheny Soccer Club is the community soccer league for residents of the North Allegheny School District in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. We are non-profit, run by volunteers, and not associated with the school district. Each fall and spring for about 10 weeks, nearly 200 volunteers help over 1000 local kids play soccer through our club. Aged from 5-19 and playing at multiple levels within each age group, our players benefit from the voluntary coaching of over 100 adults from our area. Since 1974 we’ve striven to make youth soccer a fun source of exercise and learning for our kids.
Game and Practice Behavior Standard
Whether you are a Coach, Player, Parent or Referee, these are our Conduct Rules:
- Every player with the right attitude deserves to play at least half the game
50% play time for all players and players rotating through positions is the expectation at all levels of play (even D4)
- Save criticism for 1 on 1 conversations
- Kids deserve instruction, not aggression
- Issues with a player are handled in private
- Issues with a referee need to be sent to the Head of Referees after a game
- Holler support, don’t yell criticism
Cheering is encouraged. Parents and coaches are to refrain from any disparaging remarks about players, referees and opposing teams.
- Ask why before you condemn
Often times, there are is a simple explanation
- Raise your voice only because the field is large
- Winning is great, but learning is greater
- Creating a positive environment that encourages playing soccer is the focus of the program. There is a reason you see no scoreboards on our fields.
- Equal playing time and rotating players through positions supersede strategies to win matches.
- Kids need to learn to lose gracefully, learn from mistakes, and realize that their work will help them overcome weaknesses. Just as learning to play defense can make you a better offensive player, losing some games can help them be a more compassionate winner.