AYSO Region 36 - San Mateo
The purpose of the Sportsmanship program is to build character through soccer.
The principles of safety, fair play, and enjoyment are the key points of the program. The key idea is RESPECT - respect for the participants, officials, coaches, spectators and for the game.
San Mateo AYSO uses a sportsmanship program designed to promote positive sportsmanship in the U10,
U12 and U14 Divisions through the consistent, objective awarding of sportsmanship points by referees
during regular season and tournament play.
The Sportsmanship Program utilizes a points rating system
to reward and reinforce positive behavior during games. Points are awarded by
The Point System
The point system to be used is based on a four-point scale (0-3) in which both positive and
negative sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators is recognized through the addition or
subtraction of sportsmanship points. Sportsmanship points will be awarded as follows:
- Exceptional = 3
- Expected = 2
- Below average = 1
- Unacceptable = 0
Application of Points
Sportsmanship points will be used as qualification criteria for post-season tournament play:
- A team must earn a minimum of 16 points during the 10 regular-season
games to be eligible for post-season tournament play.
- The award of two or more "0" sportsmanship points during regular season games disqualifies a
team for post-season tournament play. All "0" awards will be reviewed by the responsible referee,
Division Coordinator, and the Regional Referee Administrator.
- The sportsmanship point system will be applied in San Mateo Regional tournaments.
Sportsmanship points will be reported weekly on the AYSO Web site.
Point Deductions: Back of scorecard must be completed and a Kids Zone Feedback
report will be filed by the referee. The appropriate Division
Coordinator will initiate an investigation for every game where a below average
(1) or unacceptable (0) sportsmanship is identified. Upon review of the Kid
Zone Feedback Report the Regional Commissioner may proceed with one of the three
Level 1 Verbal Counseling:
Division coordinator will contact the head coach and discuss the incident in
person or by phone.
Level 2 Formal Warning:
All division coordinators for age bracket meet with Head Coach and Assistant
Coach for additional fact finding. Written recap with any recommendations from
Division Coordinator to coaches involved will follow no later than one day prior
to next game.
Level 3 Regional Hearing:
Parties will meet with the Sportsmanship Committee for questions and
answers. The Sportsmanship Committee will make a recommendation and forward it
to the Regional Commissioner. The recommendation can range from verbal
counseling to termination. The Regional Commissioner will either approve or
modify the recommendation.