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Middleville AYSO Region 277

September 4, 2019

From Regional Commissioner Bryan Laven;

As I enter my 8th year with the program and 4th year as Regional Commissioner, there are several values that I hold tight to with our program. The most important being making soccer enjoyable, and sportsmanship over winning.

Over the last couple of years, our coaches and referees have experienced increased criticism from spectators. We appreciate spectators that get excited about the game but there is a fine line between excitement and becoming out of control. One thing I will not tolerate is compromising the safe and positive environment we provide for our players, and volunteers. Remember; Players Play, Coaches Coach, Referee Ref, and Parents Cheer. Every team has a coach, or two, and it is their job to coach the team, while spectators provide encouragement not direction from the sidelines.

We want to remind everyone that our program is run by an entirely volunteer group. They dedicate their time to provide the opportunity for the kids in our community to play the game of soccer. Our volunteer Board and our many other volunteers register players, order uniforms, maintain and line our fields, recruit coaches and referees, manage our finances, make sure safety measures are in place, organize our Father/Daughter dance, schedule our games, coach, Referee, and more. It takes a complete effort for our program to be successful.

All of our coaches who step up to coach so we can field teams and give players them the opportunity to play. Our Coach Administrator puts in a lot of hours and great work into recruiting coaches. Without them, our program does not exist. We want to encourage them and have them want to return.

I also want to mention our referees. We are very blessed to have a great group of volunteers that officiate our games from 8U to 14U. Our Referee Administrator facilitates training for them but please know most are youth referees and they will make mistakes. Please be patient with them.

I want to thank you for being a part of our great program, run by a great Board and group of volunteers. Your trust in us to provide a safe playing environment is critical and we thank you. We are excited to be able to have a role in developing your soccer players.

I encourage you to visit and to review our National Mission Statement and our 6 Core Philosophies. That is who we are and what we strive to provide. Please enjoy the season and we thank you for taking part in our program.

Bryan Laven
Regional Commissioner
Middleville AYSO

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Middleville, Michigan 49333

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