The WYSL’s objectives are to provide the opportunity for children and young adults to participate in a soccer experience where they can develop positive self-esteem and build character. To achieve this, the League has implemented a Sportsmanship Program which is summarized below:
Sportsmanship Program and Awards: At each game the referees will rate the sporting behavior of each teams’ coaches, players and parents. On the Lineup Form that each team submits before the game there is a section which asks the referee to rate on a +2 (excellent) to -2 (unacceptable) scale behavior on the following three questions:
1) Did the coach display positive reinforcement to his/her team and was the coach respectful of the referee?
2) Were the parents/spectators respectful of the referee and did they display sporting behavior towards the opposition?
3) Were the team players respectful of the referee and did they display sporting behavior towards the opposing team?
The maximum rating a team can receive is +6, where all three of the coach/parents/players were judged to have displayed “excellent sporting behavior”. These reports are tallied on the website and the team in each Division with the best sporting record each season will receive Sportsmanship Award patches that can be worn on the uniform jerseys (left shoulder recommended).