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Cedar Springs, MI & Surrounding Areas


Welcome to AYSO Region 902 based in Cedar Springs, Michigan!

AYSO is more than just a soccer organization.  It is a community, a lifestyle, an adventure, a learning experience, a place to make memories, and a season of exciting and busy Saturdays, all wrapped up in color-coordinated jerseys and cleats.  We are honored that you chose our program for your child, and we hope that you stay with us for many years to come!


If it is your turn to provide your team's Game Snacks, Region 902 has found a way to make it easy and convenient for you. 

1. Before your child's game, go to the Concession Stand and purchase a snack ticket for each member of your child's team ($2.00 per player).  Each snack ticket will allow a player to choose from a variety of snacks as well as receive either a small Gatorade or bottled water.

2. After the game, hand out one snack ticket to each player.  To receive their snacks, the players simply walk to the Concessions building and present their ticket at the counter.  A Concessions volunteer will take their tickets and exchange them for one snack and one drink per player.


As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters.

Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In AYSO, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.

Support Your Child 
Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important.

Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!

Always Be Positive 
Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this fact and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child's team as well as good plays by the opposing team.

Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports.

Remember: Your Child Wants To Have Fun 
Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It's very important to let children establish their own goals - to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them.

Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team.

Children play for the fun of playing.

Reinforce Positive Behavior 
Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it's all part of learning, so encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.

Don't Be A Sideline Coach Or Referee 
AYSO coaches and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too.

That means refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. In a volunteer organization like AYSO, there's always an opportunity to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!


My child's team already has a coach.  How can I help?

There are a number of ways in which parents can help beyond coaching.  You can...

Volunteer as the Team Parent to help coordinate snack sign ups and streamline communications

Volunteer in the Concession Stand, either on your team's assigned day or a different one.  We always need help in Concessions.

Sign up to bring Game Day Snacks

Join us at the field every Friday night to help paint lines on the field

Participate in our Region 902 Fundraisers so we can cover more expenses and keep player fees low

Pick up litter you see on the fields. It is not uncommon for empty Gatorade bottles or ring pop wrappers to show up on the fields after a long Saturday of games. If you see litter lying around, please help us by disposing of it in one of the red trash receptacles placed around the fields.

These are just a few of the many options that exist for you to get involved.  If you would like to know more, please reach out to one of our Region 902 Board Members for information.

No time to volunteer, but you still want to contribute?  

Check with your employer's Human Resources department to see if the company would be interested in Sponsoring Region 902 through a cash donation.*  We have a number of Sponsorship options available.

If a Sponsorship is not the right fit, maybe your company could help by donating materials, products, or services to Region 902.*  There are a number of general supply items we go through each week, items like white spray paint and paper towels, as well as a long list of improvement projects to complete.  Every donation helps.    

* As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donations made to AYSO Region 902 are tax deductible.

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Cedar Springs AYSO Region 902

13440 Ritchie Avenue, PO Box 667
Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 616-255-1962
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