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Sportsmanship Award Program Sportsmanship Award Program

ABYSA and ABC Pediatrics of Asheville are proud of our ongoing partnership of the SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD PROGRAM.

ABC Pediatrics of Asheville and ABYSA, recognize that the life lessons learned from being part of a sports team are just as important as the physical activity and exercise that sport provides. We are grateful to ABC Pediatrics for helping us make learning about sportsmanship a core value of our recreation program and providing a format for coaches and parents to help our children learn these important lessons. We hope you will join us in using this program as a teaching tool.

Details about the program, information about the importance of sportsmanship, and a link to the ABC Pediatrics of Asheville website can be found below.

"How to talk about sportsmanship with your child or team"

Being a good sport ranks as the top "Fun" factor in the study of youth sports - Click on the link to view the study

  1. The purpose of the program is to teach children about the importance of good sportsmanship and to create pride and positive self-esteem around competing fairly. This is a core value shared by ABYSA and ABC Pediatrics of Asheville.
  2. This new program gives every coach and parent an opportunity and reason to talk about and model good sportsmanship with their team or child.
  3. We want as many players as possible to learn about good sportsmanship and feel rewarded for their efforts.

 How the Program Works:

  1. Your coach receives 8 sportsmanship award medallions for use during the season depending on the number of games your team has during the season.
  2. One player from each team receives a sportsmanship award medallion from their coach at the end of each game.
  3. The intention is that the award not go to the most effective player in the game, but rather to a player on the team whose coach feels they are demonstrating what they are learning about sportsmanship this season.
  4. We understand that every child in our program might not receive a medallion every season, even if they are demonstrating good sportsmanship. This is a teaching opportunity for parents and we believe that most children will have the opportunity to receive the award over the course of their time in the ABYSA Recreation Soccer Program.

Helpful Links

Contact Us

Shane Weems - ABYSA Recreation Director of Coaching & Player Development
[email protected]
828-299-7277 x304

Recreation Program Overview

Click here for a detailed overview of our Recreation Program

Cost of Recreation

Click here to learn more about the Cost of Recreation

Recreation Program FAQ

Click here for Recreation FAQs

ABYSA FUNdamentals Camps

Click here to visit our FUNdamentals Camp Page

ABYSA Coaches Corner

Click here to visit the ABYSA Coaches Corner page

Sign up for Pre-Academy!

This program provides a platform to introduce 7U-10U rec players to a training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next level of play (HFC Academy and HFC Competitive). Click here to learn more!

Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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