Zia Youth Soccer League, a TRULY RECREATIONAL SOCCER EXPERIENCE for children ages 3 through 11, focused simply on LEARNING the game and LOVING the game, all while developing POSITIVE SPORTSMANSHIP and of course having lots of FUN!
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Periodically we like to share this short but insightful Ted Talk by John O'Sullivan, founder of The Changing the Game Project, which is an organization devoted to "returning youth sports to the children, and putting the 'play' back in 'playing ball'." His perspectives and ideas about why children play sports, what they care most about out on the field, and what feeds their love of the game and keeps them wanting to play, is very much in line with the philosophies of positive sportsmanship that form the foundation of Zia Youth Soccer League. So please, if you have a child playing sports, or even thinking about playing sports, please take a few moments to hear John's entertaining and enlightening speech. You won't regret it.
Changing the game in youth sports: John O'Sullivan at TEDxBend O'Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Follo...
Guess what?! Zia Youth Soccer League is now on Instagram, too! As we return to the social media world to share information about the league and our philosophy of positive sportsmanship, we want to be able to reach you all through your preferred platforms. So come check out and follow our new Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/ziayouthsoccer/! See you there!
(And don't worry, we're not leaving Facebook. We're just expanding with a new home on Instagram, too!)
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up." ~ Booker T. Washington
Okay, maybe Mr. Washington didn't mean it quite as literally as the young man in this photo, but you get the idea! 😀 Here at Zia Youth Soccer League, we strive to teach our young players the value of teamwork. Soccer is, after all, a team sport. And no matter how skilled an individual player may be, no player can succeed without their teammates. Knowing how to work together is imperative. Communication is vital. Believing in each other - well that just might be the lifeline of the whole experience. Because on the soccer field, as in life, we will always achieve more when we stick together and keep each other's heads held high! ⚽️
Parents - your kids are watching. Even when you don't think they are, they are. So, are you the parent yelling at the other team's coach, or worse - yelling at the other team's kids? Or are you the one watching, listening and learning, supporting and cheering for every child on the field? Are you the parent getting angry when things aren't going your team's way, always looking for someone to blame? Or are you the one saying, "It's alright! You tried your hardest! Now get out there and try again!" Remember, kids will imitate the behaviors they see in the adults who mentor and influence them. Parents, coaches, and other spectators - this is you. So be the one who teaches them that they are all stars! Be the one who shows them that they can still smile and shine after they miss that goal. After all, they are out there trying, aren't they? Be the one who shows them how to be compassionate by offering words of support and complimenting an "opponent," telling them what a great game they played. Be the one who smiles with gratitude and shakes the hand of the opposing coach, thanking them for the outstanding scrimmage. The kids are watching. So let's take advantage of this opportunity and exhibit nothing but kindness.
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This. This right here. This smile, this pure joy and laughter. This is what Zia Youth Soccer League is all about - every child leaving the field with a smile, knowing that they did their best! 😀⚽️😁
Happy Independence Day from all of us here at Zia Youth Soccer League! May you enjoy a safe and fun-filled day of togetherness and celebration! ⚽️🥅🎆🎇🇺🇸😀
Well said, Coach! It's all about the kids having FUN!
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What is it that makes Zia Youth Soccer League stand out? We think it's our unique style of "truly recreational soccer!" Allow us to explain. Youth soccer leagues are generally divided into two groups: recreational leagues (non-competitive) and club leagues (competitive). Leaning away from the focus on strict competition, recreational leagues are a great place for kids to start out learning the game, or to stick with over the years if they just prefer the more laid-back recreational style. Zia lies on the far end of the spectrum being completely recreational in every way. With Zia Youth Soccer, kids can learn the game without the added pressure of winning, knowing that their effort is all that matters. They can head out onto the field knowing that whatever the outcome, they will be celebrated for doing their best. And above all they can know that they will be supported by adults who share the Zia philosophy, exhibit positive sportsmanship, and protect the kids' right to simply have FUN playing the game they love!
Teach them to love the game - the rest will follow
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Do you live in the greater Albuquerque area and have a child who is interested in playing soccer? If so, give Zia Youth Soccer League a try! We are a truly recreational non-competitive youth soccer league that serves boys and girls from the age of three through eleven, and focuses on giving children the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills, develop confidence and experience positive sportsmanship, all in a fun-filled and welcoming environment. We are currently accepting online registrations for the upcoming fall soccer season at www.ziasoccer.org. So get your child signed up today and join us for another exciting season of soccer!
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Hey there, soccer friends! It's been a long couple of years but Zia Soccer is back in full force! Online registration is open for our upcoming spring soccer season, details of which are available on our website at www.ziasoccer.org. We are excited to see lots of new and returning soccer-loving kiddos out on the field with us again soon!
Hello again, soccer families! Well it's been a while, but we have great news! Thanks to an amendment to the state's Public Health Order late last week, we now have the go-ahead to provide a fun COVID-safe skills-n-drills program this fall! We are so excited about this opportunity to get the kids active again, happily back out on the soccer field! We've updated our website at www.ziasoccer.org with lots of details about this new program, so please stop by and take a look. Activities are starting next week, as we're fitting this in before daylight savings time ends. So get your kiddos signed up now and come on out to join us for some much-needed SAFE soccer fun!
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Late last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the state's Emergency Public Health Order will now prohibit youth soccer and other "contact" sports from operating during the upcoming fall season, but that state officials will continue to reassess the situation in hopes that the restrictions can be lifted later in the season / school year. What does this mean for Zia? It simply means that we keep waiting. Since the beginning of the COVID-induced shutdowns our plan has remained the same: put everything on hold, and wait patiently until it is again safe to take our children and families back out onto the field. We do not yet know when this will happen, but we assure you that it will. This time in our lives may be challenging, but it will not last forever. Our children WILL play their game again!
We thank you for your ongoing support of your local neighborhood youth soccer league.
Families of registered players, please check your e-mail for an important update to the anticipated 2020 soccer schedule.
We miss you all so much, Zia families! We look forward to the day when we can get back out on the field together and see all of your smiling faces again!
To all of our cherished and devoted coaches who are waiting patiently at home for the day to finally arrive when we can all safely return to the field, we thank you. For the many smiles you have brought and will continue to bring to the faces of our fantastic young players, we appreciate you all.
From the Zia Youth Soccer League family to yours, may you enjoy a peaceful and joyous Easter Sunday, safely at home with those you love.
And right now, the greatest contribution we can make is to stay safely at home, doing our part to help stop the spread. Just be patient, stay positive, and know that we WILL get back out on the field together after this passes!
This is such an honorable contribution by Score Sports, who we are proud to partner with for all of our uniform needs:
"Since SCORE has completed and fully stocked our uniform requirements for 2020, we have now transitioned our production to manufacturing masks. Now, we’re excited to do what we can to support health care professionals, essential workers, the most vulnerable people in need, and our greater community. SCORE is proud of our employees who have continued working to provide for the needs of our community."
When this crisis passes, which it will, there are two things our children are going to need more than ever. First is exercise and activity, out in the fresh air and sunshine. The other is time spent with their beloved and very well-missed friends. And when that time arrives, we will be here, to provide them with both. We are all in this together.
In response to today's announcement by the New Mexico Secretary of Health of a temporary ban on public gatherings of 100 or more people, in an attempt to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the first games of the Zia Youth Soccer League Spring 2020 Soccer Season are hereby postponed until April 18th, and will continue for the standard season length at that time. We will continue to closely monitor this situation, and will post updates as available, as we keep the health and safety of all of our cherished players and families at the forefront of our concerns.
Zia Youth Soccer League is seeking additional referees to help officiate games for the upcoming spring soccer season. Teens can start learning how to referee through our Teen Leadership Program as young as the age of thirteen, but positions for Adult Mentor Referees and a Game Field Manager are open as well. Training is provided, and although referee experience is not required, soccer experience as either a player or coach is highly preferred. Referees are compensated for their services. Please contact league administration directly at [email protected] for more information. We look forward to working with you!
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