We want to model the principles of honoring the game.


Challenge your team and supporters to Honor the Game and reward them when you see it!

  • Coaches & team managers develop your own reward/acknowledgement system that highlights exceptional examples of these principles.

  • Reward your players or supporters with our limited edition (and kinda rare), and most certainly cozy: WSC “Honor the Game” beanies and WSC scarves!

  • The club is providing beanies, scarves, and WSC “Honor the Game” die-cut water bottle stickers (at no cost to you) as a way to reward your players (and supporters).

  • Submit your Honor the Game idea to sportsmanshipdirector@woodlandsoccer.org (Steve Simpson) and arrangements can be made to access awards (supplies are limited!). Good ideas welcome!


Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)


Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience. PCA Double-Goal Coaching Training for coaches and administrators will be provided at various times throughout the year, and is highly recommended for all coaches.


Honoring the Game: ROOTS

Woodland Soccer Club, Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA), Seattle United, and Washington Youth Soccer have adopted PCA. Woodland Soccer is intent on building these principles into how we play and approach sport. PCA applies to all around the game: players, coaches and supporters. We have adopted the PCA mantra “Honor the Game” as a key foundation to understand and embody PCA principles. Honor the Game is best explained by the acronym ROOTS:

  • Rules - we want to compete and win the way the game is supposed to be played.

  • Opponents - without opponents, competitive sports make no sense. Respect for opponents and seeking to balance competition is essential.

  • Officials - help maintain fairness in the game. Honoring the Game means respecting officials even when they are wrong (nobody is perfect). There is never an excuse for treating officials with disrespect.

  • Teammates - never do anything on or off the field to embarrass or disrespect a teammate. We all make mistakes and we know when we do. Pick your teammates up with positive support.

  • Self - respect for oneself is the foundation for Honoring the Game. We each must develop and adhere to our own standards, even when an opponent may lower his/hers to gain an advantage.

For more on Honoring the Game and specific exercises to introduce players to ROOTS check-out this PDF.