Each year STYSA recognizes outstanding volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their support of the programs and the players. In order to identify those worthy of recognition, it is important that coaches and parents assist us by submitting nominations of individuals who have performed at the highest level. Nomination forms are available on Forms page of the STYSA website.

Coach of the Year
Two individuals are honored - one boys' coach and one girls' coach. The intent of this award is not to honor a winning record, but to recognize an individual who is a good role model for the young people he or she is working with. Do they stress good sportsmanship and fair play? Does the coach continue to learn more about the game so that they can provide more guidance to their players?

Youth Referee of the Year
Two individuals are honored - a female and a male. The nominees for these awards must be under 19 years of age, be certified, and have done a reasonable number of games. Many youth referees are players who love the game and want to help younger players develop a love for the sport. The basis of the award is to recognize their knowledge of the game, the manner in which they conduct themselves both with the players and the adults on the sideline, and what they bring to the game of soccer.

Volunteer of the Year
Volunteers are the backbone of an organization such as South Texas Youth Soccer Association. This award is designed for the individual who volunteers their time and talents to make the program work. The only requirement is that they not be in a paid or salaried position and that they have been involved for a period of time having served in a variety of roles. Whether they serve as a registrar, committee member, field maintenance person or any number of other positions that are vital to the management of the soccer program, they play an important role in the success of the organization.

Hall of Fame
This honor is reserved for individuals who have served the youth organization for a minimum of 10 years in any capacity at the association or state level. There are currently 12 members of the STYSA Hall of Fame. Each of them has brought to the organization a level of volunteerism and support that has improved the quality of the program. Their outstanding contributions have benefited the youth, maybe not in a way that is visible to them, but the programs they have available are a result of their service.

These individuals are honored at an Awards Banquet held each February in conjunction with the Winter Governing Board Meeting. We need your assistance in identifying people to be considered for these awards. If you have an outstanding coach, volunteer or youth referee in your area, please write up a nomination and send it to the state. Whether or not they are the one chosen, the fact that their performance was noticed and appreciated will serve as a thank you for their dedication to the game.

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