West Austin Youth Association (WAYA) is a privately funded, non-profit organization founded in 1980 to provide recreational and educational opportunities for the youth of Austin. Today, WAYA serves over 10,000 youth from over 60 zip codes throughout the Austin area in over 30 sports programs and activities annually.
WAYA offers an array of activities in a fun, and safe community environment, providing children with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
WAYA has adopted a positive youth sports culture philosophy, which we describe as "honor the game". We do NOT embrace a "win at all cost" mentality. Instead, our aspiration is to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience to every athlete.
A high-quality experience is one in which every participant:
We will strive to provide every coach with the tools to be successful as a Double-Goal Coach (where winning is important, but teaching life lessons is more important). As such, we are utilizing many of the concepts advanced by the Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit established in 1988 at Stanford University. For more information on Positive Coaching Alliance, please visit www.positivecoach.org.
We want to create a culture at WAYA where kids love to play the game. They look forward to practices and games as times when they will have fun. The joy they find in playing will last a lifetime.
Our philosophy is based on collective empowerment, where coaches, parents, fans, officials and athletes work together to honor the game.
Before the Game:
During the Game:
After the Game: