|Q. What makes AYSO different?||
A. Our mission is to provide quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a safe, fun, family-oriented soccer environment. AYSO's five (5) philosophies separate us from the pack:
|Q. How long is the soccer season for which I registered my child?||A. A one-year registration includes a 12-week soccer season in the fall, with six (6)
weekly games starting in September. Once the fall season ends, we have a winter break, and followed by our spring
season with another six (6) games starting in April.
|Q. What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?||A. Not included in the registration fees are the required shin guards, appropriate
shoes, and a practice ball. Also, each family is often requested to bring snacks for the team at one game during the
|Q. Where can I find detailed registration information?||A. Check our Registration page for
complete registration details.
|Q. After registering my child, when can I expect to hear from a coach?||A. Practices generally start the last week of August. Expect to be contacted by
a coach a week or two prior. Please wait until that last week to contact AYSO if you have not heard from a coach.
|Q. Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?|
|Q. My child does not meet the minimum age range for the AYSO Fall season, but he/she is very [ big | strong | athletic | coordinated ] for his/her age. Can he/she still play?||A. No. AYSO is a national organization with very strict guidelines regarding
age requirements. AYSO’s accident and liability insurance depends on the players being the proper age to play
and being placed in their age appropriate divisions. Children who do not meet the age requirement are not
permitted to play. Be patient – they’ll grow up before you know it!
|Q. In school, my child has classmates who are [ younger | older ]. Can my child "play down" in a younger division or "play up" in an older division to be on the same team as kids with whom he/she goes to school?||A. No. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based
on birthdates. The AYSO "year" runs from August 1st through July 31st. AYSO’s accident and liability insurance depends
on the players placed in their age-appropriate divisions. Many children are in different divisions than their school
classmates. We encourage you to view this as a positive experience – it will allow your child to broaden his/her
relationships outside of school and enjoy making new friends.
||Practices & Games|
|Q. When are practices and games?|
|Q. How long are the games?|
|Q. What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?||
A. Shin guards (required), soccer shoes, a soccer ball, uniform (games only) and
water. Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated, nutritionally balanced child with a positive attitude and
willingness to learn is highly recommended!
|Equipment & Clothing|
|Q. Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?||
A. Soccer shoes are not mandatory but are highly recommended
(regular athletic shoes with no cleats are the alternative). When buying soccer shoes, they cannot have a toe
cleat (baseball shoes have a toe cleat). Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer shoes
for practices and games.
|Q. What size soccer ball should I get for my child?|
|Q. Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?||
A. Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead
of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player. By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players
protect each other. Also, wearing the socks over the shin guards prevent the shin guards from shifting during
running or when being kicked, which allow the shin guards to protect the areas they are supposed to.
|Q. Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?||
A. No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.)
cannot be worn during practice or games.
|Q. What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?||
A. Glasses, hearing aids, and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games.
The use of an eyeglass holder/strap or sports-glasses is recommended. As stated above, Med-Alerts must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band as a safety measure.
|Q. What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?|
|Q. It can be cold during the early morning games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?||
A. Any extra articles of clothing must be worn under the uniform so
you can still determine with which team a player is associated. It is recommended that any extra articles of
clothing be limited to undershirts or turtle necks (under the uniform). Try to coordinate with your team’s
colors, if possible. If a sweatshirt has a hood, the hood must be tucked under the jersey.
|Q. The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?||
A. No. While the doctor may be representing your son's interest appropriately,
the risk to other players mandates that he limit his participation to that of moral support on the sidelines. Players
may not wear casts or splints which could possibly cause injury to himself/herself or another player.
NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies at games, as well as at practices.