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Allendale AYSO Region 1391

General Questions

1. What makes AYSO different?   
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 six (6) philosophies separate us from the pack:
1. Everyone Plays
2. Balanced Teams
3. Open Registration
4. Positive Coaching
5. Good Sportsmanship
6. Player Development


2.  How long is the soccer season for which I registered my child?   
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.

3. What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?  
 
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 season.

4. Can I request a specific coach?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate coach requests. A lot goes in to creating our teams, we try our best to balance them out based on age, rating and experience. Furthermore we always have a handful of standout coaches most people prefer and it is not likely we would be able to accommodate everyone's request.

5. What is your registration fee?
Our fee is $65/player. For families with multiple you get a $10 discount on your 3rd, $15 discount on your 4th and $20 discount on your 5th child.We do have scholarship options for those who may have trouble with the cost. Please reach out to the registrar at [email protected] to inquire.

6. How do you decide your player fee? Why can't I only pay half the cost if my child is only playing Fall or Spring?

We want all kids to be able to play and no cost should keep them from being able to do so. We are a non-profit organization and as such we can only keep $12 per player in our account and no more. For this we calculate the cost to run a season; jerseys, medals, field painting/maintenance, volunteer background checks, national player fee (which covers your child's insurance in case of injury), coach equipment and training. All of these costs are upfront and paid out at the beginning of the soccer season. We do not charge for the actual soccer itself, just to cover the materials needed to run a successful and properly equipped season. 
 

1.   When are practices and games?    

 Practices are one night a week for one hour, and are scheduled by the coach. Games are scheduled for Saturday mornings. 


2.  How long are the games?   

 Games generally take 1 hour. 


3.  What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?   

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! 

 

AGE INFORMATION


REGISTRATION INFORMATION


 

1. How long is the soccer season for which I registered my child?    

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.


2. After registering my child, when can I expect to hear from a coach?   
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.
1. What makes AYSO different?   
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:
1. Everyone Plays
2. Balanced Teams
3. Open Registration
4. Positive Coaching
5. Good Sportsmanship


2.  How long is the soccer season for which I registered my child?   

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.


3. What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?    
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 season. 
 

GENERAL INFORMATION


 

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1. Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?    
Children between the ages of 4 & 12 as of July 31 of the year in which the fall season begins can play AYSO soccer. Please see the Division Birth Date chart for specific age group eligibility.

2. 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?  
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!

3. 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?  
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. 
 
 

1.  Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?   
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. 

2.  What size soccer ball should I get for my child?    
Divisions U5 through U8 use a Size 3 ball. Divisions U10 and U12 use a Size 4 ball.

3.  Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?   
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.

4.  Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?    
No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.There is an exception for Med-Alert bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child, and all the other players. 

5.  What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?    
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.

6.   What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?    
Any hair accessories worn should not be made of metal or plastic, and should not be rigid. Soft hair accessories, such as "scrunchies" and soft rubber bands, are recommended and acceptable.

7.  It can be cold during the early morning games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?    
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.

8.  The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?    
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. 

 

EQUIPMENT & CLOTHING


PRACTICES & GAMES


 
 
 
 
 
 

Allendale AYSO Soccer

 

Registration Questions

1. How long is the soccer season for which I registered my child?    A one-year registration includes a 12-week soccer season. In the fall, there are six (6) weekly games starting in September. Once the fall session ends, we have a winter break. In the spring, there are another six (6) games starting in April.

2. After registering my child, when can I expect to hear from a coach?   
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.

3. When is registration?
Registration usually opens the last week in April.

4. I registered before the registration close date. Why am I only seeing a wait list option?
We do keep registration open for a period but spaces are limited based on the number of volunteer coaches we have. We encourage you to sign your child up for the wait list in case a spot becomes available or if we have enough children on the wait list we will try to recruit additional parent volunteers to create additional teams.

Age Questions

1. Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?    
Children between the ages of 4 & 13 as of December 31 at the end of the year in which the fall season begins can play AYSO soccer, with the exception of the 4 year old players, they must be 4 by the start of the fall season. Please see the Division Birth Date chart for specific age group eligibility.

2. 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?  
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 (4 years by September) are not permitted to play. Be patient – they’ll grow up before you know it!

3. 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?  
No. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on their birth year.  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

1.   When are practices and games?
 For practice information, please refer to Resources -> Age Division Guidelines. Practices are scheduled by the coach.
Games are Saturday's between 8:00am - 3:00pm. 

2.  How long are the games?   
Games generally take 1 hour. 

3.  What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?   
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! 

4. Where are the fields located?
   5U-12U: The fields are located next to Oakwood Intermediate School. Address: 10505 Learning Lane, Allendale, MI 49401

   14U: The field is located on the Allendale High School campus. Address: 10760 68th Avenue, Allendale, MI 49401

To view a map of the fields, go to Resources -> Field Map

Equipment & Clothing

1.  Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?   
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. 

2.  What size soccer ball should I get for my child?    
Divisions 5U through 8U use a Size 3 ball.
Divisions 10U and 12U use a Size 4 ball.
Division 14U uses a Size 5 ball.

3.  Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?   
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.

4.  Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?    
No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.There is an exception for Med-Alert bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child, and all the other players. 

5.  What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?    
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.

6.   What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?    
Any hair accessories worn should not be made of metal or plastic, and should not be rigid. Soft hair accessories, such as "scrunchies" and soft rubber bands, are recommended and acceptable.

7.  It can be cold during the early morning games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?    
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.

8.  The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?    
N
o. 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. 

Coach Training

What training does a coach need to complete?
- Please refer to Coaches -> Training

What is a Practice Monitor?

One of AYSO’s rules is that (2) adult volunteers (coaches) must be present at all times, and (1) volunteer is the same gender as the players. If one of the coaches is not the same gender as the players, then a Practice Monitor is required.

Practice Monitors are required to have a background check and complete some safety training. It is also required that you attend all practices.

The Practice Monitor's responsibilities are simple. Go to practice and watch. You are another set of eyes making sure the environment is safe for the kids. You will not be coaching or participating in practice. You just watch.

You can signup to be a Practice Monitor during the registration process via your AYSO account. Or you can contact [email protected] , and we will send you the signup instructions.

Requirements for a Practice Monitor (PM)
1) Background Check

2) AYSO – Safe Haven Courses
   • US SafeSport Training – Mandated reporting of child abuse.
   • CDC Concussion Awareness Training
   • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training
   • AYSO’s Save Haven – Child & Volunteer protection guidelines.

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Allendale, Michigan 49401

Email Us: [email protected]
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