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General Information

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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 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

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

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Our Fall Season begins August 1 and finishes Oct 1

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What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?

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Not included in the registration fees are the required shin guards. Also, each family is often requested to bring snacks for the team at one game during the season.



Registration Information

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Where can I find registration information?

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Check our Registration page for registration details and pricing.

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

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Coaches are instructed to contact you (either by phone or Email) the first  week of August (or as soon as possible once they have been given their team assignments).Opening day is Saturday, August 11.  If you have not heard from your child's coach by August 4, please contact our Registrar

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Can I request special arrangements for my player(s) for team placement and/or car-pooling needs?

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Following AYSO'sPhilosophy of Balanced Teams, the only way to ensure that your special request arrangements are satisfied is by volunteering to be a coach, assistant coach and/or referee.



Age Information

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Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?

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Please see the age chart on ourDivisionspage for birthday ranges.

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My child doesnotmeet the minimum age range for the AYSO season, but he/she is very [big|strong|athletic|coordinated] for his/her age. Can he/she still play?

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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!

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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?

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No. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on birthdates. 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

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When are practices and games?

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For Divisions that hold formal practices (8U and older)  practices are typically held for an hour each week on day, time and at a location determined by the coach.

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How long are the games?

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Games generally take 1 hour 

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

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Shin guards (required), soccer shoes (optional), a soccer ball (optional), uniform (games only), and water (always!!). Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated, nutritionally balanced child with a positive attitude and willingness to learn is highly recommended!



Equipment & Clothing

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

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Soccer shoes arenotmandatory butarehighly 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) or any sharp metal cleats. Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer shoes for practices and games.

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What size soccer ball should I get for my child?

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Divisions 5U through 8U use a Size 3 ball. Divisions 10U and 12U use a Size 4 ball. 14U and 19U use a Size 5 ball.

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

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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 intended areas.

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Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?

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No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.

Thereisan 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.

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What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?

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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.

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What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?

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Any hair accessories worn shouldnotbe made of metal or plastic, and shouldnotbe rigid. This includes soft hair accessories with a metal splice.

Completely soft hair accessories, such as "scrunchies" and soft rubber bands,arerecommended and acceptable.

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

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No. While the doctor may be representing your child's interest appropriately, the risk to other players requires that they limit his/her participation to that of moral support on the sidelines. Players maynotwear casts or splints which could possibly cause injury to himself/herself or another player.NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies at games AND practices.


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