AYSO Soccer

Frequently Asked Questions

Boys playing soccer in Hudsonville

About our Registration Process

How do I register online?

Registration is completed online at www.ayso676.org

***Please do not use the link above in red to register - it will take you to the outdated eayso.org database.


Please see registration information on the new website for Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018.

Practices and Games

How do I know what team my child is on?

Your child’s coach will contact you once he/she receives the team roster. This should be towards the end of August.

When will my child have practice?

U5 will meet on Tuesday evenings and U6 will meet on Saturdays. U7, U8, U9, U10, U12 and U14 will have 1 weekday practice on a night chosen by the coach. Again, this is one of the advantages of being your child’s coach!!! U9, U10, U12 and U14 will have the option of having a second practice each week.

How many players are on the field for a game?

Division

# of players on the field during the game

U5 and U6

3 players per team on the field – no goal keepers

U7 and U8

5 players per team on the field – no goal keepers

U9 and U10

7 players per team on the field – including keeper

U12

9 players per team on the field - including keeper

U14 and U16/19

11 players per team on the field – including keeper

How long is a game?

Division

Length of Game

U5 and U6

Four 5-minute periods

Half time break of 5-10 minute

U7 and U8

Four 10-minute periods

Half time break of 5-10 minute

U9 and U10

Four 12.5-minute periods

Half time break of 5-10 minute

U12

Four 15-minute periods

Half time break of 5-10 minute

U14 and U16/19

Full field game rules apply


How do I know my child’s game schedule?

Schedules are finalized just prior to the start of the season. They will be posted on the our website - www.ayso676.com

How many coaches are assigned per team?

At least one coach is assigned per team, preferably two. It all depends on the number of volunteers who have registered. If your child’s team has only one coach, please consider volunteering to be the assistant coach. Everyone needs a back up.

What will the Team Parent do?

There will be a Team Parent on each team. This volunteer will distribute jersey/socks, organize the snack schedule, and assist every parent in signing up to volunteer in some area of our region.

Equipment And Clothing

How do I order my child’s uniform?

We will order the size jersey you indicate on your child’s www.eayso.org application. Please be sure to check whether the size selected is correct or whether it needs to be updated.

If you would like your child to try on a jersey or two to better select your child’s size, we will have sample jerseys available on a table on the west side of the shed. The shed is in the southeast corner of the parking lot at the main complex, next to the concession stand. The table and jerseys will be out on Tuesday evenings: 5/11and 5/18 and all day Saturday: 5/7, 5/14 and 5/21. If you are registering after these dates, please email the registrar to arrange a time to try on the samples: registrar@ayso676.com

If you wish to change your child’s jersey after they have been ordered (7/1/16) there will be a $20 fee.

How will I get my child’s uniform?

The Team Parent will distribute the jersey/socks at the first practice.

What else does my child need to play soccer?

Each player will need to have black shorts or sweats or leggings Shin guards are mandatory during practice and games. Full-coverage shoes are required, and it is advisable to wear shoes designed specifically for soccer (e.g. non-metal cleats). It is ideal for every child to have their own appropriate size soccer ball for practicing and playing on their own.

Division

Soccer Ball Size

U5 and U6

Size 3

U7 and U8

Size 3

U9 and U10

Size 4

U12

Size 4

U14 and U16/19

Size 5


Volunteer Info

Can I register as a volunteer?

Yes. Our region would not work without the help of our volunteers! Volunteer roles for teams include Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Team Parent. Other volunteer roles include referees, division coordinators, field maintenance, concession help and board positions. AYSO has developed special training that helps parents who may have little or no soccer experience to quickly gain the age-appropriate knowledge and skills they need to be effective coaches and referees. You must register as a volunteer at www.eayso.org.

You can sign up to volunteer while you are registering your child. During the registration process simply select “New Adult Volunteer” or “Returning Adult Volunteer” from the home page. Please select the role that you would like to sign up for and enter all the required information.

If you did not sign up to volunteer when you registered, you can go back into your eayso.org account and register at any time. Please select “New Adult Volunteer” or “Returning Adult Volunteer” from the home page. Then select the role that you would like to sign up for and enter all the required information.

I registered last year, do I need to re-register this season?

Yes, you need to register for each season.

Why should I coach in AYSO?

It's a chance to spend quality time with your child and it's fun. It's a great break from work. It makes you feel good. It's a great way to give back to the community.

The rewards come in the form of helping kids have fun at a game or practice, and contributing to their individual skills and teamwork. There is also a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the end of a season, look back and see how far the team has come.

I don’t know anything about soccer. Can I still help coach?

Yes! AYSO provides training and materials. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. Your Region's Coach Administrator will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience.

What is the time commitment of being an AYSO Coach? Assistant Coach?

U5 and U6 coaches have a 1 hour a week commitment. U7-U16/19 coaches will run one practice a week and a game on Saturday. U12-U16/19 will have the option of holding a second practice each week.

Coaching in AYSO is all about teaching and encouraging kids, and having a lot of fun. The Team Parent will help with the team’s organization tasks.

What is Safe Haven?

To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven™. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other onfield issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer.

How are volunteers screened?

Since January 1, 2001, all AYSO Regions, Areas and Sections are required to comply with the AYSO policy on criminal background checks. Any person wishing to volunteer in AYSO is subject to a criminal background check. Any person wishing to volunteer in AYSO must complete an AYSO volunteer application form each year. The application form includes a Criminal Background Check Release. All requested information must be provided by the applicant, including Social Security number, driver license number (or other state issued photo I.D. if the applicant does not drive) and date of birth.


Parents

What am I expected to do as an AYSO Parent?

    • Always Be Positive - You are not on the team, but you have strong influence on the team's environment. Applaud good plays by your child's team and by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
    • Be Enthusiastic and Supportive - Let children set their own goals and play the game for themselves. Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Support your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Help your child learn soccer skills and good sportsmanship. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory.
    • Be Responsible - Take your child to practices and games on time and with the proper equipment.
    • Reinforce Positive Behavior - The best way to help a child to achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. No one likes to make a mistake. If your child does make one, remember that he or she is still learning. Encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.
    • Let Coaches Coach and Referees Ref - Coaches and referees are usually parents or youth volunteers. They volunteer their time to help make your child's soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. What coaches and referees don't need is your help in coaching from the sidelines. So please refrain from coaching during games and practices. Referees are important for fun, fair and safe games. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully.
    • Volunteer - While your participation is not required for your child to play, we ask that you volunteer as a coach, referee, team parent, field maintenance, concession help or a regional volunteer who helps with administrative tasks. AYSO has a comprehensive training program to certify you for the position you choose.

What is Kids Zone?

In AYSO, fans are asked to be cheerleaders, not critics. Kids Zone® is a unique program that includes a parent pledge that moms and dads sign to commit to positive, encouraging behavior when they’re watching the games. Please click on the link on the right of our home page.

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