AYSO Soccer

Frequently Asked Questions

Boys playing soccer in Hudsonville

General Questions

When does the soccer season take place?

The 2016-17 soccer season has two parts – Fall 1016 and Spring 2017. The Fall season opens with practices starting the week of September 4, the first games for most divisions on Sept. 17 and runs through October 22. The Spring Season will start with practices the week of April 10 and Game #1 on April 22.

Players remain on the same team for both seasons. If they choose to play fall or spring only, there is a discounted fee available, payable by check only. There will be an additional fee to continue if your player chooses to add on spring.

When does registration open?

Registration opens May 9, 2016. Early bird fees are good through June 11th. Registration closes June 25th. After June 25th you can apply for your child to play and he/she will be placed on the waiting list.

Where do practices and games take place?

Our main complex is located at 3066 Port Sheldon, in Hudsonville. We are south of the county courthouse, west of 28th Avenue. U5 and U7 - U12 have games on these fields. U6 uses the soccer fields at Parkwood Presbyterian Church, 7998 28th Avenue, Jenison. They are south of Hager Park and north of Baldwin, on the east side of the road. U14 and U16/19 play some home games and some away games. Our region also uses fields at various parks and schools in the Jenison and Hudsonville area for practices.

How much does it cost? What is included?

Please see the chart below for fees:

Division

Full Season

Fall and Spring

Early Bird

Discounted

Fall Only *

Spring Only *

U5

$95

$85

$75

$75

U6

$95

$85

$75

$75

U7

$95

$85

$75

$75

U8

$95

$85

$75

$75

U9

$95

$85

$75

$75

U10

$95

$85

$75

$75

U12

$95

$85

$75

$75

U14-Girls

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$65

$75

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U14-Boys

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$65

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$75

U16/19 Coed

Ages 14-18

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$65

$75

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VIP

$35

$35

$20

$20

* The sibling discount cannot be combined with the discounted Fall Only and Spring Only fees.

The U5 and U6 Divisions will have 1 activity per week (technical development followed by a game). U5 will meet for 7 Tuesday evenings in the fall and 7 Tuesday evenings in the spring. U6 will meet on Saturdays for 7 weeks in the fall and 7 in the spring. U7-U10 Divisions will have a weekday practice and a Saturday game. They will have 6 games in the fall and 6 in the spring. U12 will also play 12 games, 6 and 6. They have the option of an additional second practice each week. Girls U14 and Coed U16./19 (ages 14-18) play in the fall and generally play 6 games. Boys U14 play in the spring and generally play 6 games.

In addition to the practices and games, each player will receive a jersey and socks.

What discounts are available?

Players desiring to play fall only or spring only may pay the discounted fee shown in the above chart. This includes U14 and U16/19. You must pay with a check or money order to take advantage of these discounted fees.

We also offer a sibling discount of $5 off 2nd child, $10 off 3rd child, 4th child free, available to immediate family only. You must register all of your children in the same eayso.org session to receive the sibling discount. The sibling discount can be used when paying with a credit card or with a check/money order.

You may not combine discounts.

Can I get a refund if my child decides not to play soccer?

If for some reason you need to withdraw, our region has the following refund policy:

100% refund before the teams are put together – 7/1/16. After that date we will refund $50 to cover the cost of the national AYSO fees and the jersey/socks that were ordered.

Refund requests must be in writing and submitted to the registrar, either by email or mailed to : AYSO 676, POBox 27, Jenison, MI 49429.

Who runs my AYSO Region?

AYSO is a volunteer organization. Administrators, coaches, referees, and other volunteers all donate their time and effort to make AYSO a great program for our soccer-paying kids.

AYSO Region 676 is an all-volunteer effort. We have no office. We are a group of volunteers working out of our homes between working and raising families. Email is the best way to reach us. Please see our contacts link.

About our Registration Process

How do I register online?

Registration is completed online at www.eayso.org.

If your child has played in Region 676 before:

    1. You must apply to play each year..
    2. You need to enter the email and password that you’ve used in eayso before.
    3. If you need help with getting into your account, please email the registrar: registrar@ayso676.com
    4. Please be sure to register all your children in the same session if you want to receive a sibling discount when paying online with a credit card. After you register the first child without paying, go back to the home screen to register the second child and/or third child. At the end of registering all of your children you are able to select each child to pay for using a credit card.
    5. Remember: to pay the discounted fees for fall or spring only – you must pay with a check or money order.
    6. If you pay with a check, please make the check payable to: AYSO 676 and send it to: AYSO 676, PO Box 27, Jenison, MI 49429.
    7. Make sure to register yourself as a volunteer at www.eayso.org as well.

If you are new to Region 676:

    1. You will need to set up an account for your family at www.eayso.org.
    2. Please be sure to register all your children in the same session if you want to receive a sibling discount when paying online with a credit card. After you register the first child without paying, go back to the home screen to register the second child and /or the third child. At the end of registering all of your children you are able to select each child to pay for using a credit card.
    3. Remember: to pay the discounted fees for fall or spring only – you must pay with a check or money order.
    4. If you pay with a check, please make the check payable to: AYSO 676 and send it to: AYSO 676, PO Box 27, Jenison, MI 49429. Please indicate on your check if you are choosing fall or spring only and the name of the player you are paying for.
    5. Make sure to register yourself as a volunteer at www.eayso.org as well.

What documents do I need to send in with my registration?

There are two documents that you need to send in after you apply online if you are new to our Region:

A copy of proof of your child’s birth date (passport or birth certificate) and

Concussion Awareness Form – please print page 3 of the player application from www.eayso.org. This form needs to be signed by both parent and player.

These documents need be mailed in to: AYSO 676, PO Box 27, Jenison, MI 49429 or scanned and emailed to : registrar@ayso676.com before the season begins.

How do I pay?

You have the option of paying online with a credit card after you register at www.eayso.org or you may pay with a check/money order and mail in your fee. Remember: to pay the discounted fees for fall or spring only – you must pay with a check or money order. Please indicate on your check if you are choosing fall or spring only and the name of the player you are paying for.

How do I know that my registration is complete?

You will receive an email after you pay with a credit card confirming your payment. You will also receive an email from the registrar confirming that your payment has been received – either credit card or mailed in check/money order. If you do not hear from the registrar within a week, please send an email. Please remember that your registration is not complete until you have submitted payment.

When is registration closed?

Registration will close June 25th. After that date all applying players will be placed on a wait list.

How does the waitlist work?

We will form teams with the players who have registered before June 25th. If we have spots on those teams or if we have enough coaches to add additional teams, we will contact players on the waitlist and give your child the option of joining a team. At that point you would need to submit payment.

In what division will my child play?

Player age as of July 31, 2016 determines what division a child will play in. We have added two new divisions this year, U7 and U9. When you enter your child’s birthdate in www.eayso.org it will automatically place your child in the correct division.

Division

Born Between

U5

8/1/11 and 7/31/12

U6

8/1/10 and 7/31/11

U7

8/1/09 and 7/31/10

U8

8/1/08 and 7/31/09

U9

8/1/07and 7/31/08

U10

8/1/06 and 7/31/07

U12

8/1/04 and 7/31/06

U14

8/1/02 and 7/31/04

U16/19

(ages 14-18)

8/1/97 and 7/31/02

Can I select specific practice days when I register?

No, unless you are the coach. Coaches choose their team’s practice night. This is one of the advantages to coaching your child’s team!!

If your child is unable to practice the night his/her team practices on, there will be a fee of $35 to switch teams and get a new jersey/socks.

Can I select a specific coach when I register?

No. We will not honor any requests for a specific coach. Coaches cannot request specific players.

Can I request that my child play with a specific child?

We will not honor player requests. If you coach with another parent then your children will be placed on the same team with both of the parents as the coaches.

I registered in eayso.org last year, do I need to re-register for the upcoming season?

Yes, you need to apply to play each year. If you register and pay for the whole season, fall and spring, no additional payment will be needed before the spring season.


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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