Parent FAQs

What does a Team Coordinator do?

Go to the Team Coordinator page for everything you'll need to know.

When will my child be placed on a team?

In late July, teams for all divisions will be chosen.

The coach should be calling you by August 1. If you do not receive a call by August 1st, please contact your coach through the email provided on the team list page. If you still do not hear from your coach by August 15th, contact the Division Coordinator of your child's age group.

Can my child move to another team?

Because teams are already carefully balanced out, except for extra-ordinary and rare circumstances, players cannot move to another team. Although it may seem simple, changing players to accommodate music practice, girl scouts, church or any other extra-curricular activity or sport, is not a reason we can move players. Please remember that we are working with over 3500 players, and each request has a impact on many families and teams. Please contact the Division Coordinator with any questions or concerns.

What if I can't make this practice time?

We know a lot is going on in all of our lives, but with over 3500 children registered, it is nearly impossible to make changes to teams once players are assigned. We unfortunately cannot make any changes to accommodate other events that conflict with your child's soccer practice. Before registering, please try to make sure you can bring your child to the typical practice time (see

For the Under-5 through Under-8 divisions ONLY, make it clear on your registration sheets if you would like to be with another player or with a specific coach. There are no guarantees, as we try to keep teams balanced, but we will try to accommodate the reasonable requests before the teams are chosen. After the teams are chosen it is very difficult to change teams.

For Under-10 and above, to maintain balanced teams, NO accommodations or requests for coaches or teammates are honored.

In case you are unable to make the practices, and you cannot find a solution to the conflict, you can always ask for a refund. It is possible to miss practice, but attend the games only, but that would be unfair to your child, the teammates and the coach. In this unfortunate situation, please feel free to use the Refund Request form, as there are usually other children who are on the waiting list who would like to play. Refunds must be requested by July 15.

What size ball size should my child use?

It is recommended (but check with your coach) to bring a soccer ball to EVERY practice session. Soccer ball sizes vary according to division:

Division
Ball Size
Under 14 - Under 19 Size 5
Under 10 - Under 12 Size 4
Under 5 - Under 8 Size 3

Make sure to bring the ball to every practice. Use a water-proof felt pen to put your last name and phone number on it.

What about team uniforms?

A uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) is provided by the Region before the season starts. The family is responsible for these items throughout the year and only needs to wear the uniform to games, not to practices. Do not wash the uniform in HOT water. We recommend that teams turn in their uniforms at the end of the year so they can be donated to other soccer organizations.

Note: Jewelry, watches, necklaces, bracelets, hats or other objects which could hurt another player are not permitted during the games. No exceptions!

We repeat, NO earrings allowed during practice or games. No exceptions!

Do I need to go to the uniform distribution meeting to get a uniform?

No, this meeting is solely for the coaches who will give your child a uniform at one of the next practices.

What do the players wear at practice?

Wear some type of loose fitting shorts, preferably soccer shorts, and wear a white t-shirt to the practice sessions. This helps the coach when organizing the team into small teams. Make sure that your child does not come to practice wearing jeans, long pants or other clothes that your child would not be able to run in. On cold nights, make sure a sweatshirt is brought for your child to wear after practice.

Players should also wear shinguards, soccer cleats and always bring a ball with their name on it.

Can a player wear jewelry?

A playing member must not wear anything dangerous to another playing member. This includes all jewelry, watches, plaster casts, etc.

We repeat, NO earrings allowed during practice or games. No exceptions!

NOTE: If ears were just pierced, and the earrings are not allowed to be removed so the ear may heal, the child will not be allowed to play. The child will be permitted to play again when the earrings can be removed from the ear.

Are shinguards mandatory?

Shinguards are mandatory at every practice and game. A child will not be allowed to play without proper shinguards. Make sure the sock completely covers the shinguard when playing.

Are soccer cleats mandatory?

Soccer cleats are not required but are recommended for all age levels mainly for good traction on sometimes very wet fields. (No baseball, golf, football or shoes that have a toe cleat are allowed). Ask your local soccer store or sporting goods store for the correct cleats to wear.

When are practices and games?

There will usually be one game each weekend, although on a few weekends throughout the season, there may be a game on Saturday and Sunday, especially during the playoffs.

Divisions u12-u19 have one mandatory practice and can have one "voluntary" practice a week. Divisions u6-u10 are only allowed one practice a week.

Under-5 practices will be on Saturdays only just before their game.

NO PRACTICES BEFORE AUGUST 1!

What if my child misses practice or games?

Parents should contact the coach if their child cannot make a practice or game. It is unfair to the other players for one teammate to consistently miss practice. A player may be dropped from the program if three (3) successive practices or games are missed without a valid excuse. This is necessary because each year we have children on the waiting list who want to play.

Should we bring water?

Soccer players end up running many miles during games and practices, so make sure to bring water to the games and EVERY practice session!

What if my child gets hurt in a game or practice?

Although there are very few serious injuries in soccer, AYSO does have an Accident Reimbursement Program. This program will cover expenses not covered by your own individual insurance plans, after the deductible has been satisfied and only after a proper claim has been filed by your insurance carrier. To file a claim, contact the Insurance/Safety Commissioner.

What if it rains?

Soccer is played in all types of conditions. Do not assume that games or practices are cancelled because of a slight drizzle. Unless notified, all teams must appear at the field at their scheduled time, regardless of weather conditions.

If you do not hear from your coach, and are still unsure, call the AYSO Region 88 hotline at (818) 957-AYSO.

What other special events are there during the season?

Opening Day
The season begins with a grand parade by all the players, displaying the team banners as well as the large numbers of soccer players involved in AYSO.

Picture Day
Photographs of the team and individual players will be taken on Saturday or Sunday, usually on one of the first few weeks of the season. Check with your coach for the team's picture schedule, which will also be on this website as the season begins.

How can I volunteer?

There are many opportunities for you, as a parent, to get involved in the AYSO program. If interested in any of these opportunities, see our Volunteer Page, talk to your coach, Division Commissioner or the Volunteer Coordinator. We encourage all parents to volunteer sometime during the year.

  • Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referee, Team Coordinator, Sponsor, Board Member
  • Assist with Opening Day, Picture Day, Year Book, Fund-raising, Website Updating, Registration, etc.
  • Field Set-up, telephoning, mailings, Year Book Ad Sales, Booster Club, etc.

How can I sponsor a team?

To help keep this volunteer non-profit program financially sound, and to try to keep the registration fee low, Region 88 requires that each team have a sponsor. If interested, please see the Sponsorship Page.

Registration questions?

For questions about registration, see the Registration FAQ page.

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When does the regular season begin and end?

The season for U6, U8, U16 and U19 runs from August to November.

The season for U10, U12 and U14 runs from August to December.

The season for U5 runs from September to November.

What time will my child practice?

Although practices may vary, expect your child to practice at the following times.

NOTE: In the Under-6 and Under-8 divisions, practices usually begin at 4:30 pm. Also, a parent (not a brother or sister) is required to stay at practice, so if you cannot stay with your child at this time, you may want to reconsider registering this year.

Division
Likely Practice Times
Under-19
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Under-16
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Under-14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Under-12
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Under-10
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Under-8
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Under-6
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Under-5
Practice combined
with games on Saturdays