This page contains general information for parents who are interested in having their children participate in Redwood City's AYSO program.
The aim of the Region and the AYSO organization is to encourage the growth of soccer, and although everyone engaged in sporting competition should have a desire to win, this desire should not be pursued in this organization to the detriment of good sportsmanship, fair play, and participation. AYSO is a parent-based volunteer organization and provides a soccer experience for our own children. Enrollment of your child in our program implies responsibility to the team. Assistance is needed in setting up fields and other jobs which arise during the season. Each team will have specific persons assigned to various functions.
AYSO is for kids ages 5-18. Kids are grouped by age, in divisions that span 1-3 years of age. Rules are adjusted for the age of the players. The younger divisions are strictly recreational/educational, with the level of competition increasing in the upper divisions. The specific divisions and birthday cut-off dates are shown below:
The fall season runs from August to November, with games being played from September through early November. Practices start in August and tournaments are held in late November.
Certain coaches may also organize a small number of select teams to play in the spring season. These teams compete with both AYSO and CYSO class 3 teams throughout the northern peninsula.
During the season, players will be expected to attend 1-2 practices a week (with up to 3 practices/week for the upper divisions before the season starts). U6-U14 players will play one game/week from September through early November. U16-U19 players will play 1-2 games per week from September through October. Soccer is a team sport and every player needs to be someone that can be counted on. If you're going to sign up, can we count on you to show up on time to games and practices?
Parents Need to Help Out!
Redwood City AYSO is run completely by parent volunteers and depends on your help. All families are asked to fill at least one volunteer job, and many families fill two or more positions.
Our custom is that during the season you will be assigned duties to help the team, which may include bringing refreshments for halftime, providing drink tokens after the game, etc. These activities are usually coordinated by the Team Rep, and it is expected that all parents will assist in these activities. Please help in cleaning up orange peels and other trash left over after the game.
As all the coaches in AYSO are volunteers, practice times are scheduled at the Coach's convenience during the week (Monday through Thursday), and are coordinated with the Region for field availability. Please make sure your child gets to practice on time and with the proper equipment. Although we recognize that children have busy lives and sometimes will have conflicts, the primary instruction in soccer skills, strategy and teamwork will take place in practice, and your child will miss much of the value of our program if they do not attend practice on a regular basis. Also remember that AYSO is not a baby-sitting service. Please make sure you pick up your children on-time.
Game schedules will be provided by late August. U6-U14 games are generally played on Saturday. Due to their shorter season, U16 and U19 teams play on Saturdays and will often have a weeknight game as well.
Soccer is often played in the rain. Do not assume a game has been canceled unless you have been notified by the Team Rep or Coach.
Your child is guaranteed to play at least 50% of every game, regardless of his or her level of skill or aptitude, if the child:
In the younger divisions (U8-U14), no player will sit out 2 quarters until all players have sat out 1 quarter, independent of attendance at practice sessions. It is, however, not at all fair to the other players and the team to consistently fail to show up for practice. In the upper divisions (U16 and U19), every player must play half the game but the coach has discretion over who plays more than that.
You can help your child's coach by making yourself known and thanking him/her for their interest. Support the coach's request that your child be on time for practices and games. If you do not stay for the entire practice session, pick up your child promptly at the end of practice. Be positive with your comments and remember that a coach has a reason for positioning players. Do not criticize the coach because "Johnny should be a forward", or "Jane should be a midfielder". Offer to help at practices. Remember that the coaches volunteer their time to help your child and they need your help and cooperation.
The referees are entitled to the highest respect. Their mistakes (and there will be mistakes) shall be accepted without complaint. Many of the referees have no children playing in our Region and all of them gladly give their time to help us. Please give them the respect they deserve -- they are volunteers, and we thank them.
Most parents and many coaches do not know the laws (even if they think they do) so what you may perceive as a mistake may in fact be your lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of the laws. In the younger divisions, many of the referees are new and are learning just like the players. Please be patient and accept their mistakes without complaint.
Soccer is a contact sport, and there are situations where a player may be knocked down, or appear to be tripped by an opponent. Although serious injuries are rare, bumps and bruises are common, and the referee is responsible for determining whether continued play poses a danger of aggravating the injury. Play may be allowed to continue until a natural stopping point, and quite often in the meantime the child will have recovered and be back in the game. Please trust the referee to recognize which situations are fouls and which are not, and which situations are dangerous and which are not. We are all concerned when a child goes down on the field, however no one is to go onto the field until the referee requests assistance. When the referee makes such a request, the child's Coach as well as the opposing Coach may attend to the player.
The region and your children need your participation. Go to the practices and games. Parental support is crucial to the kids. Learn about the rules by reading "The Rules of Soccer: Simplified".
Please stay well back from the field of play. Most fields have a spectator line painted at least 3 feet back from the touchline. If a spectator line is provided, stay behind the line and encourage others to do the same (only Players and Refereesnot Coaches are allowed in front of this line during play). Players may briefly step off the field during active play and need room to maneuver. The Assistant Referee needs room to run along the touch line and to see the entire length of the field. Standing in front of the spectator line is not only inconsiderate, it is sometimes dangerous to yourself and to others. No one may stand behind the goals or behind the goal lines during play.
Please come to all games and cheer for the players of both teams. For parents of younger players, avoid the urge to be too demanding of your child; allow your child to enjoy the game at his/her own pace, and be tolerant of mistakes. Influence your child by cheering loudly for the positive things, not dwelling on the negative. For parents of teenage players, recognize that your child still wants you to come and watch the game, even if they don't act like it.
Unless you have signed up to coach, please do not actively coach during the games. AYSO has restrictions on where Coaches may be during games and what they might say, and you may be unaware of these restrictions. If you want to help out, please come to practice!
Consider Referee mistakes and other events which don't go your way to be opportunities to show your child how to handle misfortune with dignity and grace. If you have questions, discuss them calmly with the Referee after the game. If the Referee makes any indication that such a discussion would not be welcomed, please respect that decision also.
The use of tobacco products and alcohol is prohibited at all AYSO activities where children are present.
Certain divisions will have post-season tournaments either within Redwood City or with other northern peninsula cities. Your coach will let you know whether or not your child's team has been invited to participate in a tournament. Tournament schedules will be posted on the AYSO Region 1 calendar.
All children participating in Redwood City AYSO will receive a trophy at the end of the season. Additional trophies and pins are often awarded during post-season tournaments. The cost of trophies is included in the registration fee.
Redwood City holds a number of registration days during April and May which are advertised in the community. Players who are registered after the registration days will be put on a waiting list and assigned to teams only if space is available.
Fees for the 2012 Fall Season are $115 per player if they registered at our registration events in April.. (Where does the money go?)
The uniform is provided for your child's use, and is his/hers to keep. Current season uniforms are not to be worn at practice -- only for scheduled games. It's of course OK to wear uniforms from previous years at practice. Children may not wear rings, watches, chains, necklaces, earrings, or hard pony tail holders or barrettes as these items can be the cause of injury during play.
Although not required, we strongly urge your child to wear soccer shoes -- the low-sided "football" shoes with rubber or plastic molded cleats. The size and type of shoes is extremely important. They should fit comfortably with socks and shin guards. The more expensive leather shoes are superior to the hard synthetic type because the synthetic shoes are generally stiff and do not allow the child to get the "feel of the ball".
It is only common sense to protect the vulnerable shins. Shin guards can and do protect the player. A National Rule makes shin guards mandatory. No child will be allowed to practice or play unless he/she is wearing shin guards. They can be purchased at sporting goods stores, Walmart, and Kmart. The new lightweight shin guards provide freedom of movement without being heavy and cumbersome.
Your child should be encouraged to practice with a ball and we recommend that you obtain a "real" soccer ball and bring it to every practice.
Your child needs to practice with a ball to develop skill and coordination. Any time spent with the ball makes your child a better player, and you can encourage them by actively participating in practice. Please put your child's name on the ball for identification.
Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI):
The AYSO Soccer Accident Insurance pays only for those eligible expenses NOT covered by group or individual insurance carried by parents or guardians of registered participants (and only AFTER claims are submitted to the primary insurance carriers). If your child is injured, be sure the proper documents are filed immediately with the . If you are covered by an HMO, you must get treatment from the appropriate HMO. There is a deductible on the Soccer Accident Insurance.