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The U8 division is a learning division and is designed to introduce young players to the game of soccer. The children will play short-sided games (7 on a side) on small fields with simplified laws. Short-sided games help ensure that children have fun and at the same time, maximize their learning opportunities. No standings are kept in this division.
AYSO is committed to its six philosophies:
AYSO posts these yellow signs at the entrances of playing fields to remind parents that they are entering a Kids Zone. In addition Kids Zone buttons will be handed out. This should help remind everyone that it's for the kids.
AYSO is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. Each and every task that is done, from coaching, refereeing, lining fields, scheduling games, organizing divisions, training clinics, etc. is done by volunteers. We cannot make AYSO function without your help. We need you to volunteer. Here are some key ways you can help:
Almost 70 percent of AYSO U8 coaches are first-time coaches-parents with little free time. Short-sided soccer is a way to ease adults into coaching as well as to ease children into playing. Won't you consider coaching? This is the single biggest area where you can help. AYSO will provide you with the training & resources necessary for you to do the job. You supply the smile and encouraging words.
The time commitment involved is between 3 & 4 hours a week (two 1 hour practices plus a 1 hour game on Saturday). In addition, you will need to attend a U8 Coaching Clinic before the season starts and schedule a team meeting. Most other team related tasks can be delegated to your team parent. We will do our best to assign an assistant coach to each team.
Be available at as many practices and games as possible to assist the coach. Fill in for the coach when he/she cannot be present. You will need to attend a U8 Coaching Clinic before the start of the season.
Each team must provide two referees. Without a referee, the game cannot take place. In order to be certified you will need to attend a one evening U8 Referee course (~ 3 hours). You should expect to referee every other game. You may referee your child's game.
Each team needs a team parent to help organize snacks, communicate with the whole team on behalf of the coach, organize the end-of-season party, and generally take care of administrative details for the team (roster, schedule etc.)
There are many opportunities for you to help out. Please don't assume that someone else will do it!
Participation in the season requires that players be born between August 1, and July 31, .
All games are played on Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Click here for the game schedule.
As part of the registration fee, each player receives a full uniform (jersey, shorts, socks) which your coach will give to you prior to the start of the season. In addition, you will need to supply the following items:
For safety reasons, players are not allowed to wear jewelry (earrings, necklaces, barrettes etc...) during practices or games. Special provisions can be made for medical items (ex: medicalert bracelets)
Your coach will schedule the number and duration of practice sessions with you inputs. Keep in mind that the coach's schedule will be the determining factor on when practices will happen. Typically, for this age, 1 or 2 one-hour practices a week will be held. There may be additional practices before the season starts. Practices may only be held at an approved location (generally Roosevelt Elementary or Kennedy) and during approved times.
Please do not consider this a baby-sitting service. Be on time to pick up your child. In addition, AYSO requires that a parent of the opposite sex from the coach remain with the team during all practices.
Each team consists of 10 players. Teams are divided into boys and girls teams and are balanced by age and level of experience. Coaches are not allowed to pre-select players for their team. The list of teams will be posted once they are determined.
There is a mandatory Parent Meeting to find out which team your child is on and explain the rules of the game. See the Important Dates above for the time and place. Coaches will contact their players and families before the start of the season.
Here are some useful guidelines that will help make this an enjoyable season for you and everyone else.