Foster City AYSO
MY2019 Fall Core Program
What is AYSO Soccer?
- The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a National Non-profit All-Volunteer Organization offering Recreational level (Core and Select), Club level (United), and Adult League soccer.
- AYSO is organized by geographic region - Foster City is Section 2, Area N, Region 62
- Foster City offers youth programs in the Fall (Core and United), Winter (Select), and Spring (Jamboree and United).
- All coaches, referees, and administrators are trained volunteers who must pass a background check.
- AYSO is guided by Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development
- More details available at the AYSO National website www.ayso.org
Who Can Play?
- Boys and girls born between Jan. 1, 2001 and Sept. 7, 2016 (ages 3-18) are eligible to play.
- No soccer experience is necessary in any age group.
- All children are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of players is limited only by the number of volunteer coaches. Every effort is made to accommodate all children who register, but a player may be placed on a waitlist until more volunteer coaches register. Help us by volunteering to be a coach!
- Children of volunteer coaches and referees are given first priority.
Program Information by Birth Year
Sept. 9, 2015 - Sept. 7, 2016
Playground – 4U (co-ed)
Saturday “games” at Sea Cloud Park
Jan. 1, 2015 - Sept. 8, 2015
Schoolyard - 5U
1 Practice/Week except 6U (weekly clinic)
Saturday games at Sea Cloud Park
Saturday games at Sea Cloud Park
Saturday games at Sea Cloud Park with some local travel
2001, 2002, 2003
* Fee includes $20.00 non-refundable National AYSO Membership Fee (paid once a year)
* Add $25 per child non-refundable Non-Resident Fee if not a Foster City resident
** UK Coaches will assist volunteer coaches
NOTE: Registrations after 6/15 are subject to additional processing of $15. Full Refunds are offered until 7/15; after 7/15 no refunds will be available.
MY2019 Fall Season Dates
- The regular fall season runs from Sept. 7, 2019 to Nov. 16, 2019
- Hirschel Cup Tournament - 10U teams and older participate in this local tournament and some teams may play until 11/24/2018; winners in each age/gender division advance to Area tournament 12/7-8/2019; winners of this tournament play in the Section Tournament on 12/14-15/2019
- CLICK HERE for the List of Important Season Dates
How are Teams Formed?
- Teams are formed based on birth year; boys and girls are placed in age divisions from 4U to 19U.
- 4U Playground is co-ed, no individual teams formed
- 5U Schoolyard is divided by gender, no individual teams formed
- 6U and older - girls and boys teams are formed. Games are played against same-sex teams.
- Each age division has different team formations and rules.
- Teams are balanced by skill level in the effort to prevent any one team from dominating.
- Children cannot request to be placed on teams together with the exception of siblings.
- The only way that a child is guaranteed to play with another designated non-sibling player is if both children have parent/guardian volunteers acting as head and assistant coaches on the same team.
Volunteer Coaches and Referees Needed NOW
This program is 100% volunteer based and cannot be run without you - help every child to play by volunteering as a head coach, assistant coach or referee. No coaches = No teams!
- All volunteers must undergo a background check. Foster City AYSO will absorb the cost of the Volunteer Membership Fee - please volunteer, but make sure you can follow through with your commitment. Drop outs cause us to incur additional costs which will ultimately raise registration fees. (See details below)
- You may sign up either when you register your child OR afterwards. We need to have our coaches in place by Aug 1, and the sooner we know, the better. (See details below)
- No coaching or soccer experience is necessary to be a coach or referee.
- Free training, uniform, equipment, and mentoring are provided for all levels of coaching and refereeing.
- We need more referees! Anyone aged 11 and up is encouraged to take our free referee training, learn the laws of the game, and participate as an official referee. Youth referees can earn community service volunteer hours. No soccer experience is necessary; uniform and supplies are provided for free. As a referee, you control the game. You are trained in how to handle coaches/visitors who “misbehave”!
- Although many of our coach/referee/administrative volunteers have children actively playing in AYSO, some volunteer after their children have stopped playing, some have grandchildren who are playing, and some just like to give back to the community by being an AYSO volunteer.
- Click on Coach or Referee to get more details about training and commitment.
- Register Now to be an AYSO Volunteer Coach or Referee!
- Also looking for new Board Members - various positions available. Free training/mentoring provided. Contact Regional Commissioner Tracy Delmonico at email@example.com for information.
Volunteer Registration Process
- Sign up for volunteer position during player registration process or simply through your Blue Sombrero Account at any time. A $25 Volunteer Membership Fee will be paid by FC AYSO, however, you do have the option to contribute up to $25 to help defray those costs.
- Volunteers sign up only once a year, but need to sign up every membership year that they volunteer.
- All volunteers must undergo an annual background check. After you sign up through Blue Sombrero, you will receive an email about the background check. Follow the instructions and submit.
- Background checks generally take 24-48 hours to process. You will have access to your full report for 2 years. Administrators at AYSO will only have access to whether you Pass/Fail depending on AYSO National criteria without details as to the circumstances surrounding a failed check. AYSO Administrators do NOT have access to your background check details.
- All volunteers have to take the online Safe Haven and Concussion courses offered on AYSOU (available through our website). These courses are short and quick, and are only required to take when you sign up as a new volunteer.
- Following that, the calendar for coach and referee courses is available, but you MUST sign up for these courses on AYSOU before attending to get credit. You may also take course components outside of Foster City with other AYSO regions if our schedule does not work for you.
- Contact Steven Delmonico for coach training information (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hamid Namini for referee course information (email@example.com)
- 4U, 5U and 6U do not have practices during the week (6U may have optional clinic).
- 7U to 10U teams have 1 practice per week
- 12U and older have 2 practices per week
- Practices are held at Sea Cloud Park (CLICK HERE for a Field Map of Sea Cloud Park)
- Practices are assigned to teams based on coach’s preferences and availability.
- Practice attendance is IMPORTANT! Missing practices is detrimental to the entire team, and your child will not have the full opportunity to learn and improve skills.
- Coaches may ask parents to indicate their child’s availability for practices and games for the season; it is important for parents to indicate availability to the best of their knowledge for game planning.
- All games are played on Saturdays and usually finish by 2 pm; game time will vary each Saturday.
- All 4U-10U games are held at Sea Cloud Park.
- 12U and older home games are at Sea Cloud Park; away games require local travel (i.e. Belmont, Redwood City, San Carlos, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough);
- AYSO Trained and Certified Volunteer Referees are used in 8U games and older; coaches might act as referees for 8U games if certified referees are unavailable and parents may be asked to be a club linesman for 10U or 12U games if Assistant Referees are not available.
- For game rules, please refer to the MY2019 Game Rules Matrix (Matrix Coming soon…)(5U to 19U only) and the Lopsided Score Rule (10U, 12U and 14U only).
- All players will be provided with a uniform that includes socks, shorts, and a shirt. The complete uniform as provided MUST be worn for all games. Children who are not in full uniform cannot play in games. No uniform is necessary for practices.
- All children MUST wear shin guards (provided by the parents) for ALL practices and games. Shin guards are worn UNDER socks that come up to the knee.
- Soccer cleats (not cleats designed for baseball, softball, or football) or turf shoes are recommended but sneakers are acceptable; no open-toed shoes are allowed. CLICK HERE for an Illustration of Soccer Cleats vs Cleats for Other Sports.
FOR ALL PRACTICES AND GAMES:
- No jewelry of any type (necklaces, pierced or clip-on earrings, rings, hair decorations, bracelets, leather bands, string bracelets or rubber bands) may be worn with the exception of a medical alert bracelet which must be taped down.
- Necklaces and bracelets made of string or elastic are not allowed.
- Jewelry cannot be taped with the exception of a medical alert bracelet.
- Hair ties or clips must not be made of metal or have any metal components.
- Braces worn to protect joints may not contain any metal component. Soft padded joint supports without metal are allowed.
- Prescription glasses are allowed to be worn, but it is recommended that they are secured around the head with a strap that does not contain metal. The safest option is to wear contact lenses or prescription sports goggles, but that is not required.
- Non-prescription eyewear is prohibited.
- For more information about refunds, see our Refund Policy
- Non-resident fees, late registration processing fees, and the annual National AYSO Membership Fee are not refundable.
- AYSO Administrators contact parents/guardians through important email blasts which cover information relative to everyone in the program.
- Sometimes these emails end up in junk/spam folders.
- Often they will be from “clubnews@BlueSombrero”
- IT’S IMPORTANT TO PUT AYSO ON A SAFE SENDER LIST - DO NOT MISS THESE EMAILS!
- Sign up a secondary email contact so multiple parents/guardians can be contacted.
- Sign up for text alerts for important last minute information about practices and games.
- Check the website frequently for updated information www.fcayso.org
Email general questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email registration questions to: email@example.com