FAQ

WHEN DOES THE SEASON BEGIN?

Practices begin in early August.
Games usually begin the Saturday after Labor Day (second Saturday in September).

WHEN DOES THE SEASON END?

The last game of the season is usually played the first weekend in November, unless the schedule has shifted due to heat or rain cancellations of previous games.
Playoff games (for U10 and above) will start the week after the regular season ends (second weekend in November).

WHEN ARE THE GAMES AND PRACTICES?

Games take place every Saturday between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00. Practices are held one to two times a week, depending on age level. The days, times, and locations are up to the coach.If you want to pick the time and place for practices, please volunteer to coach.  Otherwise, please support your child’s coach in the schedule and location that works best for them.

WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM YOU?

Non-competitive (Divisions 6U and 8U) are formed by the first week of August. Competitive teams (Divisions 10U and higher) will be drafted by the end of July . Coaches are instructed to contact their players & parents immediately. Depending on the coach, this contact may be via email or phone, so please ensure that the information you have provided is accurate – and that you check both.

WHAT IF I DON’T HEAR FROM ANYONE?

Wait until at least August 7th. After that please contact us.

HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?

Non-competitive teams (6U and 8U) are formed by Division Representatives who try to honor requests for certain coaches and to be placed with certain friends. Siblings in the same age/gender division will always be placed on the same team unless requested differently by the parents. The region tries to honor requests, but may not always be able to do so. In keeping with the AYSO philosophies it is more important to have a fair and balanced team first. If you are not placed on a desired team, the region will not make changes after teams are formed.Competitive teams (10U and higher) are formed through a draft process that strives to fairly balance teams (one of the philosophies of AYSO). Other than their own child, coaches are not allowed to request certain players, parents or volunteers for their teams at this level. Once a team is drafted there is absolutely no trading of players. Siblings within the same division will be placed on the same team only if it does not conflict with the AYSO philosophy of balanced teams.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES MY CHILD NEED?

We provide a uniform consisting of jersey, shorts and socks. These will be provided to your coach prior to the first game. Parents must provide shin guards (to be worn at all games and practices-no exceptions), soccer cleats and a soccer ball (to be brought to each practice). Division 6U and 8U use a Size 3 ball, 10U and 12U use a Size 4 ball, and 14U and above use a Size 5 Ball. **Please note any child not wearing shin guards will not be allowed to participate in practice or in games.MOST IMPORTANT Please make sure that your child brings water to each practice and game.

WHERE CAN I FIND A COPY OF THE CONCUSSION INFORMATION THAT I SAW AT REGISTRATION?

The concussion information sheet and links to other concussion information can be accessed on the AYSO website at the following link: http://www.ayso.org/resources/safety.aspx

HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED IN HELPING AYSO REGION 1441?

When registering your child to play AYSO, sign up to volunteer. Contact us by e-mail, or in person (on Game Days, look for the Purple shirts). We have many positions with varying levels of time commitments.THE PROGRAM IS FOR OUR CHILDREN – PLEASE HELP.

REFUNDS / WHAT IF MY CHILD SIGNS UP AND THEN DECIDES HE/SHE DOES NOT WANT TO PLAY?

Our refund Policy will be as follows:Withdrawing Prior to May 30th: Full Refund Given

From May 30th – June 30th: Full Refund minus a $50 Administrative Fee

Competitive Divisions (10U and above)

From July 1st – July 25th: Half Refund

After July 26th: No Refund Given

Non-Competitive Divisions (8U and below)

July 1st -August 15th: Half Refund

After August 16th: No Refund Given

 

In addition the region will not refund fees for the following circumstances:

1.) Your child gets placed on a team and there is a scheduling conflict with practice locations, dates, and times. (We request that the parents and coach work out this issue.)

2.) If your child is placed on a team where a personality conflict develops between any parties.

WHAT IF I DON’T AGREE WITH THE CALLS THE REFEREE MAKES OR I FEEL MY CHILD’S COACH ISN’T DOING A GOOD JOB?

Please remember this organization runs strictly on volunteers, and without their dedication we would not have teams or play games.  Just like the players, the coaches and referees are learning too.  And just as we don’t expect the players to be 100% perfect, the coaches and referees will make mistakes too.  That’s not just part of soccer, it’s part of life.As a reminder, each family signed a code of conduct at registration and is expected to behave accordingly. Individuals who insist on continuously arguing with the volunteers will be asked to leave the field.

That being said, concerns about coaching or refereeing may be (calmly) discussed with the Coaching Administrator or Referee Administrator.  We’ll do our best to resolve any problems if possible.

Ultimately, the best way to improve the quality of coaching and refereeing in our program is to volunteer to be a coach or referee and then be a good one.  Talk to the Coaching Administrator or Referee Administrator about what you need to do to get started!