Frequently Asked Questions

 

When will I hear from my coach?

Coaches can get their rosters in late July or early August. No practice or team event can happen any earlier than August-1. Because of summer vacations, some coaches may pick up their team packages late and you may not be contacted until the middle of August.

What does U6, U8…U19 mean?

These are common terms used across globe to describe the age division of a team. The “U” stands for “Under” and the number stands for their age. A U12 player is a player who has had their 10th birthday, but not yet had their 12th birthday (is under) on August-1 of the current soccer season year.

I still have not heard from my coach, what now?

If by the middle of August you have not heard from a coach, please contact Regional Coaching Administrator/Asst Coaching Administrator for assistance. Please also remember that if your contact information has changed since registering your child, your coach may not know how to reach you.

When does the season start?

For U14 players and below our regular season starts the weekend after Labor Day and ends the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Will all matches be on Saturdays?

For U14 and below, all matches will be on Saturdays. Roughly half of the U16 & U19 matches will be held on weekend afternoons and some weekday evenings. U16 & U19 matches are scheduled like as such because of limited amount fields and availability of qualified referees.

What equipment do I need?

Your player should come to practice wearing shorts, shin guards, and soccer cleats (soccer shoes). The shin guards must be worn against the skin with soccer socks over them. For younger players you can recycle your baseball shoes as long as you cut the toe cleat off leaving no sharp edges. Players should also bring their own water bottle. Some coaches may ask for the player to bring a soccer ball.

Where will my team practice?

North Park AYSO uses Morley field in our community as our central practice location, but your team may decide to practice at any other available field. The coach will generally pick the time and day(s).

When will my team practice?

Again, this is at the discretion of your coach. Most coaches will pole their families for a time and day(s) that work best for the maximum number of players.

What about carpooling?

All of us have busy lives and carpooling is encouraged between parents on the same team. For liability reasons, any parent transporting someone else’s children should have a letter in their glove-box specifying that they have permission to transport other family’s children.

What can I do to help out?

North Park AYSO is run by volunteers. You can volunteer as a referee, coach, asst coach, serve on the board or in other volunteer capacity. Please go to the [Contact Us] link and send us an e-mail expressing your interest in volunteering.

How old do my kids need to be to start playing?

Kids need to be 4 by August 1st in order to play.

When are games?

Games are always on Saturday usually between 8:00am and 3:00pm.

Do boys and girls play on the same team?

Boys and Girls play co-ed only in the U5 (Jamboree) and the U6 age groups. All others are separated into boys and girls divisions.

Where do I buy shin guards? Are they required?

Shin guards are available at most athletic and discount department stores. Shin guards with a hard plastic core are mandatory during games and practices.

What size soccer ball does by child play with?

U8 and under — Size 3 ball
U10 – U12 — Size 4 ball
U14 and older — Size 5 ball

What about soccer cleats?

Players need to have cleats for all games (tennis shoes are OK for practices). When you buy cleats for your child, be sure to purchase soccer cleats (rubber cleats with no toe cleat).

What if it rains on game day? Will we make up missed games?

We will try to play every scheduled game. If conditions are unsafe for play, the regional staff makes the final call on game day on cancel or play. A sign will be posted at the field stating any cancel games. Don’t assume that just because there is a little rain games are cancelled. Please always come by the field to make sure. Remember, kids have fun playing in the rain. Unfortunately we can’t make up cancelled games.

What about jewelry, casts, eyeglasses?

Hard casts and jewelry are not permitted on the soccer field, since they can be a safety hazards. Prescription glasses may be worn, but be sure they’re secured with an eyeglass holder.

What if my child has to miss a game or practice?

Since soccer is a team sport, the participation of players in games and practices is important for the success of the team. Coaches count on regular attendance at practice to teach skills and strategy. If your child must miss a practice or a game, please notify your coach ahead of time.

What can I expect as a first time coach of a younger team?

In the first game of the season expect all players on each team to huddle around the ball for forty minutes (see Newton’s Fourth Law of Physics: one soccer ball will attract and hold 10 six year olds in a tight mass which cannot be broken apart). You will become hoarse yelling for them to spread out, to no avail. By the last game of the season you should see them looking for teammates, making passes and scoring goals. This achievement will hook you on coaching AYSO soccer until your child goes away to college.

How can I help?

AYSO depends on volunteers. It’s an important part of the program. If you want to help or you have questions or concerns, please get in touch with a board member or contact us by email at info@aysonorthpark.org.

How do I get a refund?

Please see our refund policy.