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AYSO Region 54

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Region offer discounted registration Fees for families in need?             

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a non-profit, all volunteer program. Our mission is to provide soccer opportunities to as many young athletes as possible in a fun, fair and safe environment.  Our basic policy is that parents/guardians should finance their children’s registration fee to the “extent that they are able.” In that our goal is maximum participation, a scholarship fund has been established in our region to help parents/guardians with the registration fee if necessary. A Region 54 scholarship is based on financial need of families who are not able to pay for all of their child’s registration in order to participate. Because there are limited funds available, the scholarships will go to families who demonstrate the greatest need while scholarship funds remain available or until deadline of June 7, 2019Scholarships are now closed for applications

Discounted registration is in place automatically for siblings and will not be additive to anything provided in the scholarship program.  Receipt of a scholarship does not guarantee your child a position on a team. Once it is determined the number of coaches available for the division and teams are balanced, your child as with all others could end up on a wait list and ultimately dropped from the program if a team cannot be formed.  If you wish to apply, you must complete the attached and submit by the due date listed.  


I have registered, Now what happens?

  1. When does the season start?
    1. You will be contacted by your coach after Aug 1.  Practices can begin after Aug 5.
    2. Fall season begins Aug. 24 through November 2 for age groups U14 and above.  Sept 7 through Nov 16 for divisions U12 and below. Game times and days are subject to change at any time due to weather and/or field availability.  Be prepared for changes at all times.
    3. Spring season begins March 2020 and will run through the 2nd maybe 3rd week of May with Easter weekend off.
  2. How will I be notified about registration process complete?
    1. You will be notified immediately via the email address provided during registration, and any time changes are made to your player or volunteer accounts, etc. Please make sure that you have all of your information correct and spelled correctly during the registration process. 
  3. Can I volunteer to coach or referee today ?
    1. Yes absolutely! You will need to go back into the registration process, then select and register for a position you would like to volunteer for.
    2. If you wish to coach, click on the Contact Us! link at top of page and email the division coordinator to let him/her know of your interest.  Coaches are especially needed for the lower divisions due to small team sizes and the quantity of kids signed up.
    3. If we do not have coaches and referees we do not have games.  Teams will be disband and refunds given, less the $20 National Fee.
  4. Payment has been accepted, is my child on a team ?
    1. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee participation in the program. All players that complete registration (electronically signed application, receipt of birth certificate, and payment) successfully are eligible to be on a team. AYSO Region 54 anticipates well over 500 players this Fall.  Several Volunteer Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Referees are needed to ensure all children can play.  If we do not have enough volunteer Coaches and Referees then not all registered children will have the chance to play.
  5. Will I be contacted to volunteer?
    1. The short answer is ABSOLUTELY YES. AYSO is an all volunteer program whose mission is to provide a quality soccer program that enriches the lives of children. To accomplish the mission, over 250 adults are needed to provide the best possible experience for the children.   MAKE SURE TO VOLUNTEER EARLY SO THAT THE PROPER TRAINING CAN BE GIVEN!!!
  6. How does the region make teams?
    1. Once all evaluation dates have passed, the assigned Division Directors will create balanced teams based on the player's ratings.  They will then meet with the coaches from the division, and review to make any changes if needed.  It is a complete group effort between volunteers, and we encourage all Coaches to be a part of the evaluation and team balancing process.
    2. No evaluations for Spring season.
  7. When will teams be created?
    1. Fall teams will be created around the last week of July. 
    2. Spring teams will be created in early to mid February.
  8. What if my child wants to play with a friend?
    1. Please contact the Division Coordinator of your child's age division, listed on the "Contact Us!" tab, to inquire about having your child placed with a friend.  However,  please be aware that it is not always guaranteed that they will be placed on the same team.  This conversation must take place prior to team creation.  Once teams are created there will not be changes.  These types of changes are generally need based due to carpool.  Not all children have equal skill levels and due to our need to have balanced teams it is up to the division coordinator.
  9. When will I know if my child is on a team?
    1. You will receive a email or phone call from your child's coach notifying you that you child was placed on a team.  This will occur after August 1.
  10. How will the coach contact me?
    1. The coach will use the contact information provided for the player on the registration. Be sure that any email address or phone number is correct and in working order.
  11. What nights will my child practice ?
    1. Practice is generally once a week, Monday through Friday, for the U6 and U8 divisions.  The U10 to U19 divisions usually practice two times a week.  Practice can range from one hour to one and a half hours depending on the field availability or the coach's preference. Practice times can be as early as 5pm, and last until sunset or 8pm depending on field lighting availability.
  12. How do I get a refund of my registration fees ?
    1. Please view the REFUND AND RETURNED CHECK POLICY for refund information.  Refund request has deadlines.  We will not deviate if deadlines are missed.  This is your responsibility.
    2. Refund date for Spring 2019 has passed.
  13. What is the National Player Fee and Why is it non-refundable?
    The AYSO Membership fee (formerly known as the National Player Fee) is a non-refundable and non-transferable member fee to participate in AYSO. Membership in AYSO is required for each Membership Year (8/1-7/31) before a member may participate in any AYSO program or event. This fee entitles the member to all benefits for that membership year, including:
    • Membership Player ID Card
    • Annual Subscription to the PLAYSOCCER magazine
    • Newsletters
    • Soccer Accident Insurance
    • Special Offers and Discounts
    • Access to the AYSO Player Website Channel
    This non-refundable membership fee is consistent with other youth sports organizations.
  14. When will the National Player Fee be debited?
    The AYSO Membership Fee will be added to the shopping cart when a parent applies for their child to play in a program. The AYSO Membership fee will only be charged once per Membership Year regardless of the number of programs or Regions the player participates in.  If you pay membership fee in fall you will not pay again in Spring Season. It will be due again the following fall season.
  15. Background check reimbursements - If you wish to be reimbursed $25 for background check, the following is required (1) a clean background making you eligible to volunteer (2) Regions Reimbursement form (3) copy of email with your name that shows you paid the $25.00 cost.  Keep in mind as a non profit organization if you paid any portion of the background check these fees may be tax deductible.  Check with your tax adviser.  All forms should either be emailed to our PO Box or emailed to our Treasurer (see Contact Us page).  All forms must be received within 30 days of payment to Sterling Volunteers.  No reimbursements will be excepted after October 15, 2019
  16. Picture Day - Sunday, September 15 - No make up session and no refunds for pictures not taken.  Make your plans now.  Team pictures will also be taken on this day. Picture times are TBD at present.  Coaches will be scheduled and will know the time approximately 2 weeks in advance of date.  Location:Heritage Park, Cerritos
  17. Banner Day - Saturday, October 12 from 10am to 4pm - a fun day to come out with your team, have a picnic and enjoy the days activities.  Coaches or team parent will pick up pictures at this event.  Location: ABC Cabrillo Adult School

What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?
Shin guards (required), soccer shoes, a soccer ball, uniform (games only) and water. Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated, nutritionally balanced child with a positive attitude and willingness to learn is highly recommended!

Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?
Soccer shoes are not mandatory but are highly recommended (regular athletic shoes with no cleats are the alternative). When buying soccer shoes, they cannot have a toe cleat (baseball shoes have a toe cleat). Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer shoes for practices and games.

What size soccer ball should I get for my child?
Divisions U5 through U8 use a Size 3 ball.
Divisions U10 and U12 use a Size 4 ball.
Divisions U14 and above use a Size 5 ball.

Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?
Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player. By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players protect each other. Also, wearing the socks over the shin guards prevent the shin guards from shifting during running or when being kicked, which allow the shin guards to protect the areas they are supposed to.

Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?
No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.

There is an exception for Med-Alert bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child and all the other players.

The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?
No. While the doctor may be representing your child's interest appropriately, the risk to other players mandates that he/she limit participation to that of moral support on the sidelines. Players may not wear casts or splints which could possibly cause injury to himself/herself or another player. NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies at the games as well as at practices.

What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?
Glasses, hearing aids, and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games. The use of an eyeglass holder/strap or sports-glasses is recommended. As stated above, Med-Alerts must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band as a safety measure.

It can be cold during the early morning Fall season games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?
Any extra articles of clothing must be worn under the uniform (so you can still determine which team a player is associated with). It is recommended that any extra articles of clothing be limited to undershirts or turtle necks (under the uniform). Try to coordinate with your team’s colors if possible. Any extra articles cannot have any zippers or any plastic/metal components of any kind.

What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?
Any hair accessories should not be made of metal or plastic, and should not be rigid. Soft hair accessories such as “scrunchies” and soft rubber bands are recommended and acceptable.

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