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FALL PROGRAM 2019

The fall program is the primary soccer program/season for AYSO in El Segundo. It runs from early September (usually the first Saturday after Labor Day) through Thanksgiving week, with playoffs in December for 10U division and up.  Registration is generally done in April/May and volunteer coach and referee recruiting/training occurs all summer long.  The 5U program ends with a potluck on the second Saturday in November.

For 6U and above, players are randomly distributed into balanced teams using an automated system.  Player and coach requests are not allowed.  For the 5U program, see specifics below.

Note: Players cannot wear jewelry to play soccer so it is advised that parents do not get their child's ears pierced during the late summer/fall season. Coverage with a band-id is not allowed.  All earrings must be removed prior to play.

The entire AYSO program is run by volunteers so it is encouraged that everyone step up to help out with a role.  No previous soccer experience is necessary.  We strongly encourage parents to sign up as coaches and referees to make our program more robust - additional open roles are located on the board members page of this website.  Please let us know how you can help.

 
AGE GROUPINGS

Here is this year's age group guide:

Region 92 has programs for the following age groups in our fall program:

5U Jamboree
6U
7U
8U
10U
12U
14U
16U
19U

*THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO PLAYERS ALLOWED TO MOVE DOWN AN AGE GROUP DUE TO INSURANCE REASONS AND REGULATIONS, REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCE.  MOVE UP REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS BUT WILL BE EXTREMELY RARE.


5U JAMBOREE PROGRAM

The AYSO 5U Jamboree is held each Saturday morning throughout the Fall season, beginning Sept 7 and ending with a round robin tournament and potluck picnic on Nov 9.  The AYSO Jamboree format is small-sided soccer.  This means that "teams" are no more than 6-7 players and they play games of 3v3 or 4v4.  This is to give each player a lot of time on the ball and higher chances of scoring.  It also reduces the number of interactions the developing brain has to process.   Our program is based on cutting-edge research and is developmentally appropriate for this age group.  The sessions will be managed by rotating parent "coach trainees".  What this means is you will attend and experience each session with your child and you will rotate having a turn as "coach trainee."  We will also have several "Master Coaches" who will introduce the games or activities and then work with the parent "coach trainees" to help them lead each session.  You will be given plenty of notice for your "turn" to coach and the "Master Coaches" will guide you every step of the way.  Don't worry if you have never played soccer and think you know nothing about it: We will teach you everything you need to know to create a positive soccer community around your child.
 
The sessions will include games, activities, and a scrimmage.  All of the games and activities are designed to build the basic, fundamental soccer skills.  Our developmental objective is to make learning soccer FUN.  But don't be surprised if your son or daughter doesn't demonstrate perfect skills right away.  Early proficiency does not guarantee future soccer success and vice-versa.  It is most important to keep kids having fun so they come back to the game next season.  Some players will catch on right away and some won't "click" until they are teenagers and we need to give them the space for them to develop at their own unique pace.  It is VERY common at this age for kids to be very excited to start soccer, only to burst into tears and sit on the sidelines the first time they are engaged in a scrimmage.  Do not write off their soccer career!  Be patient, don't push, and make sure you reward the effort.
 
The two goals of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher.  Soccer is not a game of memorized plays and should not be taught by a coach screaming from the sidelines.  Soccer is about quick-witted decision-making and we want to develop this from a young age.  That means players are going to make mistakes, and we encourage them to do so because mistakes are how players learn.
 
What to Bring:
Each player in the Jamboree division will receive an official AYSO uniform and a soccer ball.  Please wear the uniform and bring your ball every week.  Also, bring water as it gets hot and we need to teach proper hydration early.  Soccer cleats are not mandatory but are recommended.  However, shin guards are absolutely mandatory for all AYSO programs.  (You will soon learn why they are especially important in 5U!) 
 
When and Where:
The Jamboree is held at Brett field in El Segundo's Rec Park.  The boys session begins at 9:00 AM and the girls begin at 10:00 AM.
 
We will be having a parent meeting where we will hand out uniforms and balls on Monday, Aug 26 at 6:30pm-8pm at the Rec Park Clubhouse in El Segundo, CA.  This is a good time to answer any questions you may have about the program.  Please plan to attend.  If you cannot, we will also hand out uniforms on the first day of the program, Sept 7th.
 
Also, please note that Picture Day will be Saturday, Sept 28.  More information will follow, but it is usually held during our regular session times at 9am (boys) and 10am (girls) at Library Park in El Segundo.
 
Special Note about Teams:
We will assign your player to a "team" for the season and he/she will receive a matching uniform for their team.  That said, if another team is missing players in a given week, we will use pinnies to balance out the numbers for games.  The "teams" are merely so you work with the same players/parents every week and keeps the children from becoming overwhelmed.  The teams are assigned based on birthday and siblings/cousins.  They are not assigned based on friendships.  Please do not worry - your child will make new friends through this program.  Do not send requests to be on teams with existing friends as they will not be honored.  Thanks!
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Jamboree Program Coordinator.


6U Program and above:

TEAM FORMATION 

Once registration has closed, the team formation process will begin.  For all divisions 6U and up, the Blue Sombrero system will assign players to teams based upon previous year's ratings (or birthdays for 6U).  The system is designed to keep siblings together and to distribute coaches and other volunteers across the teams.  We will not be granting coach/player pairing requests as this has been found to result in politics and unbalanced teams, violating a key AYSO philosophy.  You will find that meeting new coaches, players, and families is a wonderful part of the AYSO experience.

The Blue Sombrero system utilizes a serpentine process.  Further details about how this system works can be found in the team formation policy document.



Teams will be announced in late August and players will be contacted by their coach at the email address provided during registration.

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

To participate in AYSO soccer, all players must wear shin guards at all times.  Soccer cleats are optional but recommended.  

Uniforms consisting of a pair of black shorts, colored shirts and matching socks will be provided to each player.  Players must wear their uniforms to all games can can lose sportsmanship points for failure to comply.  Balls, cones, and first aid kits will be provided to all volunteer coaches and referee uniforms will be provided to all volunteer referees.  Uniforms will be distributed to each team prior to the first game.


RULES AND REGULATIONS

AYSO uses FIFA laws of the game which are modified as appropriate for each age level.  Click here to see the most up-to-date version of the laws for our section.

For age-specific modifications to the laws in 2018, see below:



6U Guidelines (except we play 5v5)
8U Guidelines (except we play 6v6 and no referee)
10U Guidelines (no GK punting)

Click here to see a video explaining the Build Out Line used in our 10U program,  Click here to see a powerpoint presentation of the Player Development Initiatives.

REFEREES

Our program REQUIRES that we have volunteer referees for 10U through 14U.  All teams must provide parent referees! There is scoring system for every game a referee calls.  Each team, in each division, is required to acquire the minimum referee points to make the playoffs.  NO MATTER the team rank or record, each team must meet the referee points minimum to make the playoffs.  For more on referee training requirements, click on Referees under the Volunteer menu tab.

10U teams - 16 points
12U Teams - 24 points
14U Teams - 36 points
16U/19U Teams - N/A

FIELDS

Region 92 uses the following fields for the fall season:

Campus El Segundo (U10 and above)
Brett Field at Recreation Park (U5, U6, and some U10/U12 games)
Richmond Field (U8)

Other fields may be added as needed.  

 

PHOTO DAY

All registered players will get a team and individual photo.  Additional photos may be purchased as desired.  Photo day takes place at Library Park in El Segundo.  Photo date and times will be communicated when scheduled.  Players MUST come in full uniform, bring their completed photo day form (and payment, if applicable), and meet their teams at their designated times.  There will also be a makeup date for individual photos only - team photos will not be re-taken.  All times are assigned to ensure teams have their photos BEFORE their games and to avoid coach conflicts whenever possible.

Photo day is Sept 28, 2019.  Here is the photo order form and the photo product price sheet.  ALL players must complete the order form, even if not buying anything additional.  5U Jamboree families do not need to complete the team/coach section - just list Jamboree.

The makeup photo day is TBD.  Note that there will be no team pictures on the makeup photo day.

WEEKLY PLAYER CLINICS

As a special bonus, AYSO Region 92 offers FREE weekly Friday night skills clinics for all players 6U and up.   They will be held at Richmond Field as follows:

6pm 6U-8U 
7pm 10U and up plus goalkeeping

Players and coaches are welcome to attend.  Please wear shin guards, bring water and a ball.

 

SAFETY

Please see the safety information under Volunteers:Safety




 

 

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