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Welcome to AYSO 894 Monrovia, AL

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I Have to Come to an In-Person Registration?

You are required to come to an in-person registration if any of the following are true:
1. You need to pay with cash or check.
2. If any of your players need to verify their ages. Note that you can scan or take a photo of the birth certificate and either email it to registrar @ ayso894.net, or upload it to the website during the registration process. Images are deleted after they are verified.
3. If you are a new volunteer, you must verify your identity in-person.

Otherwise, you can register and pay online and do not need to attend an in-person registration.

Registration Age Breakdown

AYSO will be changing from a school year registration to a birth year registration in order to align with other American youth soccer program provider's interpretation of the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

The date of age determination for registration will be the player's age as of December 31 looking ahead of the Membership Year.  Example: for MY2017 the division in which the child will be placed will be determined based on their age on December 31, 2018. 5U is designed for 4 & 5 year olds. The player must be 4 years old by the date of the first Region activity.

To help in determining the proper age and division for players, the following chart is provided and guidelines and rules are as follows from U.S. Soccer. To download the PDF, click here.

How does it really work? Registration for MY2017 for a player that is presently 11 and turns 12 at any time in 2018 will be in the 12U division.  If a player is presently 12, but turns 13 during the fall of 2017 or in 2018, s/he will be in 14U, unless a program has a 13U division.



For more information about this change click here to be redirected to the U. S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives website.

What is the Build Out Line?

New in Fall 2017 for 10U only, the build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. It will be used for the 10U division only.

When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.

What about goalkeeper punts or drop kicks?

New in Fall 2017 for 10U & 12U, if a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

Players on a team, on the field? Soccer Ball size? Game duration?



How to I get announcements?

1. Join our announcement mailing list by sending email to announce894-join@ayso894.us.
2. Like us on Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ayso894
3. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ayso894

What’s the best way to get field updates or field closures?

1. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ayso894
2. Join RainedOut by texting AYSO894 to 84483.

When and where will games and practices be?

Your coach will let you know the details for your team. For 5U & 6U, practices are on the same day as games. For 8U and up, practices are held twice a week. Games are usually on Saturday. See the registration page for the season to find out the exact dates.

How much playing time will my child get?

In AYSO every child plays at least 2 quarters. In our region, every child must play 3 quarters before anyone plays 4 quarters. We encourage participation in all practices, as well as games. Practices are very important for the team to bond and learn new skills.

What does the U stand for in 5U?

5U means players were 5 years old and under as of December 31 looking ahead of the Membership Year. Our Membership Years run from August through July of each calendar year. 6U is 6 years and under; 8U is 8 and under, etc.

Can I play on a team with my friend? What if I have to ride with someone?

Friend requests are not honored. We may honor carpool requests for younger ages, if we believe the request will not adversely affect team balancing. “Balanced teams” is an AYSO core philosophy. Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it’s more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.

Can I request a specific coach?

The only person guaranteed a certain coach is the coach’s child. Only one assistant coach will be figured into the placement of players.

What about uniforms?

In the fall, each player will receive a uniform which includes shorts, a jersey and socks. In the spring no uniforms are provided, but your team might decide to get matching jerseys, which is optional.

What about shinguards?

All players must have shinguards covered completely by socks during all games and practices. It is the coach’s responsibility to enforce this during practice and the referee’s during a game. THIS WILL BE ENFORCED. The entire shinguard must be completely covered. No exceptions.

Do I have to buy cleats?

No. Tennis shoes are fine.

If I buy cleats, what kind should I get?

Cleats specifically for soccer. Some soccer cleats have a toe cleat, but soccer cleats won’t have any rough or sharp edges. The referee has the final say on what is safe for games and the authority to ask a player to remove unsafe or improper equipment.

What about pierced ears, jewelry, hair beads, etc.?

No jewelry of any kind can be worn by players during games or practices. It is the coach’s responsibility to enforce this during practice and the referee’s during a game. THIS WILL BE ENFORCED. If you or your child isn’t willing to remove such items then they won’t be able to participate.

What about Band-Aids or tape covering newly pierced earrings?

NO THIS IS STILL JEWELRY. If you or your child aren’t willing to remove such items then the child can’t participate.

Can I bring pets to the practices or games?

We know your pet is another valued member of your family.  But because others may have allergies or be scared of animals, AYSO Region 894 does not allow pets on our fields.  It's AYSO's goal to make the soccer season as safe as possible for you, your family and event your pets.  That's why we ask for you to leave your beloved family pet at home.

What about drugs, alcohol, tobacco or electronic cigarettes?

Not allowed on or around the fields.

Who is the coach?

Coaches are parents. They are volunteers. They are usually a parent of one of the players on the team.

How do I become a coach?

Visit http://ayso894.net/coach-corner/becoming-a-coach or contact the Coach Administrator at coach@ayso894.net.

Do I have to volunteer?

No, but if you want your child to play then you really need to take a coach and/or a referee clinic to help you understand the game of soccer better and to be able to help your child become a better player. It will bring you and your child closer together. Kids love to brag “MY PARENT IS THE COACH.”

What if there isn’t a coach for my child’s team?

If a parent doesn’t come forward to coach then the team is dissolved and these children won’t have an opportunity to play. Once again, you can become a coach and get close to you child. It will give you a chance to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
But I don’t know how to coach! That’s great. We will train you the AYSO way and give you the knowledge you need to be a coach.
I don’t have the time! If you are going to be at your child’s games and practices each week to watch then you’re there already so you might as well do it for your kid.

Do I have to obey the Referee?

YES! The center referee is the final authority at the field from the time they step onto the field until they leave. They have the authority to send off players, coaches and spectators and terminate the game if they deem it necessary.

How do I become a Referee and other referee questions.

Visit the Referee Page or contact the Referee Administrator at ref @ ayso894.net.

Who is paid in AYSO?

AYSO is an all-volunteer organization. No one is paid except at the National Headquarters in California and then it’s only a few full-time people. Everyone in our region volunteers their time so the kids will be able to play soccer. Please remember no one is paid and all coaches, referees, the Regional Commissioner and the Board are giving freely of their valuable time so your child will have the opportunity to play soccer.

What about yelling at the coaches, referees?

This is not allowed. Only positive feedback is allowed. Things like "Good job Johnny, nice pass" or "That's okay you'll get it next time.” Spectators can be ask to leave the fields if the get out of hand. Please be kind and make your child proud of you. After all you are here for your child so do them proud.

What if my question was not answered?

Send your question to rc @ ayso894.net.

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Harvest, Alabama 35749

Email Us: rc@ayso894.net
Phone : 256-213-1969
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