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Frequently Asked Questions

What programs does AYSO Region 644 offer?
Who is eligible to register for the programs?
Where are practices and games played?
How do you register for the programs?
When does registration begin and end?
What is the cost of registration for the programs?
What is included in your registration fee?
My child missed out on registration and is now on the wait-list. How does he move to the active list for the league and begin playing?
If my child is contacted to be moved from the wait-list to the active list, do I need to pay the full amount?
What is the refund policy?
What is the concept of balanced teams and why does AYSO implement the concept?
What are player evaluations and how are they utilized?
What are evaluation dates and must my child attend?
Can I request my child to be on a particular team or with a particular coach? Can I request a team with a particular practice day?
What does the designation U7 or U14 mean?
Can I request a specific team, coach or child for my child to play with?
I have two children within the same division, will they be placed on the same team?
What is my child’s commitment to the team by way of practices?
Where will my child’s practices be held?
Who selects my child’s practice days and times?
Can I request a specific practice day or time for my child?
Must I be at all practices along with my child?
What must my child wear to practices?
Where are the games played and on what days are they played?
Is there a minimum amount of playing time for each player during a game?
Are casts or splints allowed to be worn by players during practices or games?
What do I need to do in order to coach my child’s team?
What are the time commitments to coach?
How do you become a referee?
What are the new rules around heading the ball?
What type of sponsorship opportunities are there and how do I become a sponsor?

 

I INTRODUCTION TO THE PROGRAM

A) PROGRAMS THAT WE OFFER

What programs does AYSO Region 644 offer?
AYSO Region 644 offers an array of programs for kids as young as 4 years of age and extending to adult leagues. Currently our list of programs is as follows:

Primary Youth Program- Open to all youth participants ages 4 to 19. This program is broken down to 2 individual seasons. The fall season runs from September through December of each year and the spring season runs from March through May of each year.

Weston Select Program:  This program is for those players who want more. Players must tryout to be selected on a team.

VIP Program- This program consists of players ages 4 through adult. There is no registration fee to participate. It is open to all participants who have physical and emotional challenges which prevent them from successfully participating in the primary programs. All practices and games are played on Sunday late mornings/early afternoons.

Mens Over 35 League- Open to all participants ages 35 and over. This program runs from September through May. Games are played on Sunday mornings with pick up games on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. A player draft occurs in August of every year. Every participant who registers timely prior to the registration closing will be placed on a team. There is also a division which plays 8 v. 8 on Sunday mornings.

Mens Under 35 League- Open to all participants ages 20-35. This program runs from September through May. Games are played on Monday and Wednesday evenings. A player draft occurs in September of every year. Every participant who registers timely prior to the registration closing will be placed on a team.

Womens League- A recreational soccer league consisting of women 20 years of age and up. All games are played on Sunday mornings with practice times available on Friday evenings. All participants who register on time will be placed on a team. The league is broken up into two separate seasons, one from September through December, a second from January through May. Currently, we are looking for a volunteer to speerhead and run this league.

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B) WHO CAN REGISTER

Who is eligible to register for the programs?
AYSO Region 644 has a policy of “open registration”. This means that anyone meeting the age based requirements for a particular program may register for that program as long as the registration for that particular season (and division) has not reached its capacity. <<Top>>

C) WHERE ARE PRACTICES AND GAMES PLAYED

Where are practices and games played?
All games and practices for all the AYSO programs are played at the Weston Regional Park soccer fields located at 20200 Saddle Club Road in Weston Florida.
 

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II REGISTRATION

A) HOW TO REGISTER

How do you register for the programs?
Registration for all programs are strictly online and must be paid by credit card.  Click here to go to InLeauge and register https://ayso644.inleague.org/inleague/registration/new-register.cfm

Primary Youth Program- Registration for the fall seasons run from April 15 through July 31 or when full. Registration is online at www.ayso644.org and click on the register to play link. Registration for the spring seasons run from November 15 through January 31 or when full.

VIP Program- Registration for the fall season begins in late August and for the spring season begins in January at www.ayso644.org. There will be a separate registration link for the VIP program. The program is free.

Mens Over 35 League- Registration will begin in August and will be online at www.ayso644.org in a separate link for the Mens Over 35 League. A supplemental registration will take place in January to add players to the league if needed.

Mens Under 35 League- Registration will begin in August and will be online at www.ayso644.org in a separate link for the Mens Under 35 League. A supplemental registration will take place in January to add players to the league if needed.

Womens League- Registration will begin in September for the Fall Womens League and will be online at www.ayso644.org in a separate link for the Womens League. A separate registration for the Spring Womens League will be online in January.

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B) DATES FOR REGISTRATION

When does registration begin and end?

Youth Primary Fall League- Registration runs from April 15 through July 31 or when full
Youth Primary Spring League- Registration runs from November 15 through January 31 or when full
Weston Select Program - tryouts are at the end of May.
VIP Program- Registrations are in September and in January.
Mens Over 35 League- Registrations begin in August with a supplemental registration in January.
Mens Under 35 League- Registrations begin in August with a supplemental registration in January.
Womens League- Registrations begin in September and in January.

C) COST OF REGISTRATION

What is the cost of registration for the programs?
Youth Primary Fall League- $170
Youth Primary Spring League- $170
VIP Program- Free

D) INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION

What is included in your registration fee?
Primary Youth Leagues- 10 game schedule, full uniform including jersey, shorts and socks, trophy, insurance, picture package
VIP Program- Twenty weeks of games/practices, full uniform, insurance, picture package
Mens Over 35 and Under 35 League- 20 game schedules plus playoffs, full uniforms, insurance, referee fees.
Womens League- 20 game schedule, team t-shirt and shorts, insurance

E) WAIT LIST AND PROCESS TO GET OFF OF WAIT LIST

My child missed out on registration and is now on the wait-list. How does he move to the active list for the league and begin playing?

Our primary youth leagues fill up rather quickly. Once capacity for a particular division is reached we begin to compile a wait-list. Potential players register online but do not pay. If a spot becomes available in a particular division, the registrar will contact you for payment. You will have 72 hours to make payment. Once you make payment you will be placed on a team. If you don’t make the payment within 72 hours, the next wait-listed player in the queue will be contacted.

F) PRORATION OF FEES

If my child is contacted to be moved from the wait-list to the active list, do I need to pay the full amount?

Yes, if your child is removed from the waitlist and palced on a team, the full registration fee does apply. 

G) REFUNDS

What is the refund policy?

Our refund policy is as follows: for the fall season, all refund requests must be done in writing and mailed to AYSO Region 644, 2334 Weston Road #225, Weston, Florida 33326. The refund request must be postmarked by July 1st. Any refund request after that date, even if you registered after July 1, will not be honored. For the spring season, the process is the same but the request must be postmarked by January 1st. For those accepted refund requests there will be a $50 processing fee deducted from the registration refund.

 

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III TEAM FORMATION

A) CONCEPT OF BALANCED TEAMS

What is the concept of balanced teams and why does AYSO implement the concept?
AYSO believes that children enjoy playing more, and learn more from the game, when teams are as closely matched as possible. Regions make every effort to balance teams each season by assigning players to teams based on their relative skill levels. In our region we utilize player evaluations from their prior season’s coach and on field evaluation dates for new players.

B) PLAYER PRIOR YEAR EVALUATIONS

What are player evaluations and how are they utilized?

Each coach is requested to submit to the league a player evaluation sheet for their team. This evaluation sheet identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each player in core soccer skills and gives an overall rating of each player. These ratings are then input into our computer system and used to distribute the players throughout the league with an eye towards balancing the teams.

C) EVALUATION DATES (EVERYONE REGISTERED AND PAID IS PLACED ON TEAM)

What are evaluation dates and must my child attend?
Evaluation dates are held prior to each season and used to form the season’s teams. Any registered participant who did not play in the league the prior fall or spring seasons should attend the applicable evaluation date. The participant will be evaluated on specific soccer skills which will help in balancing the teams. This is not a tryout. It is only used to properly balance the teams.

D) ONLY COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES ARE GUARANTEED ON A PARTICULAR TEAM

Can I request my child to be on a particular team or with a particular coach? Can I request a team with a particular practice day?
In order to adhere to the balanced teams philosophy we do not take requests for the participants to be placed on specific teams. We only guarantee that the one head coach and one assistant coach will be placed on the same team. We also do not guarantee particular practice days. The coach and assistant coach select their practice days. This is a perk for volunteer coaching.

E) JULY 31ST IS THE CUT OFF FOR DIVISIONS, THEREFORE U7 MEANS UNDER 7 YEARS OF AGE AS OF JULY 31 OF THAT PARTICULAR YEAR

What does the designation U7 or U14 mean?
The U is for under, therefore U7 mean under 7. U14 means under 14. This designation is for ages as of July 31 of each year. Therefore for the fall 2010 season if your birthdate was September 1, 2003 you would be U7 or under 7 because as of July 31, 2010 you were 6 years old.


F) TEAM REQUESTS WILL NOT BE HONORED

Can I request a specific team, coach or child for my child to play with?
Unfortunately with the number of players that our league has, it would be virtually impossible to develop teams where all kids were able to play with their specific friends, with a particular coach, with still abiding by the concept of balanced teams. If we can’t do for all then it would be unfair to do for one. We also cannot guarantee particular practice nights and times as the teams are formulated before coaches select their practice days and times. You can guarantee a practice day and time by becoming a volunteer coach and taking the required course. This is only a perk for the volunteer coaches.

G) SIBLINGS

I have two children within the same division, will they be placed on the same team?
Yes, siblings of the same gender and in the same age group division will automatically be placed on the same team.

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IV PRACTICES

A) ALL AGE GROUPS HAVE 2 PRACTICES PER WEEK (EXCEPT FOR U5 AND U6 WHICH HAVE ONE PRACTICE PER WEEK)

What is my child’s commitment to the team by way of practices?
Each team, ages U7 on up, practice twice per week. All U5 and U6 practices are once per week. Players should only attend their assigned team’s practice unless the get authorization from the division director, not the coach. Practices are not mandatory for a child to attend and WILL NOT affect their playing time for games on the field.


B) WHERE ARE PRACTICES HELD

Where will my child’s practices be held?
All practices will be held at the Weston Regional Park on assigned field locations to your team on assigned days and times.

C) WHO SELECTS PRACTICE TIMES AND FIELDS

Who selects my child’s practice days and times?
All practice days and times are selected by the coaches at a coaches meeting with our director of operations. No changes can be made by the coaches without proper authorization of the director of operations. Field space is tight and limited due to the number of players. A team my practice off sight but must make the division director know ahead of time for authorization.

D) PRACTICE DAY REQUESTS BY PARENTS WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED TO BE HONORED

Can I request a specific practice day or time for my child?
Due to the number of players in our program and our eye towards balancing teams, we will not take requests for practice days and times other than from the head coach and his one assistant coach.

E) PARENTS MUST ATTEND PRACTICES WITH THEIR CHILDREN

Must I be at all practices along with my child?
It is AYSO Region 644 policy that all children must be accompanied at all times by a parent. We do realize that some parents have multiple players playing on multiple fields. Therefore a parent must remain on the Regional Park grounds during the entire practice. This is for the safety and well being of the children.

F) SHIN GUARDS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES DURING PRACTICES AND NO JEWELRY ALLOWED WHILE ON THE FIELD

What must my child wear to practices?
AYSO Region 644 policy is that no child shall participate in practices without shin guards. Soccer cleats are optional but sneakers are allowed. Players need not wear their soccer uniforms to practice. Cleats must be soccer cleats, NOT baseball cleats. No toe cleats are allowed. No metal cleats are allowed either. Players should bring a water bottle and soccer ball to practice. No jewelry is allowed, whether it be rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings etc.

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V GAMES

A) GAME DAYS AND LOCATIONS

Where are the games played and on what days are they played?
All games are played at the Weston Regional Park, 2200 Saddle Club Road, Weston Florida 33326. All games will be scheduled on Saturdays with game starts anytime between 9am and 7pm. Exceptions may occur if games are rained out during the season. These make up games will be played during a week scheduled in advance. These games will take the place of practices late in the season.

B) PLAYING TIME

Is there a minimum amount of playing time for each player during a game?
Yes, every player is guaranteed to play one half of each game unless he/she shows up to the game after half time or too late to be substituted in for enough playing time. It is the policy of AYSO Region 644 that every child plays three-quarters of the game before a player plays a full game. Because of the nature of the numbers of kids on a team, this may not be possible for every individual game but is our policy for playing time over the course of the season. An exception to this policy is in the U12 division on up. A player may play all 4 quarters in goal despite some players only playing one-half of the game. For U8 and U10 players, players may only play one half of every game in goal. Those players must play at least one quarter in the field.

C) CASTS AND SPLINTS

Are casts or splints allowed to be worn by players during practices or games?
No casts or splints are allowed at any time in a game or training session. This includes anything whose purpose is to prevent a bone or joint from moving. No player who recently had to wear a cast or splint should be allowed to practice or participate in a game until the player has a signed release by their doctor and parents.
A brace, whose purpose is to protect a joint but allow movement, may be allowed if in the opinion of the Referee, they are soft, like an Ace bandage, they are padded and they have no exposed sharp edges or exposed metal ribs which might catch another player.

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VI COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES

What do I need to do in order to coach my child’s team?
In order to coach you should indicate such on your child’s registration. You may also indicate who you would like to coach with. You will need to go to www.eayso.org and register online as a volunteer. While registering as a volunteer you should print out the filled out form and sign it. You will be contacted by a division director and will attend an organizational meeting for the season. You should hand in the volunteer application form at this meeting and you will receive an AYSO volunteer number. If you have never taken the safe haven course online you will need to go to our website, www.ayso644.org, click on the education link, and take the safe haven course. You will receive a certificate of completion online upon completion. Every two years you will need to take an aged based certification course in order to continue coaching. U6, U8 and U10 courses are held online and are accessed using the same process as the safe haven course is. The U12 course is a 5 hour on-site course which is given two times prior to each season and held at the Weston Regional Park AYSO soccer building by field 2. Dates and times are announced online and will be emailed to you by your division director. U14 courses are two day courses held once per season on a Saturday and Sunday. U19 courses are a Friday night along with a Saturday and Sunday and are offered once per season.

What are the time commitments to coach?
Other than the certification courses, the time commitments are as follows:
The U5 and U6 divisions have one 45 minute practice per week plus a game on Saturdays
The U7, U8 and U10 divisions have two one hour practices per week plus a game on Saturday
The U12 division has two one and a quarter hour practice per week plus a game on Saturday
The U14 and U19 divisions have two one and a half hour practices per week plus a game on Saturdays.

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VII REFEREES

How do you become a referee?
We offer referee courses throughout the year which will be announced via our website and via mass email. You must be at least ten years of age. Prior to the course you need to go to www.eayso.org and register as a volunteer. Then print out the volunteer application form, sign it and bring it with you to the course. Youth referees get community service credit from their schools. In addition, after completing a set number of games, youth referees can earn American Express gift certificates and other gift certificates.

VIII HEADBALLS

What are the new rules around heading the ball?
1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-12 and below in both practices and games. Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.

2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

      a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

      b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s penalty area, must be taken on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

IX SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

What type of sponsorship opportunities are there and how do I become a sponsor?
Our sponsorship opportunities constantly change and the specific packages and costs will be posted on our website. Opportunities include business logos on the jerseys, banners at the soccer fields, website links, sponsorship of weekly game announcements etc. There will be a form you can download and fill out to become a sponsor.

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