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Fontana AYSO Region 136

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
1.  Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?
2.  What makes AYSO different?
3.  What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?
4.  What is the duration of the games?
5.  What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?

6. What are the practice and game schedules?
7.  What size soccer ball should I get for my child?
8.  Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?
9. The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint...
10.  What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?
11. It can be cold during the Fall season games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?
12.  What is the difference between Spring and Fall Seasons? 
13.  Why do we have fundraisers and what is a "buy-out"?
14.  Do our registration fees help pay for board members, coaches and referees?
15. What does my registration fee pay for?
16.  Now that I know what happens behind the scenes, how can I become a volunteer? 
 

 

1. Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?                                                        

Children between the ages of 4  and 19 based on BIRTH year in which the child was born, can play AYSO soccer. Please see the Birth Date chart for specific age group eligibility.

 
2. What makes AYSO different?                                                                                                           
Our mission is to provide quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a safe, fun, family-oriented soccer environment. AYSO's five philosophies separate us from the pack:

Everyone Plays
Balanced Teams
Open Registration
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
Player Development
 
 
3. What other expenses can I anticipate this year?                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Not included in the registration fees are the required shin guards, appropriate shoes, and a strongly recommended practice ball. In addition, the team parents will possibly request a small amount to cover the expenses of a team banner, hair pieces (for the girls), end of season team party, and a small gift for the coach. Also, each family is often requested to bring snacks for the team at least one game during the season.
 

4. What is the duration of the                         games?               
                            
For younger divisions, the games take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. For older divisions, game take about 1.5 hours to complete.
 
5. What should I bring to my child's practice and  games?                                                                                    

Shin guards ( required ), soccer shoes and a soccer ball, uniform ( games only)as well as water. Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated and a nutritionally balanced player with a positive attitude and willingness to learn is highly recommended.
 
 
6. What are the practice and game schedules?                                                                                                                                      
Because ALL of the staff at Fontana Region 136 is run by volunteers including coaches, they are the ones who determine their own practice times and days based on their regular work/home schedule. Practices are twice a week for one hour to hour and a half, depending on division. 

Practices are scheduled either Monday & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays and from 6pm-7pm or 7pm - 8pm. Each coach will determine their own practice after they receive their team roster. Coaches will then set up a team meeting and give you that information.

Most practices will be at RML however, depending on number of teams, coach's practice days and times, a few will be a a different location assigned to us by the City Of Fontana.

*WE CANNOT MOVE YOUR PLAYER INTO ANOTHER TEAM IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND YOUR COACH'S PRACTICE TIME.

Game are held every Saturday between 8am and 3pm at the Ralph M. Lewis Sports Complex.
 
 
7. What size soccer ball should I get
for my child? 
Divisions U6 through U8 use a Size 3 ball.
Divisions U10 and U12 use a Size 4 ball.
Divisions U14 and older use a Size 5 ball.
 
 
8. Is it OK for players to use jewelry during practice?               

No jewelry of any kind ( necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches, rings ) cannot be worn during practice or games.
There is an exceptions for Med-Alert bracelets but they must be securely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child and other players.
 
 
9. The doctor said my child can still play soccer with his arm splint, is he allowed to attend practices and games?                                               

No. While the doctor may be representing your child's interest appropriately, the risk to other players requires that they limit his/her 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 games AND practices.
 
 
10. What about glasses 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.
 
11.It can be cold during the early morning Fall Season games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the game?                                                                

Any extra articles of clothing must be worn under the uniform so you can still determine with which team a player is associated. It is recommended that any extra articles of clothing be limited to undershirts or turtle necks (under uniform). Try to coordinate with your team's colors, if possible. If a sweatshirt has a hood, the hood must be tucked under the jersey.
 
 
12.What is the difference between Spring and Fall seasons?                                                            


We have two seasons of soccer here in AYSO Fontana. Spring season is considered more of a "teaching" season, since we have fewer players. We do have photo packages and a smaller playoff season. 

Fall season is when soccer is at its busiest and we include photo packages for all and we also have playoffs which means more games and possibly area and section playoffs.
 
 
13.Why do we have fundraisers and what is a "buy-out" and it's purpose?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

AYSO is a non-profit and non-funded organization besides contributions from our sponsors and through registration fees. We need money for all our equipment ( nets, poles, field paint, etc.). We also supply coaches with training materials, such as manuals and courses. The same goes for our referees which include their uniforms and soccer camps. We also pay for players uniforms and insurance, coaching supplies, referee supplies, office equipment, printing flyers as well as section meetings for board members. We also supply the snack bar with items to have while at the soccer games. We have fundraisers to help pay for all of this and keep registration fees down. And so it is a mandatory part of AYSO.

A "buy-out" is meant for a family who chooses to pay the amount instead of trying to sell the fundraising items. We, however, do not get any profit from a buy-out so we encourage the selling of the items.It also means less money out of your pocket, since others will be purchasing orders from you.
 
 
14.Do our registration fees pay for the board members,  coaches and referees?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


AYSO is an ALL volunteer organization. We do not get paid in any way. We all have regular jobs and families to attend to and we volunteer the rest of our time to AYSO. We welcome any volunteers who want to help their children by coaching, referring or by simply helping out by cleaning fields or helping run the snack bar.We are in dire need of volunteers; this is why we are always short on Coaches and Referees. We also welcome anyone interested in being on the board, to help with decisions and input to make AYSO better for your children.
15. What does my registration fee go               
towards?                                      
 
 
16.  Now that I know what happens behind the scenes, how can I become a volunteer?                                                                                                    
We thank you for wanting to volunteer your time for your child as well as help others in AYSO so that kids have a fun experience during soccer. Simply click on the Volunteer tab for more information, or simply flag down any member of the board. We are always at the check-in table on Saturdays and around fields during the week.
Thank you once again for taking the time for your child. The reason we are all volunteers is for the children to have an enjoyable and fun experience!

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Fontana, California 92337

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