San Mateo AYSO
San Mateo Region 36
P.O. Box 5316
San Mateo, CA 94402
Welcome to the 2012 Season................................................................ 2
AYSO Region 36 Mission Statement...................................................... 3
Honoring the Game (ROOTT)................................................................. 4
The AYSO Team................................................................................... 6
A Word for Parents............................................................................... 8
A Word for Players............................................................................. 10
Information for Younger Players – U6, U8, U10 & U12........................... 11
Information for Older Players – U14, U16 & U19.................................... 12
The Game........................................................................................... 12
Uniforms and Equipment..................................................................... 16
Sportsmanship Program...................................................................... 17
Game Conduct.................................................................................... 20
Coaching Program.............................................................................. 23
Referee Program................................................................................. 23
VIP Program....................................................................................... 24
Banner Contest................................................................................... 25
Other AYSO Programs........................................................................ 25
Soccer Accident Insurance.................................................................. 26
The Basic Fouls in Soccer................................................................... 26
2012 Annual Budget............................................................................ 29
San Mateo Fields................................................................................ 30
2012 Regional Board........................................................................... 31
Important Dates to Remember............................................................. 33
Winter League ………………………………………………………………….. 34 Extra Program …………………………………………………………………... 35
Welcome to the 2012 San Mateo
AYSO soccer season. Our program is open to all boys and girls between the ages
of 4 ½ and 18 years. By registering in our league you have joined the largest
youth sports organization in the City of
AYSO is an organization that is run solely by volunteers. There are no paid positions in our AYSO organization; all of the volunteers give their time for free. We gladly accept any and all volunteers. We need coaches, assistant coaches, referees, administrators, picture day helpers, registration helpers and field liners just to mention a few jobs. We thank all of our volunteers for their efforts no matter how big or small they think their job is. Every job is important and any time that you can give to the league as a volunteer will be greatly appreciated.
AYSO is a program developed and
designed for kids of all abilities. AYSO is one of the only youth sports
organizations that have a culture and a set of philosophies. Player
Development became the sixth philosophy of AYSO. It joins Everyone
Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching and Good Sportsmanship
as the foundation tenets of the organization.
These philosophies provide the basis for all kids to learn to play
soccer in a safe, fun and fair environment. In
The goal of Player Development is to
embrace the objective of improving the soccer skills and knowledge of every
AYSO player. We believe that all players
should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of
their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to
maximize their enjoyment of the game. With this in mind, changes have been made
this year to guidelines we will follow for our lower divisions (U6, U8, U10 and
U12). To better align our region with
the National AYSO guidelines, the programs we offer our youngest participants
will now feature
a simplified, short-sided game.
Details of our new lower division guidelines can be found under “Information
for Younger Players – U6, U8, U10 & U12”. In
We would ask all of you to remember that all of our fields are “Kids Zones”, a safe place for all of our kids to enjoy the sport of soccer and that all of you respect the places that the kids play and to do your part in keeping our “Kids Zones” safe.
To improve the quality of the soccer program being provided to children residing in the Region 36 area developing in them an appreciation and love for the sport of soccer, and instilling in them an understanding and respect for teamwork, good sportsmanship and fair play.
This will be achieved through:
· Enhanced and expanded Coach training
· Expanded Referee training and recruitment
· Controlling program size
· Actively recruiting volunteers
· Balanced teams
· Recreational play in the lower divisions
· Competitive play in the upper divisions
Recognizing and rewarding teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.
Our region’s goals this year are:
1. To continue the on going education of all of our coaching and to promote a “positive coaching environment”.
2. To turn all of our playing fields, both practice and game, into “Kids Zones”. A place that is reserved for participants who want a safe and positive environment for the kids. Anyone who chooses to not participate in this program will be asked to leave the “Kids Zone”.
3. To continue to recruit new volunteers to help bring in new energy and new ideas into our organization.
Lower Divisions (U6, U8, U10 and U12), focus on simplified rules and
short-sided play to improve the teaching of basic skills and to introduce the
basic rules of soccer to new players.
(See Information for Younger Players)
5. Lastly to maintain all of the positive aspects of our program which are already in place.
Rules: Follow the Letter and Spirit (how the game should be played)
Opponents: Remember a worthy opponent brings out the best in our team
Officials: Respect them even when you disagree
Teammates: Remember your commitment on and off of the field
Tradition: Remember it’s a privilege to participate
Before the game:
· Tell your child that you are proud of him/her regardless of how well they play
· Honor the game no matter what others may do
During the Game:
· Cheer good plays by both teams
· Mention good calls by the officials to others
· Encourage others to honor the game
· Remember to have fun! Enjoy the day
After the Game:
· Thank the officials for doing a difficult job
· Thank the coaches for their effort
· Ask your child open-ended questions:
o “What was the most enjoyable part of the game for you?” “The least enjoyable?”
o “Do you feel that you gave your best effort?”
o “How did you learn from any mistakes that you might have made?”
o “What did you learn from the game?”
· Tell your child that you are proud of him/her!
· You think the officials made a “bad” call against your team? (HONOR THE GAME - BE SILENT)
· Another spectator on your team begins to berate an official? (Remind them that they are in a Kids Zone and they need to act appropriately and honor the game)
Open Registration days are held in April or May each year. Late Registration starts immediately following the last open registration session. The fee for 2012 is $90 per player. Financial assistance is limited and only available at Open Registration.
Late registration is only conducted on a mail-in/drop off basis only. For information on how to register a player after our last regular registration date visit our website (www.aysosm.org). All late registration players will be placed on a wait list, and will be placed on teams on a space available basis only. Late registration fee is $115 per player.
Early Volunteer registration begins in January. This registration is for Coaches, Referees, Field Liners and Board Members who have committed to attend training sessions and fulfilling their volunteer duties. All early registered volunteers who complete their required training are allowed to register their children through an early registration process.
Starting immediately any NSF checks that we deposit will automatically incur a $30 NSF fee.
Please give special consideration to your child’s potential
school workload and other extra-curricular activities before signing them up to
play AYSO soccer. Refund requests must
be in writing and sent to our P.O
Each team has a coach, assistant coach, and team parent who are responsible for their team. The assistant coach assists the coach at practices and fills-in when the coach is unable to make games or practices. The team parent assists the coach by distributing information on snack schedules, photo times, banners, end-of-year party, and any other duty not specifically coach-related. Divisions U6 and U8 are required to have two trained team referees per team. Division U10 is required to have at least one trained Assistant Referees per team.
All teams are encouraged to have a sponsor. Sponsors may elect to sponsor at the $200, $350 or $500/team level and we encourage multiple sponsors for each team. Sponsors are recognized on the team banner and in regional publications and on our website. Sponsor fees help keep the cost of the program down as well as to support our scholarship program. Sponsorship information is available from your coach or from the web at www.aysosm.org. If a team cannot find a sponsor, then the sponsorship fee should be spread across the parents.
The City of
Safe Haven certification may only be taken online from the National AYSO website at www.aysotraining.org. Additional training sessions may be scheduled if there is sufficient demand.
With approximately 2000 children playing soccer on over 170 teams, it is impossible to rearrange teams or practice and game schedules because of non-AYSO activities. Most games are played on Saturdays, although some games may be played on other days of the week, as needed. Practices can be any day of the week but are typically Monday through Friday, and are at the convenience of the coach.
Players are excused for any conflicts as long as they notify their coach prior to their game or practice.
The Division Coordinator determines team assignments. Assignments are primarily based upon age, skill level and experience, maintaining the Balanced Teams philosophy of AYSO. The coach is entitled to keep his or her child on his or her team. Additionally, requests for brothers or sisters within the same division to play on the same team will be honored. It is intended through the team balancing to give each team an equal opportunity to complete and be successful within the divisional play.
Division placement in
Eligible Birth Dates
8-1-1993 thru 7-31-1996
8-1-1996 thru 7-31-1998
8-1-1998 thru 7-31-2000
8-1-2000 thru 7-31-2002
8-1-2002 thru 7-31-2004
8-1-2004 thru 7-31-2006
8-1-2006 thru 1-31-2008
Divisions U6 – U8 is entirely instructional in format, with emphasis on teaching proper ball handling (kicks, passes, etc.). With skills developed at an early age, strategy can be emphasized, as the players grow older. No league standings are kept. Division U10 is largely instructional in format, with league standings based entirely on the last five games of the season.
It cannot be overemphasized that the AYSO program is for the players. The emphasis is placed on the organization’s objectives and on good sportsmanship by exhibiting the qualities of fairness and self-control, and by having a good time. Parents and officials are role models for children; thus overzealous behavior is totally inappropriate.
While participation in a competitive situation is an important aspect of the game, it should not be confused with a “win-at-all-costs” attitude. The soccer promoted by AYSO is a balance of fun, development, and competition.
All of this can and often does set the stage for some spectator situations that are not consistent with what AYSO is trying to do for our boys and girls. We, as parents, spectators, coaches, and referees have a responsibility to keep our all-volunteer soccer program fun for all. Take a few moments to consider the following guidelines:
1. To positively encourage your child and be supportive of his or her best efforts.
2. To assist the volunteers who bring the AYSO program to your child and be supportive of their efforts.
3. To assist your son or daughter in arriving at practices and games on time, and notify the coach or team parent when your child will not be able to attend the practice or game.
4. To arrange for your child’s safe journey home after practices and games, and to remember that AYSO is not a baby-sitting service.
5. To be supportive of the AYSO community’s fundraising efforts and participate in some measurable way.
6. To assist your child’s coach by providing game refreshments when needed, and by participating in any team activities or meetings where parent help is needed.
7. Promote Good Sportsmanship, Fair Play and Fun for all AYSO players and their families through your conduct at practices and games. Support game officials and AYSO volunteers. Demonstrate a positive attitude.
After teams are assigned, each coach will hold a parent meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for parents to meet the coach, discuss the practice and game schedules, AYSO philosophies and parent guidelines, and for the coach to answer any questions the parents might have. This meeting is usually where a team parent is selected.
It is expected that each parent who has a participant in the program shall volunteer his or her services in some way. San Mateo AYSO is a rewarding experience for players and their parents alike. Get involved -- we need your help -- and you’ll be glad you did! For those parents who desire more information on becoming involved, contact any of the board members list in the back of this booklet.
San Mateo AYSO is played according to the 1/2 and 3/4
Every player is assured of consistent playing time, with time as a substitute being equally distributed among all players.
* U6, U8, U10 & U12 players – see “Information for Younger Players”.
*U16 & U19 players – see “Information for Older Players”.
Each player is strongly urged to attend every practice and game.
Late arriving players: Players who arrive after the game starts, or who are not ready to play at the start of the game are not assured maximum playing time. See "The Game: Play Requirements" for details.
Most girls and boys registered to play soccer with AYSO are enthusiastic, motivated and sincerely interested in having a good time. Most of our AYSO families support our program and its volunteers by getting players to practices and games on time and properly equipped. It does occasionally happen that a player experiences difficulty in adjusting to team play or in getting along with teammates, or that a family is not willing to help a player get to practices and/or games. These problems are rare but have a way of upsetting entire teams, even divisions, and must be addressed before the enjoyment of the majority of players and families is jeopardized.
New Guidelines for lower division play, as of Fall 2012:
Smaller Size (30x15).
Simplified Field Markings.
Cones for goals.
Smaller Size (50x25).
Simplified Field Markings.
Slightly Smaller Size (65x40).
Same Size (50x100)
4 v 4. No Goalkeeper
6 v 6. No Goalkeeper
7 v 7 with Goalkeeper
9 v 9 with Goalkeeper
1/2 play rule*
3/4 play rule
3/4 play rule
3/4 play rule
Length of Game
minute halves, with Quarter substitution @
minute halves, with Quarter substitution @
minute halves, with Quarter substitution @
minute halves, with Quarter substitution @
Max. 8 players/team
Max. 8 players/team
Max. 9 players/team
Max. 12 players/team
* All players who show up on time will play at least half the game, but coaches will be required to follow the “3/4 play” rule for every player, before allowing any team members to play the entire game.
Figure 1 – U6 Field Markings Figure 2 – U8 Field Markings
Players who are between 12 and 13 years of age are assigned
Additional information on the AYSO Area program may be obtained from your coach or on the web from the Area Website at www.ayso2n.org.
The referees scheduled for the game are completely in charge from the moment they enter the field of play.
Most coaches request that players meet at a given time prior to the start of the game so that they can complete the line-up details. Please help your coach by making sure that your players are not late.
Team practices will be held once or twice a week on weekdays
or weekends at schools and parks in
Parents are required to assure that arrangements have been made for players to get home safely after practices and games. This is not the coach’s responsibility.
Soccer is played in two halves of equal lengths. The referee will pause the game at approximately the middle of each half (each quarter). Substitutions may be made at the half and at each quarter. Since the referee does not “stop the clock” at the quarter substitutions, coaches and players are encouraged to perform the substitutions as efficiently as possible.
Division U6 U8 U10 U12 U14 U16 U19
Length of Game 40 40 50 60 70 80 90
AYSO San Mateo is committed to giving all players an opportunity to play equally and enjoy soccer. Each player is guaranteed of minimum playing time in a game. This rule is strictly enforced. Playing time guidelines are determined by age:
· 1/2 of the game in U6 division
· 3/4 of the game in the U8 thru U14 divisions
· 1/2 of the game in the U16 and 19 divisions
For U10-U14, the goalkeeper is counted as a player and the 3/4 rule applies to him/her.
For U10-U14, coaches who do not follow the 3/4 play rule are penalized and receive zero sportsmanship points for the game where the violation occurred.
Late arriving players are entitled to play at least one half a game (two quarters) if they arrive after the game starts but before the first substitution (arriving within the first quarter), and at least one quarter if they arrive within the second quarter. Coaches are not required to play players who arrive in the second half of the game.
Short-sided play allows each player more time to get his or her foot on the ball during the game.
For divisions U10 and older, five or more players per team are required in order to play an official game. Sportsmanship points are awarded for all games. No team will play short (fewer than the allotted number of players) if players are available on the sidelines.
There are no goalkeepers in the U6 & U8 Divisions. In U10, players are limited to no more than 1/4 game as goalkeeper.
Divisions U6 and U8 are non-competitive and instructional in format and are played without standings.
Division U10 is largely a non-competitive division. Only the points from the last five regularly scheduled games are used in establishing tournament qualifications. Please note that the Sportsmanship program is completely separate from division standings, and the sportsmanship points from all 10 games are used in establishing eligibility for post-season tournament play.
Divisions U12 and older are competitive divisions. Points from all scheduled games are used in developing league standings and tournament qualification.
In Divisions U10, U12, and U14 points will be awarded for regular season play as follows:
· 3 points for a Win
· 1 point for a Tie
Standings are calculated weekly and posted to the Region’s web site www.aysosm.org.
The planned post season tournament in the U10 to U14 Divisions will be played as weather and field conditions permit. If the San Mateo Regional tournament cannot be played in its entirely, then the top ranked team based on regular season play, will be selected to participate in the Area tournament. Tournament game day decisions regarding playability of fields due to weather or other circumstances will be considered final and not subject to dispute. Final decisions may be made by the Regional Commissioner, Regional Coach Administrator, or Regional Referee Administrator. Decisions made by Division Coordinators or game referees will be confirmed by one of the three volunteers listed above.
The top teams (16 teams in U10, 8 teams in U12, and all teams in U14) in regular season standings, each having 16 or more total Sportsmanship Points, no more than 1 game in which “0” Sportsmanship Points were awarded, and submitted all required San Mateo AYSO season reporting information will be invited to participate in the Division tournament.
In the event a tie occurs in the cumulative standings points used for tournament qualification, the following tiebreaker criteria will be applied (in rank order):
· Winner of a head to head game.
· Goal differential (goals scored minus goals allowed) up to a maximum of 3 per game.
· Fewest goals allowed.
· Most goals scored up to a maximum of 3 per game.
· If all else fails, a coin toss.
Tournament rules will be published and distributed to coaches of qualifying teams prior to the tournament. The regional board may need to alter the size or the format of the tournament based on the number of qualifying teams or other factors.
1. Game protests are DISCOURAGED and WILL NOT RECEIVE ENTHUSIASTIC CONSIDERATION.
2. Referee judgment calls are final and are not grounds for protest.
Protests about misapplication of the basic laws
by a referee must be submitted in writing within 24 hours after the end of the
game to: Regional Referee Administrator,
4. Referees have an obligation to file a written report of any abusive language used by coaches, players, or spectators, or for conduct, which interfered with the game.
Participation trophies will be presented to all Division U6, U8 & U10 players by the league.
While soccer worldwide is generally played rain or shine,
Because of the many considerations involved, we ask that players plan to be at scheduled games unless notified by their coaches or team parents that they have been canceled. We realize that this is inconvenient, but conditions change from week to week, and are different from field to field. Contact your coach for the current week’s situation.
On the field, the only persons authorized to cancel a game are the referees scheduled for that game or a Regional Board Member.
1. Each player must be dressed in --
a. Issued jersey tucked into shorts.
b. Issued shorts.
c. Issued socks pulled up.
d. Shin guards, which must be worn under the socks.
e. Soccer shoes with plastic or molded rubber cleats are recommended. Screw-in cleats, if used, must be in good condition, and the stud must be a part of the cleat, rather than the shoe. Baseball or softball cleats (shoes with a “toe cleat”) cannot be worn.
2. Only Region 36 approved emblems, patches, or awards may be added or attached to the uniforms.
3. No other clothing, such as shirts and pants, may be worn over the uniform while a player is participating in a game. Players may not wear hats, caps, bandannas, hooded sweatshirts, or any other head covering.
4. Compression pants may be worn under the issued shorts as long as they don’t extend beyond the hemline of the shorts and are similar in color. Compression shirts are allowed, but must white or similar in color. Players will NOT be allowed to play unless properly dressed.
5. Goalkeepers may wear gloves and soft knee or elbow pads. They may also wear warm-up pants when the weather is cold or when the goal area is not covered in grass and soft hats or caps when facing the sun.
6. Players with prescription glasses or hearing aids may wear them during a match. See note below.
7. Med-Alert bracelets and necklaces are allowed. See note below.
8. No bracelets (metal or plastic), wristwatches, barrettes, earrings or any other such object, including casts or splints, which could possibly cause injury to him/herself or another player may be worn. NO EXCEPTIONS.
9. Long hair should be tied back (a soft headband is allowed).
10. Coaches will have some practice balls and game balls, but it is recommended that each player have his or her own ball to use for practice. Divisions U14 - U19 use a Size 5 ball; Divisions U10 - U12 use a Size 4 ball; and Divisions U6 – U8 use a Size 3 ball.
11. Players are not allowed to chew gum or eat while participating in games or practices.
12. All Teams must have a First Aid Kit at all games and practices.
13. Coaches must have player medical release forms with them at all games and practices.
Players who require prescription glasses are allowed to wear them during a match. Retaining straps for the glasses are allowed. Sports glasses, while not required, are an excellent option for the active child since they attach securely to the head and do not damage easily.
Players who require hearing aids are encouraged to wear them.
Med-Alerts (bracelets, jewelry, or necklaces with emergency medical information) contain important medical information about the player.
The player may elect to follow either of the following recommendations, subject to the final approval of the referee:
· Med-Alert bracelets should not be removed, but are padded and taped to the player's skin.
· Med-Alert bracelets are covered with a cloth wristband or something equivalent which does not involve taping the bracelet to the child's skin as this can be very painful to the child when removed.
The purpose of the Sportsmanship program is to build character through soccer. The principles of safety, fair play, and enjoyment are the key points of the program. The key idea is RESPECT - respect for the participants, officials, coaches, spectators and for the game.
San Mateo AYSO uses a sportsmanship program designed to promote positive sportsmanship in the U10, U12 and U14 Divisions through the consistent, objective awarding of sportsmanship points by referees during regular season and tournament play.
The Sportsmanship Program utilizes a points rating system to reward and reinforce positive behavior during games. Points are awarded by game officials, Division Coordinators, and/or League Commissioners.
The point system to be used is based on a four-point scale (0-3) in which both positive and negative sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators is recognized through the addition or subtraction of sportsmanship points. Sportsmanship points will be awarded as follows:
§ Exceptional = 3
§ Expected = 2
§ Below average = 1
§ Unacceptable = 0
Application of Points
Sportsmanship points will be used as qualification criteria for post-season tournament play:
§ A team must earn a minimum of 16 points (80%) during the 10 regular-season games to be eligible for post-season tournament play.
§ The award of two or more "0" sportsmanship points during regular season games disqualifies a team for post-season tournament play. All “0” awards will be reviewed by the responsible referee, Division Coordinator, League Commissioner and the Regional Referee Administrator.
§ The sportsmanship point system will be applied in San Mateo Regional tournaments. Any team with a “0” sportsmanship points in a regional tournament game will be disqualified from Area/Section tournament participation.
Sportsmanship points will be reported weekly on the AYSO Web site.
Point Deductions: Back of scorecard must be completed and a Kids Zone Feedback report will be filed by the referee. The appropriate Division Coordinator will initiate an investigation for every game where a below average (1) or unacceptable (0) sportsmanship is identified. Following the investigation, the Division Coordinator has the latitude to adjust all Sportsmanship Points.
Kid Zone Feedback
The Kid Zone Feedback allows parents,
spectators and referees to provide feedback to the
Players, Parents and Spectators are encouraged to use Kids Zone Feedback to:
Referees are required to use Kids Zone Feedback to report:
Referees must file a report within 24 hours of the game.
Upon review of the Kid Zone Feedback Report the Regional Commissioner may proceed with one of the three hearing processes:
Level 1 Verbal Counseling:
Division coordinator will contact the head coach and discuss the incident in person or by phone.
Level 2 Formal Warning:
All division coordinators for age bracket meet with Head Coach and Assistant Coach for additional fact finding. Written recap with any recommendations from Division Coordinator to coaches involved will follow no later than one day prior to next game.
Level 3 Regional Hearing:
All involved parties will meet with the Sportsmanship Committee for Q & A. The Sportsmanship Committee will make a recommendation and forward it to the Regional Commissioner. The recommendation can range from verbal counseling to termination. The Regional Commissioner will either approve or modify the recommendation.
1/2 & 3/4 Play Rule
AYSO San Mateo is committed to giving all players an opportunity to play equally and enjoy soccer. In San Mateo AYSO, for Division U6, Coaches are required to play all players at least half the game and will follow the “3/4 play” rule for every player, before allowing any player to play the entire game. For U8 through U14, Coaches are required to play all players 3/4 of the game. To support the Coaches, Division Coordinators will not establish teams with more players than the number that allows 3/4 play for all for U8 through U14. Coaches who do not follow the 3/4 play rule, will be penalized through the deduction of Sportsmanship points. Zero Sportsmanship points will be awarded for the game where the violation occurred.
Controlling Point Spread
Excessive game point spreads are strongly discouraged and run against the spirit of the AYSO philosophy. Therefore, a game differential score of 6 or more goals (e.g., 7-1) is reviewed by the division coordinator who may, after investigation, deduct Sportsmanship Points (or talk to the coach in the lower divisions).
To prevent excessive point spreads, it is strongly encouraged that action be taken immediately upon exceeding a spread of 3-points. Ideas include pulling back your strongest players into the defensive positions. This can easily be done at any stoppage of play - you don't need to wait for an official substitution to move players into differing positions on the field. In addition, try tightening up your scoring criteria. Be creative! Here you might try limiting goal scoring to only those players who've not yet scored in the game or season, request shots only with the left foot, or possibly requiring that the ball be passed a given number of times before a shot on goal is allowed. Again, be creative.
The regional boards reserves the right change or modify the sportsmanship program.
By our participation in the AYSO program, we have committed ourselves to its goals and objectives, which include a responsibility to promote Good Sportsmanship and Fair Play. Therefore, players whose conduct is not consistent with the ideals of Good Sportsmanship and Fair Play may either be cautioned (yellow card) or ejected (red card) at the discretion of the referee. If a spectator is unable to refrain from making derogatory remarks to any player, coach, or referee, or from using foul or abusive language, the referee may suspend the game until that spectator leaves the field. If an unruly player, coach, or spectator refuses to leave the field when asked, then the referee may terminate the game.
1. All eligible players present at the start of the game, and in proper uniform, will play at least 2 quarters (U6) and 3 quarters (U8 – U14) of every game.
2. Cheer positively for the things you like and encourage your team. Have fun!
3. Never put down the other team or one of your child’s teammates.
4. The size of a soccer field and the continuous nature of the game seriously diminish the effectiveness of sideline coaching. Leave the coaching to the coach.
5. Coaching is limited to 10 yards from the centerline. (This includes spectators)
6. Every year we have a lot of new referees and coaches. Each is volunteering his or her time to do a difficult job and mistakes will occur. Harassing referees or coaches is unwarranted and will not be tolerated.
7. The referees, like all AYSO officials, are volunteers. While their decisions may not always be agreeable to all, their decisions are final. No useful purpose is served by shouting derogatory remarks. Such action could be cause for termination of the game. The referee can caution players (displaying a yellow card), eject players (displaying a red card), caution the coach (verbal warnings), or ask him or her to leave the field.
8. Entry to the field of play is by permission of the referee only.
9. All Coaches are required to stand at least one yard from the touchline and spectators three yards. Coaches and referees are asked to enforce this simple rule.
10. SPECTATORS, COACHES, AND PLAYERS ARE NOT ALLOWED BEHIND THE GOAL LINES.
11. Sliced oranges, the usual half-time refreshment, do come with peels. Other treats sometimes brought come in paper wrappers or containers. Please help keep the fields neat and clean by disposing of the peels and all other trash properly. The City and Schools provide use of the fields at a very reasonable cost. Let’s support them also by cleaning up after ourselves.
12. Everyone is asked to park properly. Improperly parked cars can cost us field use privileges
13. Bicycles may not be parked within 10 yards of a playing field.
14. AYSO discourages the running up of scores. Any game score with a goal differential of 6 or more (e.g., 7-1) is reviewed by the division coordinator who may, after investigation, deduct Sportsmanship Points (or talk to the coach in the lower divisions).
15. Baseball dugouts, backstops and infields are not to be damaged. Kicking soccer balls, climbing, and bike-riding in these areas is prohibited.
16. Climbing on soccer goals and nets is dangerous and is prohibited.
17. Referees may not coach while acting as a referee. Referees must cover their referee uniform when they are coaching.
18. AYSO, CITY, AND SCHOOL POLICIES PROHIBIT THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE ON THE PLAYING FIELDS.
19. AYSO prohibits smoking of any kind while on or around the playing fields.
20. Any player bleeding, or with blood on their uniform must leave the field until bleeding has been stopped and cleaned up.
If a player is ejected from the game (red card), he/she will automatically be suspended from the next game. (This includes post-season and tournament play.) A second ejection (second red card) can result in expulsion for the remainder of the season. Any expulsions will be reviewed by the Kids Zone Feedback Committee. Players will not be allowed to attend practices or games during their suspension.
Cautions (yellow card) are cause for the Kids Zone Feedback Committee to meet with the player and parent/guardian to discuss ways of avoiding future cautions. Two yellow cards in any one game constitute a red card and the player will be ejected from the game and will be suspended from the next game. Any player with three cautions will be suspended for the game following receipt of the third yellow card. This includes post-season and tournament play.
STRIKING OR ASSAULTING A REFEREE, ASST.
REFEREE, OR OTHER AYSO OFFICIAL WILL RESULT IN A ONE-YEAR SUSPENSION AND IS A
It is mandatory that all coaches become certified and licensed in order to coach in the AYSO program. We have developed a series of clinics to train coaches that will fit into anyone’s busy schedule.
Coach training programs are division specific. Every coach is required to have taken the coaching clinic designed for the division he is currently coaching. Additionally, every volunteer is required to take and pass the Safe Haven Child Protection Training every two years
As a resource for the coaches, a Goalkeeper Clinic maybe available and recommended for all players who want to learn the techniques necessary to help them be a better Goalkeeper
For more information and clinic dates, please visit www.aysosm.org.
Being a referee can be rewarding, and is an essential part of the AYSO program. Becoming a Referee is easy to do. Every sanctioned soccer game MUST have a certified referee. Our Referee Program includes theoretical and practical training for TEAM PARENT Referees (Divisions U6 & U8), ASSISTANT Referees and REGIONAL Referees.
The growing participation of youth in ASYO has alerted us to one important fact, the need for parent involvement. Here is an excellent and rewarding chance for parents of Division U6 or U8 players to learn the game and be active with your child while he/she is playing soccer.
Each U6 and U8 team needs to supply at least 2 parent referees. At least one trained parent referee from each team must be present for each game. Training is provided.
U10 Assistant and Regional Referee Program
The U10 division uses three referees for each game, a referee who works the middle of the field and two assistant referees. These are all volunteer positions. Each U10 team is required to provide at least one assistant referee, for whom training will be provided, to be available each Saturday. Bonus points for U10 tournament seeding will be awarded for assistant referee participation on the following basis:
Note: Points for tournament consideration are awarded for the last five games of the season with a maximum of 3 points per game, yielding 15 total. Bonus points could push the total to 17 points. Team ARs will have until 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to the weekend game to confirm their availability for their child’s game. If unconfirmed, that AR position becomes available to any trained AR.
Regional Referees who have a child on a U10 team will earn AR credit for every game they referee.
This program is designed to meet the needs of physically and mentally challenged children. Participants play a regular fall season and register at spring registration. Each child has a buddy that participates weekly with them on the playing field for individualized instruction and encouragement. For more information, contact the VIP League Coordinator by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Team and individual pictures will be taken on Sunday,
September 9, 2012, at
In addition to the team and individual photographs, a photographer may be authorized to take action photographs of the players at the Soccer fields. They are very unobtrusive, take excellent pictures, and offer them for sale at reasonable prices. AYSO receives a small commission on sales; however, we are not running this as a fundraiser. The service is offered solely for the benefit of AYSO Soccer families.
The cost of the AYSO Regional 36 Yearbook is included in the registration fees. The yearbook will be distributed by the coach, team parent, or through the mail. Information for yearbook advertisements can be obtained from the team parent or on the web.
A contest is held to select the cover art for the yearbook. Please encourage your players to put their artistic talents to work in creating a design. Handouts of the contest rules have been included in your coach’s packet.
Each team may enter their own team banner in the annual banner contest. Due to the high interest teams have shown in this event, we have included the banner contest rules as follows:
1. Banner must be of original design – not commercially made.
2. Banner size will be 3’ x 6’ minimum to 4’ x 8‘ maximum.
3. Maximum height of banner must not to exceed 7 feet.
4. Team sponsor’s name, Team name, Team Number, and “AYSO” must appear on banner. Letters to be at least 3” high.
5. Only those team banners which have a paid sponsor at the time of the judging will be eligible for the contest and prizes.
6. A design relating to the team name must appear on the banner.
7. A banner must appear in the team picture on picture day
A committee will judge banners. Judges’ decisions will be final. Team prizes may be awarded to the contest winner.
Mateo AYSO has partnered with UK International/AYSO Camps to provide soccer
camp options for all children for 2-3 weeks during the summer. Additionally, several excellent private camps
are available in the
Soccer has a low injury rate and is generally considered a safe sport. However, participants in any athletic activity may suffer injury. You should be aware of the steps to take if your child sustains an injury.
1. If a player is injured at practice or at a game, notify the coach and the referee (if present) immediately.
2. If it looks as if the injured player should possibly see a doctor, seek medical attention immediately.
3. It is imperative that accidents be reported to our Regional Safety Director immediately as all claims must be submitted to our insurance carrier within 90 days.
4. All coaches and referees are required to report any injury to the Safety Director who will assist the parents/guardians in making the SAI claim.
5. In order to make an SAI claim, you must first make a claim for payment to your family’s insurance carrier or to your employer’s group medical plan or with any school insurance program you are enrolled in.
6. AYSO Incorporated has a Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) plan that covers each registered player and volunteer for injuries incurred while participating in schedule games and practices. SAI pays only for those eligible expenses not covered by your public, group, or individual insurance and does carry a $200 deductible.
If you do not have an SAI brochure, please ask your coach to
get a copy for you or write: AYSO-SAI,
That every player and fan should know. AYSO soccer is played according to a set of laws published by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) with some AYSO modifications for youth games as allowed by the laws. Excellent information on the laws may be found on the website at www.aysosm.org on the referee page.
The following offences result in a Direct Free Kick by a member of the opposing team. If the offence occurs within the team’s own penalty area, the kick is taken as a Penalty Kick. A goal may be scored from a Direct Free Kick.
1. Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
2. Trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
3. Jumps at an opponent.
4. Charges an opponent. Note that a “Fair Charge,” taken shoulder to shoulder within playing distance of the ball, is allowed.
5. Strikes or attempting to strike an opponent.
6. Pushes an opponent.
7. Tackles an opponent for possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball.
8. Holds an opponent.
9. Spits at an opponent.
10. Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper in own penalty area). Hand includes all of arm up to shoulder. Instinctive, self-protection reactions are not penalized, not is and accidental or non-deliberate contact. For example, the ball striking hand or arm is not an offence and is not penalized, even if a benefit is realized.
An Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the opposing team a player commits any of the following offences. A goal may not be scored from an Indirect Free Kick until it has been touched by a member of either team.
1. Plays in a dangerous manner - such as high kicking near another player’s head or trying to kick a ball held by the goalkeeper.
2. Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.
3. Impedes the progress of an opponent - a player intentionally putting himself between the ball and an opponent (when not within playing distance of the ball) to stop the opponent from playing the ball.
4. Goalkeeper restrictions
§ Takes more than six seconds to release the ball in play.
§ Having released the ball into play, touches it again with his hands before it has been touched by another player.
§ Touches the ball with his hands on any occasion when a teammate has deliberately kicked the ball to him.
§ Touches the ball with his hands when a teammate has thrown the ball directly to him.
5. Special for San Mateo AYSO Under 10 division: “Slide Tackles are Prohibited” - Any player, except the goalkeeper, who falls or leaves their feet to play the ball within playing distance of any other player will be penalized and an Indirect Free Kick will be awarded to the opposing team. In addition, “Heading the Ball is Prohibited” in U10 - Any player heading the ball in U10 will be penalized and an Indirect Free Kick will be awarded to the opposing team.
A player is cautioned and shown a yellow card if he commits any of the following offences. The player may be cautioned at the next stoppage of play if the referee does not stop play. Substitutes may also be cautioned, if appropriate, but are not shown the yellow card.
1. Is guilty of unsporting behavior.
2. Shows dissent by word or action, arguing with the referee.
3. Persistently infringing the Laws of the Game – continually breaking the rules.
4. Delays the restart of play.
5. Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick.
6. Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission.
7. Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission.
A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following offences. Substitutes may also be sent off, if appropriate, but are not shown the yellow card. Once sent off, the player may not continue to play, return to the immediate area of play, or play in the next game.
1. Is guilty of serious foul play.
2. Is guilty of violent conduct.
3. Spits at an opponent or any other person.
4. Denies an opponent’s goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area).
5. Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick.
6. Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language, including gestures.
7. Receives a second caution (Yellow Card) in the same game
Region 36 budget for the season 07/01/2012 to 6/30/2013
11. Registration Fees $ 175,000
11. Refund of Registration Fees (5,000)
12. Sponsors and Contributions 20,000
14. Fund-raising Activities
15. Interest Income 900
Total Estimated Revenues: $ 190,900
40. Payments to AYSO 36,000
41. Fund-raising Expenses
42. Uniforms, Players & Officials 51,100
43. Soccer Equipment & Storage 15,500
44. Field Expenses 20,000
46. Awards and Trophies 15,500
47. Postage and Misc. Supplies 5,000
48. Travel/Telephone/Meetings 7,000
49. Printing (Newsletters, Yearbook, Photos) 25,000
50. Clinics 15,500
Total Estimated Expenditures $ 190,600
Difference $ 300
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Laurie Meadows Laurie Meadows
Los Prados Park-North
Los Prados Park-South La Selva south to Casa de Campo
AYSO is a non-profit corporation run by an Executive Director and a National Office Staff under the direction of a Board of Directors.
San Mateo Region 36 is administered by a Regional Board appointed by the Regional Commissioner and is responsible for the Region’s operation. During the course of the business meeting, those items that require a vote for passage must receive a majority vote of those board members present at the time the vote is taken. The Regional Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month, January through December and are open to the public.
Regional Commissioner Brian Kersten email@example.com
Regional Coach Administrator Adam Berenstein firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Regional Coach Administrator Jesse Guidino email@example.com
Regional Referee Administrator Bruce Beery firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Mark Berenstein email@example.com
Assistant Treasurer Rand Potter firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Maribel Nix email@example.com
Assistant Registrar Jennifer Trizuto firstname.lastname@example.org
Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate Cynthia Drechsler email@example.com
Secretary Margaret Becker firstname.lastname@example.org
Equipment Manager Elizabeth Paulus email@example.com
Safety Director Brian Kersten firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Liner Coordinator Melissa Mortz email@example.com
Practice Field Coordinator Brett Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor/Yearbook Coordinator Margot
Picture Day Coordinator Arief Hussain email@example.com
Auditor Susan Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
Wait List/Late Registration Coordinator Antoinette Wraa email@example.com
Referee Coordinator (U10) Bruce Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
Referee Coordinator (U12) Open
Referee Coordinator (U14) Gene Batter email@example.com
Referee Coordinator (U16/19) Greg Seiden firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster Keith Jobe email@example.com
Boys/Girls U19/U16 Admin. Denise/Larry Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys U14 Administrator Karn Johal email@example.com
Boys U12 Administrator Tom Solorzano firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys U10 Administrator Tim Clarke email@example.com
Boys U8 Administrator Jesse Guidino firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls U14 Administrator Karn Johal email@example.com
Girls U12 Administrator Vince Kurr firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls U10 Administrator Keith Hui email@example.com
Girls U8 Administrator Dennis Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls U6 Administrator Joe Rushka email@example.com
Boys U6 Administrator Paul Chun firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards Coordinator Elissa Hall email@example.com
EXTRA Coordinator Arief Hussain firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter League Coordinator David Edel email@example.com
VIP Administrator Jack Coyne firstname.lastname@example.org
There are always Board positions that need to be filled to help run the league. If you are interested in joining the Regional Board in any capacity listed, please call any of the board members above and ask then about the open positions.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER......We need your help!
Please note: Schedules may change between publication of the regional guidelines and the start of the season. Contact your coach for your child's team schedule.
· Ten games are played on Saturdays starting Sept. 8 and continuing through Nov. 10 unless cancelled due to rain.
San Mateo AYSO Region 36 is a local regional program within AYSO’s Section 2, Area N. The Section or the Area schedules tournaments between the regions within our section and area. These games will be played under Area/Section rules. The coaches of qualifying teams will be provided with detailed information prior to the tournament dates. Information will also be available from the website at www.ayso2n.org
Winter League is an opportunity for player(s) to be invited, as a result of their recent Fall season rating(s), to participate on a travelling team. Fall Season coaches will assign player ratings according to a strict regional guideline, assessing player skills, attitude, and sportsmanship. These players will be the best San Mateo has to offer for the U10 through U-14 age divisions and will compete with elite teams from the eight Peninsula cities; Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Burlingame, San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont - Redwood Shores, San Carlos, and Redwood City. Playing in Winter League, provides select players and coaches the opportunity to continue to develop their individual skills and understanding of team tactics and strategy while having fun playing soccer at a higher level of competition than the Fall season.
Eligibility to play on a Winter League team requires that a player has played in at least 50% of the preceding Fall season games. Coaches are required to have the appropriate level of training. Unlike the Fall season, Winter League is selective, and not every player who is interested will be assigned to a team. Player ratings are non-negotiable, and will not be explained by the Winter League coordinator(s).
Teams are approved by the Regional Board; coaches are nominated by the division coordinators, and players are invited according to their ratings for skills, attitude and, sportsmanship; as well as practice habits, commitment to improving soccer skills and physical conditioning, commitment to attending practices, the team's positional needs, and team chemistry. Just as in fall, Winter League teams are balanced within our region. While some players who played in a previous winter season may be chosen for this season, participation on an AYSO Winter League team in a previous year is no guarantee of selection to this year’s Winter League team.
Division Coordinators will provide a list of coaches that they recommend for Winter League, and coaches will provide ratings to the division coordinators by the first week of November. Teams will be created by the first week on December. Coaches will be able to have practices starting in mid-December; with the season starting in January, and ending eight Saturday’s later. All games and practices are played on all-weather turf fields, cancellations rarely occur.
AYSO Extra is a competitive soccer program
designed to provide a more challenging level of play for those U10, U12 and U14
players who possess the appropriate interest, skills and abilities and to
enhance each player's experience and individual growth through the game of
soccer. The Extra program is designed to run concurrent with the Fall
program. That is, the Extra program is
in addition to the regular Fall program.
To be eligible for the Extra program the player needs to be registered
in the Fall program and play at least 50% of the games in the Fall program. The Extra program is designed to be a more
competitive league for players wanting more competitive play. Players need to be assessed (i.e., tryouts
during May/June) and be selected to play in the Extra program in July. It is not like the Fall program where you
sign up and you are automatically put on a team. The Extra program only applies
to players who are registered in the regular Fall program in the U10, U12 and
U14 divisions only. All Extra games are
played on Sunday so it won’t interfere with the Fall program’s Saturday
play. The season for Extra starts Sept.
16 and goes to Oct. 21. It only runs for
6 weeks. The Fall program starts Sept. 8
and goes to Nov. 10. The San Mateo 2012 Extra
teams will play teams in