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 ====== Frequently Asked Questions ====== ====== Frequently Asked Questions ======
-  * Parents +  * Prospective Parents 
-    * [[#How can I register my child to play in AYSO?|How can I register my child to play in AYSO?]]+    * [[info:whyayso|Why should we register for AYSO?]] 
 +    * [[#How can I register my child to play AYSO?|How can I register my child to play AYSO?]] 
 +    * [[#When/How long is the season?|When/How long is the season?]] 
 +    * [[#When/How long are practices?|When/How long are practices?]] 
 +    * [[#When are games played?|When are games played?]] 
 +    * [[#Where are games played?|Where are games played?]] 
 +    * [[#Can my child play with their friends?|Can my child play with their friends?]] 
 +    * [[#Can I request a coach?|Can I request a coach?]] 
 +    * [[#What equipment is required for participation?|What equipment is required for participation?]] 
 +    * [[#My child has special needs. Can he/she still play?|My child has special needs. Can he/she still play?]] 
 +  * Current Parents 
 +    * [[#I didn't get a registration confirmation.  Is my child registered?|I didn't get a registration confirmation.  Is my child registered?]]
     * [[#What is the refund policy in case I need to withdraw my child?|What is the refund policy in case I need to withdraw my child?]]     * [[#What is the refund policy in case I need to withdraw my child?|What is the refund policy in case I need to withdraw my child?]]
-    * [[#When is the season?|When is the season?]] 
-    * [[#Where are games normally played?|Where are games normally played?]] 
     * [[#Can a player switch teams?|Can a player switch teams?]]     * [[#Can a player switch teams?|Can a player switch teams?]]
-  * Coaches+    [[#How can I access my child's team information?|How can I access my child's team information?]] 
 +    * [[#Where is my child's game?|Where is my child's game?]] 
 +    * [[#It's raining.  Is the game cancelled?|It's raining.  Is the game cancelled?]] 
 +    * [[#I have a problem with a parent/coach/referee/board member.  How can I resolve it?|I have a problem with a parent/coach/referee/board member.  How can I resolve it?]] 
 +  * Prospective Coaches 
 +    * [[#Can I coach my own child?|Can I coach my own child?]] 
 +    * [[#Can I coach two teams?|Can I coach two teams?]] 
 +    * [[#Do I need to sign up for the coaching clinics?|Do I need to sign up for the coaching clinics?]] 
 +    * [[#What do I need to bring to the coaching clinics?|What do I need to bring to the coaching clinics?]] 
 +    * [[#Do I need to get fingerprinted to coach in AYSO?|Do I need to get fingerprinted to coach in AYSO?]] 
 +    * [[#I was not able to attend our training sessions, but would like to get trained. Any possibility of attending a training with another region?|I was not able to attend our training sessions, but would like to get trained. Any possibility of attending a training with another region?]] 
 +    * [[#Do I pick my assistant coach or is one assigned to me?|Do I pick my assistant coach or is one assigned to me?]] 
 +    * [[#I signed up to be an assistant coach, not a head coach. Does this stuff still apply to me?|I signed up to be an assistant coach, not a head coach. Does this stuff still apply to me?]] 
 +  * Current Coaches 
 +    * [[#How do I get a login for the Coaches Section of the Region 44 AYSO Website?|How do I get a login for the Coaches Section of the Region 44 AYSO Website?]]
     * [[#When do we get roster information?|When do we get roster information?]]     * [[#When do we get roster information?|When do we get roster information?]]
     * [[#When do we normally start practices?|When do we normally start practices?]]     * [[#When do we normally start practices?|When do we normally start practices?]]
-    * [[#When is the first game?|When is the first game?]] +    * [[#How many practices per week do you recommend?|How many practices per week do you recommend?]]
-    * [[#When is the first game?|How many practices per week do you recommend?]]+
     * [[#How do we arrange for a practice field?|How do we arrange for a practice field?]]     * [[#How do we arrange for a practice field?|How do we arrange for a practice field?]]
-    * [[#How do I get a login for the Coaches Section of the Region 44 AYSO Website?|How do I get a login for the Coaches Section of the Region 44 AYSO Website?]] +    * [[#What fields can we practice on?|What fields can we practice on?]]
-    * [[#Do you need to sign up for the coaching clinics?|Do you need to sign up for the coaching clinics?]] +
-    * [[#What do I need to bring to the coaching clinics?|What do I need to bring to the coaching clinics?]] +
-    * [[#Can I coach two teams?|Can I coach two teams?]] +
-    * [[#Do I need to get fingerprinted to coach in AYSO?|Do I need to get fingerprinted to coach in AYSO?]] +
-    * [[#Do I pick my assistant coach or is someone who signed up assigned?|Do I pick my assistant coach or is someone who signed up assigned?]] +
-    * [[#I signed up to be an assistant coach, not a head coach. Does this stuff still apply to me?|I signed up to be an assistant coach, not a head coach. Does this stuff still apply to me?]]+
     * [[#How many players will be on a team and how many do we field for a game?|How many players will be on a team and how many do we field for a game?]]     * [[#How many players will be on a team and how many do we field for a game?|How many players will be on a team and how many do we field for a game?]]
-    * [[#Just planning my initial parents meeting and noted the online handbook is outdated. Will someone be updating this for the current year?|Just planning my initial parents meeting and noted the online handbook is outdated. Will someone be updating this for the current year?]] +    * [[#When is the first game?|When is the first game?]] 
-    * [[#I was not able to attend our training sessions, but would like to get trained. Any possibility of attending a training with another region?|I was not able to attend our training sessions, but would like to get trained. Any possibility of attending training with another region?]] +    * [[#We need to postpone or cancel a game.  Do need to inform anyone?|We need to postpone or cancel game Do need to inform anyone?]]
-    * [[#I'm an assistant coach, and as of yet, I haven't been contacted by the head coachWhat should do?|I'm an assistant coach, and as of yet, I haven't been contacted by the head coach. What should I do?]] +
-    * [[#What fields can we practice on?|What fields can we practice on?]]+
     * [[#How do I get in to the goal tubes?|How do I get in to the goal tubes?]]     * [[#How do I get in to the goal tubes?|How do I get in to the goal tubes?]]
     * [[#If two teams have similar colors, what team needs to change their shirts?|If two teams have similar colors, what team needs to change their shirts?]]     * [[#If two teams have similar colors, what team needs to change their shirts?|If two teams have similar colors, what team needs to change their shirts?]]
     * [[#How do we do corner kicks for U8? Do they take them from the corner?|How do we do corner kicks for U8 ? Do they take them from the corner?]]     * [[#How do we do corner kicks for U8? Do they take them from the corner?|How do we do corner kicks for U8 ? Do they take them from the corner?]]
 +    * [[#Just planning my initial parents meeting and noted the online handbook is outdated. Will someone be updating this for the current year?|Just planning my initial parents meeting and noted the online handbook is outdated. Will someone be updating this for the current year?]]
 +    * [[#I'm an assistant coach, and as of yet, I haven't been contacted by the head coach. What should I do?|I'm an assistant coach, and as of yet, I haven't been contacted by the head coach. What should I do?]]
  
-===== Parents =====+===== Prospective Parents =====
  
-=== How Can Register My Child to Play AYSO? === +=== How can register my child to play AYSO? ===  
-  +Registration is typically open starting May 1st for Fall, and December 1st for Spring.  It is strongly recommended that you register before team formation begins (mid-July for Fall, Feb 1st for Spring), as team placement cannot be guaranteed after those dates, but registration stays open until the season begins.  Please see the [[registration:home|Registration]] page for instructions for the current season.
-Please see the [[registration:home|Registration]] page for instructions.+
  
-=== What is the refund policy in case I need to withdraw my child? ===+=== When/How long is the season? ===  
 +The regular season is ten games, although normally team practices will begin two to three weeks prior to the first game (except for U5 and U6). 
 + 
 +The Fall season begins the first weekend after the Labor Day Weekend (September 7th this year) and ends two weekends prior to Thanksgiving Weekend (November 9th). For U12/U14, a regional tournament is played the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, and if a team does well, Area tournaments can extend the season into December.  
 + 
 +The Spring season begins the middle of March (March 15th for 2014) and ends ten weeks later (May 17th).
    
-Requests received:+=== When/How long are practices? === 
 +U5 does not have practices. U6 practices immediately before their games on Saturdays.  Typically U7 and U8 will have one weekday practice of about an hour. Starting in the U10 or U12 divisions this will go up to two, and the practices get longer as the players get older as well.
  
-  * Prior to August 1 for Fallor February 1 for Spring: Full refund +Each coach sets their own practice scheduleusually with some input from the parents.  Most coaches  work full time (just like the rest of us!) so weekday practices tend to be as late as daylight allows, although that is not guaranteed.\\
-  * Prior to first game of the season: $75 +
-  * After the season begins: No refund+
  
-All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the treasurer or registrar.+=== When are games played? === 
 +Games schedules are not set until teams are formed.  For most divisions, the games times will vary week to week Generally speaking: 
 +  * U5 meets Saturday mornings 
 +  * U6 games are at the same time each Saturday (afternoons in Fall, mornings in Spring) 
 +  * U7-U10 play Saturday mornings - early afternoons 
 +  * U12 to U14 play on Saturday mornings - early afternoons 
 +  * U16 and U19 play on Sunday afternoons
  
-=== When is the season? ===+=== Where are games played? === 
 +Games locations vary season by season, depending on fields permits and registration numbers for the various division.  For Fall, generally speaking: 
 +  * U6 games are at Ortega Park 
 +  * U7-U10 in Sunnyvale (usually Raynor, Panama, Cumberland) 
 +  * U12 to U14 play in Sunnyvale (usually Hollenback or San Antonio) and surrounding cities 
 +  * U16 and U19 play in Sunnyvale (usually San Antonio) and other cities between here and Portola Valley. 
 +Please see the [[info:fields|fields]] page for all locations used.  Again, **locations vary season to season, and this list is only intended as an example.**
    
-The season begins the first weekend after the Labor Day Weekend (September 8th this year) and ends two weekends prior to Thanksgiving Weekend (November 10th)For U12/U14, regional tournament is played the weekend prior to ThanksgivingNormally, except for U5 and U6, team practices will begin two to three weeks prior to the first game.+=== Can my child play with their friends? === 
 +AYSO does not allow players to choose their teammates Teams are formed as evenly balanced as possible because it is more fun and better learning experience when teams of similar ability playThis also allows each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels
  
-=== Where are games normally played? === +That said, the region does allow one buddy request per player.  For details please see the [[registration:home#buddy_requests|buddy request]] policy.
-  +
-  * U6 games are at the same time each Saturday at Ortega Park. +
-  * U7-U10 play on Saturdays in Sunnyvale. +
-  * U12 to U14 play on Saturdays in Sunnyvale and surrounding cities as they interlock with other regions. +
-  * U16 and U19 play on Sunday afternoons in Sunnyvale and other cities between here and Portola Valley. +
-=== Can a player switch teams? === +
-  +
-In most cases, the answer is no. However, for any player issues, please contact your division coordinator.+
  
-===== Coaches =====+=== Can I request a coach? === 
 +We do not allow coach requests.  If you have an issue with a particular coach, please contact the  [[board:contacts|Coach Administrator or Regional Commissioner]].
  
 +=== What equipment is required for participation? ===
 +Necessary equipment is discussed on the [[parents:home#equipment|Parent Info]] page.
  
-=== When do we get roster information? === +=== My child has special needs. Can he/she still play? ===  
-  +Some needs, such as allergies or hearing impairments, can easily be accommodated in our regular leagues.  For conditions such as visual or mobility impairments, autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy, AYSO has [[http://www.ayso.org/programs/vip.aspx|Very Important Player (VIP)]] program.  For more information please contact the [[board:contacts|VIP Director]]
-Team rosters will be available online to coaches the first or second week of August and to parents week before the first game.+
  
-=== When do we normally start practices? ===+===== Current Parents ===== 
 +=== I didn't get a registration confirmation.  Is my child registered? ===  
 +Generally you will not hear anything until team formation is in prgoress, unless there is a problem with your registration.  If you would like to confirm your child is registered and will be put on a team, your can check you child's status at anytime on [[https://r44.webyouthsoccer.com|WebYouthSoccer]].  Your login with the same username and password you used to register, if you have any trouble please contact the [[board:contacts|registrar]]
  
-Normally, coaches start practice two to three weeks prior to the first game. Since many people are on vacation, you may have to be flexible on starting your practices. Also, if you are comfortable with your assistant coach, he or she could run the practices in your absence+=== What is the refund policy in case I need to withdraw my child? === 
 +Please see the [[[[registration:home#refund_policy|Registration]] page for the current policy.
  
-Typical AYSO Practice Schedule by Division +=== Can a player switch teams? ===  
-^  Division  ^  Practices per week (length)  ^ +In most cases, the answer is no. However, if you feel you have a special case, or for any player issues, please contact your [[board:contacts|division coordinator]].
-|  U6  |  Zero (practice is prior to game)  | +
-|  U7(B)  |  Once per week (1 hr)  | +
-|  U8  |  Once per week (1 hr)  |+
  
-=== When is the first game? === +=== How can I access my child's team information? === 
-  +Once they have been assigned to a team and schedules have been determined, your child's information, (including coach and teammate contact information and game times and locations) will be available to you on [[https://r44.webyouthsoccer.com|WebYouthSoccer]].  You can login with the same username and password you used to register, if you have any trouble please contact the [[board:contacts|registrar]]
-The season starts the first Saturday after Labor Day.+
  
-=== How many practices per week do you recommend? === +=== Where is my child's game? === 
-  +To find particular field see the [[info:fields|Field Information]] page.
-For the U6 division, you will hold practice for a half hour before your Saturday game. U8 practice once during the week for an hour, and U10 practices once or twice per week for an hour. U12 and above will typically practice twice during the week. The practices are a little longer, probably closer to 1.5 hours.+
  
-=== How do we arrange for a practice field? === +=== It's raining.  Is the game cancelled? === 
-  +Weather and field conditions are discussed on the [[info:fields#weather|Field Information]] page.
-During the fall, AYSO has permits for most fields in Sunnyvale. At the coaches meeting, you can verify the fields available for practice. As a coach, you decide the field to practice on.+
  
-You do not need a lined field to practice. For U10 and belowthe focus should be on teaching proper technique vs. tactics. Thereforea lined field is not required for practiceIf there is more than one team using a lines-field, please use only half of the field for practice.+=== I have a problem with a parent/coach/referee/board member.  How can I resolve it? === 
 +Please do not let problems go unreported!  It is important to us that players have a good experience with soccerand if you have a problem with someone that cannot be resolved informallyit is something that needs to be addressed Please read the [[parents:home#dispute_resolution|dispute resolution]] and [[board:contacts|board contacts]] page to find the most appropriate person to bring the issue to.
  
-=== How do get login for the coaches section of the Region 44 AYSO website? ===+===== Prospective Coaches ===== 
 + 
 +=== Can coach my own child? === 
 +Yes! If parent is coaching, their child(ren) in that division are automatically assigned to the parent's team. 
 + 
 +=== Can I coach two teams? ===
    
-You would select the "Need a Username/Password?" link on this page page on the Region 44 Web Site. Just follow the instructions to obtain the password. If you have any issues with accessing the Member Sectionplease contact your Division Coordinator or the Regional Coach Administrator.+If one of the teams in an U6 teamyou can coach two teams. You may need a little help from your assistant coaches, but you should be able to survive the season.
  
 === Do I need to sign up for the coaching clinics? === === Do I need to sign up for the coaching clinics? ===
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 The coaching clinics consist of lecture, demonstration, and participation. You will be both indoor and outdoors. To be safe, please bring sun care, water and exercise shoes. You should be prepared for some exercise (i.e. simulating drills). The coaching clinics consist of lecture, demonstration, and participation. You will be both indoor and outdoors. To be safe, please bring sun care, water and exercise shoes. You should be prepared for some exercise (i.e. simulating drills).
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-=== Can I coach two teams? === 
-  
-If one of the teams in an U6 team, you can coach two teams. You may need a little help from your assistant coaches, but you should be able to survive the season. 
  
 === Do I need to get fingerprinted to coach in AYSO? === === Do I need to get fingerprinted to coach in AYSO? ===
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 No. We are no longer requiring fingerprinting. No. We are no longer requiring fingerprinting.
  
-=== Do I pick my assistant coach or is someone who signed up assigned? ===+=== I was not able to attend our training sessions, but would like to get trained. Any possibility of attending a training with another region? === 
 +  
 +Yes, you may attend any local AYSO Region which is providing training for coaches. You can check under Links >> Neighbor Regions to view the web sites of local regions. 
 + 
 +=== Do I pick my assistant coach or is one assigned to me? ===
    
-During registration, we request volunteers for head coach, assistant coach, team parent, etc. When putting together the teams, we put head and assistant coaches together based upon the registration forms.  If you would like to coach with a particular person, note that on your child's registration.+If you would like to coach with a particular person, note that on your child's registration.
  
 === I signed up to be an assistant coach, not a head coach. Does this stuff still apply to me? === === I signed up to be an assistant coach, not a head coach. Does this stuff still apply to me? ===
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 Yes. As an assistant coach, you will need to fill in for the head coach if he misses a practice or game. Also, in the higher age groups, the head coach relies more on the assistant to help with the drills during practice. Yes. As an assistant coach, you will need to fill in for the head coach if he misses a practice or game. Also, in the higher age groups, the head coach relies more on the assistant to help with the drills during practice.
  
-=== How many players will be on a team and how many do we field for a game? === +===== Current Coaches =====
-Roster size is usually dependent on the number of coaches and players available. \\ +
-For the Fall 2012 season: +
-^  Division  ^  Players on the field  ^ Roster size (max) ^ +
-|  U6  |  3 (2 fields)  | 10 | +
-|  U7(B)  |  5 (2 fields)  | 12 | +
-|  U8  |  5  | 10 | +
-|  U10  |  7  | 10 | +
-|  U12  |  9  | 12 | +
-|  U14  |  11  | 18 | +
-|  U16  |  11  | 18|+
  
 +=== How do I get a login for the coaches section of the Region 44 AYSO website? ===
  
-=== I'm just planning my initial parents meeting and noted the online handbook is outdatedWill someone be updating this for the current year? ===+If you do not already have access to the [[https://r44.webyouthsoccer.com|WebYouthSoccer]] site (same information you would have used to register your players), you'll need to select the "Need a Username/Password?" link and follow the instructionsIf you have any issues with access, please contact your [[board:contacts|Division Coordinator or the Regional Coach Administrator]]. 
 + 
 +=== When do we get roster information? ===
    
-Although the current handbook is dated 1999, most of the information is still applicable (except for the calendar, board members, budget, and sponsors). Any of the time dependent information should be available on this web site.+Team rosters will be available online to coaches the first or second week of August and to parents a week before the first game.
  
-=== I was not able to attend our training sessionsbut would like to get trainedAny possibility of attending a training with another region? ===+=== When do we normally start practices? === 
 + 
 +Normally, coaches start practice two to three weeks prior to the first game. Since many people are on vacationyou may have to be flexible on starting your practicesAlso, if you are comfortable with your assistant coach, he or she could run the practices in your absence.  
 + 
 +=== How many practices per week do you recommend? ===
    
-Yes, you may attend any local AYSO Region which is providing training for coachesYou can check under Links >> Neighbor Regions to view the web sites of local regions.+For the U6 division, you will hold a practice for a half hour before your Saturday gameU8 practice once during the week for an hour, and U10 practices once or twice per week for an hour. U12 and above will typically practice twice during the week. The practices are a little longer, probably closer to 1.5 hours.
  
-=== I'm an assistant coach, and as of yet, I haven't been contacted by the head coach. What should I do? ===+=== How do we arrange for a practice field? ===
    
-With the end of summersome people have been on vacationIf you don't hear from your head coach by the 22nd of August, please notify your division coordinator.+During the fallAYSO has permits for most fields in SunnyvaleAt the coaches meeting, you can verify the fields available for practice. As a coach, you decide the field to practice on. 
 + 
 +You do not need a lined field to practice. For U10 and below, the focus should be on teaching proper technique vs. tactics. Therefore, a lined field is not required for practice. If there is more than one team using a lines-field, please use only half of the field for practice.
  
 === What fields can we practice on? === === What fields can we practice on? ===
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   * Raynor   * Raynor
-You can practice on other fields. However, if you practice at other locations, the organization that has permits to practice there may ask you to leave. 
  
-=== How do I get in to the goal tubes? ===+Maps of these locations can be found on the [[info:fields#locations|Field Information]] page.  You can practice on other fields. However, if you practice at other locations, the organization that has permits to practice there may ask you to leave. 
 + 
 + 
 +=== How many players will be on a team and how many do we field for a game? === 
 +Roster size is usually dependent on the number of coaches and players available. If both coaches wish to play with more or fewer players for a particular game, it is up to the referee to decide if that is acceptable. \\ 
 +\\ 
 +For the Fall 2012 season: 
 +^  Division  ^  Players on the field  ^ Roster size (max) ^ 
 +|  U6  |  3 (2 fields)  | 10 | 
 +|  U7(B)  |  5 (2 fields)  | 12 | 
 +|  U8  |  5  | 10 | 
 +|  U10  |  7  | 10 | 
 +|  U12  |  9  | 12 | 
 +|  U14  |  11  | 18 | 
 +|  U16  |  11  | 18| 
 + 
 +=== When is the first game? ===
    
-The combination lock code for this year is "2006".+The season starts the first Saturday after Labor Day. 
 + 
 +=== We need to postpone or cancel a game.  Do I need to inform anyone? === 
 +Yes!  As soon as you are aware a game will not be held as scheduled, please contact the [[board:contacts|referee scheduler]], in addition to the other coach. 
 +   
 +=== How do I get in to the goal tubes? === 
 +Please contact the [[board:contacts|Equipment Manager]] if you need the combination lock code for this year.
  
 === If two teams have similar colors, what team needs to change their shirts? === === If two teams have similar colors, what team needs to change their shirts? ===
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 In most cases, this should not be an issue because no two teams should have similar colors. For the older age groups that may play in tournaments or against teams from other regions, the home team should change their uniforms. As a good practice, you should bring your pennies to the game at all times. In most cases, this should not be an issue because no two teams should have similar colors. For the older age groups that may play in tournaments or against teams from other regions, the home team should change their uniforms. As a good practice, you should bring your pennies to the game at all times.
  
 === How do we do corner kicks for U8? Do they take them from the corner? === === How do we do corner kicks for U8? Do they take them from the corner? ===
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 Yes, U8 players take corner kicks from the corner. Yes, U8 players take corner kicks from the corner.
  
 +
 +=== I'm an assistant coach, and as of yet, I haven't been contacted by the head coach. What should I do? ===
 +With the end of summer, some people have been on vacation. If you don't hear from your head coach by the 22nd of August, please notify your division coordinator.
  
  
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