One of the tenets of AYSO is Everyone Plays. The national guidelines mandate that every child on every team must play at least half of every game. It is the policy of the Region that:
Each player is strongly urged to attend and participate in every team practice. Any player who misses practice regularly may have his/her playing time limited to one-half (but not less than one-half) of the game. In the event that a coach deviates from rules above, the rationale must be noted on the game card.
Players that arrive late to the game are not guaranteed to play half of the game.
Another tenet of AYSO is Open Registration. This means anyone of appropriate age can register, regardless of where they live or what school they attend.
However if we are short on coaches we are forced to put players on the waiting list. Children are given priority to be placed on teams by the following criteria:
Since AYSO is an all volunteer organization, it is imperative that every family volunteers in some capacity. It takes between 400-500 volunteers to run our region each year. We therefore give priority to those who volunteer.
The referee staff will inspect all players and inform them of any last minute changes or alert them to any problem areas on the field.
The game is broken into two equal halves with a 5 minute break in between. The length of this break is at the discretion of the referee. If it is a hot day, the break may be lengthened. At approximately half way through each half, the referee will stop the game to allow quarter substitutions. This is not a break, and no player should leave the field with the exception of those leaving the game. Players can get a drink at any time by coming to the side line and having a parent/coach hand them their water bottle. They are not to enter or leave the field without referee permission.
|U19||45 minute halves|
|U16||40 minute halves|
|U14||35 minute halves|
|U12||30 minute halves|
|U10||25 minute halves|
|U8||20 minute halves|
|U6||15 minute halves|
At the end of the game, the players on each team shall line up and shake hands with the players of the opposing team and thank the referee and assistant referees.
Region 44 uses the following fields:
Some higher division teams will be playing on fields in neighboring regions. To locate them, look in the Links menu above, under “Neighboring Regions.” If your child's team is using a different field for practice in our area and you would like to have it mapped on this site, please contact our webmaster at email@example.com.
The league works closely with Sunnyvale to keep their parks in good shape. Playing a days worth of soccer on a soaked field can do significant damage to a field and be very expensive to fix. The standard process for notifying teams of a rain out is:
Our decision will generally match the conditions reported on the Sunnyvale Turf Hotline: (408) 730-7585.
If a game is cancelled for any reason, the league does not schedule make-up games. The reason for this is that no standings are kept of the season record, so there is no need to make up a game. If a coach wishes to schedule a scrimmage with the other team, they may do so if they do not disrupt any other teams practice on a given field.
The Region supplies each player with a shirt (with the original AYSO logo properly affixed), a pair of socks, and in some divisons, shorts. Each player is expected to provide his/her own appropriate footwear and shin guards. No player may participate in a game without such shirt, socks, shorts, shin guards and appropriate footwear. Most players wear cleats, but sneakers are ok. Players may not wear jewelry of any kind (including chains, watches, body jewelry and earrings, bandannas or other ornamentation) or anything else that may cause risk of injury to the player or to other players during the game. Players may wear bicycling shorts if they are the same color as the uniform shorts. Medical information bracelets should not be removed, but must be padded and taped to the players skin.
Hard casts (including padded casts), splints, helmets and hard padding are not permitted to be worn by a player during any game or practice. Players with permanent orthodontic braces are strongly encouraged to wear mouth guards.
The referee will inspect all players prior to the start of the game for conformance to these rules. Coaches should make the same checks at the beginning of each practice.
The Region supplies the coach a set of balls to be used during practice and games. If you would like to purchase a ball for your child, you should purchase one of the proper size for the age group. A full size ball is described as a 5, and is used by players 12 and up. The next size down is a 4 and is used by players from 8 to 11. The smallest ball used by AYSO is a 3 and it is used for players under 8.
Adequate footwear can be either tennis shoes or cleats. If cleats are purchased, they must be designed for soccer and not have a toe cleat, no baseball cleats (no exposed metal).
It is the policy of the Region to resolve all disputes concerning persons involved in the Region in an amicable way. Compromise should be emphasized whenever possible, and personality conflicts should be avoided. If disciplinary action is found to be necessary, it is the Regions policy to take only the minimum action necessary. All means available should be taken to avoid legal action.
It is the policy of the Region to avoid punishing the players for the conduct of the parents except when there is no other solution (e.g., where a parent cannot or will not cease his or her disruptive behavior).
It is the policy of the Region to avoid wiping out years of good memories of AYSO and good service to AYSO, and that suspension or removal procedures are to be used only as a last resort. Voluntary resignation is preferable to a suspension or removal procedure.
It is the policy of the Region to avoid publicizing the suspension or removal proceedings beyond those individuals who need to know, and to respect the privacy of the individuals involved. However, the Regional Commissioner or Regional Board should notify the Area Director, the Section Director, the National Support and Training Center or members of the AYSO Legal Commission of the pending proceedings pursuant to the operating regulations, and must comply with all applicable regulations and laws requiring suspension, abuse and similar events.
If you have been unable to resolve a problem with a coach, referee, etc., please contact the next person in the respective chain (see Board of Directors).
|Regional Coach Administrator||Regional Referee Administrator|
|Regional Commissioner and/or Asst. Regional Commissioner|