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AYSO Region 88 Glendale

Program Information

AYSO Region 88 Glendale registered over 2,200 players this past Fall season and over 1,300 players this Spring season. Players are placed in age divisions U4, 5U, 6U, 7U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 19U (U stands for under that age. For example: 12U means children that most players are under 12 years of age as of December 31 in the year after the Fall season begins.)

Children between the ages of 3 and 18 can join on gender specific teams based on the AYSO Age Guide for the current membership year. Each team has a registered VOLUNTEER coach who is or must become age-appropriate certified. Coach certifications are provided free of charge by AYSO. Some levels of coaching certification may involve travel and multiple day classes.

Core teams participate where fun and player development are the primary focus. In competitive divisions (defined as 10U to 19U) team wins and losses are recorded. All teams in these divisions have the opportunity to participate in regional playoffs at the end of the season. All matches will be played in fields located within AYSO Region 88 Glendale (see Fields under Resources tab). In the Spring, 16U and 19U will play in a tournament-style program outside the region against teams within Area 1C.

Registration for the Fall Season begins in April prior to the season and in January in the Spring. No early registration discount is available. Based on the amount of registrations and the availability and interest of certified and/or trainable volunteer coaches divisions may be closed at any time to maintain AYSO team size guidelines. In accordance with AYSO Philosophy, AYSO Region 88 Glendale maintains an Open Registration policy and accepts players from all locations.

Games & Practice

Game and practices for all players in the U4, 5U to 19U are on permitted fields within Glendale and La Crescenta (see Fields tab on menu).

Practices may start on or after August 1 and are conducted during weeknights at a permitted location, once a week and up to 1.5 hours total, based on age divisions. In the Spring, most teams will practice every other week, depending on field availability. Once teams are formed, the day and location of practice are determined by the volunteer head coach and based on his/her availability. Read below for information on requests under Player Placement Policy. 

Player Evaluations

Players are placed on team rosters based on the AYSO Philosophy of Balanced Teams. Each year coaches are asked to provide detailed evaluations of players in order to accurately balance teams the next season. Coach-generated evaluations are the cornerstone of team balancing. Inaccurate and/or careless evaluations can have far-reaching effects and often lead to player, parent and volunteer frustration and disappointment. Additionally, all evaluations are confidential and coaches should not share or discuss their evaluations with players or parents. Other variables that can affect player placement are factors such as positional expertise (goalkeepers) and historic volunteer support by parents.

Per Region 88 rules, every new player in the 10 and Under and older divisions must have a New Player Evaluation before being placed on a team. “New player” constitutes anyone who did not play in the Region the previous fall season. Placement on a team may be denied if a player is not able to attend one (1) evaluation if requested by the Division Coordinator or other qualified Region 88 volunteer.

Player Requests

Player Request Policy

Please understand that no system for player placement is perfect and despite best efforts, there are always teams that experience more or less match day success than others. All AYSO regions strive to improve balancing each year and indeed no other board responsibility demands as many volunteer man-hours as team formation and balancing.

Teammate and coach requests in divisions U4, 5U and 6U only will be considered but are not guaranteed. 

Please note that the following requests are not granted in any division:

  • Practice and/or game field location
  • Practice time or day
  • Any player requests after teams have already been created

AYSO Region 88 Glendale is sensitive to requests to not being placed on a particular volunteer coach’s team when there has been a negative experience in the past. Requests of this nature are typically granted unless a parent has requested that his/her player not be placed on teams with the majority of coaches in the division. Additionally, parents should exercise caution when making such a request and be prepared to share their reasoning in detail. In all cases a request based on historical wins and losses shall be denied.

Siblings and children living in the same household and whose age and gender shall always have the option to play on the same team.

A SIBLING is defined as follows: Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister. Additionally, SIBLINGS shall reside in the same household.

Request to play in an older/younger division

The Region/Commissioner may approve a player to play up in a division (with children older) depending on the situation. The Board of Directors has established a strict policy to not allow any player play down (in a division with younger players). There are no exceptions.


Coaches Selection

If you are interested in coaching a team, please complete a Volunteer application by choosing either "Head Coach" or "Assistant Coach". Unfortunately, a desire to coach a Fall Season team does not guarantee placement as a coach. All coaching applicants, whether new or returning, are reviewed by the appropriate Division Coordinator, the Regional Coach Administrator, Regional Referee Administrator, Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate and Regional Commissioner.

Approval of a coaching applicant is based on many criteria including but not limited to a) background check b) coaching and referee certification level c) field reputation, sportsmanship and disciplinary history d) compliance with AYSO Region 88 Glendale, Area 1C, Section 1, and AYSO National Guidelines, Policy Statements and adherence and support of AYSO Philosophies.

AYSO Region 88 Glendale is willing to give coaches an opportunity to become more educated and develop a coaching style; however, all coaches should be aware that the prime objective is for players to have fun and develop their skills as an individual and a teammate. Coaches that lose sight of the primary goals of fun and development as a result of an excessive desire to win will be mentored and in extreme cases can be asked not to return to the coaching ranks.

Assistant Coaches, Requests and Retention

Many AYSO coaches begin as an Assistant Coach. This provides a perfect avenue for learning the game of soccer and developing a coaching style. Coaches should select an Assistant Coach that is dependable, willing to learn and above all interested in providing the players with an enjoyable sporting experience. It is the desire of AYSO Region 88 Glendale that Assistant Coaches be developed in hopes that they eventually become Head Coaches.

AYSO National Guidelines strictly forbid player retention and/or team building by strategic placement or year-over-year retention of Assistant Coaches (and by extension his/her son/daughter). AYSO Region 88 Glendale does sometimes place parent coaches together; however, this is generally avoided unless there is a significant underlying reason. Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Parents and Players should be aware that attempts to circumvent this policy is a direct violation of the AYSO Philosophy of Balanced Teams and can be grounds for Volunteer disciplinary action.

Our Programs

U4 Playground (Ages 3-4) This special program features Activity Leaders, certified through the AYSO National Coaching Program, who understand the needs and capabilities of 3-year-olds and are sensitive to the needs and the bonding experience of the parents. Click here to learn more.

5U Schoolyard (Ages 4-5) Children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, can choose to participate with them. Click here to learn more.

Core Program (Ages 5-19) AYSO’s oldest and best known program where a majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make lifetime memories. Click here to learn more.

VIP (Very Important Players) [Special Needs]The AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate on mainstream teams. The program is offered during both the Fall and Spring seasons. Click here to learn more.

Important Links

Youth Referee Program (PRO)

Region 88 has a program just for referees under the age of 18. It is called the Player Referee Organization or PRO, which stands for Player Referee Organization. It is the standard name given to AYSO Referee programs geared towards kids 18 years old and younger. Anyone is welcome to become a youth referee – they do not have to be a soccer player to join PRO. However, 95% of AYSO youth referees are also soccer players and therefore the program is named Player Referee Organization.

National guidelines state that kids 12 years old and older can become certified referees or Regional Referees (10U or 12U games).

For more info, please contact the PRO directors at [email protected].

Pets on AYSO fields

No Pets at Region 88 Events

All AYSO Region 88 participants agree and understand that NO PET shall be permitted at any AYSO activity or event regardless of venue or location. This policy includes but is not limited to practices, games, picture day, team parties, tournaments, etc. This Policy is consistent with those of neighboring Regions and is in keeping with the AYSO Insurance Policy, which does not cover animal bites or related injuries. Properly registered service animals are generally exempt from this Policy.

You, as the primary player and account registrant, are also responsible for any friends or family members visiting the fields.

Unfortunately, if dogs or pets are not removed from games, we will have no choice but to suspend or even terminate the game.

Region 88 pays for and controls the soccer fields and surrounding areas in an exclusive use permit that provides us the right and with that right, we are required by our National Bylaws and Insurance to comply with our published guidelines.

Service animals are allowed under the following conditions:

ADA in public places: The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to employers, state and local governments and public places.

The law narrowly defines service animals as any dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a physical or mental disability.

Emotional support animals do not qualify as service animals under the ADA, the California Unruh Civil Rights Act nor the Disabled Persons Act.

State and local governments, businesses and nonprofits generally must allow service dogs to accompany people with disabilities in any part of a facility open to the public, unless doing so interferes with legitimate safety requirements, or the dog is out of control.

If you are bringing a legal service animal to our fields, we require that you first inform our referee staff that is present at the game so that they can provide guidance on ensuring that the animal does not interfere with the game and remains in control. Please also reach out to our Regional Commissioner at [email protected] for approval before the event/game begins.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please click here for more information from AYSO National.

Disclaimer: AYSO is obligated to observe and respect existing regulations and laws regarding the presence of service animals at our fields. Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as only dogs or miniature horses that have been trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as service animals.

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