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AYSO Region 88 Glendale

Our Programs

Core Program (Ages 5-18) AYSO’s oldest and best known program where a majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make lifetime memories. 

Playground (U4) (Ages 3)
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. 

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

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 successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP Program runs parallel to our Fall Season, this is from mid-August to late October or early November. Click here to learn more

Fall Season Information


Fall Season | Primary Season

The Fall Season of AYSO Region 88 Glendale is our main focus known as the Primary Season or Core Season. It runs from August to late November or early December, depending on calendar dates and scheduling for field conflicts, holidays and other community events.

Participation in the Fall Season is required for all secondary season programs with the exception of the Spring (Second) Season.


Season Highlights

Registration Period April 1 to June 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Play Period Mid-August to late November (or early December); Games to begin on September 7 (U4-14U)
Ages 3 to 18  /  VIP: Open to all ages
Age Groups Core program 6U to 14U; 16U/19U
Playground (U4) for 3-year-olds
Schoolyard (5U) for 4-year-olds
Schedule 5U-14U/VIP: 10 games (Saturdays)
16U/19U: 10 games (Sundays)
U4: 6 Saturday sessions
Game and practice schedules will be made available in late July after teams are formed.
Games may be canceled due to bad weather and/or unsafe field conditions. 
Game Locations See Fields (under Resources)
Registration includes Full uniform (shirt, shorts and socks), trophy, pictures and yearbook. 


Program Information


Program Information

AYSO Region 88 Glendale typically registers close to 3,000 players and places them on over 250 teams each Fall season. Players are placed in age divisions 5U, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 19U (U stands for under that age. For example: 12U means children that are 12 years of age or under as of December 31 in the year after the Fall season begins.)

Children between the ages of 3 and 19 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 in a ten-game season 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).

Registration for the Fall Season begins in April prior to the season. 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 played at permitted fields within Glendale and La Crescenta (see Fields under the Resource tab).

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. 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.


Coaches Selection

If you are interested in coaching a Fall Season team, please complete a Volunteer Registration Form choosing either "Head Coach" or "Assistant Coach", complete AYSO Safe Haven training and have age-appropriate coaching certifications. 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 AYSO Safe Haven background check, coaching and referee certification level, field reputation, sportsmanship and disciplinary history, compliance with AYSO Region 88 Glendale, Area 1C, Section 1, and AYSO National Guidelines, Policy Statements and adherence and support of AYSO Philosophies. Generally, 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 of AYSO Region 88 Glendale 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.


Player Request Policy

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.

Parents and volunteers should understand that no system for player placement is perfect and despite best efforts of volunteer regional staff there are always teams that experience more 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.

Except as noted below, requests in divisions 8U to 19U shall not be considered.

In divisions 5U & 6U AYSO Region 88 Glendale will consider requests, but there is no guarantee that a request will be granted. All requests will be reviewed for validity. Parents, players and coaches in the 5U & 6U divisions should be aware that the following requests are not granted:

  • Practice and/or game field location
  • Practice time or day

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.


Refund Policy

The annual AYSO National Membership Fee of $20.00 is not refundable and non-transferable.

AYSO Region 88 Glendale allows for refunds under special circumstances. All special circumstance refund requests must be submitted through an online form and must include the reasons and or circumstances involved.

Guidelines

  • Any player who withdraws prior to June 30, 2019 will be refunded their registration fee, minus the non-refundable AYSO National Membership Fees.
  • A $5 administrative fee will be charged for all refunds.
  • The parent/guardian requesting the refund must complete and submit an online Request Cancellation form.
  • The request must be submitted on or before June 30, 2019 at 12:01 am.
  • Refunds will not be carried over from season to season and will not be applied toward the registration fees of a following season.
  • Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for a refund (if approved) to be processed.
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