Parents Info

What happens after I register my child?

Immediately after the registration dates, the board begins the process of putting the teams together for the upcoming season. If you ordered a uniform, you will be notified by email or phone when the uniforms are in and the pick up dates are scheduled, usually in mid August. Please continue to check our Danville AYSO website for updates; the pick up dates will be posted there as soon as they become available.

When will the coaches get their teams?

Coaches should expect to receive their team rosters over the summer.  If they haven’t already done so, all coaches and assistant coaches will be required to complete online training courses prior to the start of the season. All training requirements will be provided to the coaches at the coaches meetings.

Can my child play on the same team as a friend?

Due to team balancing and fair play, the only requests honored will be for siblings. However, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Team Referees will have their own children placed on their team.

When will the players be called?

Coaches will first contact players in August. The coaches will contact you and give all the information needed in regards to practice days & times. Each coach sets his or her own practice schedule. The practice fields are the same as playing fields, unless otherwise determined by the coach or fields staff. All of our teams play at the Danville Area Soccer Park on Market Street across from the State Hospital grounds, except for our U12 Division. U12 teams play at the Cherokee Fields in Riverside. Directions for all fields can be found on our Danville AYSO website.

It’s after August 15th and my child hasn’t been called. What do I do?

Please don’t panic if you hear of or see teams practicing and your child has not been called. Not all teams start practicing at the same time. Also, some of the coaches may still be out of town on summer vacations. If your child hasn’t been called by August 15th, please contact the Regional Commissioner through our Danville AYSO website.

What else does my child need?

The player registration fee includes: participation in AYSO soccer for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 seasons, supplemental accident insurance, and a participation award that is given out at the end of the spring season. You will be required to provide shin guards for your child to wear under their socks at all practices and games. You will also need to obtain athletic shoes and a water bottle. These can all be purchased at discount or sporting goods type stores. Special soccer shoes are NOT required, especially for the younger players. Players are not permitted to wear jewelry of any kind at AYSO practices and games.We try to provide a healthy athletic environment for the players and guests. Please ask anyone who is smoking to move away from your team’s practice or game.

How often are practices and games?

Practices are usually held once a week with the day & time determined by your child’s coach. Games will be played on Saturdays for the U5, U6 and U8 divisions. Both Saturday and weeknight games will be regularly scheduled for U10 & U12 divisions. U14 plays Saturday mornings. The first games for the fall will be on August 23, 2014. Last games for all will be October 18.

Refunds?

Players withdrawing prior to Aug 1st will be issued a refund. NO REFUNDS will be given after the season has begun. Exceptions will be made if the child has been injured and unable to play; or the child has moved out of the area. All requests for refunds must be submitted to our treasurer. The contact information is on our website.

Can I Register another player later this summer or fall?

Danville AYSO operates under an Open Registration Policy. As long as we have open spots on teams, we can register and place your child. If no space is available, we will create another team once we have enough players and a Coach for the division. Please contact our Registrar through our website for more details.

Please remember….

AYSO is a parent-based all volunteer organization. We depend on volunteers to help in all areas of our organization to run a smooth and successful region and give our children a positive and safe experience. Have fun! Go to the games. Learn the rules. Always set a good example by being respectful and appreciative of your child’s coaches and referees.

AYSO Mission Statement

 

The American Youth Soccer Organization develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our six philosophies:

    Everyone Plays® - Our goal is for kids to play soccer - so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least half of every game.
  • Balanced Teams - We require every region at the start of each season to set up teams as evenly balanced as possible. It's more fun when teams are of equal ability.
  • Positive Coaching - This builds a positive team spirit. We train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to our players, rather than negative criticism.
  • Open Registration - Our programs are open to all children ages 4 - 18 who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements for playing.
  • Good Sportsmanship - We create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude. All of our programs are designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
  • Player Development - 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.

These fundamental philosophies are the foundation of AYSO and must be emphasized in all aspects of program implementation in local AYSO regions throughout the country.

Danville AYSO

The American Youth Soccer Organization was founded in 1964 in California. Danville AYSO began in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Mike Ryan.  Our philosophies of Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Positive Coaching, Open Registration, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development are the basis for our success. In AYSO programs, children learn more than just soccer skills. They learn how to work as a team, to enjoy winning and deal with defeat, all while becoming physically fit and healthy. They develop a positive self-image and make lasting friendships.

Our success is also due to you, the parents. You contribute greatly to the enjoyment experienced by your child and the team. You serve as role models for the players. Your attitude and behavior is an example to your child, who looks to you for approval and advice. Thus, it is most important for you to be POSITIVE ROLE MODELS. That means to encourage your child and the other players. Avoid yelling and comments about mistakes. Point out the good things they do. Every child needs to feel like a winner!

All of us in AYSO are volunteering for the benefit of the children. Please help out by having your child at their practices on time, by being a positive role model, by helping the coach when needed, and by being supportive so your child and all the kids have a GREAT SEASON!

Safe Haven™

Safe Haven™ is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection. All Danville AYSO Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Certified Referees are required to obtain Safe Haven training before they take the field with the players.

Child Protection

There are four elements in the Safe Haven™ intervention cycle. These are intended to stop child abuse and its agents before they get into the program

  • Create Policies
  • Screen Volunteers
  • Train Volunteers
  • Promote Education and Awareness

Volunteer Protection Act of 1997

This law grants immunity form certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements. In order to receive full protection under the law, AYSO volunteers need three things.

    They must be properly trained and certified.
  • They must be performing duties as laid out in a position description.
  • They must act within the scope of AYSO's Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

AYSO Certification

AYSO's goal is to provide certification training for all its volunteers. Certification offers the hope that every AYSO child will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.

PARENT INFORMATION

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?

  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
  • Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Teach your child always to play by the rules.
  • Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are more important than a victory.
  • Help your child wor k toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner, even in defeat.
  • Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.
  • Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
  • Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
  • Do not publicly question a referee’s judgment and never their honesty.
  • Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees and officials and give them their due respect. Without them, there would be no AYSO soccer.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.

PLEASE DON’T SMOKE!

We would like to provide a healthy athletic environment for the kids and our guests. Please ask anyone who smokes to move away from your team’s game or practice before they light up.

CLEAN UP

We are guests in the parks and on the fields that our children play on. Please provide a safe and clean environment. Do not leave trash behind and if you see trash on the field pick it up!

Let Coaches Coach and Referees Ref

Coaches and referees are usually parents. They volunteer their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. What coaches and referees don't need is your help in coaching from the sidelines. So please refrain from coaching during games and practices. Referees are not the "bad guys." They are volunteers, too, and need your support and encouragement. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully.

APPRECIATION

Please remember when you ask an AYSO volunteer to do something for you, their only pay is your gratitude!

 

TEAM DRINKS – WATER IS BEST!

Sometimes the Team Parent will organize a schedule of volunteers to bring drinks / snacks to each game. If your team does not have a Team Parent, speak to the team coach about organizing a schedule or becoming the Team Parent.

Save the big snacks for the end of the game if possible. It is best that the kids drink water. If your child likes sports drinks, mix the sports drink 50/50 with some water before the game.

WHAT THINGS CAN I DO TO ENHANCE MY CHILD’S SPORTS EXPERIENCE?

  • Remember the golden rule.
  • Learn the rules of the game.
  • Introduce yourself to the coach.
  • Spend one game on the "other" team’s sideline.
  • #1 Most Important – VOLUNTEER!

UNIFORMS

The official Danville uniform is an AYSO Reversible Game Jersey, purple shorts, and orange socks. For Danville teams, the home team wears the white side of the jersey, and provides the Certified Referee. Everyone must wear shinguards under long socks. NO Jewelry of any kind is permitted to be worn at practices or games. Earrings can NOT be taped. Please leave all items at home so that the Coaches & Referees do not have to take time to have the items removed and a safe place found for storage at the fields.

HOW OLD DO CHILDREN HAVE TO BE TO REGISTER?

See the Registration Page for this season's Age Eligibility Requirements Table.

CAN PLAYERS MOVE UP TO THE NEXT DIVISION?

YES, You may request that your child moves upto the next division, but you cannot request that your child move down to play in a younger division. You must make this request at Registration. The player must be approved by the Regional Commissioner. Requests made after registration may not be honored.

CAN PLAYERS OR PARENTS CHOOSE THE TEAM THEIR CHILD PLAYS ON?

NO, Only Coaches and Assistant Coaches are allowed to have their own children on their team. A Coach may choose ONE Team Parent, and ONE Certified Referee for their team. All other children are assigned randomly to achieve a fair balance of players based on age and ability. No other special arrangements will be made. Requests for friends, neighbors, etc. will not be honored.

CAN FAMILIES REQUEST THAT SIBLINGS BE ON THE SAME TEAM?

YES, siblings will be placed on the same team at your request. The siblings must be in the same Division or one child may "play up" with approval from the RC. Please fill in the siblings’ name on each registration form. Please do not assume that siblings will be placed on the same team without your request.