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Last modified: September 15, 2017

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What’s included?

Your registration fees include a uniform (socks, shorts and jersey) and the standard picture package. The rest of your registration fees help to pay for park usage, field upkeep and maintenance, insurance, etc. Your fees do NOT pay salaries – we are all volunteers who are here for the kids.

I want to join in the fun – how can I help?

There are many ways. AYSO Region 678 in Valencia is a total volunteer organization. We need people like you! Volunteer to coach, and you get to pick the practice days/time that best fit YOUR schedule! There is great free coaching and referee clinics to help you get started. Be a referee – the kids can’t play without referees! You start out with the younger kids – we provide the referee training. Help stripe the fields for the weekend matches. Be the team coordinator and help the coach. Be an assistant coach. Help set the nets up in the morning, or take them down at the end of the day, or help monitor the fields during the games. The possibilities are almost endless! For more information email volunteer@ayso678.org.

What do I need to get?

Shin guards are required for both games and practices. Shoes can be tennis shoes or soccer shoes. Note that soccer cleats do not have a toe cleat. Baseball shoes/cleats may not be worn unless the toe cleat is removed. Your child should have a soccer ball for the practices, it’s not mandatory, but it will help the coach – the coach will let you know what size is appropriate for your child’s age group. Water is needed for both practices and games.

When does practice start?

Practices cannot start before August 1st August 1, by AYSO insurance coverage rules. You’ll be notified by the coach of your team’s practice schedule sometime in late July to early early August.

How often/what days and times will practice be?

Practices will be 1 to 2 hours, 1-2 times a week, depending on the age group. Practice schedules are selected by the coach. Do you want to pick the time and place for practice? Sign up to help out as a coach! The coaches will call some time after August 1st for a parent meeting and to share specific information for your team.

When does the season start?

Opening day is September 9th for some teams.  All other teams will have their first match on September 10thSeptember 7.

Does my child have to be at every practice and game?

Soccer is a team sport. The other children on the team need to be able to count on your child. Please have your child attend each scheduled practice and match. Please have the courtesy to notify your coach in advance if your child will be absent. There is a policy in place covering Adequate Participation of players and what type of outcome can occur if a player misses a significant amount of practices or matches. For players U10 and older there will be league and All Star competition in January and February.

What other programs are offered for more soccer play?

There are year round opportunities to play soccer in a competitive level for age groups U10 thru U19. The Region offers Tournament Teams that will travel to local Tournaments to play outside Regions in a competitive atmosphere. If you are looking to advance your child in skills and team play, tournament is for you.

How long does the season last?

The season runs from late August through November and should be completed around Thanksgiving. The exact length is not known until we determine the number of teams in each division. The Region’s goal is to provide a minimum of 10 matches per season.

Where do we play?

We play games at Placerita Junior High School, Old Orchard Elementary School, Peachland Elementary School and at Central Park. U05 and U06 play at Old Orchard; U07 and U08 play at Peachland; U10 and U12 play at PJHS; and U14 plays at PJHS and Friday nights at Central Park. Region 678 must adhere to certain conditions, which include the prohibiting of parking or driving on to the school property.

What is the schedule and locations for the Upper Division (U16-U19)?

Upper divisions (U16 – U19) play at other venues in Santa Clarita including Heritage Park, Newhall Park, Sierra Vista JHS and Placerita JHS and will play on both Saturdays and Sundays. This schedule is set so it does not conflict with CIF as a large amount of these players are participating in local High School soccer programs. The High School season and the Region’s season must be separate.

When are pictures?

Picture Day has yet to be determined for the 2016 season September 15. Picture times will be scheduled around game times. Your coach and team coordinator will be advised in advance of those dates and times.

Who will be the coach?

We need coach volunteers – want to help out? We’ll train you! Want more information, ask us – Go to the Board page and locate the age appropriate Division Coordinator.

When will I hear from my coach?

Coaches are given team rosters in late July. Most coaches contact their players thereafter, but some are unable to do so until August due to vacation or other commitments. If you haven’t heard from your coach by the 2nd week of August, please contact us. Go to the Board page and locate the age appropriate Division Coordinator.

My child wants to be on a team with his/her friend.

For competitive divisions – U10 thru U19, the teams are determined by a blind draw, and balanced by age and ability. One of AYSO’s philosophies is balanced teams. There are no “picks”, except for the head coach’s own children. In the Non-Competitive divisions, we limit the number of picks to two per team in the U5 and U6 divisions only. This helps maintain team balance.

AYSO is dedicated to promoting self-respect as well as respect for others.

Players, coaches, parents and spectators of Region 678 are expected to act with highest degree decorum, sportsmanship, and respect for others, including volunteer referees both adult and youth. This means that all comments directed to your child or other children are to be made in a positive manner. Derogatory remarks, abusive language, intimidating behavior and threats will not be tolerated. Any child or adult who behaves in a manner inconsistent with this policy may be asked to leave the field and is subject to removal from the program. Any acts of physical violence directed against any official in the program WILL result in immediate removal from the program and possible criminal charges.

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