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AYSO 114 Long Beach

 

Parent/Guardian Engagement

Why is AYSO so inexpensive compared to other soccer programs?

We don't pay. Seriously. Board members are not paid. Referees are not paid. Coaches are not paid. Everyone you see lining fields, setting up goals, and working tirelessly to provide a world-class soccer experience for your child is a volunteer.

We are powered by parents/guardians. Not money. When your player participates in AYSO, so do you! Players play. Parents and guardians support the region by volunteering. Every parent is expected to participate in one way or another, most commonly as a Referee. This is how AYSO Region 114 is able to keep our fees so low.

Parent/Guardian Engagement is Expected of Every Family

Without volunteers there is no region and there are no games. Even parents with little or no soccer experience can learn to be a great coach or referee for the kids. All it takes is enthusiasm, commitment, and a foundation in AYSO philosophies.

Beyond coaching and refereeing, there are many other ways to help. We also need volunteers to help run registration events, schedule fields, plan photo days, administer our website, and more. You can take on a small task of working in a booth for an hour, or join our board meetingsEvery volunteer helps.

AYSO Region 114 Programs

Region 114 Programs

All programs, regardless of skill level, are based on AYSO’s six core philosophies:

  • Everyone Plays
  • Balanced teams
  • Open Registration
  • Positive Coaching
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Player Development

Joining Region 114

The AYSO Membership Year begins in the Fall, and continues through the Spring. With the exception of EXTRA™, players must join in the Fall Membership Year before they can play in the Winter or Spring teams. Fall Registration begins in March and concludes in May.


Fall Season

Core (Recreational, U5 - U19)

Our Fall Core program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement and learning that happens on the fields. AYSO is best known for its Core Program – it’s where the large majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Registration for Region 114 Core program follows the AYSO philosophies of Open Registration and Balanced Teams -- meaning everyone who registers gets placed on a team (as long as we have enough parents/guardians stepping up to coach), and new teams are selected each year. Every year your coach and teammates will change, to keep games fair and fun.

Practices for Core teams begin in August. Games begin after Labor Day. Teams play one game each week. Most games occur Saturdays, with one or two Friday night games for players in U7, U8, and U12+. The regular season lasts up until the week before Thanksgiving, ovember/December, with end-of-the-season playoffs typically two or three weeks later (weather dependent).

Fall Parties, Playoffs, Tournaments for Core teams!

The U5 Division kicks off with our U5 Jamboree. This is a party atmosphere (free pizza and snacks!), and fun drills and scrimmages ran by licensed coaches from the premier soccer training organization in Southern California, First Touch Soccer. Since U5 is the first year for "traditional" soccer for many of our players -- with coaches, practices, and teams -- the Jamboree's purpose is to introduce them in a fun atmosphere that makes them want to play!

Teams in all Core divisions get to participate in the End Of Year Region Playoffs/Tournaments only if their team has enough volunteer points. Additionally, at U5 - U8, teams with enough volunteer points get to join the End Of Year Party, with free pizza, photos, and more.

Fall Region 114 Playoff Winners (U10 - U14)

In addition to the above coaching opportunities for which you must apply, each Regional Division Winner (determined by the Commissioner's Cup) is invited to play in Area Z Tournament (January), and may even advance to Section 11 Tournament (February), and Western States Championships (March). This does not require a post-season Coaching Application; this opportunity is afforded to each Coach who wins their Division in the Commissioner's Cup plus has not had disciplinary issues and will be a good representative of Region 114 by promoting the AYSO philosophies. Reminder you are only allowed to play in the Commissioner's Cup if your team has achieved the requisite number of volunteer points.

The winners of the U10 - U14 Region Playoffs get to go on to play against winners of other Regions in the Area playoffs in January. If you win Area, then you participate in the Section playoffs in February. Win Sections and you get to play in Western States in March!

Playground

Playground (3 year olds) uses group activities, soccer themes, and parent participation to develop the fundamental motor skills that prepare kids for all sports. Players participate each Saturday with their parent (or other adult) working with them on the field. This is NOT a mini World Cup experience. Don’t expect 60 minutes of soccer games. The program uses soccer as the "teaching thread" to develop fundamental motor skills such as balance, running, jumping and throwing for three year olds. This is the foundation of sports success and an active lifestyle. Let your little one learn the beautiful game the right way! Parent Participation is REQUIRED! AYSO coaches lead sessions that create a fun, parent participatory atmosphere utilizing age appropriate activities.

VIP

We are proud to offer a very special program for children and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Our VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a safe, fun environment with trained coaches and volunteers who facilitate an enriching experience for players and their families.

Fall EXTRA™ (Single year divisions U9-U14, and U16)

AYSO EXTRA™ is a completely separate program from AYSO Core. EXTRA™ is also separate from All-Stars and Spring Select. Region 114 EXTRA™ teams, called "Long Beach United" form for both Fall and Spring EXTRA™ seasons. (Don't confuse the "United" team name with AYSO's United program which is the Official Club Program of AYSO soccer. Region 114 does not have a "United Club" Program.)

EXTRA™ is AYSO's program offering a higher level of play and requires try-outs. To qualify for Fall and Spring EXTRA™ programs the players must attend one of the tryouts that are usually held December - February. More info can be found on our EXTRA™ page.


Winter

The Winter season isn't really a new season -- there's no registration or sign-ups just for Winter. All-Stars is by invitation only and only for those players who joined Region 114 in the Fall Membership Year.

All-Stars (U10 - U14)

All-Stars teams are fielded through invitation (no try-outs), from a pool of the best Fall Core U10 - U14 teams. (Players must have played in the Fall in Region 114.) All-Star teams play in an Area Z Tournament in January. There may also be play in some optional tournaments immediately after the Core season, from late November up through January. Winners of the All-Stars Area Z tournament advance to the Section 11 Tournament (February), and winners of Section 11 advance to Western States Championships (March). The All-Stars season ends as soon as your team does not advance in a Tournament.

Note: Not every gender-division may form an All-Star team... it depends on whether any coach volunteers to form an All Star team for a given gender-division level.

Winter Academy and Camps

Just because your team's soccer season ended in the Fall, doesn't mean the development stops! We offer open registration to all interested players in our Winter Academy and Camps, hosted by licenses coaches from the premiere soccer development organization in Southern California, First Touch Soccer.


Spring

Unlike Fall Core, where every player who wants to play is given the opportunity, the Spring season is by invitation only. There is no open registration for Spring. Players must have joined Region 114 in the Fall Membership Year to play in Spring Select.

Spring Select Core (U8* - U19)

Spring Select teams are formed by the Spring Select coach (no try-outs). Players must have played in the Fall in Region 114. Often the opportunity is given to children of dedicated volunteers that want to continue playing in the Spring. (Another reason to volunteer!) The remainder of the team is filled at the Coach's discretion.

* While there is no U7 team, U7 players are eligible to play in U8 Spring Select.

Spring Select teams begin practicing in February, with a 10-week game schedule that runs from March - May, with the Spring Select Tournament wrapping up in early June. Spring Select Teams play against other Spring Select teams within Area Z, so some travel is involved. (Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, Wilmington, Lakewood, etc.)

Region 114 attempts to have a Spring Select team for every division, and in fact sometimes we have two from the same division, but ultimately it is subject to how many Select Coach volunteer applications we receive.

Spring Academy and Camps

Our Spring Academy has open registration and is just like a Fall season -- except there are no coaches -- just licensed instructors from First Touch Soccer focusing on development and growth. The academies run roughly ten weeks -- the same length as the Fall Core season -- with scrimmages on Saturdays -- just like the Fall Core season! Just because your team's soccer season ended in the Fall, doesn't mean the development stops!


Summer

Summer Academy and Camps

Our Summer Academy has open registration and is just like a Fall season -- except there are no coaches -- just licensed instructors from First Touch Soccer focusing on development and growth. The academies run roughly ten weeks -- the same length as the Fall Core season -- with scrimmages on Saturdays -- just like the Fall Core season. (Yes, this was cut and paste from the above paragraph. But it's still true!)

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