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AYSO serving the youth of Oak Park and surrounding communities

AYSO Region 697 is an all-volunteer organization providing spring and fall soccer programs for elementary through high school players from the Oak Park area.

Teams are balanced and organized by age. It's all about the kids.

Participation is open to all. Volunteers welcome.

Oak Park Coach's FAQs

What does a Player need to know in their Division?

What do I need to do to start the season?

How long can practices be?

How do I fill out a game lineup card or game card?

What should I be sure I have on the first game day?

What equipment should I have by my first practice ?

How do I find a practice field?

How should I deal with a lopsided game ?

Are kids with injuries allowed to play at games? What about practices? Can I allow players that are not registered play with the team? or What are the player requirements to allow them to play?

What are the criteria for canceling practices? or What is the policy for game cancellations? or Do we have makeup games?

 

What does a player need to know in their division?

The intent is teach the areas in your division and solidify the areas in all prior divisions. More details are in the coach manuals at AYSO Training.

 

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What do I need to start the season?

General Coach Check List to start the Season:

AYSO mandates training for U8 and U10 coaches, although we strongly recommend that coaches take training classes at all levels. U12+ requires that you participate in a class, while some lower division classes can be completed online. One-time training is all that is required for each level coached, e.g. U8 training, U10 training, U14 training, etc.

Training classes can be found at eayso.org. Go to My eAYSO, Course Signup to find local classes. If not billed directly, Oak Park AYSO will reimburse any training expenses.

With your AYSO ID, you can find digital copies of the Training Manuals online at aysotraining.org>Training Manuals.

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How long can practices be?

Generally,

Fall:

Spring

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How do I fill out a game lineup card or game card?

Lineup cards for all divisions except U14 are pre-filled for you in eAYSO.  You need to print them and bring them on the day of the game to exchange with the opposing coach. U14 can get their blank lineup card here.

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What should I be sure I have on the first game day?

Game Day Checklist

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What equipment should I have by my first practice?

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How do I find a practice field?

Your coordinator will provide you with a list of available practice fields for your division.  Please adhere to your scheduled space and time and share the field with other teams who may be present.

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How should I deal with a lopsided game?

Balancing teams is difficult and some games will inevitably favor another team. Talk to your "difference makers" to inform them what you might ask them to do if your team is up by 3 and clearly dominating. Some suggestions are:

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Are kids with injuries allowed to play at games? What about practices? Can I allow players that are not registered play with the team? or What are the player requirements to allow them to play?

Here is a brief overview of the player requirements.

All of these rules must be followed in order to ensure a player’s coverage with Soccer Accident Insurance and your coverage with General Liability by AYSO. No AYSO player is allowed to play without meeting the above requirements.

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What are the criteria for canceling practices? or What is the policy for game cancellations? or Do we have makeup games?

Practices can be cancelled at your discretion.

If the entire first half has been played, the game will be considered complete and scores will be reported as normal. If the game is still in the first half when the delay occurs and it is not possible to complete the game within 45 minutes of the scheduled end time for your game, you must leave the field in favor of the later scheduled games.  For any game suspended without at least half the game being played, the Division Coordinator will make the determination as to whether your game will be continued at a later date.

For U12-U19, AYSO allows for a game to proceed with a minimum of 8 players. For U8, a minimum of 4 is necessary. For U10, a minimum of 5. If a team chooses to use non-roster players in a game, that game immediately becomes a non-game, or a scrimmage, and thus is forfeited.  If presented with a situation where a coach does not have enough players, his first option should be to use players from the opposing team to try to maximize playing time for all players involved.  If the other team doesn't choose to do so (players often feel a loyalty to their team, even in a scrimmage), then the coach can choose to select players from another team or have a player "play up" from a lower division.  Any player involved must already be an active AYSO/RFYS participant (for safety and insurance purposes), and the coach should be very cautious about the player's safety when selecting a player to "play up". Regardless, these games will be considered a scrimmage.

See the Field Condition page.

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