AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020

FAQ’s

General Region Information

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How does Region 13 select teams for the Play Through tournament?

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Over the past several years, Area 1C has conducted a post-season single elimination tournament-like League Playoff of regular season teams from the Regions within the Area. This program runs in conjunction with Area 1C’s All-Star Program, usually in January and February. The League Playoff is conducted under rules and policies set down by Area 1C and Section 1. Two teams from each Region in boys and girls U10, U12 & U14 divisions are permitted to enter the League Playoff. However, the Area does not specify the procedures for Regions to use in selecting their participating teams. At the discretion of Section 1, the top two teams in each division from the Area 1C League Playoff may advance to play at the Section 1 Tournament. Region 13 uses the following policies and procedures for selecting its Area 1C League Playoff teams, commonly referred to as the “play-through” teams.

First Team [Pool Play Winner]:

The Pool Play Winner shall be the team with the highest Region 13 regular season winning percentage.

Second Team [Playoff Winner]:

The Playoff Winner shall be the team that wins the Region 13 end-of-season playoff championship.

Non-Region 13 Team Exception:

In the event a non-Region 13 team (e.g. Villa Park) is either the Pool Play Winner or Playoff Winner, the Region 13 team with the next highest regular season winning percentage or the nearest playoff championship runner-up will be deemed the Pool Play Winner or Playoff Winner respectively.

Dual Winner Procedure:

As a matter of definition for play-through purposes only, in the event the Pool Play Winner and the Playoff Winner are the same team, that team will be deemed the Pool Play Winner and the runner up in the Region 13 playoff championship will be deemed the Playoff Winner.

Tie Breakers For Pool Play Winner — In Order:

If two teams have accumulated the same number of points, the tiebreakers are, in order:

  1. Sportsmanship points, provided that the difference is at least 10.
  2. Head-to-head play.  If 3 or more teams are tied, we use the point total in their mutual round-robin games, and any remaining ties are resolved by rules 3-5.
  3. Most victories on the field.
  4. Fewest goals allowed.
  5. Coin flip.

Average Sportsmanship Points in Regular Season Play [Minimum 10 point total point differential to account for Referee differences]

Head to Head Competition. If 3 or more teams are tied, we use the point total in their mutual round-robin games, and any remaining ties are resolved by rules 3-5.]
Most victories on the field.
Fewest goals allowed.
Coin Toss by Division Coach or Executive Board Member Designated by the Commissioner

The winner of the top seeded pool is deemed the Playoff Winner for Divisions that have multiple pools in the Region 13 championship playoffs. For seeding purposes only, Area 1C requires that one play-through team from each Region be labeled “Champ” and the other labeled “Runner Up”. For this purpose only, in Region 13 the Pool Play Winner shall be deemed the “Champ” and the Playoff Winner shall be deemed the “Runner Up”.

Averages are required if teams do not have the same number of matches in regular season play.

Policy Adopted by Region 13 Executive Board 12-7-00.

Do parents have to volunteer?

AYSO is Volunteering

When you register your child to play AYSO, you are saying “Yes!  I will volunteer.”

AYSO is an all parent volunteer organization.  Every Coach, Referee, and Team Parent, is a parent volunteer.

The Board of Directors, Coaching Staff, and Referee Staff are all parent volunteers. Every Team will need you to volunteer to be a Coach or a Referee or a Team Parent or fill another important role to ensure your child’s Team is a success.

In Region 13, we think it takes a community, not a village, to have a successful season for our 2800 children.

 

Let me explain what I mean by this…

Let’s take the 2800 players we have had, as an average, in Region 13.

 

With U6 thru U19, let’s say the average team consists of 12 players.

That means we have roughly 250 teams….

To support 250 teams, we need 250 coaches.  250 coaches that are registered volunteers with the appropriate training.  For the U14 and higher levels, this training takes at least a full weekend. We also need 250 assistant coaches…also registered and trained volunteers.

 

Each team also needs on the average 2 referees.  You guessed it, that’s 500 registered volunteers with the appropriate training, and, like coaches, higher level referees require long training classes.

 

If that isn’t enough, each team needs a team manager and some have a picture coordinator, a banner coordinator and other positions that support the coaches and team manager.

 

Let’s add all this up; 250 coaches, 250 assistant coaches, 500 referees, 250 team managers…

That adds up to 1250 volunteers.  1250 registered and properly trained volunteers.

 

In order to ensure each and every one of our 2800 players have as successful a season as possible, we need 1250 of YOU, parents, to step up (or continue to step up) and help us.  Help us, your Regional, Area, Sectional and National board members, who work year round to make sure we provide a world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.

 

So, as you register your child for this fall season, please consider becoming a coach, referee or team manager.  The special bond between you and your children that is created by your helping is priceless.  If you don’t believe me, as any of the many volunteers that are helping you today…or better yet, ask any of the kids, your kids, if they like having their parents involved.

 

Thank you

 

AYSO Region 13 Executive Board

Why do you maintain a FAQ?

Over the years, we have noticed that the same questions are asked repeatedly. Answering these questions takes up a lot of volunteer time. Therefore, we have collected the most frequently asked questions and placed them in this FAQ. More questions and answers will be added as the need arises.

Always check the FAQ page first. If your question is not answered here, then send an email with your question to the appropriate board member. You may find these email addresses on our board page.

What months are the games played?

This varies from year to year. However, the first games are usually the first Saturday after Labor Day in September. The exact schedule is published on this web site. The final games are held in early December. The younger divisions (U5, U6 and U8) usually finish before Thanksgiving.

When and where are practices?

We use many fields as practice sites. Some of them are Victory Park, La Cañada High School, Allendale Park, Muir High School, Jackie Robinson Stadium (near the Rose Bowl), Area H (also near the Rose Bowl) and others. The younger teams usually start their practices anywhere from 5:00 to 6:30 in the evening. The older teams tend to practice later in the evening.

We publish the Practice Schedules and Maps to all locations on our website.

When and where are games played?

Games are played on various park and school fields around the area. The two main playing areas are Area H (near the Rose Bowl) and Victory Park. Games are played on Saturday with occasional midweek and Sunday play depending on the age and program involved. Saturday games begin at 8:00 AM and continue until around 5:00 PM.

We publish the Schedules and Maps to all locations on our website.

How can I help Region 13?

There are many ways to assist Region 13. We need many hours of volunteer time in many different areas, such as computer work, publicity, referees, coaches, accounting, fund raising, legal and medical to name a few. We need every parent to volunteer to do something. Since our registration fees do not cover our per-player costs, every team will also be looking for sponsors. If you would like to help, please contact any member of the board of directors. Email addresses are listed on the Board of Directors page.

What if the FAQs don’t answer my specific question?

Before sending an email to a member of the Region 13 Board of Directors, please utilize the following procedures. It has been our experience that just about all information has been published on the website:

  • Read all of the FAQs to be certain that your question hasn’t already been answered.
  • Review all of the announcements on the Home Page. The most important and current items will be found there.
  • Use the search box and search for the information elsewhere on the website.
  • Leave a comment in the appropriate FAQ.

If, after exhausting these procedures, you still need additional information, contact the appropriate board member listed on the Board of Directors page or send an email to the general information address.

Members of the board of directors are all volunteers, so please be patient as it may take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to respond to your question.

How are teams selected?

U5 uses the “Jamboree One With One” format. All U5 meet together each week. Please see the U5 Program page for more information.

In the U6, U7 and U8 divisions, teams are formed primarily by zip code. This means that most members of the team and probably the coach will live in the same vicinity. This definitely helps with carpooling.

In the other divisions (also known as competitive divisions) the teams are made up by blind draft using a balancing method developed by the region. The only person guaranteed a spot on a particular team is the coach’s child. See also Can my child have the same coach as last year? and Can my child play on the same team as a friend or sibling? in the Registration Facts & Information section of these FAQs.

What is meant by competitive division?

Non-competitive divisions are U5, U6, U7 and U8. All others are competitive. In competitive divisions scores and standings are kept and there is a year-end playoff. Teams are formed through a blind draw. In non-competitive divisions, scores and standings are not kept. Teams are generally formed by zip code.

What is the region’s policy on bad weather?

Soccer is played in all types of weather conditions. In AYSO Region 13, the Commissioner, the Regional Referee Administrator, the Safety Director and the Assistant Commissioners have the authority to cancel or postpone games because of weather or unsafe playing conditions. Unless previously notified, all teams must appear at the scheduled time, regardless of weather conditions. This is especially important in Pasadena, Altadena and La Cañada, where a hard rain at home does not necessarily mean anything about the weather at the playing fields. Assume that the game will be played unless you hear from your coach. Once the game time arrives, the referee of the game has full responsibility for that game. Team practices, of course, may be canceled at the discretion of the team coach.

It is very important that no practices or matches take place if Region 13 has announced that practices have been canceled due to weather. Region 13 risks losing our field permits should a team practice on a closed field. Further, playing on wet fields creates ruts and holes that degrade the quality of the playing field. Degraded field conditions are expensive to correct and may, in fact, not be repaired due to economic constraints. In addition, degraded field conditions may be dangerous to players because of the uneven surface.

Games may also be delayed, shortened, or canceled due to excessive smog or smoke.

Where to Get Information

For game cancellation information, check the Region’s Home Page or your email if you have subscribed to the Email Alert Service. The Region attempts to post information about canceled matches by 7:00 a.m.

For practice field cancellations, again check the Region’s Home Page or your email if you have subscribed to the Email Alert Service. Region 13 attempts to post information about canceled practices by 4:00 p.m. In addition, the City of La Cañada maintains a separate system for announcing practice field closures. Information about practices in La Cañada is available at 818-790-8898 ext. 938 [WET]. However, the Region’s Home Page should be your primary source for weather-related information.

What does my child receive for their registration fee?

Your child will get a uniform; shirt, shorts and socks. You will need to purchase shin guards as he/she can’t play without them. It is also advisable, but not an absolute necessity, that they have soccer cleats. These cleats must be for soccer. Baseball or football cleats cannot be used. Also, we advise you to purchase a soccer ball for the correct age of your child. U5, U6, U7 and U8 use a size 3 ball, U10 and U12 use a size 4 and U14 and above use a size 5. Most of the sporting goods stores offer special packages that include cleats, ball and shin guards that are good deals. It is also recommended that your child ALWAYS bring a water bottle to both practices and games.

What is the All-Star program?

The All-Star Program is an AYSO Area 1C program, which is comprised of all Regions in the west San Gabriel Valley. All-Star teams will be scheduled to play other All-Star teams from the regions within Area 1C. Teams may have to travel as far as South El Monte to participate. The All-Star season is compressed into a few weeks in January and February, with games scheduled most weekends on Saturday and Sunday.

All-Star participation entails a commitment to play at a higher level against better competition from throughout Area C and possibly Southern California if teams progress to Section Playoffs. The commitment extends to both players and family. It is an honor to be selected to represent Region 13. However, with this honor and recognition comes responsibility. For instance, practices and games are not optional; they are mandatory. There will likely be two practices per week during the All-Star season plus the game, and travel will be required. In addition, during the remaining portions of the regular season after selection, players must be willing to attend practices of their Thanksgiving Tournament and/or All-Star team in addition to their regular season team. This commitment sometimes interferes with other activities or sports. Please be aware of this potential conflict when deciding what is best for the player. In addition, All-Star players are urged to attend the Holiday Camp sponsored by Region 13, usually just before or after Christmas.

What is Graduation Series?

Graduation Series is a non-competitive post-season program designed for the more skilled and competitive older players in the U8 division, who will be moving up (“graduating”) to the U10 division next fall. The Graduation Series will consist of 7 games of 7 vs. 7 U10-style soccer played on a U10-sized field with goals and goalkeepers. The games will be played on Saturdays in January and February against similar teams from our region. There is an additional fee to participate in the Graduation Series.

Teams are selected and balanced based upon the player evaluations completed by their U8 coaches. No requests for pairing with friends or classmates are accommodated – teams are formed on a “blind draw” basis.

Graduation Series teams usually have 1 practice on a weekday evening and 1 Skills Clinic session on a different weekday evening. Games, weather permitting, are on Saturdays from mid-January until the end of February (no make-up games). Games will be scheduled every Saturday including Holiday weekends.

Participation in the Graduation Series program requires a commitment to soccer exceeding that required of U8 players during the regular season. Graduation Series players will be expected to attend all practices and games, and to give the program priority over other sports or activities in which the player may be participating. Please note that Graduation Series practices and games may conflict with other winter sports programs.

What is Area C?

AYSO is divided up into different administrative departments. The part that most of us are familiar with is the Region. We are Region 13. Many regions are grouped together in an Area. Region 13 is part of Area C which is made up of regions in the west San Gabriel Valley. Many areas are grouped together in a Section. Region 13 and Area C are part of Section 1. This combination is sometimes written in shorthand as 1/C/13.

The other regions in Area 1C are Arcadia 2, San Gabriel 40, Alhambra 60, Glendale 88, Temple City 98, South Pasadena 214, South El Monte 908 and Boyle Heights 1304.

What is Safe Haven?

Several years ago, AYSO established its Safe Haven Program to protect the children and AYSO volunteers who come into contact with them. Every year, eligible volunteers must complete an AYSO National Volunteer Application and agree to be subject to a background check. Each volunteer subject to the Safe Have Program must

  • participate in formal AYSO training,
  • become certified for whatever position the volunteer holds, and
  • be appointed by Region 13 as an “official” volunteer.

Every year each volunteer must reapply, be re-certified through continuing education and must be re-appointed by AYSO Region 13.

The requirement of a background check probably needs little explanation. Most youth organizations require such a procedure. The training, certification and appointment procedures are designed to give maximum protection to volunteers by bringing AYSO under the federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997. The Act generally provides legal protection for volunteers, unless the harm was caused by willful or criminal misconduct. In addition, of course, the benefit to the children of having trained volunteers meeting certain known standards is obvious.

Volunteers such as Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referees, Assistant Referees, Team Managers, Board Members and Administrative Staff must complete an AYSO National Volunteer Application, which is quite extensive. If you wish to complete this form at registration, you may do so. However, we recommend that you complete the form online before registration by visiting www.eayso.org. You also have the option, however, of completing the form later and turning it in at a subsequent meeting. A Region 13 official will, however, be required to confirm your identity with a picture ID card at the time you turn in your AYSO National Volunteer Application. To complete this Application, you will need the following information:

  • Driver’s license and social security number
  • Name, address and telephone numbers
  • Prior address if less than five years at present address
  • Business or employer’s name, telephone, fax and e-mail address
  • Birthdate and volunteer information
  • The name, address, relationship and telephone number of a professional reference, such as employment, school, church or other organization
  • The name, address, relationship and telephone number of a personal reference who is a non-relative, known at least one year and must be different from the professional reference
  • Description of prior youth-related experience, including the name, position, dates of volunteer activity and reference name, position, telephone and address

How does Region 13 select teams for the Play-Through tournament?

Over the past several years, Area 1C has conducted a post-season single elimination tournament-like League Playoff of regular season teams from the Regions within the Area. This program runs in conjunction with Area C’s All-Star Program, usually in January and February. The League Playoff is conducted under rules and policies set down by Area C and Section 1. Two teams from each Region in boys and girls U10, U12 & U14 divisions are permitted to enter the League Playoff. However, the Area does not specify the procedures for Regions to use in selecting their participating teams. At the discretion of Section 1, the top two teams in each division from the Area C League Playoff may advance to play at the Section 1 Tournament. Region 13 uses the following policies and procedures for selecting its Area C League Playoff teams, commonly referred to as the “Play-Through” teams.

First Team [Pool Play Winner]:
The Pool Play Winner shall be the team with the highest Region 13 regular season winning percentage.

Second Team [Playoff Winner]:
The Playoff Winner shall be the team that wins the Region 13 end-of-season playoff championship.

Non-Region 13 Team Exception:
In the event a non-Region 13 team (e.g. Villa Park) is either the Pool Play Winner or Playoff Winner, the Region 13 team with the next highest regular season winning percentage or the nearest playoff championship runner-up will be deemed the Pool Play Winner or Playoff Winner respectively.

Dual Winner Procedure:
As a matter of definition for play-through purposes only, in the event the Pool Play Winner and the Playoff Winner are the same team, that team will be deemed the Pool Play Winner and the runner up in the Region 13 playoff championship will be deemed the Playoff Winner.

Tie Breakers For Pool Play Winner — In Order:

If two teams have accumulated the same number of points, the tiebreakers are, in order:

  1. Sportsmanship points, provided that the difference is at least 10.
  2. Head-to-head play. If 3 or more teams are tied, we use the point total in their mutual round-robin games, and any remaining ties are resolved by rules 3-5.
  3. Most victories on the field.
  4. Fewest goals allowed.
  5. Coin flip by Division Coach or Executive Board Member Designated by the Commissioner.

The winner of the top seeded pool is deemed the Playoff Winner for Divisions that have multiple pools in the Region 13 championship playoffs. For seeding purposes only, Area C requires that one play-through team from each Region be labeled “Champ” and the other labeled “Runner Up”. For this purpose only, in Region 13 the Pool Play Winner shall be deemed the “Champ” and the Playoff Winner shall be deemed the “Runner Up”.

Averages are required if teams do not have the same number of matches in regular season play.

Policy Adopted by Region 13 Executive Board 12-7-00.

What equipment does a player need?

You will have to buy shinguards and a ball. Fall season players receive shorts, socks, and a jersey.

Every AYSO player is required to wear shin guards at every game and practice. Socks must be worn to cover the shin guards, so that the straps don’t catch on someone else’s shoe (ouch!).

Soccer cleats are optional. Please be sure that the cleats are specifically made for soccer, without a toe spur, as are used for football or baseball.

Shorts used in games must not have pockets or belt loops, so they don’t snag a finger.

Most coaches will ask each player to bring a soccer ball of the correct size to practice. It is also useful to have a ball for home practice and fun. The younger divisions, 4U – 8U, use a size 3 ball. In 10U and 12U, it’s a size 4. The older players, 14U and above, use a size 5.

Bring a full water bottle at each game and practice — at least a quart of water for games on hot days.

Do players get to keep their uniforms?

Each player will be given a uniform at the start of the season. The player is responsible for the care and cleaning of the uniform and should wear it only to the team’s games. Players may keep their uniforms after the season. However, there are many soccer programs in our area that cannot afford uniforms and it is greatly appreciated if players and/or teams return their uniforms at season’s end so that they can be donated to those in need. The uniforms should NOT be washed in HOT water. This will tend to run and fade the colors and melt the numbers (as will ironing).

Can a player wear jewelry?

For safety reasons, jewelry, watches, casts, knit bracelets, earrings and other adornments deemed unsafe by the Referee are not allowed during games. The Referee will conduct a safety inspection at the beginning of each game for these types of items and if found they must be removed before the child will be permitted to play. All pierced earrings MUST be removed. Placing tape over them is not permitted, even if newly pierced.

Are trophies awarded?

Each player in the U5, U6, U7 and U8 divisions will receive a participation trophy at the end of the season. Each player in the older competitive divisions will receive a participation medal. Players on those teams finishing in the top approximately 30-40% of their division during the season playoffs held at the beginning of December will also receive a trophy or medal.

Does AYSO provide accident insurance?

There are very few injuries in our soccer program. Nevertheless, the registration fee includes enrollment in the AYSO Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI). This program pays only for those expenses NOT covered by your own group or individual insurance plans and only after submission of a proper claim to your primary insurance carrier. There is a $200 deductible. SAI also covers volunteers provided they have completed and submitted the National Volunteer Application form.

Additional information is available on AYSO’s national website at http://www.ayso.org/resources/insurance.aspx

Can a game be rescheduled voluntarily?

Coaches may not arrange to reschedule games at times/dates/locations different from those in the published game schedules. Region 13 recognizes and appreciates that there may be many important and legitimate reasons for unavailability of coaches and/or players on any given game date. Those reasons could include family responsibilities, religious observations, school commitments, cultural celebrations or holidays, community involvement, health, etc.

We encourage each participant to make personal choices about such conflicts and for all involved to respect those personal choices. However, because of limited field availability, difficulties of management and the potential for even greater scheduling conflicts that might accompany any attempted changes to the published game schedule, teams may not cancel, reschedule or make up games that do not conform to the published schedule. If, for whatever reason, a team is unable to field the required minimum number of players and/or have an adult in charge because of such personal choices, normal forfeiture rules will apply.

What is the Region’s tournament team policy?

Region 13 offers various types of support to coaches and teams that desire to travel and participate in tournaments. Indeed, we encourage those who are interested to do so. For example, Region 13 may assist by allowing tournament teams to practice on fields permitted to AYSO. We may help acquire uniforms or spirit clothing through our buying power or we may provide additional training opportunities, other types of encouragement and administrative services.

Notwithstanding such accommodation, tournament teams are not a part of Region 13’s formal program. They are not a part of our All-Star program, for example. Neither AYSO nor Region 13 bears any financial responsibility to tournament teams or to their participants. All travel and lodging arrangements are a private matter between parents and those providing such arrangements and/or services. We encourage all participants of tournament teams to exercise prudence when providing deposits or any other financial arrangements. Tournaments could be cancelled, coaches may be unavailable or families could change their minds about participation and your team could lose any monies deposited. Where possible, Region 13 recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes. The lost and found is located near the snack bar at the Rose Bowl and/or Victory Park. Each year we collect lots of stuff from the fields – balls, jackets, sweaters, shoes, keys, etc. Please claim by the end of the season. Unclaimed items from the lost and found are donated to local charities.

Does each player get a team picture?

Individual and team photos are taken and provided at no additional charge to each player. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additioinal pictures and novelty items, if you wish to do so. Picture Day is usually held near the beginning of October.

Where can I find the laws (rules) of soccer?

The rules governing soccer are called The Laws of the Game. The complete set of laws can be obtain from the FIFA (governing body of soccer) website.

Which side of the field does my team occupy?

When you get to the field, the home team (the first listed in the schedule) will take the North or West Side of the field, and the visitors will take the South or East Side.

Do assistant coaches need to submit a volunteer application?

Yes, assistant coaches need to submit a volunteer application and also need to attend the Safe Haven course.

How long are the games?

In AYSO, each game is split into four (4) quarters to guarantee that each player gets to play at least 3/4 of the game. The referee stops the game approximately half way through each half to allow for substitutions.

U-19 * 90 minutes (45 minute halves)
U-16 *
80 minutes (40 minute halves)
U-14 70 minutes (35 minute halves)
U-12 60 minutes (30 minute halves)
U-10 50 minutes (25 minute halves)
U-8 40 minutes (20 minute halves)
U-6 32 minutes (16 minute halves)
U-5 30 minutes (15 minute halves)???

*Due to High School, U-16 and U-19 follow slightly diifferent rules for substitutions. (See your coach for specifics.)

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Schedules

Standings

Practice Fields

The links above are for teams in the Region 13 Fall program only.
 
If you are looking for scores or schedules for Upper Division, All-Stars, or Spring Cup, click to the Area 1-C website here.
 
If you are looking for scores or schedules for Extra, please click the Section 1 website here.
 
For information on Region 13 playoffs, click here.