This year, AYSO Region 45 is hoping to field one or more competitive teams for Under-10, Under-12 and Under-14 for both boys and girls and if there is enough player interest, teams in the older Under-16 and Under-19 divisions.
As in the Fall Season, a child’s age eligibility is determined based on their age on August 1st. If you have a question about your child’s eligibility for a certain division, please visit http://ayso45.org/current-season to view the Division Placement Guideline. A player may play up or play in their age-division, but a player must be at least 8 years old last August 1st as no Under-8 age-eligible players can play Select even if they played up to Under-10 in the fall.
Our Select program provides an opportunity for our highest skilled players to be on a team together and play the best players and teams from other Regions in Northern California and Nevada. Players must have been registered and played in AYSO Region 45 in the Fall primary season and played in 70% of the games to be eligible.
AYSO National’s rules and regulations state that a region’s secondary season will be self funding. As such, a registration fee of $200.00 will be charged by the Region for each player that is selected and accepts a spot on a team. This fee covers the cost of the entry fee for up to 4 tournaments. All other expenses including uniforms, sweatshirts, play in other leagues (indoor soccer, PCSSL, etc); will be paid for by the team. Each player will be asked to contribute a specific amount to the team treasurer before the season starts. This amount will range from an additional $150 to $350 per player depending on what activities the team participates in and the gear the team purchases. Each team is a self run entity with guidance from the Region. Please note the cost of travel and lodging is not included in these figures. Many teams go to 1 or 2 tournaments that require an overnight stay.
There will be 2 open tryouts held for each team starting in late October through mid December depending on the team. In order to try out, you must register your child (see links above) to join the Select player pool.
Details for tryout dates, times, locations and expectations will be sent to the pool of interested players. Your player must submit the online form no later than the day before the last tryout session to be eligible to tryout for a team, but please submit earlier as this is the group that will receive the information. Walk-ons will not be accepted at the last tryout.
If you have specific questions not answered below, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word Question or something similar in the subject.
Q – Will the kids who made a Select team last year be guaranteed a spot this season?
A – Not necessarily. Tryouts are open to all and all kids who express interest need a fair shot to make the team. In the end the best players will be selected. Players who did play on a Select team last season had a great opportunity to improve their skills and thus, should be better players.
Q – Does my son/daughter need to attend all of the tryout dates?
A – No, but the more tryouts a player attends the more the prospective coach and evaluation team will get to see them play. For some players, this could be the difference between making and not making the team. For others coming to just one tryout might show enough to the coach to make a team.
Q – What if my child does not make a Select team but still wants to play soccer in the spring?
A – Teams may also carry a few alternates. Alternates would not pay the registration fee but would practice with the team and possibly attend a tournament or two. Each coach will decide how to incorporate alternate or reserve players. We also may have coaches interested in forming a player development team to play in a neighboring Region this spring or playing in the Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League. We first want to hold tryouts for the select teams before the player development teams are added to the mix. Field space is VERY limited in the spring and we will not know our allocation until January. Your player may also sign up as an individual player in any of our neighboring AYSO Regions that offer a full spring season similar to our fall season.
Q – I have a u16 or u19 player that is interested, will there be a team?
A – This is completely dependent on finding coaches and having enough player interest. We also work with neighboring regions on fielding teams in this age group.
Q – What are the game sizes and total number of players for the different divisions?
A – Alternates may be carried by each team, but when final rosters are submitted they can only include the number of players specified as the maximum team size by the tournament.
Q – Where can I find out more information on some of the tournaments? Please note this is a partial list…there are more events to choose from.
Grape Crush Tournament, Paso Robles CA – mid January, www.pasoroblessoccer.com/
PHMSA SoccerFest, Pleasant Hill/Martinez CA – early April , www.phmsa.org
Comstock Shootout, Carson City NV – mid April (separate boys and girls weekends), www.comstockshootout.org
Pacifica Fog Cup Classic, Pacifica CA – early May, www.ayso157.org
Concord Cup, Concord CA – mid-late May, www.concordcup.com
Davis World Cup, David CA – Memorial Day weekend, www.davisworldcup.org
Thank you for your interest in playing in the spring,
AYSO Region 45 Select Committee