Frequently Asked Questions (2013 edition)
1. When does the season begin? | 2. When does the season end? | 3. What division am I in? | 4. When are the games and practices? | 5. Can you be more specific about the game schedule? | 6. When will I hear from you? | 7. What if I don't hear from anyone? | 8. How can I find out if my child is registered? | 9. What equipment does my child need? |10. How do I print my child's Medical Release form? |11. How can I help?
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NOTE: Registration is continuing for Fall 2013, although by late August/early September we will be waitlisting in some divisions.
Saturday and Sunday September 7 and 8, 2013. We usually start on the first weekend following Labor Day. The U5 program will begin on Saturday, September 14.
For Divisions U19 and U16, mid-November.
For Divisions U14, U12, U10, U8 and U6 the weekend of Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8 (or 14 and 15 - this remainst to be decided). For Division U5, the program will end the weekend of November 16.
U14, U12 and U10 tournament teams will continue after that, starting with the 16th Annual Beverly Hills Sportsmanship Cup, most likely on Saturday and Sunday December 14 and 15, 2013 (or possibly the 21st and 22nd). U16 and U19 tournament teams may begin competition in March 2014 after the high school season ends.
All the rules are explained on the What Division Am I In? page.
Games take place mostly on weekends. Usually, it's one game a week but for players in U19 and U16, there are several weekends where there are two games, one on Saturday one on Sunday. The games can take place any time of the day (otherwise, if you think about it, your team would always play the same team), but we try to schedule the older players (especially in U14) in the afternoon to minimize conflicts with Saturday morning Bar Mitzvahs.
Divisions U5 and U6 have a combined practice and game at the weekend. All other Divisions have one practice a week in mid week after school. The older players may have their practice in the evening. We have very limited practice slots, so we allocate these by holding a lottery where coaches pick a number from a hat and then draft for fields in numerical order by division age.
All of the schedules (and most schedule changes) are posted on our website, beginning in late August. The Upper Division schedules are posted the day after Labor Day. Once posted, schedules can change so you should check the posted schedule regularly.
This is how we expect to do it in 2013. For a variety of reasons, there will be variations as the season progresses and, as this is being revised in early August 2013, this is not final. Also, the schedules for the Extra program are handled separately.
U19 and U16 - home games on Sunday mornings at Beverly Hills High School and La Cienega Park; away games all over the Westside on Saturdays and Sundays - season ends mid-November to avoid overlap with high school soccer.
Boys U14 - Saturday late mornings and afternoons at Beverly Hills High School. For five weeks in the first part the season, however, games will be on Sundays instead as the field will be used for a new tackle football.
Girls U14 - Saturday afternoons at La Cienega Park West Field; possible games against Area 1-P opponents on the East Field or away.
Boys and Girls U12 - Saturdays at La Cienega Park East Field (all day) and West Field (mornings and into the early afternoon)
Boys and Girls U10 - Saturday all day at El Rodeo School, Roxbury Park, Horace Mann School and, if necessary, Hawthorne School
Boys U8A - Saturday all day at the Fenton Field (northwest corner of Olympic and La Cienega Boulevards)
Girls U8A - Sunday late mornings and all afternoon at the Fenton Field
Boys U8B - Saturdays all day at Hawthorne School
Girls U8B - Sunday late mornings and all afternoon at Hawthorne School
Boys U6 - Sunday afternoons at La Cienega Park West Field
Girls U6 - Sunday afternoons at La Cienega Park East Field
Boys U5 - Saturday morning and early afternoon at Beverly Vista
Girls U5 - Saturday morning and early afternoon at Beverly Vista
The Extra Program is currently anticipated to include one team each in BU14, BU12, BU11 and BU10 and GU14, GU12, GU11 and GU10. These teams will practice twice a week and will have one game a week either home in Beverly Hills or away in a neighboring region.
Blocks of practices times and places will be allocated among the divisions and the division directors will in turn allocate the slots among the teams in their division. No practices for U6. As a general rule, the youngest players (U8 and some U10s) practice at 4 pm for an hour; U10s and U12s at 5 pm for an hour; U14s (and some U12s and U16s) at 6 pm for an hour or an hour and a quarter; U16s and U19s (and some U14s) at 7:15 pm for an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half. It could be any day of the week, although we avoid late Friday evening practices unless the coach and team really want them.
We will continue to try to avoid scheduling practices on Mondays for the U10, U12 and U14 divisions. We hold open practices to which any player can come and receive expert coaching from the professional coaches and the most experienced volunteer coaches in our region.
Teams are formed in August when we have a reasonably accurate idea of how many players will sign up and how many teams we need to form. Although most teams are formed by the third week of August, one or two divisions may get finished a week later.
No matter when teams are formed, we do not allow player notifications until an embargo date each year generally near the last day in August. The reason for this is that we otherwise will be swamped with calls and emails from people whose friends and neighbors have heard about their players' team assignments.
Because our volunteers cannot call all 2,300+ players, we do two things:
- After the emabargo date, you can log in and check your family profile where your player's team assignment will be listed. You will be able then to view and print out a roster of your child's team.
- We delegate to each head coach the task of contacting their players' families. No one will call before the embargo date.
We may be able to send you an email, but this will not happen until all teams are formed. Please be patient, as a coach may be on vacation during the week the embargo on notifications is lifted or your player may be in a division that formed its teams a little late.
We provide a uniform consisting of shirts, shorts and socks. These should be available through your coach after Labor Day. Divisions U5 and U6 (the youngest players) receive their uniforms on opening day. Uniforms are generally not worn to practices.
All players must wear shinguards at games and practices.
We encourage every player to bring their own ball to practices. Size 5 for U19, U16, U14; size 4 for U12 and U10; size 3 for U8, U6, and U5.
Cleats are recommended for players 8 and older but most players have cleats right from the start. Try Sports Chalet, Niketown, Big 5 or Sports Authority.
Log on to www.ayso76.net with your email address and password
Drag your mouse over My Account and click on Family Profile
Click on the Children tab
Click the box that says "Print Medical Release"
Volunteer - contact us by email, phone, Pony Express, carrier pigeon - we need to hear from you. We have every different level of time commitment. Coaches, referees, team administrators, referee schedulers, Board members, paper pushers, tournament helpers, website designers, website news and photo editor, fundraisers for major field improvements, sponsors - OUR CHILDREN NEED ALL OF THESE TO KEEP THIS PROGRAM GREAT AND MAKE IT EVEN BETTER!