Q. Do I belong in Region 50?
A. While players may register in any region, the "boundaries" of Region 50 are generally considered to be the same as those of the Redlands Unified School District attendance area. There are also players from the surrounding communities of San Bernardino, Highland, and Yucaipa. AYSO has open registration, and we welcome all players, but we would prefer you make an informed decision.
Q. Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?
A. Children between the ages of 4 and 18 as of July 31st of the year in which the fall season begins can play AYSO soccer. For the Fall 2016 season, that would mean players must be at least four and no older than 18 on July 31, 2016.
Q. What division will my child be in?
A. AYSO uses the player's age as of July 31st to determine the correct division. This AYSO year, the cut-off date will be July 31, 2016. The age of your child on this date will determine his or her division placement for the Fall 2016 season. If you would like more information about age/division breakdowns, click here.
Q. How, when, and where can I register my child?
A. Registrations for the Fall season are generally held in the spring. We begin our first registration as early as April and our last registration may be held as late as mid June. Spring registration begins in November. We offer both mail-in and in-person registration. Watch the calendar and web page for specific dates, times, and locations.
Q. What if we missed all the in-person registrations?
A. Once we have held our last in-person registration, you may be able to mail in a registration form. On-line pre-registration may also be available. It is always safest to attend an in-person registration, so watch the calendar and check the "Calendar" tab above.
Q. What is the region's address?
A. Redlands AYSO, P.O. BOX 8487, Redlands, CA 92375
Q. Can't I just drop off the registration form at your office?
A. AYSO Region 50 is an all volunteer effort. We have no office. We are a group of volunteers working out of our homes between working and raising families. Regular mail and email are the best ways to reach us.
Q. What do I need to purchase for my child?
A. Each player will receive a uniform which includes shorts, a jersey, and socks. Players are required to wear shin guards. Soccer cleats are also recommended and most coaches like each player to bring a soccer ball to practices. Players in U06 and U08 use a size 3 ball. Players in U10 and U12 use a size 4 ball. Players in U14 and older use a size 5 ball.
Q. What does U06, U10, etc. stand for?
A. The "U" in each of those divisions stands for under. Players in U06 are less than six (five years old) on July 31st of year of the fall season. Players in U10 are less than ten years old (eight or nine years old) on July 31st of year of the Fall season.
Q. When do the seasons start and end?
A. The first games of the Fall season will be scheduled for the first Saturday following Labor Day, and pre-tournament play ends before Thanksgiving. Coaches can begin practices around the end of August. In the older divisions, play may be extended due to playoffs, tournaments and EXTRA. The first games of the Spring season are generally scheduled early to mid March and the last game is played in mid May. Practices may begin in late February or early March.
Q. When and where will my child's practices and games be held?
A. Teams use the Redlands Sports Complex and various approved sites of the Redlands Unified School District. Each coach selects a time and day based on his or her availability and field availability. Games are held on Saturdays at the Redlands Sports Complex located at 1790 N. Dearborn St., Redlands, CA
Q. I would like to have my child placed on the same team with [Joey/Susie down the street] for carpooling purposes. Is this possible?
A. Random team assignment, coupled with player ratings, is the only way to assure balanced teams as required by the AYSO philosophies. Reasons such as baby sitters, carpool needs, practice days or location, coach likes or dislikes, and a host of other issues, are insufficient to support team assignment. With the exception of siblings of the same gender and in the same division, pairings cannot be accommodated. In order to maintain balance, players cannot be moved once the teams have been formed.
Q. My family will be away on vacation until [Labor Day/school starts/the end of August], will my child miss out?
A. Many families are away during this time. Every effort will be made to ensure that you receive a call from a coach by August 27. If you inform the coach (or Division Commissioner) of your plans, there should be no problems. Enjoy your vacation and join the team upon your return.
Q. My child has [gymnastics/swimming/baseball] on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will sometimes have conflicts with Saturday games. Can he/she be placed on a team that practices on Wednesdays?
A. "Everyone Plays". If your child will consistently have to miss practices and/or games, please think carefully about whether AYSO is right for your child at this time. One of the benefits of coaching is to control the practice days and times that suits your specific schedule.
Q. When I registered, I specifically asked that my child be placed on [Coach Moore's/Coach Garrett's] team. I just got a call from a coach I never heard of before. Can I switch teams?
A. All of Region 50's coaches, refs, field reps, division commissioners and board members are volunteers. Coaches and refs give up their personal time for training and certification purposes. Please allow everyone a chance to put what they've learned into practice. In order to maintain balance, players cannot be moved once the teams have been formed.
Q. My child's birthday is before July 31st, but in school, he/she is with classmates who are younger. May my child "play down" in the younger division, so as to be on teams with kids with whom he/she goes to school?
A. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on birth dates. The AYSO "year" runs from August 1st through July 31st. Many children are in "different" divisions than their school classmates. We encourage you to view this as a positive experience - it will allow your child to broaden his/her relationships outside of school and enjoy making new friends.
Q. "I work full-time." "I am a single parent." "I don't know anything about soccer." "I don't have time." How can I help?
"Apply" as a volunteer. Print and sign at least two copies (no private information you enter will appear on the hard copy forms), and mail them to our PO Box or get them to one of our board members – and we'll put you to work. Remember – "plAYSOccer" means everyone plays!
Q. Can I bring my Dog to a Game?
A. Dogs are not allowed at practices or games at any of the facilities for which AYSO obtains use permits. Please leave your dog at home. Dogs on leashes are equally not allowed at events. City ordinances and our use permits disallow dogs on school property, and our use permits for park fields dictate no dogs at the fields. Please make visiting grandparents, friends, ex-spouses aware of this restriction. Thank you for your cooperation in leaving your dog at home.
Q. My child will not be 4 years old by July 31, 2015, but he/she is very [big/strong /athletic/coordinated] for his/her age. Can we still sign up for the upcoming fall season?
A. AYSO is a national organization with very strict guidelines regarding age requirements. This is why we need to see a child's birth certificate prior to completing registration. Children who do not meet the age requirement are not permitted to play. Be patient – they'll grow up before you know it! Some players who are not eligible for fall soccer may be eligible for spring soccer.
Q. Is there a program for children with special needs?
A. Yes. Our region has a VIP Program during the fall season for children with special needs. These players can register at any of our regular registrations. Please speak to one of our registration volunteers and we will make sure your child is placed in the VIP program. You can also speak to one of these volunteers to help you decide whether the VIP or regular program is more appropriate for your child.
Q. My child is a really strong player. Is there a special program for my child?
A. If your child is between the ages of eight and fourteen, your child may be eligible to try out for an EXTRA team.
Q. What should I do if I did not find the answer to my question on this page?
A. You may do one of two things. You may go to the "Contact Us" tab in the header of our "Home" page and send a message through the email link directly to your division commissioner from the Board Roster. Messages received through the email link will be answered by one of our volunteers within 48 hours whenever possible.