AYSO nationally sanctions several advanced play alternatives, including the Spring Select Program. The purpose of the Select Team Program is to provide young athletes the opportunity to play more soccer at a competitive level while maintaining affordability and a manageable time commitment. As always with AYSO, we seek to promote competition that is safe, fun and fair. All participants, Coaches, Players and Parents acknowledge that AYSO Rules and Regulations apply and pledge to uphold AYSO’s core philosophies. The Spring Select Program is open only to players and coaches who participate in the Fall Core Program. Coaches will be selected by the region and will be in good standing.
The Spring Select Program and How It Fits within AYSO
One team will be formed in each age group, starting with the U10 division. These teams are typically formed in mid-November through mid-December. They will participate in a season typically from December through the end of May against select teams from other AYSO Regions in Area 1R. Teams will typically play in weekend tournaments and the Area 1R Spring Select Program. A high level of commitment is expected from the players, coaches and parents. Select is for motivated and enthusiastic players and coaches.
Please note that not all divisions may be able to support a team. If the the formation of the team is deemed by the region to be a detriment to the core program, then the team will not be formed.
How is the Spring Select Program different?
The Select Team Program differs from our regular fall season program in the following ways:
- The number of players able to participate is limited by available coaches and the ability of the division to support the creation of a competitive team.
- It is a program in which players are invited by coaches to participate on their team.. Although we try to accommodate most applicants, applicants are not guaranteed placement and may be rejected for any number of reasons, including their skill level, attitude, and past behaviors.
- The commitment and expenses differ in additional travel and tournament fees.
- Our teams are created to support our "Three Quarters Play" rule, where every player plays 3/4 of the game.
Players must have played in the regular fall season to qualify for the Spring Select Program. Limited exception may be granted in cases of injury in which the player could no longer play during the regular season but was enrolled. Players will be chosen based on their performance in the fall season as well as on the results of any tryout session. Factors that are considered in player selection include skill, speed, effort, knowledge of the game, practice habits, positional needs, and team chemistry. Availability for practice and family volunteer commitment will also play a role. Player selection is the responsibility of the appointed Head Coach and his/her decision is final. Unlike the fall season, not every player who is interested (or who tries out) in the Select Team program is guaranteed to play. Players are expected to make a serious commitment to their Select Team. While we understand that some players will be involved in other sports at the same time as this soccer program, Coaches will require players/parents to make a commitment to attend not less than 90% of practice sessions.
- Have a current Volunteer Application on file
- Be an AYSO trained and age specific certified
- Be Safe Haven Certified
- Be an active coach in the Fall season
- Be approved by the Regional board
- Must be able to provide a team of 3 referees from it's parent pool
It is strongly recommended that Select Team Coaches be certified at least one level above the level they are coaching, additionally that they maintain Concussion and Safe Haven certificates that are not more than 3 years old.
The Spring Select Program upholds AYSO's Core Philosophies and Player Development is a key benefit of this program. Players are matched against some of the best AYSO players in the Inland Empire.
eAYSO roster and individual player cards, signed by the Regional Commissioner, are required for each team. If the Regional Commissioner is the coach of one of the teams, then that team roster must also be signed by the Regional Registrar.
Registration Fees- Tournament Costs
General region funds are not to be expended for any expenses associated with the Spring Select Program. Registration fees for the Select Teams are minimal. Final costs for training are still being negotiated. These fees will cover, for example, AYSO player insurance and field usage fees.
Other additional costs: Each team will be individually responsible for applying/registering for tournaments. The team will contact the region's Treasure to start a team account where the team's fund will be held. Parents of participating players are expected to help with soliciting sponsors and helping with fundraisers.