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Rivertowns AYSO (Region 324 New York)

Registration FAQS & Detailed Info

SPRING 2021 REGISTRATION FAQS AND DETAILED INFORMATION

As we get additional questions and information, we will update the FAQs below.

What does it cost for the Spring 2021 AYSO core (recreational) program?
$180 -- includes local Rivertowns registration fee of $160 and AYSO National fee of $20.

Is cost of the uniform included when I register? What about the gear?
No, you need to purchase the uniform and the gear separately. Your registration does NOT include these items. If you already have a Rivertowns AYSO uniform, you don't have to purchase another unless your player has outgrown it.

What does the uniform cost?
$40 (approx)  -- order it directly from the vendor; it is delivered to your home
Go to the UNIFORMS tab - Rivertowns AYSO Uniforms - for the link to the vendor. Read all the FAQs before buying.

What gear is required? Where do I get it?
Shin guards (required) available at sporting good stores
Cleats (recommended) available at sporting good stores
Water bottle (required)
Ball for practicing at home (recommended) available at sporting good stores
Size 3—PreK, K, 1st, 2nd
Size 4—3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Please note: AYSO Core (recreational) players -- DO NOT bring ball to practices in Fall 2020 -- a ball will be provided at each session for use during that session.

What are the Spring 2021 dates?
Opening weekend is April 17/18. All spring soccer weekends are listed here AYSO Schedules / Weekend Dates

Are there openings for all players?
Due Covid-19 safety protocols, we will have fewer openings than in past years. But, we understand from neighboring regions, that fewer players are registering. If we have significant interest after the sessions are fully registered, we will look into opening up additional sessions, contingent on availability of field space and coaches.

How will you know about additional interested players?
We use our system waitlists to see how many more players are interested. That is how we track it. We will also use the emails on the waitlist to communicate to families about additional sessions opening up.

How do I get my player on the waitlist (if needed)?
Enter your player's information and complete the registration (go through all the steps of the shopping cart to the very end). This puts players on the waitlist in our system in the order they sign up. There is no charge and credit card info is not collected. You will get an email confirming you are on the waitlist -- this is how you know you did it correctly.

If a spot opens up, you will get an email advising you to log back in and complete payment. 

Can I make a friend request?
In previous seasons, we tried to accommodate friend requests to the degree possible and practical, without making any promises. During the pandemic, there is no "wiggle room." Logistically, with all the things we have to do for Covid-19 safety, especially with size limits, this will add a layer that we do not have the resources to accommodate. Please join our program with the ACTIVITY being the primary reason your player is signing up.

NYCFC Coaches Will Lead All Core Sessions (Not Parent Volunteer Coaches)

During the pandemic, NYCFC Coaches lead all sessions for all core age groups. This is a big change from how our recreational program operates during normal times. Usually, NYCFC Coaches lead PreK and K groups, and volunteer parents coach teams of players in first grade and older.

Having NYCFC Coaches Provides a Unique Opportunity for Players and Future Parent Coaches

NYCFC Coaches are licensed, trained, certified soccer coaches. Many of them have played soccer at a high level. They are subject-matter experts who play, watch, and teach soccer. They have special training to work with youth players, from beginners to experienced youth athletes. Advantages to having NYCFC Coaches:

>>> For volunteer parent coaches -- whether experienced parent coaches, or, considering it for the future -- observing from the sidelines offers a vantage for learning techniques, drills, and so forth.

>>> For our players -- having subject-matter experts teaching them will benefit their growth and development as players.

>>> For players interested in joining our travel program in the future, the NYCFC Coaches are uniquely positioned to assess players and provide honest feedback and advice to parents, if asked. The NYCFC Coaches always have the player’s best interest in mind, and can communicate the rational for continuing with recreational soccer versus trying out and/or joining a travel team.

There Will be No Teams or Scheduled Soccer Games

Players will be in groups that have the feeling of a teams since they will be with the same players and NYCFC Coach for their once-a-week session. Our usual routine -- Saturday practice / Sunday game – will not be in play.

Fewer Players / Field Divided into Quadrants

For safety reasons, the maximum number of players on the field will be 32. The field will be divided into quadrants, with each player group meeting in one quadrant. There will be designated places for family members to stand, near their player’s quadrant. The player groups and quadrant assignments will be communicated before the first session.

AYSO is Not a Drop-Off / Limit Family Members to Two

As in past years, AYSO is not a drop-off, and we need a parent or guardian on the field for each player to support that player as needed. Please limit the number of family members per player to two.

Sign Up Each Player for One Session Only

Even if your player is super enthusiastic and would play soccer all day, we ask that you sign each player up for one session only at this time. The system does not prevent this, that is why we are asking and relying on the honor system. Players signed up for two sessions will be unregistered from one of them. If there are slots still available close to opening weekend, we will share that information and give you an opportunity to sign up for another session.

Can I Use My Account Credit Coupon from the Cancelled Spring 2020 Season?

Yes. The account credit is valid until June 30, 2021. National AYSO sent the coupons directly to families who requested a credit – the email came from [email protected] if you need to find it in your inbox. For more information and FAQs, please visit: https://ayso.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=957131

Each Group Needs a Parent Safety Manager --- Please Volunteer

For each group, we will need a volunteer Parent Safety Manager. The Parent Safety Manager is the point person for the Covid-19 safety protocols at their player's session and also assist the NYCFC Coach in communicating with the parent community as needed. How do I sign up? When you register your player, there is a place for parents to sign up. We will have to keep emailing until someone steps up for each group, so we would be grateful if you would volunteer!

Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Rivertowns safety protocols include state-mandated safety rules related to sports and guidelines specific to soccer. Rivertowns Covid-19 Safety Protocols can be found on our website: https://ayso.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=957227. The Board will review and revise, as needed, and send to all participants before season start. Highlights include:

>>> Players fill out the online health form before each soccer session to be cleared to play.

>>> Players, coaches, and spectators are required to wear masks at all times during all soccer activities. It is important to note some players are exempt for medical reasons and discretion should be used to ensure this does not prevent them from playing.

>>> Participant attendance will be taken at each event for contact tracing purposes.

>>> Reduced density and increased spacing on fields when possible. Clearly defined entering and exiting; buffers between sessions.

>>> Universal no-touch rule (no high fives, handshakes, sharing equipment, and so forth).

What To Do If ….

>>> Your player does not get a spot. Sign up for the waitlist in the system so we know you are interested if a slot opens up. That is the only mechanism we use to manage the waitlist.

>>> You are convinced your player has to be in a group with friends to be able to enjoy soccer. Please join because the activity is the priority. By all means, arrange to meet friends at the playground before or after the session.

>>> Your player’s uniform has not arrived yet. Wear comfy, sport clothes until it does.

>>> Your player is a little hesitant because they are new to soccer, or have not played in a while. Give it a little time. They can come over to you for a hug, and watch for a bit, if that makes them feel better.

>>> You are uncomfortable with the safety protocols. If you feel that there is too much risk in attending, or, if you feel that the protocols are too strict, please wait this one out, and come back when things return to normal.

>>> You think not having games is a dealbreaker. If you feel that having a training session only will not serve the needs of your player, please wait this one out, and come back when things are back to normal.

 

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Rivertowns AYSO (Region 324 New York)

P.O Box 684 
Ardsley, New York 10502

Email Us: [email protected]
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