Players must make a serious commitment to their Spring Select or Fall Élite team. While some players are involved in other sports, players must prioritize Spring Select and Fall Élite team practices and games over other sports. Coaches will work with players that play high-school soccer to ensure they are qualified and able to attend the needed high-school sessions.
Players must also make a commitment to play in El Palo Alto, Concord and Davis tournaments, at a minimum, during the spring.
Each team is responsible for registering and applying to tournaments.
Teams must provide certified referees for league play and for tournaments. Many tournaments require team-supplied referees or their team will not be accepted to participate.
One parent from each family is required to register as a volunteer and work for a minimum of 2 hours during El Palo Alto Tournament, in the spring.
All Spring Select coaches (this includes assistant coaches) must be registered volunteers and have the age appropriate level of AYSO training. Head coach should be certified at one level higher than division, and assistant coaches should be certified at level. Most Spring Select coaches have several years of coaching experience in the Spring Select Program. Coaches are appointed by the Select Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Élite Producer,email@example.com
Team Manager Commitment
Each team needs an official Team Manager to handle the administration of the team information and uniforms. The Team Manager's job in Spring Select and Fall Élite may require extra hours of work to coordinate the team's activity.
Costs and Finances
Each team pays for its tournament fees, team events and travel costs. The cost per player typically is between $150 and $250 plus the cost of meals and accommodations at tournaments, which are paid directly by the parent. The fees cover the cost of field-use, tournaments and any administrative costs. Usually the team uses some of the funds for team activities, at their own discretion.
Uniforms are provided by the Palo Alto Region, and are returned to the Region at the end of the season.
All funds are managed by the Palo Alto AYSO, and audits of the team's expenses are performed by the Regional Auditor. Each team is responsible for planning their finances, and ensuring all funds are deposited with the Regional Treasurer. Disbursement on behalf of the team is performed by the Regional Treasurer. Coaches and parents are provided with planning and disclosure reports regarding the funds.
Scholarships are available on a limited basis in accordance with our Region's standard policies. Scholarships must be applied for and approved before tryouts, but scholarship need is not a factor in selection at the tryouts. Tryout coaches do not know who has applied for scholarships. http://scholarship.ayso26.org