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The school you specify as your children's during registration, provides guidance to us during team formation. For younger players we try to keep children in their neighborhood. We do not form school teams.
Team Placement Request
No requests for a specific team, coach, or practice/game field is promised, however, we will try to accommodate requests entered appropriately on the following registration pages.
High quality, regulation uniforms are loaned to every player, kinder through u19, free of charge. Uniforms must be returned at the end of the season, within 7 days of your last game, to your Team Manager. They must be returned in good condition and laundered. Return both jerseys and shorts, but not socks. Keep the socks for next season. Lost, stained or damaged uniforms (not from soccer use) will be charged to you for replacement. Uniforms not returned within 7 days of the last game may be deemed to be lost. Please, help us keep our costs and fees low by protecting our uniform budget. Any payments, including registration fees paid to Palo Alto AYSO, may be applied to outstanding uniform replacement charges for the family, regardless of the original intent of the payment.
Spectators shouting directions such as "Pass the ball", "Shoot", "Watch out" are strongly discouraged. Cheerleading, positive encouragement and acknowledgment, such as "Go Vipers", "Nice Pass", or "Nice Try", are strongly encouraged. Coaches are discouraged from giving instructions to the players "on the ball", or generally on the pitch. The best coaching is done quietly at the side of the field.
The essence of the soccer culture is that it is a player's game. What this means is that a game proceeds without direction from coaches or spectators. Coaching during a game is usually limited to substitutions and instruction off to the side. An occasional instruction to the field by a coach may be given.
More about Soccer Culture can be found here.
Each person needs a unique account and login to ensure we can correlate all records uniquely with our national system, eAYSO. Do not share accounts with spouses, children or others. Use full names with correct capitalization. Do not volunteer your spouse or children, or your record will be tagged as the volunteer, not theirs.
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Each team requires a Coach, Assistant Coach and 2 Referees, at a minimum. Volunteer for one of these positions to ensure we are able to form teams for all the children applying.
AYSO is an all-volunteer program, a Certified Community Service Organization and Public Charity. We ask every household to volunteer and help in some way. Volunteering at AYSO, investing in our community, is a privilege each of us may enjoy.
There are tasks, small and large, one-time and ongoing, to fit every schedule and family situation. Volunteering is not required for your children to play. But our mission as a Community Service Organization flourishes with your participation.
When you register your children you will see a list of currently posted volunteer opportunities. As we proceed through the season, more will be posted. Please, reserve one of these tasks for yourself. If at anytime you determine that you can not follow through with a task that you signed up for, notify firstname.lastname@example.org right away, so that we may re-open the task to other volunteers.
Parent volunteers make this phenomenal organization work. Coaching and refereeing puts you on the field with your children, and their friends.
What better quality time is there?