Kinder League is for U6 Players
4 and 5 year old children
Don't just give your child to someone else to have all the fun!
Be with your child on the field and participate!
You may choose from a morning or afternoon session when there are sufficient teams
to divide the group. Otherwise, players will meet in the afternoon.
If you have another child playing in an older division,
choose the afternoon session to avoid morning schedule conflicts.
The Kinder League is a gentle and fun introduction to organized group athletic activity and the game of soccer, with individual drills for training, and small-sided, informal games. AYSO's small-sided informal games are designed to provide the most fun, more touches on the ball, higher level of participation by each player, and a more understandable game by the young minds. Teams are generally 10 players, which split in half for games and play 3v3 or 4v4.
The sessions are divided into 3, 20 minute parts, including 3 minute water breaks in-between. The first part is a skill teaching drill. The second is a series of child's games, such as Simon Sez, modified to include the soccer skill they have just trained on. The third part is a soccer game.
Players are divided by gender. You may apply for your child to "play up" if your child is kinder age but you feel your child is more advanced, or is in 1st grade, and can enjoy the faster pace of the U8 teams. If your child has been playing soccer in another program, has played in our Kinder Program before, is athletic for their age, and you feel they could take on the demands of twice a week training plus a game on the weekend, you may request that they play up, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent ParticipationAt the Kinder level, a parent is required to remain at the field with their child, must register as a volunteer, and may be called upon by the coach to help with field tasks such as watching for the ball going out of bounds. The parents will join in the fun and be shown how to call direction, like an Assistant Referee. You and your family may participate together. In Kinder, it is required. In later years, it is optional, but always available to you to participate, as coach, referee, or Team Manager, or other team support function. At least one parent of each kinder must register as a volunteer and watch our Safe Haven webinar.
Joining your child on the field creates a liability for Palo Alto AYSO and you. We provide insurance, included with your registration fees, for all registered volunteers. You need to register as a regional volunteer, if you are not already registered with an AYSO ID, and take our 30 minute Safe Haven webinar to finish qualifying. Sorry, but we can't let you or your child on the field until this is completed.
AYSO Trains Parent Coaches and Referees
AYSO will train you to the level you want to stay in the game and participate with your children. We are proud of our family and community service. All AYSO coach and referee training is certified.
While registering your child, check the box titled, +Kinder Parent and choose the morning, afternoon, or either session. Afterward, you will receive instructions on the 10 minute volunteer registration process and how to watch the 30 minute Safe Haven video.
Be sure to choose your morning or afternoon session during registration, or choose don't care if we can schedule you in either. The morning session is at 9:30am, and the afternoon session is at 3:30pm. If you have older players in AYSO, it is better to choose the afternoon session for your Kinder, to avoid game schedule conflicts.
Play time is at 10:00am, and 3:30pm in a local park.
Specific dates for registration and play
Spring Kinder League usually begins in mid-March and continues through to the weekend prior to Memorial Day.
Fall Kinder League begins after Labor Day and continues until the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Each player will be issued a two-color, reversible jersey. The jersey is to be returned at the end of the season. See the subject, Parents - On Game Day, to the right.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com.
PARENTS - ON GAME DAY
On tournament days, in the middle of the season and at the end of the season, your team will play 3 games, one in each of the 3 activity sections. This is a special day for the kids, as they get a little bit of the higher activity level of the tournament. It can be fun to bring balloons on tournament day and tie them to your corner flags. Dress it up a little, like carnival.
You may notice that the tournament day has many more games showing than the usual two game entries. There should be six, two in each of 3 periods.
COACHES - ON GAME DAY