AYSO Frequently Asked Questions
Step 1: Attend a registration session (see the registration page for more information and the calendar page for dates). If there are no registration sessions scheduled, contact the Regional Registrar. Or your Division Registrar.
Step 2: Get shoes, shinguards and a ball (see the FAQ on this).
Step 3: Wait to hear from your team coach (see the FAQ on this).
Download and fill out the uniform order form.
- If ordering a jersey, be sure to include the jersey style, size, color, and number.
- If ordering shorts, be sure to include the style, size, and color.
- If ordering socks, be sure to include the style, size and color.
The form has links to the supplier website where you can look up style numbers and the correct name for the color you want.
Parents & players: Send the form to your coach.
Coaches: Send the form to the Equipment Manager and cc your Division Commissioner.
Division Commissioner / Registrar: Look over the form sent by your coach, if it is complete and correct, send the Equipment Manager an e-mail saying you approve the coach's order. If the form is complete, the Equipment Manager will place the order that day. If the form is incomplete, the Equipment Manager will e-mail the DC pointing out the omission, and requesting that coach and DC correct the form.
If more than one team in a division needs uniforms, the orders will be sent to the DC to save shipping costs. Otherwise, they will be shipped to the coach. Orders take three to ten days.
AYSO will provide a team uniform that includes shorts, a jersey and some great, big socks. The same uniform is used for the fall and spring season, so be sure to put the uniform in a safe place over the winter break. Well-fitting soccer shoes (specifically for playing soccer on grass and dirt) are an excellent investment. "Turf" or "all-terrain" soccer shoes are recommend for the grass (or lack thereof) and dirt we play on in Albuquerque. For young players, ages 4 to about 8, any type of athletic or running shoes (not high tops) is acceptable -- traditional "Mitre-type" soccer cleats are not recommended for young players. Soccer shoes are different from other cleated shoes - be sure you get the right ones. Some types of cleats are prohibited in soccer, such as baseball cleats. If your child must play in baseball cleats, be prepared for a referee or coach to cut off the toe cleat. Shinguards will be required for every practice and game. An age-appropriate size practice ball is the best way to learn and maintain basic ball-handling skills before and after school, on weekends and during the summer. Shoes, shinguards and balls are available at a number of sporting goods stores around Albuquerque - look in the Yellow Pages for the nearest store.
AYSO is a volunteer organization, so chances are that something you think should be done doesn't have someone available to do it. We have volunteers who work hard to ensure the players can play in a safe, fair, fun environment. They handle the formation of teams, the distribution of uniforms and equipment, the scheduling of fields, games, referees, training, tournaments, special programs, clinics, summer camps, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention the wonderful folks who give up a their time and energy to coach our wonderful children. The coaches and referees are volunteers, and all the staff who hold this organization together are volunteers. You could be a volunteer, too!
Please see the contacts page to see a partial list of the volunteers. Perhaps one of them can address your specific concern. You can also see the "Help Wanted" page to see our current needs for volunteers. Finally, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator to find the exciting opportunity best suited to your volunteering needs!
You're probably asking this question because you registered in the Spring and now Summer's almost gone. You've got piano lessons to schedule, two jobs to juggle, a Harley-Davidson to service, and you need to know what days of the week to set aside for soccer practice. The first practice dates are on the calendar - if you haven't heard from your coach by the week before practice starts, contact the Division Commissioner for your player's age group.
As one of the perks for volunteering to spend all those hours at coach clinics, filling out lineup cards, attending every practice and game, encouraging your children and preparing for games, we let coaches pick their practice park. Some teams have players that live a long way away from each other, particularly outside the northeast heights, which is where our player density is at its peak. If you don't like where your team practices, don't go to the move committee, talk to your coach. If the parents sit down and draw a circle on the map enclosing their addresses and the practice park is outside the circle or on one edge, the coach might consider moving the practice to a more central location.
ACT means Advanced Competition Team. ACT players must try out and be selected for the team. Players selected for an ACT team play on their regular season AYSO team and the ACT team for tournaments. ACT teams play in tournaments in the Fall after the regular season ends, sometimes in February between seasons, and in the Spring after the regular season ends. There are a few ACT team practices in addition to regular team practice, so there is a bigger time commitment with the player on 2 teams. ACT practices and activities may not conflict with regular season activities. ACT tryouts are held in late September and early October each year.
Challenge teams play in the Duke City Metro League. Players must tryout to play on a Challenge team. The Challenge team plays together all season long and may also play in tournaments in the Fall and Spring. Players must be 10 or older to enter the Challenge Teams program. There are additional expenses for players on Challenge teams that parents must pay, usually by conducting team fund raising activities. Challenge team tryouts are held in May each year.
VIP means Very Important Players who are soccer players (including aspiring soccer players) ages 5 to adult with physical, mental or developmental limitations. Buddies are encouraged to assist players on the field. There are elementary school, middle school, high school and adult teams. This program has received excellent support from community, educational, government and commercial sponsors.
Your team number is the key to all the information you'll ever need. If you don't know your team number, ask your coach. If you don't know your coach, see Who is my coach? in this list. Practice fields are usually different from game fields (U5/U6 teams practice on the game field just before the game). Your practice field is something else you'll have to get from your coach. Fields and times for games are listed by team number.
AYSO volunteers go to great effort to ensure balanced teams while, at the same time, keeping coaches, teammates and practice fields as close together as possible. You can appreciate the size of this problem given that Region 104 is the largest in the US, with almost 5,000 players.
Still, there are extraordinary circumstances that warrant a move. For this reason, the AYSO board has a Move Committee which reviews move requests and approves those that meet board guidelines.
Examples of reasons to move that do not meet board guidelines:
- "Suzy wants to play with her best friend Sonya, who's on the Silver Strikers."
- "Bobby carpools to school with boys on the Mighty Amphibians, so he has to be on that team."
- "Carmen is really much too good a player for the Rainbows, she should be on the Raptors."
- "Franklin can't practice with the Lectric Lizards 'cause he has piano lessons on Thursday, he should be on the Vipers -- their practice is on Wednesday."
In the 2001/2002 season, 20 move requests went before the Committee, of which 3 were approved. If you feel that you have extraordinary circumstances and need to move your child to another team, please contact the Move Committee. A move request must include all relevant information - the Committee isn't able to conduct research.
AYSO stands for American Youth Soccer Organization. There are nearly 630,000 players in AYSO and more than 250,000 volunteer coaches, referees and administrators. See the National website for the history and structure of AYSO. Region 104 is your local region serving players in Albuquerque east of the Rio Grande. Region 1447 is the other Albuquerque region serving players who live west of the Rio Grande. Other nearby regions include 364 (Socorro), 515 (Los Lunas), 671 (Edgewood), 800 (Grants), 928 (Belen) and 1341 (Santa Fe).
If you wake up on a Saturday morning and say, "Yikes! What an awful day for soccer, I wonder if the games are canceled," please check the website and call your coach. Coaches, please check the website and call your division commissioner. Division commissioners, please check the website and call the AYSO hotline.
We will do our best to put timely information on both the website and the hotline. However, we only have one phone line into the hotline, and it can't handle 4000 parents calling all at once. During our April 3, 2004 rain-out, many parents reported that they tried for a half hour to get through on the hotline. Unfortunately, that just doesn't work. So please, leave the hotline clear for the DCs to get information and pass it on to the coaches. Meanwhile, we will update the website with the most complete and current information available.