AYSO EXTRA, a progressive player program, is designed for players who have the interest, skills and abilities and want to enhance their experience and individual growth through soccer while retaining the spirit of and organization membership in AYSO. The EXTRA program is an introduction to competitive play that still embraces the Six Philosophies of AYSO. EXTRA teams play a regular season schedule against other EXTRA teams from Region 104 and neighboring regions, and it also provides an opportunity for EXTRA teams to pay in local tournaments against other club teams. EXTRA teams are given an additional hour of practice each week, and they are also invited to participate in the UNM Lobos winter training conducted by the UNM lobo varsity soccer teams.
There is no extra cost to the EXTRA program and no fundraising is necessary, but if teams decide to participate in tournaments or other specialized training sessions they could incur additional costs.
EXTRA teams are chosen by tryouts at the end of the spring season for play in the following season. AYSO Region 104 forms EXTRA teams in the U9, U10, U11, and U12 age groups, and will offer U13/U14 teams if the numbers allow. Starting next season (2016-2017) and in accordance with the new USSF mandates, the EXTRA program will be implementing the birth year registration for team formation next year. What does this mean? It means that teams will be formed by the year your child is born versus the grade that your child is in – below is a chart that details how you determine what division your child will be in. If you want to read in more detail the mandate from US Soccer, please click here. If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact Michael Theibert.
Tryouts are held in May and are open to all players who would like to play in Region 104. You do not have to be a registered AYSO player to participate in tryouts.
Tryouts for the 2016-2017 Season will be at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center (on the fields just west of the buildings) at Southern and Elizabeth (South/East of the Costco on Eubank).
- U9 and U10 Girls: Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
- U9 and U10 Boys: Thursday, May 19, 2016.
- U11 through U14 Girls: Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
- U11 through U14 Boys: Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
Sign in from 5:00 to 5:30. Tryouts are from 5:30 to 8:00. Be there promptly at 5:00; anyone not signed in by 5:30 will be ineligible to tryout.
Each Player trying out must come prepared with:
- A soccer ball.
- Shin guards.
- Soccer cleats.
- A white tee shirt.
- A good attitude.
Players will be grouped into four separate groups, and they will rotate through each of the four stations. Objective coaches will be assigned to each station to help normalize the overall rating of players executing each drill.
The Objective Skills Based Assessments are broken down into the following stations:
- Station #1 – Basic Figure 8s (preferred and nonpreferred) and Timed 40
- Station #2 –; Foundations and Toe Taps and Timed Assessment
- Station #3 – Dribble Weave and Shoot
- Station #4 – 1v1, 2v2, 3v2 Progressions
Click here to see more information about our tryouts for U9/10 including videos of all of the drills that the players will go through.
This year, we are asking parents to register their U9 and U10 players for tryouts using google docs before the tryouts. Just click on the appropriate link below:
- U9 Girls Registration Form
- U10 Girls Registration Form
- U11 Girls Registration Form
- U12 Girls Registration Form
- U13 Girls Registration Form
- U14 Girls Registration Form
- U15 Girls Registration Form
- U9 Boys Registration Form
- U10 Boys Registration Form
- U11 Boys Registration Form
- U12 Boys Registration Form
- U13 Boys Registration Form
- U14 Boys Registration Form
- U15 Boys Registration Form
For U11 and up, the tryouts will be combined with ChallengeFC's tryouts. When you register, you will need to indicate whether the player is trying out solely for FC Challenge, solely for EXTRA, or trying out for both. More information about ChallengeFC can be found at ChallnegeFC.org.
EXTRA and AYSO Philosophies
The EXTRA Program adheres to the AYSO six philosophies:
Players who are selected for the team get to play at least half of each game; we don't have "starters" and "benchers."
The tryout and selection process is geared so that all teams in a division will be competitive.
Players are selected for the teams based on objective analysis of their ability.
EXTRA Teams are coached by AYSO Intermediate and Advanced Coaches who adhere to our coaching philosophy.
EXTRA Teams represent AYSO and practice and play exhibiting the same great sportsmanship you find in the rest of the region.
EXTRA Teams support our philosophy of Player Devleopment by giving accomplished players a challenging environment in which to continue growing.
Because we all love to play soccer, AYSO will be holding Jamborees on Mondays in June and July at Manzano Mesa. Jamborees are essentially a series of 4v4 pick up games. We will have players and pug goals and no coaching. It will be a fun way to kick the ball around.
If you are interested in trying out for the EXTRA program, you are encouraged to attend.
Bring cleats, shin guards, a soccer ball, water, and sunscreen.
If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact Michael Theibert.