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Parents FAQ

Our parent manual (PDF) contains most everything you need to know, but here are some frequently asked questions.

How can I help?

Thank you so much for stepping up! Please see our volunteer page for information.

What equipment will my child need?

  • Soccer cleats: Please get specialized cleats (aka boots) for soccer, as those made for other sports may have studs on the toe or use metal studs, neither of which are permitted in soccer.
  • Shin guards: Shin guards MUST be worn during all practices and games. They MUST be under the socks and completely covered Please be sure to pick shin guards that are the correct size for your child. The top of the shin guard should be about two inches from the bottom of the kneecap.
  • Soccer ball: Make sure you have the correct size for the age division. U8 and younger use a size 3 ball, U10/12 use size 4, and U14 and older use size 5.

Many sporting goods stores have package deals before the season starts, where you can get all three for a reasonable price.

When are uniforms distributed?

Uniforms are typically delivered from our vendor near the beginning of September. However, coaches cannot receive them until all of the team's volunteer positions are filled.

I requested a certain size uniform during registration, but the team didn't get enough of that size.

The registration form is the same across all AYSO regions nationally. In Region 42, we do not have enough time between team formation and the beginning of the season to custom-order the uniforms, so we cannot honor that request. Instead, we order a set number of sizes per team. For example, a U12 team typically has 12 players, so we may order 4 Youth Large uniforms, 6 Adult Small, and 2 Adult Medium. We apologize in advance for inconveniencing certain players, but it is the only way our vendor will be able to make enough uniforms in time for them to arrive before the season starts. That being said, if your player is unusually large or small for his/her age (for example, you need an Adult Small for a U8 player) and you contact the Uniform Coordinator early enough (before we do the ordering), we might be able accommodate you.

What if my child gets injured?

As you know, soccer is a physical sport and although we try our best to keep the game safe for everyone, sometimes people still get hurt. If this does happen during a game, the referee will immediately stop play to deal with the injury. For anything more serious than minor bumps and bruises, we do have trained medical personnel on hand during game days to evaluate the injury. If the player requires treatment by a doctor, even for injuries sustained outside of AYSO, they may not play again until cleared to do so by the doctor. As part of your registration fee, you have access to Soccer Accident Insurance to cover excess medical costs beyond what your primary insurance will cover.

My child just got pierced ears. Do the earrings really have to come out?

YES! Earrings may not be worn at any time during soccer games or practices. Covering them up with a band-aid or tape is not acceptable. This is very important for your child’s safety, and the safety of his/her teammates. If your child is unable to remove their earrings, they will not be able to participate.

Why can’t I bring my dog/pet?

We love pets and understand that they are a part of your family. In keeping with safety and health issues, we ask that you leave your pets at home. There are several reasons why – including players that are allergic, children that are afraid, and as friendly as pets may be, we wouldn’t want to red card any pet for poor sportsmanship. However, service animals as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act are welcome.

What happens in case of bad/hot weather?

As we only have use of our fields by permission of the Conejo Recreation and Parks Department, practices and games may be cancelled due to poor field conditions caused by inclement weather. Regular season games will be rescheduled if possible. We try to keep our field information page updated with the latest status, so if you don't hear from your coach, please look there for information. If it begins raining during a game or practice, we will make decisions at that time. For safety reasons, we never play when lightning is nearby. Unfortunately, we cannot offer partial refunds due to cancellations. On the other end of the spectrum, we still play during heat waves, but referees are empowered to give extra time for water breaks to prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration.

My kid had a fantastic season. Will she get chosen for All-Stars?

We have two post-season programs for players in U10–14 divisions: the Panther Shootout tournament (PSO), and All-Stars (a third program, League Playoffs, is reserved for teams who finish near the top of the standings in their division). Player selection for both is entirely at the discretion of the respective team coaches. Players may be selected based on performance during the season, but other factors may also come into play, such as compatibility with teammates, or willingness to be a team player. Furthermore, as All-Stars is considered a developmental program, coaches may choose players who they feel may benefit from it. The coaches' decisions are final.

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AYSO Region 42 – Newbury Park, CA

P.O. Box 709 
Newbury Park, California 91319

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