Dear Parents

Welcome to another season of AYSO soccer in Newbury Park. Once again I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome back returning players and also extend a warm welcome to new players and families. We understand that there are many youth sport options for families and we appreciate that you have registered your son or daughter in our program. I hope you all have a wonderful experience with what I believe is the best youth soccer program in the USA.

In the 2013/14 season we will be celebrating 50 years of AYSO!! We expect to organize several fun events for families to enjoy over the next 12 months - On Jan 1st AYSO will have a float in the Rose Parade!

Registration this year has been very popular and we are excited to have formed close to 200 teams of soccer players ranging from 4 to 18 years old. The reason that we continue to have such a strong program in Newbury Park is that we get support each year from hundreds of volunteers – like you. Our organization is 100% driven locally by a group of dedicated volunteers that form the Region 42 Board. We in turn are helped out in each division by volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, referees and many other functions.

We have selected our coaches and assigned them their teams. Now the fun can start and if you are not a coach there are still many opportunities for you to help your son or daughter in our program.

Assistant Coach: All AYSO teams need to have a trained coach and assistant coach. An AYSO trained coach or assistant coach must be at all practices and games. If the team does not have an assistant coach and the head coach is out of town then unfortunately practices will be cancelled if it is game day we will unfortunately have to cancel the game.

Team Parents: The team parent role in AYSO helps the coach with team co-ordination. It is not a difficult task. They are the coach's administrative assistant, cheerleader and traffic director all in one. These are things you will already be doing if your child is on the team, so take it one more step and help the entire team operate more smoothly! Every coach needs help arranging snacks and water for games.

Snack Shack Volunteer: Our snack shack receipts allow us to keep our registration fees as low as possible. We ask teams to provide volunteers to help in the snack shack. Our online scheduler means that you select a time that works to fit your schedule.

Referees: For our U7 and U8 divisions we ask that one parent from each team be trained as a U8 official. It is national AYSO policy that all AYSO games have a certified referee. We encourage our youth referees to support the U7/8 divisions however we cannot guarantee that youth referees will be available for every game. When this happens we ask the parent trained as a U8 official to referee the game. If there are no youth referees or a trained parent U8 official then the game cannot take place.

At U10 and above we aim to provide a team of 3 certified referees (1 referee and 2 assistant referees). Again we look to parents to volunteer for these roles and we provide the training. Adult referees for U10, 12 and 14 games earn referee points that are included in team standings and can determine if a team makes it to post season league playoffs. Our online scheduler means you select the games that fit in to your schedule.

Our organization depends on the involvement of the parents of our players. Please consider becoming a volunteer for your team. You're making a difference for a whole team - a team that includes your child.

It's a great way to make your child's team a family experience!

I hope you enjoy the 2013 season. If you have any questions related to our program please feel free to contact me at rc@aysoregion42.org

Thanks & Best Regards

Chris Davis
Regional Commissioner
AYSO Region 42, Newbury Park