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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?

  • 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. 8U and younger use a size 3 ball, 10/12U use size 4, and 14U and older use size 5.
  • Soccer cleats: These are not required, but they are recommended because it's easy to slip on grass while wearing regular athletic shoes. Please get specialized cleats (aka boots) for soccer, as those made for other sports may have the wrong type of studs or use metal studs, which are not permitted in soccer.

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 12U 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 8U 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?

Soccer is a physical sport and although we try our best to keep the game safe for everyone, sometimes players still get hurt.  If an injury does happen during a game, the referee will immediately stop play to deal with the injury.  First Aid kits and ice packs are provided to coaches before the start of the season, and extra supplies are available at the Pepper Tree Playfields shed and the Dos Vientos Referee tent.  If the player requires treatment by a doctor or other medical professional, even for injuries or illnesses sustained outside of AYSO, they are not permitted to participate in AYSO activities again until the region receives a completed Participation (Return to Play) Release form.  As part of the player's registration fee, players are covered by Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) – a secondary/excess medical and/or dental insurance should an accidental injury occur during specified AYSO activities and events. Please contact the Region 42 Safety Director if you have any questions about Soccer Accident Insurance or soccer safety in general.

My child just got pierced ears/hair beads. Are they acceptable?

No.  Jewelry of any type 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 their teammates.  If your child is unable to remove these items, 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 the interest to prevent safety and health issues, we must ask you to 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 have had incidents where normally friendly pets are startled by a ball or player suddenly coming at them.  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.  See our Severe Weather Guidelines for additional information and details.

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

We have two post-season programs for players in 10U–14U 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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