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Overview

The U8 division is a learning division and is designed to introduce young players to the game of soccer. The children will play short-sided games (7 on a side) on small fields with simplified laws. Short-sided games help ensure that children have fun and at the same time, maximize their learning opportunities. No standings are kept in this division.

AYSO is committed to its six philosophies:

  • Open enrolment
  • Balanced teams
  • Everyone plays
  • Positive coaching
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Player Development

Kids ZoneKids Zone

AYSO posts these yellow signs at the entrances of playing fields to remind parents that they are entering a Kids Zone. In addition Kids Zone buttons will be handed out. This should help remind everyone that it's for the kids.

Volunteering

AYSO is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. Each and every task that is done, from coaching, refereeing, lining fields, scheduling games, organizing divisions, training clinics, etc. is done by volunteers. We cannot make AYSO function without your help. We need you to volunteer. Here are some key ways you can help:

Coach

Almost 70 percent of AYSO U8 coaches are first-time coaches-parents with little free time. Short-sided soccer is a way to ease adults into coaching as well as to ease children into playing. Won't you consider coaching? This is the single biggest area where you can help. AYSO will provide you with the training & resources necessary for you to do the job. You supply the smile and encouraging words.

You will need to attend a U8 Coaching Clinic before the season starts and schedule a team meeting. Most other team related tasks can be delegated to your team parent. We will do our best to assign an assistant coach to each team.

Assistant Coach

Be available at as many practices and games as possible to assist the coach. Fill in for the coach when he/she cannot be present. You will need to attend a U8 Coaching Clinic before the start of the season.

Team Parent

Each team needs a team parent to help organize snacks, communicate with the whole team on behalf of the coach, organize the end-of-season party, and generally take care of administrative details for the team (roster, schedule etc.)

There are many opportunities for you to help out. Please don't assume that someone else will do it!

Games

All games are played on Saturdays at Reis Park

Player's Equipment

As part of the registration fee, each player receives a full uniform (jersey, shorts, socks) which your coach will give to you prior to the start of the season. In addition, you will need to supply the following items:

  • Uniform ( Both Red and White Jersey should be brought to every game.
  • Shin guards (mandatory for all practices and games)
  • Soccer shoes (These shoes may not have a toe cleat. Tennis shoes are ok.)
  • Water bottle (great for those hot August days)

For safety reasons, players are not allowed to wear jewelry (earrings, necklaces, barrettes etc...) during practices or games. Special provisions can be made for medical items (ex: medicalert bracelets)

Teams

Each team consists of 10 players. Teams are divided into boys and girls teams and are balanced by age and level of experience. Coaches are not allowed to pre-select players for their team. The list of teams will be posted once they are determined.

There is a mandatory Parent Meeting to find out which team your child is on and explain the rules of the game. See the Important Dates above for the time and place. Coaches will contact their players and families before the start of the season.

Parent Guidelines

Here are some useful guidelines that will help make this an enjoyable season for you and everyone else.

  • Please show up at the field at least 20 minutes before game time so your coach can get the team organized.
  • Do not stand or coach from behind the goal. The referee will ask you to leave.
  • Please stand at least 1 yard back from the touch line to avoid interfering with play.
  • Respect the referee's decision. If you have a question (not a complaint) regarding a call, wait until after the game is over. Remember, the referees are learning too. If you feel that you know best, then consider becoming a  referee yourself!
  • Resist the urge to run onto the field if your child gets knocked down or hurt. Let the referee and coach deal with the issue. You will be called upon if needed.
  • If a player is misbehaving (temper tantrum, aggressive behavior, etc.) they may be asked to leave the game for a cooling off period. Please support the referee in that decision.
  • Encourage your child to be a good sport, win or loose. No spitting on hands or negative comments to the opposite team.
  • Only 1 coach per field. Players get confused when they hear more than one person "coaching" from the sidelines. If you can't help yourself, perhaps you should consider becoming a coach!
  • Heading the ball is not recommended or encouraged for this age group but it is not penalized.
  • Slide takling is not allowed at this level and will be penalized as dangerous play.
  • If you have the first game of the day, please show up extra early to help set up the goals. If you have the last game, then help tear down the goals.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the playing fields. After all, who wants their child running through urine or feces residue.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on or near the playing fields at either practices or games.
  • Please help pick up trash (especially yours) after each game.
  • Support the children, coaches, and referees from the opposing team as well as from your team.

AFTER-SCHOOL TRAININGS

The TUESDAY U8 After-School Training's from Primrose and are right after school until 3:45pm.


Attending players will be dismissed and will be walked behind the school to Van Tassell. Parents thus do not have to worry about getting the players to the training, only to pick them up at 3:45pm. Players must be picked up from Van Tassell by 3:45.

In order to attend the training they MUST be entered in the SCHOOL DISMISSAL MANAGER > SOMERS AYSO.

THIS MUST BE DONE FOR EVERY TUESDAY TRAINING!

If your child is BOTH part of the Y program and will be returning to the school instead of being picked up, be sure to send in note indicating that they are to be brought back to Primrose.

WHAT PLAYER NEEDS TO BRING

  • Player must have note (see above).

 

  • Player must wear appropriate clothing or bring a change of clothes. Player should bring cleats if available.
  • Player MUST bring shin guards and socks in order to be allowed to play.
  • Player should bring extra snacks / water.
  • Player does not need to bring soccer ball.

 

WHAT IF I FORGET ANYTHING ON ANY WEDNESDAY?
If the player forgets the needed training gear, Primrose is unable to handle parents dropping off these items. Please contact me or the school if you have any questions regarding this matter.

WEATHER & CANCELLATIONS
If there are any cancellations due to weather or field conditions, you will be notified by both easyAlert and email, and your child will go home as is stated on your form.

 

EMERGENCIES

If you are going to be late for Pick Up or there is an EMERGENCY please feel free to contact me at845-667-7055.

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SOMERS AYSO REGION 95

82 Primrose St 
Katonah, New York 10536

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 917-295-5254
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