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Renee Sheldon Cathy Baur
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Asst. Division Director

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U5/U6 Home Page

Overview

The U5/U6 division is a learning division and is designed to introduce young players to the game of soccer. Teams meet for a 1-hour session on Saturdays. Each session is divided into a half hour practice time where children learn basic skills, and a half hour of game time. The children will play short-sided games (3 on a side) on small fields with highly simplified laws. Short-sided games help ensure that children have fun and at the same time, maximize their learning opportunities.

AYSO is committed to its six philosophies:

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

kz-logo.gif (1280 bytes)Kids 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 all of AYSO U5/U6 coaches are first-time coaches-parents. 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.

The time commitment involved is around 1 hour a week. Since you already have to be at the field with your child this should not impact your schedule. In addition, you will need to attend a U5/U6 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 the practice/game sessions to assist the coach. Fill in for the coach when he/she cannot be present. You will need to attend a U5/U6 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!

Age Requirement

Participation in the season requires that U5 players be born between August 1, and July 31, and U6 players be born between August 1, and July 31, .

Games

All practice/game sessions will be held at Roosevelt Elementary School in Redwood City on Saturdays between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. View the game schedule for U5/U6 by clicking here.

Player's Equipment

As part of the registration fee, each player receives a full uniform (jersey and 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:

  • Shin guards (mandatory for all practices and games)
  • Size 3 soccer ball (highly recommended)
  • Soccer shoes (These shoes may not have a toe cleat. Tennis shoes are ok.)
  • Water bottle (great for those hot fall 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: medic-alert bracelets)

Important Dates

August 2014
8/9/14 Sa Coaches Clinic - Field U5-U12 @ 8:30AM-12PM on 49er West
Logon to EAYSO and go to Signup->Course
U5/U6 Course Id: 201402313
U8 Course Id: 201402315
U10/U12 sign-up with classroom ID on 8/14 or 8/21
8/11-15/14 Mo-Fr Soccer Camp @ Bechet Field click here to sign-up
8/16/14 Sa Coaches Clinic - Field U5-U12 @ 8:30AM-12PM on Hawes
Logon to EAYSO and go to Signup->Course
U5/U6 Course ID: 201402318
U8 Course Id: 201402319
U10/U12 sign-up with classroom ID on 8/14 or 8/21
8/23/14 Sa U5/U6 Parent Meeting 9-10AM @ Peninsula Covenant Church
8/23/14 Sa Coaches Clinic - Field U5-U12 @ 8:30AM-12PM on Kennedy
Logon to EAYSO and go to Signup->Course
U5/U6 Course Id: 201402324
U8 Course Id: 201402323
U10/U12 sign-up with classroom ID on 8/14 or 8/21
September 2014
9/6/14 Sa Fall Season Starts U5-U14
9/13/14 Sa U5-U8 Photo Day
9/14/14 Su Coaching Course U5-U10 on Kennedy
Logon to EAYSO and go to Signup->Course
U5/U6 Course ID: TBD
U8 Course Id: TBD
U8 Course Id: TBD
October 2014
TBD   Photo Day Make-up

Teams

Each team consists of 8 or 9 players and are divided into boys and girls teams.

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 about10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Resist the urge to run onto the field if your child gets knocked down or hurt. Let the 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 for a cooling off period. Please support the coach in that decision.
  • 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!
  • No parents on the playing field. If you are not the coach or assistant coach then sit back, relax, and enjoy. Let them run the show.
  • Heading the ball is not recommended or encouraged for this age group.
  • Slide talking is not allowed at this level.
  • If you have the first session of the day, please show up extra early to help set up the goals. If you have the last one, then help tear down the goals.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the playing fields.
  • 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.

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