Your child must be at least 4 by September 1
of the current soccer season in order to play.
What are the fees for fall/spring 2012/2013?
AYSO [core]=> $195
EXTRA => $150 x 2 ($150 fall collected at
registration, $150 spring collected later)
PLUS(K,1st)=> $250 x 2 ($250 fall collected at registration, $250 spring
PLUS(2nd) => $350 x 2 ($350 fall collected at registration, $350 spring
CUSP EXTRA => $60 ($60 fall collected at
registration, $60 spring collected later)
email the registrar if you have selected the incorrect options during
What is [AYSO] EXTRA?
EXTRA is the AYSO
travel program for players entering 4th grade or higher in September.
http://www.chappaquaayso.org/Extra_program.htm for additional information.
What is [AYSO] PLUS?
PLUS is the AYSO
program for younger players (K, 1, 2) who want more soccer.
http://www.chappaquaayso.org/Plus_program.htm for additional information.
Are there summer programs?
Yes. Please visit our site for information:
What does my
registration fee cover?
having the opportunity to play in the recreational soccer program, each player
gets a new uniform and trophy. Kindergarten players also receive a pair of
shin guards. Equipment maintenance also takes a large bite out of the
new nets, goals and soccer balls each year do add up! In addition, part of
your fee is paid to the Town of New Castle for field use fees, the AYSO
national organization (through which we are insured) and the local-area AYSO
organization covering, in part, costs associated with their organizing
area-wide games for the upper divisions.
I coach my child?
AYSO is always
looking for responsible parents to serve as coaches. However, we require our
coaches to go through some training. Each coach must take the "Safe Haven"
course which provides basic information on how to be a youth sports coach. In
addition, each coach must take coaching courses
and become "certified"
for the specific age group that he/she wants to coach. The courses are
offered by various AYSO Regions (including our own) around the area. We'll
keep you posted on their availability and we'll even pay the fees associated
with the courses. Volunteers that are "Safe Haven" and coaching certified
will be given preference for coaching positions over non-certified
volunteers. In addition to the certification courses, we offer coaching
clinics to help sharpen skills and to even learn a thing or two.
But even if you
can not coach, there are other opportunities to help out. (See below.)
How are the kids
placed on teams?
Kindergarten level, we try to balance the teams so as to have an even
distribution of boys and girls, and to have a cross-section of players from
each of the 3 elementary schools.
At the end of
each Spring, the coaches rate their players. So, at the upper levels, we try
to balance the teams based on the ratings. Here too, we try to make sure that
the various schools are represented on each team so that your child should see
some familiar faces at that first team meeting or practice.
Can I request
that my child be placed on a team with another child?
You can make the
request. At the younger levels, we try to honor those requests as long as
they are within reason. (A request that players A and B be on the same team
is a lot easier to accommodate than an request for players W, X, Y and Z to
At the older
divisions, a request may not be possible based on the players' ratings. For
example, we can not place 3 highly talented players together on one team
because that would create an imbalance among the teams.
Why is AYSO
offering "fall only" registration?
Despite our best
scheduling efforts, in the Spring our children are sometimes confronted with
conflicts among soccer/baseball/softball/lacrosse practices and games, as well
as other activities. To help address the activity overload and field stress
in the Spring, players in the U-10, U-12, U-14, U16 and U19 Programs will have
the opportunity to register for both the Fall and Spring seasons, or the Fall
only at the annual AYSO registration in the Spring. This will relieve the
players and parents from the daunting proposition of juggling their multiple
Will teams be
reformatted in the Spring?
Efforts will be
made to retain the same teams in the Spring as in the Fall. However, reduced
roster numbers may lead to combined or reconstituted teams.
Why isn't "fall
only" registration available for divisions K, U7 and U8?
commitment for K, U7 and U8 is still only 1 day (Saturday) per week for
soccer. At the same time, the baseball and softball commitments do not
overburden the children at these age groups. (There is no lacrosse for these
age groups.) Thus, the time demand does not (yet) warrant the reduced
Where do the
referees come from?
In short, they
come from you. We always need parents to volunteer to serve as referees. We
ask that each team in U10 and up have a parent that can step in and ref a game
if a ref is otherwise unavailable. Unfortunately, we have not had a lot of
success in having parents step into this role.
We also use high
school students to ref games for U10 and U12. But sometimes, we just do not
have enough refs to go around. Hopefully, you can help us out.
How can I learn to
be a referee?
At the start of
each season, we offer a 2-night referee certification course free of charge.
Each volunteer that takes the course and passes the test will be certified to
ref at the U10 level and will receive a referee's shirt and whistle. Advanced
training to ref at the upper divisions is also available.
Can I do anything
else to help out?
Of course you can
help. We always need volunteers to help out at various events like photo day,
registration, trophy day and the annual Dribble, Pass and Shoot competition.
Ask any coach or AYSO board member how you can get involved.