Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I request that my child play on the same team with a friend?
Yes, Region 1258 will honor your “buddy” request provided that the request is made pursuant to region policy. The Buddy Policy can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Is there a calendar for Region 1258?
Yes. Every 6 months, the Board of Directors calendars for the upcoming season. The administrative calendar for the upcoming season can be found on the Calendar
page of the website and a pdf can be directly downloaded from the Downloads
page. The Region calendar provides dates (subject to change) for board meetings, registrations, trainings, camps, player evaluations, deadlines (coach nominations and approvals, team formation and coach meetings), when practices may begin, the beginning and ending of the season, picture day, any field closures, Region playoffs, Area playoffs and volunteer appreciation parties. As these dates approach, the homepage of the website will provide further information, so please check back frequently.
What are the minimum and maximum age requirements in Region 1258?
The following chart applies for the the official membership year beginning Aug. 1, 2015 and ending July 31, 2016, and is based on the age groupings in AYSO’s Rules and Regulations Article III. Any player whose birth date falls on or between these dates should be placed in the designated division.
|Age Guide for 2015-2016 Membership Year|
|U-19||14-18||8/1/96 and 7/31/01|
|U-14||12-13||8/1/01 and 7/31/03|
|U-12||10-11||8/1/03 and 7/31/05|
|U-10||8-9||8/1/05 and 7/31/07|
|U-8||6-7||8/1/07 and 7/31/09|
|U-6||5||8/1/09 and 7/31/10|
|U-5||4||8/1/10 and 7/31/11|
|This age guide is for games and competitions that begin on or after Aug. 1, 2015.|
May I participate in a meeting of the Regional Board of Directors?
Yes. The Region 1258 Board of Directors encourages the participation of parents and volunteers at its monthly board meetings. The Board of Directors meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at the Willows Community Center
to discuss Region business. If an individual desires to make a presentation to the Board or discuss Region business, he/she must submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org
at least two business days prior to the meeting to ensure that the issue is placed on the meeting agenda for a given month. Individuals desiring to make a presentation will be provided 15 minutes to present the noticed issue to the Board after which the Board may have questions and elicit more information. Additional presentation time may be requested at the time the individual provides the written notice to the Commissioner provided that the individual makes a showing that the issue cannot reasonably be resolved in the time allotted. Upon resolution of the matter or if resolution of the matter is deferred to a subsequent meeting, the presenter will be excused from the remainder of the meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!
Who do I call?
AYSO is a national organization with almost 1,000 individual leagues, called Regions, across the nation. Because of the great diversity of AYSO Regions many decisions are made at the local level, including timing and length of the season, pricing, refund policies, coach assignments, etc. Accordingly, most questions can be resolved by contacting the Region 1258 (Las Vegas - Summerlin) administration. Click HERE
to obtain the contact information for the regional administrator who can best assist you.
What's a Region?
Region 1258 (Las Vegas-Summerlin) is one of nearly 900 local programs in communities nationwide. Each AYSO Region is the same, yet different. The Bylaws and Rules and Regulations are the same but because community needs and characteristics may be different, Regions have flexibility to accommodate their unique needs. The Las Vegas-Summerlin Region is identified by its own number - 1258. Your Regional Commissioner, Regina Jackowiak and Regional Board of Directors generally meet once a month during the season and perhaps more often for pre-season planning. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
How is AYSO organized?
The Region: The foundation of AYSO is the "Region", or basic community program. Each Region is headed by a Regional Commissioner who, with the help of a Regional board, conducts business within the framework of AYSO's philosophies, Rules and Regulations and Bylaws. Region 1258 (Las Vegas-Summerlin) is headed by Regina Jackowiak. Region 1258 has approximately 1,000 players, which are grouped into boys and girls divisions based on age. Regional Commissioners report to Area Directors.
The Area: Several bordering Regions compose an "Area." Region 1258 (Las Vegas-Summerlin) is part of Area 1S (Western Arizona, Eastern California and Southern Nevada). In addition to Region 1258 (Las Vegas-Summerlin), Area 1S includes Region 397 (Bullhead City, Arizona), Region 507 (Needles, California), Region 808 (Pahrump, Nevada) and Region 1315 (Boulder City, Nevada). Each Area is headed by an Area Director who is responsible for performance and growth of the Area. Area 1S is headed by Larry Berquist. Area Directors report to Section Directors.
The Section: Section Directors are responsible for the general welfare and administration of a "Section." A Section is composed of several bordering Areas and may cover a portion of a state, an entire state, or several states. Area 1S is one of 11 areas, over 70 regions and more than 100,000 players included in Section 1. Section 1 consists of the width of Southern California, Western Arizona, and Southern Nevada. Section 1 is headed by Frances Stronks.
The Board of Directors: A National Board of Directors governs the overall AYSO organization. Regional Commissioners, Area and Section Directors, along with the National Board Members, serve as executive members with voting rights.
The National Staff: The staff at AYSO's National Office in Torrance, Calif. works closely with these volunteer executive members and interfaces directly with each Region. The National Office provides many services: computerized registration; publications; liability and accident insurance; training for coaches, referees and administrators, and more.
How did AYSO begin?
AYSO was founded in 1964 in Torrance, Calif. with about 125 players. Today that number is more than 550,000 nationwide. AYSO's founders based its formation on community involvement. Region 1258 was founded in 2001 and has since grown to approximately 1,000 players and 200 volunteers!
How do I register my child?
Region 1258 requires ALL players to pre-register at eAYSO
. Once your child is pre-registered online at eAYSO, you will need to print 3 copies of the pre-registration form for each player you register. Lastly, bring (1) a copy of each registering player’s birth certificate, (2) cash, money order, or credit card as a method of payment for all registration fees and (3) the three completed pre-registration forms to one of the registration locations on the dates. For more information regarding registration, including registration fees, locations and dates, please click HERE
How much does it cost to sign up?
AYSO is very affordable. Generally, the registration fee is $125 per player. However, the Region offers early-bird registration and some promotional registrations for $99. Although registration is extremely affordable, the Region may have a limited number of scholarships available for children of families experiencing significant financial difficulty. The fee is used for insurance, equipment, uniforms, program development, field rental and other needs. None of the Region leadership receives payment for their time.
What if my child drops out and I would like to request a refund?
The Region's refund policy can be found by clicking HERE
When do the players get called?
Teams may begin practice 2-3 weeks before the official season starts. Coaches will contact the players/parents at least 1 week prior to their first scheduled practice. At this time, the coaches will provide all the information you will need in regards to practice times and location. After attempting to accommodate each coaches schedule, region administrators will assign each coach practice days and times at a specific location.
It's after February 10th/August 10th and my child has not been contacted. What do I do?
Please do not panic if you see teams practicing and your child has not been contacted. Not all teams begin practice at the same time. The very young teams do not always begin practice on the same date as other teams. Also some coaches may be out of town. If your child has not been contacted contact the coordinator assigned to your child’s division. Click HERE
to obtain the contact information for your child’s division coordinator.
How often are practices and games?
Practices are held once or twice a week; sometimes the youngest players have a combined practice and game on a weekend day. Games are usually held on weekends. Location of games and practices will be determined by the region administration with schedules provided to you by your child's coach. Practices and games for each division will be held in one of three locations:
(1) Summerlin Centre Community Park, 10588 Marketwalk Place, Las Vegas, NV 89135
(2) The Crossings Park, 1111 Crestdale Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89144
(3) Spotted Leaf Park, 2955 Spotted Leaf Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89135
For more information on the game play in each division, please visit the Division Guidelines
page of the website.
Does Region 1258 have a policy regarding play in inclement weather?
Yes. The policy impacts games and practices in the event of inclement weather. Inclement weather is defined as rain, thunderstorms, and their watches or warnings as issued by the National Weather Service.Rain
– practices and games should continue as scheduled in the rain. Cancelling and rescheduling of practices will be up to the coach, their tolerance for the amount of rain, and the condition of the field.Thunderstorms
– practices and games shall be postponed due to thunder and/or lightning. In such circumstances, play cannot resume until 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning strike. Players, coaches, referees, and fans must vacate the fields immediately and seek shelter. Games may resume after the 30 minute wait period, however, delaying the next game is not permissible. Games will be considered complete if at least one-half (½) of the game has been played.
In the event practices and games are played in Inclement Weather (no lightening/thunderstorms), clothing
in addition to an issued-uniform may be worn by the players. Please note, however, that only the Region Commissioner or his/her delegate may declare Inclement Weather
When is the AYSO soccer season?
Region 1258 operates two seasons: Fall (Sep.-Nov.) and Spring (Mar.-May) with separate registrations taking place in the Summer (Fall season) and Winter (Spring season).
What equipment is needed?
Soccer has limited equipment requirements. Shin guards are mandatory during practice and games. Full-coverage shoes are required, and it is advisable to use shoes designed specifically for soccer. Teams play their games in uniform (jersey, shorts and socks), which is supplied by the Region and are included in the registration fee. The Region also provides field equipment, such as goals, nets and flags. The Region will also provide each child with a ball once a year, typically in the fall season - it is ideal for every child to have their own soccer ball for practicing and playing on their own.
Who will coach my child's team?
AYSO teams are coached by volunteers from your community, many of them parents with children in the program. Coaching children is a very rewarding experience and coaching your own child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! To become an AYSO coach, you must be certified in the age level you are coaching. Certification takes four easy steps. First, register as a volunteer by clicking HERE
. Second, become Safe Haven™ certified by taking the brief online course, which can be found HERE
. Third, take the concussion awareness training online by clicking HERE
. Lastly, you must receive a short age-specific coaching training. For the U6, U8 and U10 divisions, the age-specific coaching training can be accomplished online by clicking HERE
. For divisions U12 and older, the age-specific coaching training must be taken in the classroom.
What am I expected to do as an AYSO parent?
Support Your Child:
Take your child to practices and games with the proper equipment. Support your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Help your child learn soccer skills and good sportsmanship. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory.Always Be Positive:
You are not on the team, but you have strong influence on the team's environment. Applaud good plays by your child's team and by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.Be Enthusiastic And Supportive:
Let children set their own goals and play the game for themselves. Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games.Reinforce Positive Behavior:
The best way to help a child to achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. No one likes to make a mistake. If your child does make one, remember that he or she is still learning. Encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.Let Coaches Coach And Referees Ref:
Coaches and referees are usually parents. They volunteer their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. What coaches and referees don't need is your help in coaching from the sidelines. So please refrain from coaching during games and practices. Referees are important for fun, fair and safe games. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully.Click HERE for five insider tips every soccer parent should know to make sure their child has the best possible soccer experience.
How do you play soccer?
Soccer is a simple game. It requires a field, a ball, two teams of players and their equipment, and a referee. The field is approximately the size of a football field. Smaller fields may be used for younger players.
The game is played in two timed halves of equal length. To advance AYSO's Everyone Plays™ commitment, quarter breaks can be made within each half to allow for player substitution. The length of each half is determined by the age of the children playing.
Physical size is not an important factor in becoming a skilled and successful soccer player. Because of the game's pace, every child participates in the action while on the field.
What are basic soccer skills?
The sport involves several basic skills: passing/shooting, dribbling and controlling (or trapping) the ball. These skills can be learned at any age, and a good soccer player works continually to improve them.
Passing/Shooting: Passing is kicking, pushing or heading the ball to a teammate or to a space where a teammate can run to the ball. A player may lightly tap the ball to a teammate several feet away or kick it strongly to move it down the field. The ball may scoot along the ground or may be kicked into the air. Most players use two types of kicks to pass to a teammate or shoot towards the goal. One is the instep drive which is a powerful kick. The other kick is called a push pass. Performed using the inside of the foot, the push pass is much more accurate than the instep drive, but is less powerful.
Dribbling: Dribbling is transporting the ball under control from one area to another. Soccer players cannot use their hands. Players dribble the ball with their feet, using light taps on the ball to move it along the ground.
Controlling: Controlling (or trapping) is stopping the ball in flight or on the ground, and then controlling it by either dribbling or passing the ball to teammates. There are many ways to trap a ball: (1) allow it to hit the chest at an angle that deflects the ball to the ground where it can be controlled; (2) allow it to hit the thigh or bent knee to deflect the ball to the ground where it can be controlled; or (3) use the foot to stop the ball.
Heading: Heading is unique to the game of soccer. When a ball is too high to kick, players "head" the ball to pass to a teammate or score a goal.
What are the soccer positions?
The goalkeeper is responsible for guarding his or her team's goal and preventing the other team from scoring. Goalkeepers are generally not used in U-8 and younger soccer. The Defender's primary duty is to prevent the opponent from having a good shot at the goal. This player also works to gain possession of the ball and pass it to a teammate for an attack. The Midfielder (or halfback) plays a "transitional" game from defense to offense and vice versa. Usually the midfielder is the most active player on the field and key to maintaining team continuity. The Forward's primary responsibility is to score, and also assists the midfielder in shifting play from defense to offense.
How is the field set up?
The field is divided in two halves. The center circle in the middle of the field is used to start the game, to start the second half and to restart after a goal has been scored. There is a large rectangular area, known as the Penalty Area, and a smaller rectangular area, known as the Goal Area, found at each end of the field. These are vital areas for both teams, and are where penalty kicks are taken. The four corners of the field are inscribed with three-foot arcs where corner kicks are taken.
May my child wear jewelry while playing soccer?
Players may not wear jewelry of any kind (including chains, watches, body jewelry and earrings), bandanas, metal hair clips or other ornamentation or anything else that may, in the opinion of the referee, create an increased risk of injury to himself or herself or to other players during the game. If your child wears jewelry to games or practices she/he will not play.
May my child play soccer with a “soft” cast?
Players shall not be allowed to practice or participate in any game with any type of cast or splint.
What are the rules (Laws of the Game)?
Who runs my AYSO Region?
Volunteers - AYSO is a volunteer organization with more than 220,000 parents and friends working as coaches, referees and administrators. It's not unusual to find two, three or more children in the same family playing AYSO soccer - while Dad serves as referee and Mom as coach. Coaches, referees, a registrar, a fundraiser, a field marker, a publicist, a treasurer - many people, all contributing their time and efforts to make AYSO a great program for our soccer-playing kids. AYSO works because the volunteers work.
How do I become an AYSO volunteer?
It's easy. Talk to your child's coach; contact your Regional Commissioner or any of the Region board members. They will be most helpful - and happy - to find the right job for you. Contact information for the Board of Directors can be found by clicking HERE
. Lastly, fill out a volunteer form by clicking HERE
I want to volunteer, but I don’t know the first thing about soccer?
Region 1258 provides age-specific training for all coaches and referees by our Regional Coach Trainer. The training is provided at no charge. Furthermore, coaches and referees are not left to fend for themselves after training concludes and the games begin. The Coach Administrator and Referee Administrator for Region 1258 are experts, highly trained and, most importantly, are ready to offer individualized assistance at any time.
How does AYSO protect its athletes and volunteers?
Safe Haven™Safe Haven™
is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection by:The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997
1. Screening and registering all AYSO volunteers
2. Requiring training and certification
3. Providing specific child and volunteer protection policies and guidelines
4. Promoting safety and injury preventionKids Zone™
Kids Zone is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. Kids Zone buttons and signs may be distributed throughout the Region and parents asked to sign the Kids Zone Pledge promising to behave within the guidelines of the program. Play It Safe
Safety is a big part of keeping things fun. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
Advise your child never to leave a practice or game alone. Walk with a buddy whenever possible.
- Goal Posts
NEVER let your children play on soccer goals. Portable goals have been known to tip over when people play on them, resulting in serious injury and even death.
- Code Word
If you normally pick your child up from the field, but have to send someone else, use a code word. That way, if someone comes up and says "Your mother sent me to pick you up," but they don't have the code word you and your child have established, your child knows not to go with the stranger.
What is Good Sportsmanship?
AYSO has always encouraged good sportsmanship in its programs. In fact, "Good Sportsmanship" is one of the philosophies listed in the AYSO National Bylaws. AYSO strongly recommends that its individual Regions promote good sportsmanship through dynamic programs. Elements of these programs may vary from Region to Region, but all define the conduct of players, coaches, referees and even parents. They explain the fundamentals of good behavior-which is simply showing courtesy and respect for all involved in the game. We figure that if players, volunteers and parents understand what is expected of them when it comes to good sportsmanship, that's probably how they will act. AYSO is proud of its many good sports, but understands that good sportsmanship doesn't just happen. It needs to be taught, encouraged and demonstrated.
Does AYSO have programs for children with special needs?
The Very Important Player (VIP) Program is for players with mental or physical disabilities. Click HERE
to learn more about Region 1258’s VIP Program.