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Perris AYSO - Region 544



AYSO Perris 544

Regional Rules and Regulations

Rev. April 2019

Voice Mail: 951 400-3433

Vision Statement

To provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.

Mission Statement

AYSO's Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun,

family environment based on AYSO's Six Philosophies:

Everyone Plays – Our Region’s goal is for kids to play soccer - so we mandate that

every player on every team must play at least the minimum required by the region’s rules

Balanced Teams – Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible

because it is fair and more fun when teams of equal ability play.

Positive Coaching – Kids win when they are built up, not when they are torn down! We train and encourage coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to our players, rather than negative criticism.

Open Registration – Our program is open to all children between 4 and 18 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.

Good Sportsmanship – We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good

sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.

Player Development - We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.

Our region accomplishes the mission by providing these essential services:

1) Coaching and Referee programs including quality delivery systems.

2) Quality administrative and operating systems with a support network.

3) Strong financial position.

4) Special network for volunteers, supported by a National Staff.

5) Program research and development.

ITEM 1 - The Regional Board

A. The board consists of **** voting positions. (See addendum B)

B. The board includes non-voting positions (See addendum C)

C. Board members are required to participate in training to benefit their specific job

descriptions. i.e., Section Training Meetings, Area Training and/or Regional Training. All

board members will have a Coach, Referee, CDC Concussion Awareness and AYSO Safe Haven


D. Board members are expected to participate in AYSO Region 544 official functions.

E. Anything expense over $50.00 must be approved by the Board or Regional Commissioner prior to the purchase. All expenses are to be copied to the Treasurer. When requesting a reimbursement

check, please fill the reimbursement form out completely. If requesting checks for more than one

vendor please use a separate reimbursement form for each check needed. All requests for

reimbursement must be submitted within 60 days from expenditure, prior to fiscal year ending and

supporting documentation (i.e. original receipt, invoice etc) must be attached. Failure to follow these procedures may result in disallowance of reimbursement.

F. Voting members consist of the board positions detailed in addendum (B). 51% of the active filled

positions must be in attendance, in person or by written proxy, to meet the requirements of a quorum.

Any voting issues will be tabled until the next boarding if the quorum is not met.

G. Elections procedures for AYSO Region 544 are as follows:

1. When a Regional Commissioner (RC) position is nearing term the following will occur;

● An RC search Committee will be formed six months prior to end of term

● Committee will investigate qualified candidates

● Must be a current voting board member with one year of voting service prior to the election date.

● Committee will make recommendation to the board within one month of forming with potential candidates

2. Candidates will be given time during regional board meeting to express why they aspire to be Regional Commissioner. When a Regional Commissioner’s term is close to completion, the election will be done as stated below:

● Elections will be held four months prior to expiration of the current RC’s term.

● The RC elect will shadow the incumbent RC until end of term.

3. The RC will appoint a Regional Board July 1st that will assume authority August 1 (New

Membership Year). The term for all board positions will be one year, with the exception of R.C. and Treasurer. There is no limitation on the number of terms for any board position.

4. All vacant board positions can be filled at any time by the RC. It is recommended that the RC seek board approval.

5. All board positions can be filled by anyone interested and appointed as stated above, except the RC.

6. When an RC decides to move on they will inform the board one (1) year in advance,

whenever possible. Elections will commence as stated above.

7. The Area Director, Section Director, and National, must approve the RC. Not receiving

approval would require selecting a new candidate and submitting for approval.

8. Whenever a board position changes the Region must submit a Regional Status form to the

Area Director and AYSO National.

H. Regional Commissioner can veto any vote.

ITEM 2 - Playing season

A. Registration – Fall Season registration will begin no earlier and no later than April. Spring

Registration will begin no earlier and no later than November. Registration for the fall season officially ends at noon (12:00 P.M.) on the day of the 4th scheduled game. Registration for the Spring season officially ends at noon (12:00 P.M.) on the day of the 4th scheduled game. The times and location will be announced by the Regional Registrar.

B. Registration fees – the fees that the region charges are used for insurance, uniforms,

and pictures, field & equipment maintenance, field use, and lights. Fundraiser fees may

be used for training, referee equipment, coaching equipment, field maintenance and other regional


C. Discounts – may be established at the discretion of the board and RC approval.

D. Refunds: - each parent during sign-ups shall receive notice that there will be no refunds unless the player has not begun practicing and has not received a uniform. The Regional board may review

special circumstances. All refunds must be requested by a parent in writing and approved by the RC

and Registrar.

E. Guidelines for Scholarships – eligible children/families should also be receiving aid from

other sources, i.e., AFDC. If not on financial aid, they must explain need for scholarship,

(low income, large family, single parent household, etc.) Financial specifics need to be

given. National fees should be paid. Each scholarship application is reviewed

anonymously (for confidentiality reasons) and considered separately. Approved

scholarship families will be assigned volunteer duties during the season. Scholarships

must be applied for and reconsidered each year, it is not an automatic "renewal".

F. Our fall season will be played as follows: Upon completion of the ten (10) game season (if possible) the teams that have met their Perris Cup Volunteer requirements will be invited to

participate in our Perris Cup Tournament. Fall Season teams emerging from the tournament that have met their Perris Cup Volunteer requirements may go on to the Area and possibly Section playoffs.

ITEM 3 - Regional Seasons

A. The official Fall Season shall commence no earlier than August 1st.

B. The official Spring Season shall commence no earlier than March 1st

C. The official Secondary Seasons (Spring Select and EXTRA) shall commence according to

National-Area guidelines.

D. All regional-sponsored teams shall abide by these Rules and Regulations at all times.

ITEM 4 - Insurance Issues

A. This is designed to defend AYSO and additional named insured against lawsuits or

claims. It means that if one of our participants kicks a ball breaking park property

while participating in an official practice, game or function AYSO’s insurance carrier will be


B. The AYSO Reimbursement plan pays only for those eligible expenses not covered by

public, group or individual insurance carried by the parents or guardians or registered participants and only after submission of the claim to all applicable insurance carriers first and subject to a deductible established by the AYSO National Office.

C. The AYSO plan does not permit double payment of medical payments.

D. All requests for reimbursement must be filed with insurance company within 90 days of the date of injury.

E. All accidents must be reported to the Regional Commissioner or Safety Director within 24 hours.

F. Accidents defined as: an injury requiring medical treatment by a medical provider, which

includes, but not limited to, soft tissue injuries, loss of blood, or any injury preventing the

child from participating in any practice or game.

ITEM 5 - Teams

A. The effective date of age determination of players is August 1st of the current AYSO Membership year. All new and returning players must present a valid birth certificate at registration. It is

strongly recommended that if your child is going to be playing on a High School team that they move up to Division U16.

B. Boys and girls age divisions are formed by AYSO Guidelines

C. All head coaches, assistant coaches, board members, and volunteers with direct contact

with the players must be registered with and approved by the National office and must be AYSO Safe Haven certified prior to the first practice. All referees must be Referee Certified, CDC Concussion Awareness and AYSO Safe Haven Certified. All head and assistant coach positions are subject to Regional board approval and training.

D. Any team playing an ineligible player shall forfeit all games in which the player

participated. The coach shall be brought up to the disciplinary committee. There will be

no transfer of players from one team to another. Except for exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Regional Commissioner.

E. All team personnel must comply with regional guidelines.

ITEM 6 - Duration of Games

A. Divisions Times Soccer Ball Size

U5 20 Minutes Size 3

U6 30 minutes Size 3

U8 40 minutes Size 3

U10 50 minutes Size 4

U12 60 minutes Size 4

U14 70 minutes Size 5

U16 80 minutes Size 5

U19 90 minutes Size 5

B. Half time period should be a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of ten (10) minutes.

C. The referee is the only keeper of the game time. The game clock will not be stopped for

substitutions. The game clock may only be stopped or time added for injuries as determined by the


ITEM 7 - Inclement Weather

A. Games will not necessarily be canceled because of rain if the fields are still in playable condition.

B. If deemed necessary the Regional Commissioner, Regional Safety Director and/or the

Regional Referee Administrator will cancel games. Teams should always arrive for

games unless the regional website or social media platforms have posted other information.

C. The Regional Commissioner, Regional Safety Director and/or the Regional Referee

Administrator have the authority to cancel games in the event of a smog alert, excessive heat or any other unsafe condition. Due to the geographic location of Region 544, playing in hot weather is to be expected and prepared for by drinking plenty of water and being vigilant of players’ physical well-being.

D. The referee will not start a game in the event of fog until both goals can be seen from the center of the field.

E. If a game is suspended during or after half time due to inclement weather, the score of the game at the time play is stopped, will stand as the official score.

F. AYSO Region 544, has arranged to make these fields available for your teams to play their

scheduled game(s). While the availability of these fields cannot be changed, if you feel that the

weather is detrimental to the health of your child, please take your child home. AYSO Region 544 must have release forms on all players who are practicing and/or playing on these fields. Games cancelled due to inclement weather will most likely not be rescheduled due predetermined field and referee availability.

ITEM 8 - Safety

A. All AYSO players are required to wear appropriately covered shin guards during all

scheduled games and practices or referee/coaches cannot allow them to participate. Appropriately covered shin guards shall mean the shin guard will be worn underneath a

sock with the entire shin guard being covered. The practice of wearing the shin guard

on top of long socks and then pulling the sock down over the shin guard is unacceptable.

The shin guard may also be worn under an article of clothing, i.e., long pants, warm ups

etc., but must still be covered.

B. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to drive the golf cart(s) at any time. Any volunteer driving a region golf cart must have a valid driver license and a current volunteer form on file.

C. No player will be allowed to chew gum or candy during a game or practice because of

the possibility choking during a collision, heading a ball, etc.

D. Any injury resulting in a player leaving a game or practice must be reported by the coach

to the Regional Commissioner or Safety Director within twenty-four (24) hours.

E. Coaches are responsible for following all Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness practices regarding injuries.

F. Player Registration – Coaches must keep a copy of the Player Registration Form with parent’s

original signature at all practices, games and AYSO team functions such as (Opening/Closing

ceremonies Carnival/Picture Day and Team Party) and give a copy to your assistant coach and team

parent as well. All copies must have the parent’s original signature. Referees may check before all

games that there is a registration form for all players. If a team does not have registration forms, the

team will forfeit that game and all games played without valid Player Registration Forms.

G. Transportation – Coaches and Team Parents cannot transport any children, other than

their own, to and from practices/games, unless given written parental approval. The

original document, signed by the parent, must be given to the Safety Director for safe keeping.

H. Scrimmage Games – Due to insurance reasons; we absolutely do not allow any

scrimmage games with parent -vs- player or anyone who is not a registered.

I. Freeze Sprays – We prohibit the use of sprays on players. The child’s safety comes first not the win.

J. Blood – Coaches must use gloves (provided in your team first aid kit and at the field tent) on a

player to take care of bleeding.

K. Blood on Uniforms – A player must be free from any blood on the uniform to re-enter a game.

L. Cuts – Coaches must follow AYSO Safe Haven practices.

M. Goal Safety - In several cases, children climbing on goals or getting underfoot while they

are being moved has resulted in serious accidents. Additionally, high winds may cause

goals to tip over. Therefore, never allow children to play on goals. Most accidents don't

happen during a game situation, but when kids are playing nearby and get the idea to

hang on the goal. Here are some actions that can be taken to prevent accidents:

1. When assembling goals securely anchor or counter-weight goals at all times.

2. Never allow children to climb on the net or goal framework.

3. Check all connecting hardware before every use. Replace damaged or missing fasteners


4. Notify a board member if you feel there is an immediate safety issue.

5. Always instruct players on the safe handling and potential dangers associated with goals.

ITEM 9 - Team Practice

A. Practice sessions will last no more than 2 hours twice a week in U10 through U19, 1

hour twice a week in U8. U6 may practice 1 hour per week in the month of August. No "Optional" practice days should be scheduled to circumvent the above restrictions.

Once games begin practice U6 will consist of the first 1⁄2 hour of the scheduled game time.

U5 may only practice during the first 1⁄2 hour of the scheduled game time.

B. Participants in practices or scrimmages will be limited to those players’ assistant

coaches, or coaches who have a valid player registration form in their possession.

C. All coaches must report field practice sites to the coaching staff.

D. No coach may conduct a practice of more than one team at a time without the Regional

Commissioner’s consent.

ITEM 10 – Uniforms and Equipment

A. Any Region 544 equipment shall not be lent to any person or organization not affiliated

with the region without the Regional Board consent and Regional Commissioner’s approval.

B. Only AYSO approved logos may be used. Names cannot be added to AYSO uniforms.

ITEM 11 – Forfeits/Game Terminations

A. It is mandatory to play a regularly scheduled league game unless a valid reason for

non-appearance is supplied to the Regional Commissioner prior to the scheduled game.

B. A team must have a minimum of seven (7) players present in uniform before a game will

be allowed to start (exception, U8-U10 will play with a minimum of 5 players, and U5-U6, will play

Jamboree style).

C. Teams must be ready to take the field within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled starting time for the game to begin. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit by the offending team and the game referee will enter it on the lineup card as a "1-0 forfeit".

D. Once a game has been started only the referee has the discretionary power to terminate

the game whenever he/she deems such necessary (IFAB Law Five).

E. In the event of such termination the referees do not have the authority to declare either team the

winner or to decide if the game should be replayed. In such a case the referee shall submit a detailed report to the board who will decide the matter.

ITEM 12 - Game Protests

A. Protest on judgment calls by referees will not be accepted.

B. Protests will only be allowed for the following suspected conditions:

- Use of an illegal player

- Violation of Regional Guidelines or AYSO rules and regulations

1. In the case of a protest, the protesting team must present the protest in writing or e-mail to the

Regional Commissioner within 24 hrs. of the violation. The Commissioner will investigate as

considered necessary, assign a hearing board (if considered necessary in his/her sole discretion),

and administer the appropriate corrective action. The Commissioner, in his/her sole discretion,

may delay any discipline resulting from the action being protested, but unless the Commissioner

acts in writing to delay the discipline, the discipline must be completed as if the protest had been

denied. The protesting party has the burden to prove their case with their protest claim.

ITEM 13 - Disciplinary Actions

A. Any violation of the AYSO National or Region 544 Bylaws or Rules/Regulations

must be reported to the Regional Commissioner who shall convene a disciplinary board

hearing. This disciplinary board will conduct an investigation and make a written report.

B. The disciplinary board consists of the commissioner, referee staff representative, coach

staff representative, safety director, gender appropriate coordinator representative and board member at large as designated by the RC.

C. Players receiving two (2) red cards in a season may be suspended from play for the

remainder of the season at the discretion of the disciplinary board.

D. Anyone receiving a red card for violent conduct may be suspended for a period of one

(1) year or longer at the discretion of the disciplinary board.

ITEM 14 – Player Recognition and Record

A. All players coming off the field will stand in a group on the sideline with their back to the

field until recognized by the referee.

B. Referee must be aware anytime there is a keeper change, either by the coach or the players

involved in the change.

C. In the event of a penalty kick, a goalkeeper may be changed with a field player. At the next

stoppage of play the goalkeeper may be changed back only with the permission of the referee.

D. All substitutions occur at the end of the first quarter, half time and at third quarter with the exception of injuries or replacements for yellow card violators. U-16 and U-19 divisions follow Area rules.

E. The referees may authorize substitution for an injured player. The injured player may not return to play in the same quarter. Only the player who is injured is credited with the quarter’s play, regardless of the amount of time played. The coach may choose to play short thereby allowing the injured player to return during the quarter in which he/she was injured.

ITEM 15 - Officiating

A. Referees shall attend an annual orientation/update and refresher course and be AYSO Safe Haven certified.

B. Referees shall always put great emphasis upon the welfare of the players and shall referee the

game in a manner promoting clean competition and sportsmanship.

C. Referees shall at all times impose the Laws as designated by AYSO and IFAB in that order.

D. The referees will be responsible for checking the field and "checking the teams in." This

may consists of ensuring that all players have on appropriately covered shin guards, proper shoes (no metal cleats or other dangerous equipment), proper uniform and that they are not chewing gum/eating candy or wearing any jewelry or metal objects in their hair.

E. The referee shall submit a written game report for all red and yellow cards issued to

players as well as any unacceptable conduct by the coach or spectators within twenty-four (24) hours. If the spectator displays disruptive behavior, in the referee’s opinion, the referee will first ask the coach to calm down the spectator, if this continues, the referee will ask the spectator to leave and the game will not continue until the spectator has left the field area. Region 544 has ZERO TOLERANCE for this type of behavior which includes yelling degrading comments to players, spectators and referees.

F. It is the responsibility of the Regional Referee Administrator to record and document all yellow and red card violations. The referee administrator will bring to the attention of the disciplinary board any violations that are subject to disciplinary review. A copy of written reports will be given to the Regional Commissioner.

G. Referee Shortage – In the event of a referee shortage, the home team will be

responsible for providing the referee and the visiting team will be responsible for

providing the two assistant referees. All referees must be AYSO Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness certified.

H. It is preferred that referees of Intermediate or Advanced level certification be assigned for U16 and U19 division as well as EXTRA and upper division Spring Select games. However, Regional level

certified referees may be used for these matches with the approval of the Regional Referee


ITEM 16 - Conduct

A. Harassment/Abuse of the referee, the assistant referee or players by anyone will not be

tolerated. Region 544 has ZERO TOLERANCE for harassing behavior. The authority of the referee

begins when he or she arrives at the soccer field and continues until he or she leaves the fields. A

yellow or red card may be issued before, during, or after the game. The result of harassment, abuse or unacceptable conduct toward the referee, the assistant referee or player either verbally or physically, by the players, coaches or spectators will be dealt with as follows:

1. Players – Yellow cards – are a cautionary warning. Red cards – a player receiving a red

card must leave the playing field immediately and may not be substituted for. The team will

play short for the remainder of the game. The player is also suspended from playing the next scheduled game. A player receiving a second red card of the season is suspended from

playing in the next two scheduled games. Violent Red Card - The player is suspended from

playing the next (2) scheduled game and may be suspended for the remainder of the season.

The disciplinary board will make this decision. U16/U19 Secondary Programs: Rules stated in current Area R guidelines.

2. Coaches – Yellow and red cards were designed for the players not coaches (unless indicated otherwise by a change of IFAB Laws). If the opinion of the referee or assistant referee, the coach needs to be cautioned, the referee will talk to the coach and inform him or her that their conduct is unacceptable. The referee will inform the coach that he or she has been cautioned. Any further unacceptable conduct on their part will result in their being immediately sent off the field. If the coach should refuse to leave the field, the referee will terminate the game. Whether the coach leaves the field or not the incident will be brought before the disciplinary board for further action. If the game had to be terminated, the disciplinary board will determine the outcome. If a coach is ejected from a game, they will not be allowed to coach or be present on the sideline for the following game. A member of the coach administration staff will remind the coach of this suspension.

3. Spectators – A coach is responsible for controlling the behavior of the teams’ spectators. As in the case of the coach, if in the opinion of the referee or the assistant referee, the conduct of the spectator(s) is unacceptable; referee will caution the coach that the conduct

of the spectator(s) is unacceptable. If unacceptable conduct of the spectator(s) persists the coach will be informed that the game will not continue until the spectator(s) leaves the

spectator(s) refuses to leave the field; the referee will terminate the game. The incident will be brought before the disciplinary board for further action. If the game had to be terminated the outcome of the game will be determined by the disciplinary board. If a spectator(s) has to be asked to leave the field he or she will not be allowed to watch the following game from the sideline. He or she may stay in the parking lot or significant enough distance away from the field so as not to be involved in the game. Coaches will be reminded of this suspension by a member of the Coach Admin staff and asked to help enforce this with the spectator. If, in the opinion of the referee, the coach attempted to control the spectator(s) no action will be taken against the coach. But if in the opinion of the referee no attempt was made by the coach to control his/her spectator(s), a disciplinary board may determine what action will be taken against the spectator(s) and the coach.

B. Altercations and Physical Violence – Any adult involved in an altercation, (verbal or physical) or the use of threat or use of physical force upon another, before, during or after a game will be asked to leave the premises immediately. They will be suspended from attendance and participation in any AYSO activity (this includes all team practices and games) until their case is heard by the disciplinary board. The disciplinary board will review the case and a decision will be made as to the length of the suspension.

ITEM 17 – Coaches Responsibilities

A. Familiarize yourselves with American Youth Soccer Organization and Region 544 Rules

& Regulations all written materials issued for their guidance.

B. All coaches shall annually fill out a National volunteer application form.

C. Participate in coaching clinics, Safe Haven and attend monthly coaches’ meetings, which

are designed to improve the overall quality of coaching and to pass out information

D. Promptly initiates and maintains close communications with all players assigned to their

teams and their parents. A preseason meeting with all parents is recommended.

E. Recruit one Assistant Coach, two (2) adult referees and one (1) youth referee for a total of three (3) referees, a Team Parent and several volunteers to help at practices with equipment and

regional commitments. An adult of each gender must be present at all practices for the

safety of the children as well as the coach. All adults and youth assisting at team practices must be

AYSO registered and approved volunteers with the AYSO National Office.

F. Instruct parents and players in AYSO rules and regulations and directives and make

every effort to ensure these instructions are followed during practices and games.

G. Praise and encourage players, never belittle them. Derogatory comments and public

complaints about players may result in suspension of the coach.

H. Try to resolve team problems (such as tardiness, bad attitudes, etc.) by discussing the

situation with the players involved and their parents. Any irreconcilable differences

would be reported to the coaching staff. If the problem is still irreconcilable, contact the

Assistant Commissioner, Referee Administrator, or Regional Coach Administrator, whom

ever is appropriate to the issue on hand. The Regional Commissioner is the last person

in the chain of command and should only be contacted when recommended by one of the above.

I. Direct any complaints to the Regional Commissioner. Any comments concerning the region may be addressed with a board member or email to a member of the board.

J. Schedule and contact regular practices and provide for the safety of the players during

and after practices. Never leave a child alone after practice. Make sure parents understand this policy prior to your first practice.

K. Only registered players can practice or play with your team. Due to the possibility of injury

non-registered players are positively prohibited from any participation.

L. Make sure your team is at the field early (30 minutes) and ready to play by the scheduled game


M. Minimize sideline coaching. A good coach teaches at the practice field. LET THE TEAM


N. Report all injuries suffered by an AYSO participant that required medical attention to the regional Safety Director within twenty-four (24) hours.

O. All Individual / Team Fundraising must be turned in to the Regional Treasurer or designee each

time money is received. It is strongly discouraged that individual parents be responsible for holding

money for the team. All fundraising monies will be held in a regional bank account for reimbursement with appropriate receipts. The refunds will be issued with proof of team expenditures, such as invoices or receipts for banners, awards etc.

P. A coach may be suspended from Region 544 for refusing to allow his/her team to play or

complete any scheduled game. Any coach allowing unregistered players to practice or play may be subject to removal from the field.

Q. Coaches will not be allowed to coach a team while wearing a referee uniform or region staff shirts.

R. All coaches must be registered with the region and must be at minimum of eighteen (18) years old and be at least two years older than the oldest players on the team.

S. Coaches need to help present a healthy environment for players, there is to be absolutely no

consumption of alcoholic beverages, use of tobacco or smoking (including e-cigarettes / vapor

cigarettes) products allowed by any person in attendance of any team function or in the immediate

vicinity of soccer fields (This is an AYSO & Park Rule.)

T. Allow no bicycles, skate boards or vehicles around the proximity of the playing field.

U. The Assistant Coaches are selected by the Head Coach, but must be approved by the Coach staff

after a volunteer form has been submitted and approved. Assistant Coaches are to uphold the same

duties and responsibilities as the Head Coach. They must also take appropriate coach certification and Safe Haven training.

V. The coaches are responsible for recruiting parents to help volunteer by:

1. Setting up and taking down field equipment, assisting in the snack bar, field painting, trash pick-up, assist with special events such as pictures, etc.

2. If you have the first game, you are responsible for your own goal set up and a

lined trash can at your side of the field. If you have the last game you are responsible for taking down your own goal and cleaning up your side of the field of trash and bring the trash can to the board area.

3. All team volunteer commitments as listed in Item 25

W. Coaching during games will be limited to, two (2) per team and within a 10-yard distance from the midline and 3 feet back from the touchline. U4, U5 and U6 coaches may be on the field as necessary for Jamboree-style play. U8 will be limited to two (2), one on either side of the field. U10, U12 and U14 will be limited to two (2) coaches on a single side of the field. The coach will keep all

spectators and players, not in the game, a minimum of five (5) feet back from the touchline and between the penalty lines. X. The coach of the home team will be responsible for setting up his/her team on the north or east side of the field. The coach of the visiting team will set up his/she team on the south or west side of the field. Home team will be listed first on the schedule.

Y. Always have the players emergency authorization forms (player registration form) in your

possession at all team functions. Players will not be allowed to play/practice if the coach does not have their form and their parent/guardian is not present.

Z. Game line-up cards must be submitted to the referee by the coach prior to the game listing each

player in number order. The coach will note any player absent.

AA. In keeping with the AYSO policy and the philosophy of sportsmanship, Region 544 would like to

remind all coaches that in a game where one team is winning by more than 5 points, that coach should take clear and positive action to make sure that the score does not become overwhelming and diminishing to the other team.

BB. A U14, U12, U10, U8 and U6 player will play 3 of every 4 quarters of every game when possible

and each team will carry a maximum of 15 players in U14, a maximum of 12 players in U12, a

maximum of 10 players in U10, and a maximum of 8 players in U8, a maximum of 5 players in U6.

CC. Goalkeepers in the U12 and U10 divisions can play up to 3 quarters as goalkeeper, he/she must

play at least one quarter on the field. In the U14, U16 and U19 divisions, the child can play all four

quarters. However, we strongly encourage coaches to allow the children to play a quarter on the goal to help develop their skills as soccer players. In the U8 division, a child can only play goalkeeper (2) quarters per game, we encourage that you have all children get experience in all positions on the playing field. The U6 and U5 are non-competitive divisions without goalkeepers as we strive to develop ball skills.

ITEM 18 – Responsibilities of the Assistant Coach

A. AYSO and Region 544 recognize only one (1) assistant coach per team.

B. Assistant must attend a coaching clinic and be AYSO Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness certified.

C. The assistant coach shall assist the head coach in his/her duties to the best of their ability.

D. The assistant coach shall assume the coaches’ duties in his/her absence.

E. The assistant coach shall uphold the Region 544 Rules and Regulations.

ITEM 19 – Responsibilities of the Players

A. To cooperate with your coach and follow his/her instructions.

B. To attend practices and games regularly and on time.

C. To maintain and care for Region 544 equipment/uniform.

1. Issued jersey tucked into shorts.

2. Issued socks.

3. Wear the appropriate size shin guards and be covered completely with game socks. Shin

guards must be worn underneath the socks, not with socks folded over the top.

4. No cast, brace with hard plastic or metal, or jewelry are permitted during practice or games.

5. No gum or candy chewing is permitted during practice or games.

F. To help clean the field of trash after each game.

G. To be at practice and games to show good sportsmanship. Make every effort to follow Region 544

Rules and Regulations.

H. To never intentionally hit, kick or harass another player whether on the field or not.

I. Individual players’ names or company name will not be allowed on team uniforms.

J. If discipline of a player is required, the coach shall contact the coaching staff who will in turn contact the Regional Commissioner before any action may be taken.

K. The disciplinary board shall notify the referee administrator or assistant of all suspended

players no later than Friday before the game.

L. Players arriving late to the game will be substituted as follows:

1. A player arriving during the first quarter must play at least three (3) quarters.

2. A player arriving during the second quarter must play at least two (2) quarters.

3. A player arriving during the third quarter must play at least one (1) quarters.

ITEM 20 - Team Captains

A. It is established that each team shall have a captain on the field of play during the game.

B. The team captain can also name an alternate captain. The team captain and alternate

participate in the coin toss before the start of the game. The winner of the coin toss must select which

goal it will attack in the first half of the match (or the first overtime period when extra periods are

played) the team losing the toss must kick off.

ITEM 21 – Responsibilities of the Parents

A. To become familiar with soccer rules, philosophy and policies.

B. To help with banner and team party expenses (if team decides by majority to participate in these


C. To notify the coach in advance of players’ intended absences from practices and games.

D. To support their child’s team and the team they are playing as to encourage good sportsmanship.

E. To behave in a responsible manner and avoid, under all circumstances, yelling, belittling

and jeering at other adults or children and adhere to all Kids Zone guidelines. Region 544 has ZERO

TOLERANCE for this type of behavior. Any official request to leave the field will be referred to the

Disciplinary Committee for further action.

F. To arrive promptly for each practice or game. Coaches are discouraged from

transporting players due to insurance and safety reasons.

G. To remain at least five (5) feet behind the touchline (field boundary) during games and

must stay between the 18-yard lines of the field. Be aware of the assistant referee and his or her need to see the line. Spectators cannot be coaching or instructing from behind the goals.

H. To assist in setup, take down, snack bar duty, and field painting throughout the season or when you have the first or last game of the day and completing referee assignments.

I. Not to bring any alcoholic beverages or tobacco products to practices, games or team

functions (this includes e-cigarettes and vapor cigarettes). Any violation will be cause for ejection from the playing area and possible permanent suspension from participation for the parent and his/her child.

J. For your enjoyment, remember that soccer is for the kids.

K. Tobacco products, drugs, alcohol, animals, biking, skateboarding, scooters, and skates

are not permitted on any of the Perris AYSO playing fields. You will be asked to put these in your

vehicle or leave the property.

ITEM 22 – Responsibilities of the Team Parent

A. To be AYSO Safe Haven certified and have a current and approved volunteer form on file.

B. To coordinate all team communication of the coach as requested.

C. To make lists and distribute copies to all players on the team; list to include but are not

limited to a team roster, team schedule, refreshment list and information about picture day,

sponsorships or fundraising efforts.

D. To make a refreshment schedule, assigning a different family to bring refreshments each

game for team, coaches, and referees. Also call and remind the parents of their assigned


E. To keep up-to-date with regional communication through the region website at, via social media, collecting paperwork from the coaches’ box each week, via region emails, text messages, phone calls, etc.

F. To remind and assist the team with picture day.

G. To assist/assign volunteer assignments so team can earn required volunteer points to participate in Perris Cup

ITEM 23 - Region / Team Sponsorships

A. Perris AYSO would like every team to have a sponsor. This helps the region to provide new

equipment, additional fields, Perris Cup medals etc

B. The cost of team sponsorship is a minimum of $100.00. In order to receive a thank you plaque, the sponsorship paperwork must be filled out and submitted to the Sponsorship Coordinator or Treasurer with the donation. Team sponsorships shall be split between team and region a follows 80% Team / 20% Region.

ITEM 24 – Team / Volunteer point system

A. See Addendum A

ITEM 25 – Team Volunteer Commitments

A. Division U10 to U19 teams must provide three (3) referees to cover at least one referee

assignment per week. The referee assignment shall consist of one (1) referee and two (2)

assistant referees each week. U8 each team must provide one (1) referee to cover a referee

assignment at the U8 level.

B. It will be the responsibility of each team to ensure that they have fulfilled each of their

commitments and failure to fulfill the commitments will prevent the team from advancing

to the Perris Cup and/or Area Playoff which determines eligibility to advance to Area/Section playoffs.

C. To be eligible for Perris Cup tournament, each team will be required to earn the

minimum required points as designated by the Perris Cup committee.

D. As an all-volunteer organization, Region 544 has the need for assistance in many areas. We

welcome volunteers to assist in a variety of ways such as picture day, concessions stand, field

painting, etc. We offer a variety of times to fit the schedules of many.

ITEM 26 - Postseason Play

A. Post season play begins at the conclusion of the season’s final scheduled game. All post-season

play will require completion of team volunteer commitments. Those teams that do not complete

the referee and regional commitments set forth in Item 25 above will not be eligible to

advance post season play.

B. Every team that meets the qualifying threshold shall be invited to participate in postseason play

C. Post-season play "Perris Cup" guidelines supersede any tournament

and/or inter-regional rules and regulations.

ITEM 27 – Child Protection – "VOLUNTEER PROTECTION ACT OF 1997"

A. All volunteers must fill out a volunteer application and be Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness Certified.

B. The Good Side of Youth Sports

Sports can be a wonderful part of growing up in American society. Some of the good reasons

to be in sports are:

● To have fun

● To learn skills

● To be a part of a team

● To learn what it means to be good sports

When these things happen, the experience is good for everyone. We want youth sports to be safe, fair, and fun. To make sure that's what happens, we try to make sure the adults involved:

● Do not have histories of hurting kids

● Know what kids need to help them improve in sports

● Show young athletes how to be "good sports" by being one themselves

C. The Bad Side of Youth Sports

Child abuse in youth sports can range from hurtful words to physical injury. There are

several different objects of abuse: personal feelings, bodies, or property. Being abused

can feel like being bullied. When a person is bullied he or she begins to ask the questions that often lead to further victimization:




Of course, the person who is getting abused or bullied is NOT the one doing something wrong. AYSO, psychologists, legislators, and educators around the country now recognize five problem areas:

● Emotional Abuse - playing mind games with children

● Physical Abuse - punishing in a physical manner, i.e. no water, excessive laps

● Sexual Abuse - speaking and touching in a sexual manner towards another.

● Neglect - whether parents excessively forget to pick up their children or coaches not

recognizing all children in practices and games (all children have special skills and


● Ethical Abuse - playing an injured player.

They all occur in youth sports. They all occur in AYSO.

D. Discipline of a Player

Often abuse is disguised as or rationalized as "discipline." The old school approach of "making

a man" out of a child is characterized by a face-mask-pulling, butt-kicking, name calling,

equipment-breaking, maim-your-opponent, cheat-to-win, swear-at-ref, spit-in-your-face


Child development specialists and psychologists know better. Correctly presented,

discipline has a different look and feel.

● Proper discipline is positive and produces greater self-confidence and control.

● Discipline is fruitless without proper role modeling.

● Discipline sets reasonable limits according to the age of the child and those limits define

appropriate behavior.

● Discipline requires rules; these should be short, direct, consistent, and few.

● Discipline is not affected through physical punishment because physical punishment

does not aid learning. The learning reality is that physical punishment teaches

avoidance behavior rather than discipline. It teaches what not to do rather than helps to

process expectations.

E. Protection through Promotion

The more people know about child protection issues, the safer children are. Educating

parents and your community is an important part of this process, but perhaps the most

crucial piece is child education. Here are several keys to awaken the child and make

child protection a part of his or her everyday experience:

● Foster meaningful relationships between children and caring, supportive, trained adults

(coach-player bond).

● Make each child a full participant in each part of the program he or she is involved in

(everyone plays).

● Promote the key qualities of courtesy, respect, equality, and tolerance, through a

focused marketing and education effort (sportsmanship programs and VIP).

● Model and teach conflict resolution skills (AYSO Team).

● Encourage them to speak up if something makes the uncomfortable or if someone is

bothering them.

● Cultivate a strong self-image through accomplishment, success, achievement,

and controlled risk taking.

● Implant excellence in an environment of fun.

F. Mandated Reporting

1. A "mandated reporter" is anyone whose job or volunteer position involves official

contact with minors. Our state laws require reporting when a "reasonable suspicion of

maltreatment" is present. The "good faith" standard protects most reporters from liability if the

report is false, but detailed documentation is important support for a good faith report. Inform

the regional commissioner and/or the regional child advocate immediately of any disclosures or

suspected cases of abuse. It will then be reported to the Area Director and National Support

Center for assistance with reporting duties and procedures.

ITEM 28 - Coaching credentials

The minimum Coaching Certifications are as follows

A. U10 Division --------- U-10 Coach

B. U12 Division --------- U-12 Coach

C. U14 Division --------- Intermediate Coach

D. U16 /19 Division ---- Advanced Coach

All coaches must be a registered volunteer in e-AYSO for the current year, have AYSO Safe

Haven. Region 544 requires all coaches take the CDC Concussion Awareness


ADDENDUM A: Volunteer Commitment Points

1. Field Setup / Take Down (volunteer must be 18 years or older to handle goal poles)

2. Volunteer Station

3. Field Painting

4. Trash Detail

5. Snack Bar (Snack Bar volunteer must be 15 years or older)

6. Special Events (picture day, registration events, etc)

Helping with any of the items mentioned above generally earns one (1) point per hour, per

volunteer with a maximum of three (3) points per team, per day. Some volunteer opportunities

may earn teams additional points but these opportunities will be advertised via the

region’s website, info in coaches boxes, etc. A total of 28 team commitment points is needed at the

end of the season. Each team must provide a referee team to complete assignments. Referee team must complete at minimum (1) game or (1) stand by per weekend. A referee team consists of (1) Referee and (2) Asst. Referees. A total of 20 referee points is needed at the end of the season. Referees must be certified to earn points. U8-U19: Referee = 2 points, Assistant Referee = 1 point

Points can be earned throughout the season but it is strongly encouraged that teams start early. Perris Cup schedules are made based on teams that will make the volunteer point requirement.

Team Commitment points……..28

Referee/Asst Referee Points…. 20

Total Team Points Required…...48

Perris Cup invitation requires (48) points for divisions U10 thru U19 and U5, U6 and U8 require 20 points, since there are no referees in U5 & U6 divisions. Extra, Select and U16/19 teams are required to meet volunteer commitments prior to advance to Area/Section Playoffs. Due to playing away games half of the season, alternate volunteer opportunities will be scheduled for Extra, Select and U16/U19 teams.

Preparation for Saturday games is essential to timeliness and will, whenever possible, be performed the evening prior. We welcome teams to earn volunteer points in this manner, earning a

point for each hour of work. This will include setting up nets, chalking the field, putting up signs, and preparing the snack bar.

Adendum B: Voting Board Positions

1. Regional Commissioner

2. Assistant Regional Commissioner - Operations

3. Assistant Regional Commissioner - Programs

4. Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA)

5. Treasurer

6. Regional Registrar

7. Safety Director

8. Secretary

9. Regional Referee Administrator

10. Assistant Referee Administrator

11. Regional Coach Administrator

12. Regional Boys Coach Administrator

13. Regional Girls Coach Administrator

14. Extra Program Administrator

15. U16/19 / Select Administrator

16. Concession Administrator

17. Team Parent Coordinator

18. Regional Event Coordinator

19. Regional Sponsor Coordinator

20. Field / Equipment Coordinator

21. Website/Social Media

Addendum C : Non Voting Board Positions

1. Positions under the leadership of the Regional Referee staff:

a. Referee Assessor

b. Referee Scheduler

2. Positions under the leadership of the Regional Coaching staff:

a. Boys Division Coordinator U8

b. Boys Division Coordinator U10

c. Boys Division Coordinator U12 & U14

d. Girls Division Coordinator U8

e. Girls Division Coordinator U10

f. Girls Division Coordinator U12 & U14

g. Division Coordinator U5

h. Division Coordinator U6

i. Division Coordinator U16 & U19

3. Concession Supervisor

4. Auditor

5. Purchaser

6. Scheduler / Statistician

Addendum D - Spring Fun Season

Spring Fun season shall be governed by Fall season guidelines. Perris Cup will be held at the end of

the Spring Fun season but divisional winners will not advance to Area/Section playoffs as these are

only Fall season programs.

Addendum E - Spring Select

Spring Select is a competitive secondary program therefore Perris Region 544 will field teams if there are qualified coaches, players, and volunteers willing to participate in this travel program. Cost will typically be higher than the primary program due to higher uniform costs and fees to play in the Area R circuit.

See Select Guidelines for additional program information and eligibility requirements.

A. Spring Select players must play 2 quarters of every scheduled game, unless out of the

game due to injury. Goalkeepers in 10U and 12U may only play three (3) quarter in the goal and must play one (1) quarter on the field. Goalkeepers U14 and above may play all 4 quarters in the goal.

Addendum F - EXTRA Program

The AYSO Extra program is a competitive soccer league created to provide a higher level of play for

those players who possess the appropriate skills, abilities, and drive. The Extra program is designed

to enhance each player's experience and individual growth through the game of soccer while retaining the spirit, organization and six philosophies of AYSO. It involves additional time commitment, travel and the cost is higher than the primary program due to higher uniform costs and fees to play in the Section 1 East circuit. In order to try out for an EXTRA team, players must either be registered with AYSO or complete the Non-AYSO Registered Participant Form. There is no requirement that EXTRA players have previously played or registered as AYSO players. Players shall be selected through an evaluation and selection process. Gender/age bracket placement of players shall be based on their age as of July 31 of the current registration year. EXTRA permits placement based on single year age increments. Divisions may be formed in single-year age brackets should there be sufficient teams to do so and with approval from the Section Director.

See Extra Guidelines for additional program information and eligibility requirements.

A. Extra Program players must play 2 quarters of every scheduled game, unless out of the

game due to injury. Goalkeepers U9 and above may play all 4 quarters in the goal.


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