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Open Practices

One of the six AYSO philosophies is Balanced Teams. A key factor in starting the season with teams that are balanced is the open practice. At the open practices the players will be evaluated. Based on the evaluation, the players will be distributed across the teams to balance out the abilities and ages of players assigned to each team.

Open practice schedule information can be found on our calendar. Open practices are only held for the 8U, 10U and 12U divisions.

Why no open practices for divisions below 8U? These teams are created looking at ages of the players and the schools the players attend (when applicable).

Why no open practices for divisions above 12U? We normally only have one team per age and gender division for the older players. Thus, there is no need to evaluate the players in order to create balanced teams. If there are enough players to warrant open practices, then they will be scheduled. In place of open practices, the coaches for these teams will simply schedule team practices.