What is AYSO EXTRA?
AYSO EXTRA is a program that provides the opportunity for highly skilled players to play soccer at a more challenging level. Each year, AYSO regions lose players and volunteers (coaches and refs) to club organizations because their children want to play soccer at the highest possible level of competition. EXTRA allows players to play against the best teams from nearby regions and areas to experience a higher level of competition while keeping costs reasonable and travel commitments light.
AYSO Area 1D Beach Cities, which is comprised of AYSO regions from South Redondo (34), North Redondo (17), El Segundo (92), Westchester (7), Hawthorne (21) and Manhattan Beach (18), has elected to participate in the AYSO EXTRA program in the Fall of 2015. Each region is allowed to enter a team or teams in the U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 divisions. Area teams will compete against each other along with teams from AYSO Area 1P (Beverly Hills) and Area 1F (Torrance/Palos Verdes).
AYSO Region 34’s Board has voted to participate and will form teams in any division where an adequate number of qualified players tryout. In the event there are enough players in any two-year division, we will consider forming multiple single-year division teams. Members of all Extra teams will NOT be placed on regular season teams – they will have their own practice times, coaches and schedules set by AYSO Area D, F and P.
Please Note: Divisions will be formed as player interest and talent allows. Region 34 reserves the right to amend the divisions, as needed, to maintain the best experience for the players and for proper player development..
So how does it work?
All players are eligible to try out for an Extra Team. Extra season tryouts are conducted to assist in the formation of teams for the coming year. There will be two tryouts per division with a third tryout possible depending on the number of players trying out in a specific division. Players are encouraged to participate in all tryout sessions available to them. An evaluation team, comprised of coaches and Board members who are not affiliated with a specific division, will evaluate the players and then will meet with the Board-approved head coach to select a team based upon the results of the tryouts and previous player performance.
Extra teams play a regular season of 10-14 games against teams from AYSO Areas D (Beach Cities), F (Torrance) and P (Beverly Hills) through early December. In February, Extra teams will play in a postseason tournament to determine a “Champion” who will move on to play in the Section Extra Tournament (in March in Riverside). Winners at Section move on to the Western States Championships.
All our EXTRA teams will be encouraged to participate in tournaments in the December-January time frame to improve skills and to get a chance to travel and compete against teams from other Areas. s.
If my child is placed on an Extra team, is he/she still eligible for All Stars?
No. EXTRA players are already playing at a high-level of competition all season. All Stars is for those players who have participated in the regular fall season and are selected at the end of the regular season to play on an All Star team representing AYSO Region 34.
EXTRA programs are primary programs, and therefore, Region funds may be used to support EXTRA activities, but only to the extent that they are consistent with the funds expended for the standard primary program. Each player will register and pay the appropriate fee for the regular fall AYSO season. If selected for the EXTRA team, the player will need to make a choice to accept that commitment and will be responsible to pay an additional fee. Fees for 2016 are expected to be in the $400 range. These fees will cover the costs for a second uniform, practice t-shirts, advanced trainers and entry fees (including referee fees) for two tournaments. Please note that additional items like backpacks, sweat suits, additional tournaments, etc. would be at an additional cost to each player. It will be up to each team to decide on these items. Scholarships may be available for families in need.
Eligible players must be registered with AYSO and must have participated in an evaluation process as determined by the Region. Any players not chosen will be notified and will be placed on regular fall season teams during the player drafts held in late July/early August.
Players who have not registered yet may participate in tryouts. If selected, those players would then need to register and also pay the EXTRA fee. Players are encouraged to register early to take advantage of early registration discounts. Players will be subject to the fees in place at the time they register to play in Region 34.
Coach Application and Eligibility
Coaches are selected by the Region 34 Extra Program committee and are approved by the Board, based on experience and demonstrated adherence to the AYSO six philosophies.
Commitment and Conduct
AYSO EXTRA is a special program. Players and families who participate must realize that this is a big commitment. We ask that this be the child’s primary activity as it will involve significant practice time and some travel time to away games. Players who play on other club teams or travel teams are eligible to play with the approval of the Region 34 Regional Commissioner or Extra Program Coordinator. Activities and participation in other sports should be limited or discouraged and the commitment to the EXTRA team should always take priority..
Player and parent sideline behavior must be in accordance with AYSO guidelines. The kids are playing a game to have fun. While being competitive is a goal, oftentimes winning or losing is taken way too seriously. Developing the whole player – both in skills and in their ability to deal with adversity and challenges is the ultimate goal in youth sports. Remember that you will be playing AYSO regions in other cities, and it’s important that you represent well not only yourself and family, but AYSO Region 34 and Redondo Beach as well. Players may be removed from the team if the code of conduct is not followed.
Teams will be formed according to the approved selection procedures, as described below.
In accordance with AYSO Rules & Regulations I.H, it is strongly recommended that EXTRA teams in U-10 and U-12 divisions be formed in accordance with AYSO's Short Sided Games recommendations and roster sizes. For U10, play will be 7v7 with the maximum of 10 on a roster, U12 will be 9v9 with max of 12 on a roster and U14 will be 11v11 with a max of 15 on a roster.
Teams must undergo new selections each membership year. There are no guaranteed roster positions for any player from one membership year to the next.
Questions?Please email Region 34's EXTRA Program Director at Jfmooney2@msn.com if you have any questions.