Welcome to the San Mateo AYSO soccer season. Our program is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 18 years. By registering in our league you have joined the largest youth sports organization in the City of San Mateo and one of the largest soccer organizations on the peninsula. Last year over 2,000 kids played on over 170 teams every Saturday on fields located throughout San Mateo. This year we expect about the same number of players!
AYSO is an organization that is run solely by volunteers. There are no paid positions in our AYSO organization; all of the volunteers give their time for free. We gladly accept any and all volunteers. We need coaches, assistant coaches, referees, administrators, picture day helpers, registration helpers and field liners just to mention a few jobs. We thank all of our volunteers for their efforts no matter how big or small they think their job is. Every job is important and any time that you can give to the league as a volunteer will be greatly appreciated.
AYSO is a program developed and designed for kids of all abilities. AYSO is one of the only youth sports organizations that have a culture and a set of philosophies. The six philosophies, Player Development, Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching and Good Sportsmanship are the foundation tenets of the organization. These philosophies provide the basis for all kids to learn to play soccer in a safe, fun and fair environment. In San Mateo we try to extend that safe, fun and fair environment to all of our participants including parents and spectators. Everyone is part of the team.
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. Over the past 3 seasons we have aligned our region with the National AYSO guidelines in that the programs we offer our youngest participants are simplified, short-sided games for our lower divisions (U6, U8, U10 and U12). Details of our lower division guidelines can be found under "Information for Younger Players – U6, U8, U10 & U12". In addition, this year we are pleased to announce that the Board has approved a U5/Jamboree program for four year old players. This program is designed to introduce the game of soccer to our youngest participants in a very fun and active manner. In San Mateo all players who arrive to games on time are guaranteed to play, either 1/2 or 3/4 of the game depending on the age division. (See "The Game: Play Requirements" for details.)
We would ask all of you to remember that all of our fields are "Kids Zones", a safe place for all of our kids to enjoy the sport of soccer and that all of you respect the places that the kids play and to do your part in keeping our "Kids Zones" safe.
San Mateo AYSO Regional Board
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