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Westchester AYSO Region 1438

Welcome to the 2019 Westchester AYSO season!


This year we are celebrating 16 years in Westchester!  Thank you for volunteering. We truly appreciate your commitment to the Westchester AYSO Soccer Program.
The following guidelines are in place to keep our children safe.  It is always about the kids – their enjoyment, safety, and the life lessons they will learn from an AYSO program. It’s more than just kicking a ball around a field!

Please take a few minutes to read this carefully,
 as it contains a lot of important information.

Important Items to Keep in Mind for Practices and Games:

  • Every Coach must register as a volunteer at www.westchesterayso.org. This will alert the AYSO National Office to run a Background Check based on the information you provided.
  • Safe Haven Training Certification – ALL coaches (incl. co-coaches) must complete the online Safe Haven course prior to the start of your first practice.  This course only needs to be taken once, not annually. This is a requirement – no exceptions.
  • If you are Registered as a volunteer (background check came back clean) and have completed the Safe Haven training, then you may begin practice.  The following divisions can practice once per week only - 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U/16U - any day Monday thru Friday at the Community Center fields on a first-come first-served basis.  The Playground, 5U and 6U divisions cannot host a practice during the week, no exceptions.
  • If you are playing the last game on that field for that day – we ask that you bring the corner flags, benches, game ball, garbage/clothing to the Soccer Garage.  Let’s respect our fields and equipment.
  • Your first ‘practice’ should include a Parent meeting to cover the following topics:
  •  Ask one person to be a Team Parent.  The Team Parent can help with keeping the players/families informed of important information (i.e. Picture Day, snack list, etc.).
  • Let the parents know that if they plan to drop their child off for practice, that they communicate that to you. Please be stern in setting a pickup time. It is inexcusable for a coach to have to wait for the child to be picked up 5, 10, even 20 minutes after practice has ended.
  • Ask that all parents tell you whether their child will miss a game or practice – this will help you especially in planning ahead for games.
  • For Co-ed divisions, male coaches must have 1 adult female present at all practices and female coaches must have 1 adult male present. For single gender divisions, boys teams must have at least 1 adult male present and girls teams must have at least 1 adult female present.  Refer to your Safe Haven training.
  • Shin Guards are required during all practices and games.  If shin guards are not worn, the player will not be able to play.  Periodic visits during practice nights will ensure this rule is enforced.  It is for the safety of the players.  Soccer spikes, which don’t have the toe cleat, are not required but encouraged. Any shoe with a toe cleat is prohibited.
  • Jewelry may not be worn during practices or games, cloth accessories are allowed.  This includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings etc.  Newly pierced ears is often tried as an exception to this rule – it is NOT, as there are NO exceptions to this rule.
  • Each player is asked to provide their own soccer ball for practice.  The appropriate sized balls are:  6U & 8U requires a size 3; 10U & 12U requires a size 4; and 14U and above require a size 5.  This is to enable the player to practice during the week at home.
  • Equipment Bag – Each team (8U and above) will be given 3 to 4 soccer balls, cones, pinnies, first aid kit (including ice pack), whistle, and goalie gloves, if requested.  This bag stays with you for the duration of the season.  We’ll do bag drop off on the last game day.
  • AYSO’s National Office has instituted the Coach Training Rule requiring all coaches/co-coaches to be appropriately trained for their division. 
  • If you are unable to attend a practice or game, please advise Ronda Jaber or Dave Pointon. Parents that are not registered volunteers are not allowed to oversee a practice or game. We will find a suitable replacement.  If there is a parent on your team that would like to be your co-coach, please forward that information to Ronda or Dave so we may communicate the responsibilities required (register as a volunteer, safe haven training, coach training).

We truly appreciate your commitment to the Westchester AYSO Soccer Program. The guidelines are in place to keep our children safe.  It is always about the kids – their enjoyment, safety, and the life lessons they will learn from an AYSO program. It’s more than just kicking a ball around a field!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ronda Jaber or Dave Pointon.  We look forward to a great season!

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Westchester AYSO Region 1438

PO Box 7519 
Westchester, Illinois 60154

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 312-560-7675
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