We strive to be the Best youth sports program in Springfield
- Always in Springfield, Always on Saturday
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Springfield AYSO have both Fall and Spring Soccer Seasons? Yes!
- The first game of the Fall Season is generally 10 days after school starts (i.e. 12 days from Labor Day) and ends the Saturday before November 1st.
Here's how the Spring Calendar looks
- Registration Deadline: March 18th
- LATE REGISTRATIONS FORM
- Coaches Receive Rosters Week of March 18-22
- Practices Begin as Early as the Week of March 25th
- Jamboree Schedule Posted by April 1st
- Jamboree on April 6th
- Regular Season Schedule Posted April 8th
- Last Games of the Season on May 18th
- Games are ALWAYS on Saturdays and ALWAYS at Thurston Middle School for U4-U10
How are teams formed?
- Teams are formed at the Coaches Meeting
- First Rule: Assign teams by school
- Second Rule: Submit Player Request. This can be completed on our website via the Player Request Form.
Where and When are practices?
- Practice locations and times are determined by your coach.
- Generally speaking, the majority of practices are from 5:30-6:30 pm, 2-3 times per week
- Easiest way to know when and where practices are is for YOU to Volunteer to be the Coach
- Anybody can Coach! I started as a soccer coach with NO experience and years before I coached, my wife started as a soccer coach with NO experience
- All the equipment and training you could possibly need is provided
- It will take you 2 hours to read through the divisional manual and about 20 minutes before each practice to write up an agenda for your practice.
Springfield AYSO Thunder/Lightning Policy
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) position is that if you can hear thunder you are within reach of lightning and that referees must protect the safety of all participants by stopping game activities quickly, so that participants and spectators may retire to a safer place before the lightning threat becomes significant. Applying the 30-30 rule is recommended and to wait 30 minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving shelter.
The AYSO National Referee Commission position regarding severe weather states: “It is said that lightning can strike from a clear blue sky that is within a ten mile radius of a storm. It is therefore strongly recommended that practices and games be terminated immediately upon hearing thunder or seeing lightning”.
In view of the above, the following is the position of Springfield AYSO regarding severe weather and is to be instituted by coaches and referees at all practices, games and other AYSO sponsored events.
Springfield AYSO will not cancel entire days or remaining games due to active thunderstorms in our area as these storms usually pass through quickly. Regardless of the weather overhead, when thunder is heard and/or lightning is seen, suspend play and direct participants to a safe area by following the guidelines below. Play may resume 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard, or lightning seen.
Areas considered safe
- Inside a fully enclosed metal vehicle with windows up
- Inside a substantial building (roof and four walls)
- Small buildings including picnic shelters and the open area of a concession stand
- Anywhere near metallic objects like flagpoles, antennas, towers, underground watering systems, soccer goals, metal bleachers, electric equipment
- Open fields, trees and water
Open area without shelter
- Avoid standing in groups
- Spread out to reduce risk
- Crouch on your feet, keep your head low
- Avoid being the tallest object
- Avoid lying on the ground
If a strike occurs to an individual
- Call 911
- If you are qualified to do so, apply First Aid or CPR immediately
- People struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch
Restarting after the All-Clear (30 minutes after the last boom is heard or strike is seen)
- Games which have completed the first half will be considered finished and the score at the time play was suspended shall be the final score.
- Games which have completed less than one half; the referee will resume by starting the second half, reducing the remaining time if necessary so that the match ends at the scheduled time.