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AYSO Region 1161 , Kansas City, Missouri

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child be on the same team as his friends?
If we have volunteers for the required staff positions (Coach, Assistant Coach and Referee) the children will be on the same team. Otherwise, we cannot make team placements based on preference. We work hard to balance teams and make them as even as possible. We will add the request to a list but it will not be a guaranteed placement.

How old does my child have to be to register with AYSO?

Children between the ages of 4 and 14 as of December 31st of the current AYSO year may register with AYSO.  The AYSO soccer year is August 1 to July 31.

How do I register with AYSO?
Registration is done through the following link at our partner organization,

Why do we register 3 to 4 months before the season?
All player information must be entered into the AYSO database before teams can be formed.  Entering players into the database is very time consuming.  Once player information is entered, teams are formed and rosters are sorted for the coaches.  Coach recruiting must be done for all teams that have not had a parent volunteer to coach.  Materials for coach and referee training must be ordered at least two months prior to the training.  Coach meetings, training, and a parents meeting must be planned and take place before the start of practice.  Uniform orders also must be placed to ensure players receive the uniforms before the start of games.  Field arrangements must be made. Volunteer forms need to be collected from coaches prior to practice so that the information can be entered into the AYSO database and background checks conducted.  Preparing for the soccer season takes at least three months and since everyone is a volunteer with jobs and families outside of soccer we need to start registration as early as possible.

What equipment does my child need?
Shin guards and socks
covering the shin guards are mandatory during all practices and games.  Sneakers or Soccer Cleats (No football, baseball, or other sport cleat may be worn)
Soccer ball
Water bottle (optional)

What size soccer ball does my child need?
Grade 2 and Below - Size 3 ball
Grade 3 - Grade 6 - Size 4 ball
Grade 7 & above - Size 5 ball

Who will coach my child?
Hopefully you!!! We are always looking for volunteers to help coach!.

Who will call me about my child's team and how do I know when we will practice?
If you have not volunteered to coach you will be contacted by your child's coach.  You will be notified after the coaches meeting which is scheduled for the week of August 21st.   At that time the coach will give you all the information about the practice schedule and any other information they have.

I see other teams practicing and I haven't been called.  What do I do?
Please do not panic if you see other teams practicing and your child has not been called.  If your child's coach was unable to attend the first coach meeting or is out of town then they may not have received their roster yet.  Also, not all teams begin practice at the same time or day. If you have not been contacted, email [email protected] or [email protected]

How often are practices and games?
Practices are held once or twice a week depending on age, field space, and coach availability. 
Practice times and locations are determined by the coach of the team.  Teams practice at Mark McHenry Park  and schools in the Park Hill School District. Fields and times are allotted at the coaches meeting.
Regular season games for all age groups are held on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. 14U could have a few Sunday afternoon games if they play inter-league games with another league.

When is the AYSO soccer season?
The fall season begins in August and ends at the end of October.  The spring season begins in March and ends in May.

How much does it cost to register?
YSO is very affordable.  Check the registration page for the current season fee.

What is the registration fee used for?
Registration fees are used for players national fees, insurance, uniforms, field rental, equipment (corner flags, referee flags, game balls, etc.), end of season medals, program development, and other needs of the region and players.  None of the region board members, coaches, referees, or other volunteers receive payment for their time.

Who runs my AYSO Region?
he AYSO region is run by volunteers who are parents just like you.  These volunteers attend training and conferences to provide the best possible soccer experience for families in the community.  Volunteers within AYSO are here because it's their passion...not their paycheck.

How do I become a volunteer?
It's easy.  Talk to your child's coach or one of the regional board members at the fields.  You can also contact the Regional Commissioner or any other board member using the emails on the "contact information" tab on the website.

Who are the officials during the game?
Game officials (referees) are volunteers.  They may be parents, older players, brother or sisters of players, grandparents, etc.  You can sign up to volunteer when registering your player. If you have questions email us at [email protected]

How can I request a refund?
Please see our refund policy under the Registration Information Tab on the website.

Are scholarships available for my child?
Limited scholarships are available for children who wish to play.  Scholarship applications are available by contacting us at [email protected]. Applications are reviewed by the scholarship committee and are kept confidential.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by the via email.

Game Conduct

PLAYERS:  Abide by the Laws of the Game, no foul or abusive language or gestures, have a positive attitude, commend opponents during play, participate in the traditional handshake at the end of the game, and most importantly HAVE FUN.

COACHES:  Demonstrate knowledge of the Laws of the Game, respect all players, no foul or abusive language or gestures, utilize positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within designated coach area, show respectful attitude toward the referees, participate in the traditional handshake after the game, thank the referees at the end of the game and HAVE FUN.

SPECTATORS:  Avoid coaching players, no foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach or referee, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no tobacco use, no alcoholic beverages, no illegal drugs), remain at least 3 yards from the touchline, acknowledge and congratulate both teams, HAVE FUN.

REFEREES:  Remember that the game is for the players, call a fair and unbiased game in accordance with the Laws of the Game, refrain from making trifling calls that interfere with the flow of the game, congratulate both teams and coaches, HAVE FUN.

Cooperation between coaches, spectators and referees will make playing soccer a positive learning experience for the players.  Any player, coach or spectator exhibiting unsporting behavior will be asked to leave the fields.  We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all costs attitude and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.

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AYSO Region 1161

PO Box 46842 
Kansas City, Missouri 64188

Email Us: [email protected]
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