What exactly is the big change this season? For the Fall 2017 season, AYSO Region 76 is following the AYSO National organization in making two fundamental changes to our age group, or division, system: 1) We’re changing how we determine age; 2) We’re changing how we name the divisions. These are separate changes, but because these two changes are being implemented at the same time, we recognize the great potential for confusion.
What’s the change in how you determine age? AYSO is switching to so-called “birth year” registration. Under the previous registration system, age was determined as of July 31. Under birth year registration, division is determined solely based on a player’s date of birth, so for example, all players born in 2010 will be in the same age group, regardless of whether they were born in January, 2010 or December, 2010, and also regardless of whether they’re in the same grade at school. This change complies with the new guidelines of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the U.S.
How does this change affect my child’s division assignment? If your child was born between January and July, this change does not affect his or her division. If your child was born between August and December, he or she will automatically be placed in an older division than under the previous system.
Does that mean my child will skip a division? In some cases, yes. Because this is a transition year, some players with birthdays in August-December will skip a division. However, in the past, some of these players have already chosen to play up a division to play with other kids in their grade. The switch to birth year registration almost fully eliminates the need to move up for that reason.
What if my child’s birth year now places him/her with children who are mostly in a higher grade? Can we move him/her down? As a rule, AYSO does not allow move-downs to a division below a player’s age group. We may, on a case by case basis, consider move-down requests based on grade, but only for players age 7 or younger. All such requests must be made no later than July 31 in order to be considered.
I understand the registration age change, but what about the name change? The only change is where the “U,” which stands for the word “Under,” is placed relative to the age. While the “U” used to be placed before the age, it will now be placed after the age. As an example, what was once called U8 (Under 8), now becomes 8U (8 and under). If you consider an entire AYSO Membership Year, which spans August of one calendar year through July of the next calendar year, children who turn 8 at any time during the second year of the AYSO Membership Year will be in the 8U age group.
None of this makes any sense. Can you just show me what age group my child is in this season? Here you go:
AYSO Age Determination Chart
What Division is My Child In?
Why are you changing your refund policy? Every player registration fee includes a $17.50 fee that we pay to the AYSO National organization. This year, AYSO National has handed down the decision that this $17.50 fee will be non-refundable with no exceptions. We do not agree with this policy and will continue to fight it. But since our region will be responsible for this $17.50 per player fee, even for players who cancel before participating, we too are making $17.50 of every registration non-refundable. We will make exceptions for those players we’re unable to place on a team.
Why is the registration deadline earlier this year? This year our main registration period will end July 31. After that, all players will be waitlisted. Some players registered after July 31 might still be placed on a team, but we will not guarantee placement for anyone who registers after this date. Late registrations make it very difficult to manage our team formation in the run-up to the fall season, and it is our hope that registering players earlier will improve the process.