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Core Programs (U5 to U16)

AYSO is open to all players from age 4 to 18.
There is a FALL program with games Sep-Nov and SPRING program which holds games Mar-May
 
Players are divided into Divisions by age group
(“U” stands for “Under” for example U-10 is 8 and 9 year old children.)
 
The U5 Program is run each Saturday morning 9:00-10:30 at the same location (Congress Springs in Fall and Redwood Middle School in the Spring).  The focus at this age group is on fun and activities that engage them; the sessions are run by our professional UK coaches who lead kids thru the activities with parents participating alongside their child.  It is setup as one big team with the same color jerseys and activities are done as a group.  There are no parent coaches or team parents. There are no weekday practices at this age.

The U6 Program is also run Saturdays at Congress Springs in Fall and at Redwood Middle School in the Spring from 10:45-12:00.  We introduce the concept of teams with each team having 4-5 players that will go thru the activities together with small field scrimmages at the end.  These sessions are also run by the professional trainers from UK Soccer and each "coach" is a volunteer parent.  This is a ideal way to get into soccer and coaching as no experience is required and you will learn a lot while having fun with your players. There are no weekday practices at this age but we do have a excellent "U6-U8 Academy" program for players desiring an additional day of soccer.

The U8 Program has 1 practice during the week and a 1-hour game each Saturday at Congress Springs in the Fall and Redwood Middle in the Spring. The Practice sessions are with the help of a "Master" professional trainer who helps the volunteer coaches thru a set of training activities for each team. Due to this format the practices are on set days/slots (see below). Coaches are volunteer parents who have gone thru the required Safe Haven and age-appropriate AYSO coach training.  There are volunteer roles here helping both as a Coach or Team Parent.

The U10-U16 Program will have 2 practices during the week and practice and game locations are typically at Congress Springs in the Fall and Redwood Middle in the Spring, however the older ages may travel locally to "away" games against other regions. Coaches are volunteer parents who have gone thru the required Safe Haven and age-appropriate AYSO coach training.  There are volunteer roles here helping both as a Coach or Team Parent.

Practice Times
For U8: Girls are Tues OR Wed and Boys are Wed OR Thurs. Start time is typically 4, 5 or 6pm and duration is 60 minutes.
For U10 and older:  Your player's schedule is set by the volunteer coaches but typically run on a Mon & Wed, Tues & Thurs or Wed & Fri pattern (2 sessions each week).  Start time is typically 4:30 or later and duration is 75-90 minutes.

AYSO Division Player Age (as of July 31 before the Fall season)
U-19 Division    16-18
U-16 Division    14-15
U-14 Division    12-13
U-12 Division    10-11
U-10 Division       8-9
U-8 Division         6-7
U-6 Division            5
U-5 Division            4

All players are placed in Divisions by birth date. Exceptions to this policy during the fall season are extremely rare and are made only when league and player requirements coincide, and require approval by the Saratoga Soccer Board. Exceptional playing talent is not considered a sufficient reason to change Divisions

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