No! LYSA is a great program to learn soccer for first time and experienced players. LYSA is open to players of all abilities, and teams are usually have a wide range of skills. U8 and older age groups play games against other recreational soccer teams, and all players are included. LYSA is part of a recreational league and team performance is not tracked or reported to the league.
Players will need soccer shin guards and soccer socks to cover them. Sneakers are legal on the field, but they are a disadvantage – soccer cleats are recommended (soccer cleats are different from baseball and football cleats, which are not allowed, because they have a toe cleat that would be dangerous in soccer) .
When you sign up you’ll also need to order a uniform for games if you don’t have one. The uniforms can be used for multiple years (they don’t change), so if you have one from a prior year that will be fine.
Having your own soccer ball is also very helpful, though coaches usually have some extras. Balls are different sizes depending on the player’s age group, as follows:
- U6 & U8 use a size 3 ball
- U10 & U12 use a size 4 ball
- U14 and up use a full size, size 5 ball.
Please note that jewelry can not be worn, and neither can barrettes or other plastic or metal items in hair (soft headbands and hair ties only). In colder weather, soft hats and gloves are nice to have!
The “U” means “Under.” So, for example, U8 means Under 8 years old — that is, younger than 8 years old as of July 31st of the current year.
- U6s = ages 5 or younger on July 31st of that season’s play
- U8s = ages 7 or younger on July 31st (usually they are 6 or 7 years old)
- U10s = ages 9 or younger on July 31st (usually 8 or 9 years old)
- U12s = ages 11 or younger on July 31st (usually 10 or 11 years old)
- U14s = ages 13 or younger on July 31st (usually 12 or 13 years old)
So, if your player is 8 years old on the July 31st right before the fall season begins, the player would be a U10 (not a U8) because they are not Under 8 years old on July 31st of that year – they are Under 10.
Players stay in the same age group until at least the following July 31st, so if in the Fall the player is a U10 and they play indoors in the winter, they will remain a U10 until at least the following July 31st.
For our youngest players, the U6s, the program is fun and developmental – a great introduction to soccer. The program is run by experienced coaches from Riverfront Sports and includes six sessions, one evening per week starting in August (day/date to be determined), at the Scott municipal fields.
For players U8 and older, the program is run by local volunteer coaches. Each team’s coach determines their team’s practice schedule. Practices usually begin in early to mid August, and are one or two evenings per week. There are typically 8 Saturday games, starting in late August and running through the end of October, about 1/2 are home games and 1/2 away. Your coach will contact you, usually in August, with details.
There is a lot of information online about how to play and how to train for youth soccer. Here’s one source for a quick overview for parents: the Youth Soccer Pocket Guide from www.usyouthsoccer.org.
Individuals interested in refereeing LYSA games should contact the league president. You must be at least 14 years old and complete the NEPSAY training course (usually held in August – dates forthcoming). There is no charge for the course for those who commit to referee for the full season, and you earn $20 per game. Anyone interested should contact LYSA at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
LYSA is a volunteer run soccer program — we depend on you to keep the program going. In addition to coaching, there are plenty of things to help with that don’t require soccer knowledge, such as helping with field set-up, helping at events, and supporting your team’s coach. Please contact us by noting your interest on the sign-up form or via email at email@example.com.