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Burbank AYSO Region 254

U5/Schoolyard Program

The objective of this program is to provide young players and their parents with a “pressure free” introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

The Schoolyard (U5) program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while also giving the parents a foundation to build and grow into future AYSO coaches, referees, and administrators. The objective of the AYSO Schoolyard program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the game of soccer. This is not to be considered a coaching program but is designed to expose kids to soccer. The two goals of this program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher. There is no post season at this age level; however, each player receives a participation trophy at the end of the season.


The Schoolyard program's fluid organization will provide the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. Teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. A “Master Coach” will lead each session.

The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Players will then attempt the activity while the Master Coach circles the players, providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the players back together as a group and recaps what they have done, introducing the next game/activity.

Each game/activity may end with a 20 minute short-sided game (3 v 3). Most importantly, the Master Coach will allow the players to play without coaching or teaching them as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer, not to begin developing them. The two goals of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities
and to let the game be the teacher.

3 v 3 Game Set-Up and Guidelines

Each player in the Schoolyard division will receive a uniform since it is part of the fun to get dressed up for “the big game.” Having fun will make the kids want to come back. The uniforms will be identical for all players. Based on how many players arrive, pinnies (different colored ‘vests’) will be used to differentiate the ‘teams’ for games for a particular day.

All parents should be encouraged to cheer positively and refrain from “coaching” (giving directions) from the sideline. This is the time for the kids to play – LET THEM! 


When will I hear from my coach?
You won't! This age group does not have volunteer parent coaches. This is the only division where the Region hires and brings in professional coaches to manage the chaos and the learning process. So, you won't hear from any coach. You'll just hear from your Team Parent about uniforms as the season nears. 

What does my player need?
Cleats and shin guards. Those are the only two things your player NEEDS. Everything else is extra and at your discretion. You may want to get a size 3 ball for your player to play around with at home but balls will be provided during the Saturday sessions. You will also want to bring a water bottle on Saturday mornings because we expect that it will get toasty rather quickly.

When does Schoolyard start?
Opening Day of the season. This day changes season to season but it is typically the first Saturday after Labor Day. You will show up at your designated location (likely, Dolores Huerta Middle School, Lower Field) and designated time with your player. Your player will have a blast and you can just kick back and watch, enjoy, and take pictures. Enjoy this while you can; it's the last time you'll be able to attend an AYSO event and not have to volunteer. Things change as soon as you move up in divisions (but we promise, it's still a lot of fun!).

What do Saturday's look like?
Your Saturday session will start at either 8 or 9 a.m. at Dolores Huerta Middle School, Lower Field, South. The group is split in two. Your player will be assigned to one of the sessions (8 or 9 a.m.). Coaches from Southern California Youth Sports Solutions will run these Saturday sessions with your player.  As Matt from So Cal Youth Sports Solutions says, "We love the chaos. We embrace the chaos."  Fully expect that this age group will be somewhat chaotic but it should also be fun. Leave your expectations at home!

When will I get my uniform?
Uniforms will be distributed to your Team Parents and they will make arrangements to get it to you. 

How can I volunteer?

For this age group, the only real volunteers that we need are a few parents to coordinate uniform pickup, picture/trophy distribution, and weekly snacks. So feel free to register as a Team Parent for this age group and we will reach out to you to let you know what we need. 

When is Picture Day?

Picture Day is usually on week 2 or 3 of our season. While you can make up individual pictures on another day in the future, the group picture will be taken on that day.  You can check our region calendar for the exact dates and times.

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Burbank AYSO Region 254

PO Box 7209 
Burbank, California 91510

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