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PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All of the info below pertains to the LBYSO Recreational League.  For info on Signature League, please visit the Signature League page.

 

WHAT IS LBYSO?

LBYSO formed in 1983 as a volunteer-run, independent youth soccer league serving the Long Beach area.  Long Beach residency is not required to join LBYSO.  We are a member of Cal South and, by extension, the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer.

 

REGISTRATION

When is registration?  How much is it?  Where do I register my child?  When does the season start?

Answer to these questions and more are found on the registration page.

LBYSO registration fees cover all mandatory costs and includes the uniforms which is the player's to keep.

Individual teams usually ask for parents to contribute to a team banner, end of season party, share snack duties once or two twice per season, etc.

 

AGE DIVISIONS

Divisions are all split into Boys and Girls, in 2 year age groups based on birth year.

U6 (players no older than 5 on December 31)
U8 (players no older than 7 on December 31)
U10 (players no older than 9 on December 31)
U12 (players no older than 11 on December 31)
U14 (players no older than 13 on December 31)
U16 (players no older than 15 on December 31)

The above applies to the Fall season.  Fall season age groupings carry over to the following Spring.

Players cannot “play down” in a lower age group.  Players are allowed to “play up” with older players, if capable, with registrar approval.

 

PRACTICE & GAME LOCATIONS

Practice day(s) and location(s) are determined by the coach of each team.  Coaches contact registered parents once rosters are distributed to provide this info.

We also try to schedule Rec Skills Nights periodically during the season.  Skills Nights are group practices run by FC Long Beach coaching staff and assisted by local college players.

Games for U6, U8 and U10 are on Saturdays at Heartwell Park or Marshall Academy of the Arts.

U12 and up Rec Intercity League games are on Saturdays.  Home games are at Heartwell Park.  Away games are played at opposition home fields throughout southeastern LA County and northern Orange County.

Fall games are early September to mid/late November. Playoffs for U10 and Intercity can carry into December.

Spring games are early March to mid May.

 

EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS

For practices and games, all LBYSO players require their own:

  • soccer cleats (not football, baseball… soccer)
  • shin guards
  • proper attire for practice (shorts, practice socks, jersey or t-shirt)

Uniforms are included with registration.  Coaches provide practice equipment but player parents are encouraged to pitch in to help coaches offset the cost.

Always bring a water bottle to games and practices.

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VOLUNTEERs – COACH, MANAGER, LEAGUE OFFICER

Is volunteering required?  No one is forced to volunteer but we surely encourage you to help.

We are a volunteer-run organization. The experience of the players is closely tied to the time and effort dedicated by our parents and others willing to help.  The more helpers, the easier it is for all.

Please join us as a coach, team manager, event staffer, board member or any other way you think you can contribute your expertise and helping hand.

If you are interested in coaching, please visit Coaches Corner for more info.


PARENTS AND ATHLETES

Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Long Beach Youth Soccer Organization experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


ESSENTIAL PARENT HOW-TO'S

Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules and communication? This list of articles will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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