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Balancing Requests

-One of AYSO's philosophies is Balanced Teams. For this reason, all teams will start with one head coach with their child/children on that team. All additional players will be added to the team based on player ratings from the previous season. 

-Assistant coach requests will not be granted.

-Head coaches will be provided with an opportunity to provide input regarding team balancing before rosters are handed out.

Team Balancing Information

Balancing the teams through player ratings

Although not a perfect science, it's all we have to balance teams the next season. As you know, “Balanced Teams” is one of AYSO’s core philosophies. We rely on you to provide ACCURATE PLAYER RATINGS using OUR RATING SYSTEM, as outlined below, at the end of each season. These ratings will help guide us as teams are formed for the following season. When we all do our part, we help ensure a positive playing experience for our young players!

Important Notes:

1.       The Ratings Must Be Accurate and use our Rating System;

2.       Ratings forms for 6U & 8U will be emailed to coaches. Printed copies will be available in your Coaches box as well. 10U, 12U, and 14U should attend ratings night.

3.       The Ratings Must Be Turned in at the Coaches box on the field or Emailed to [email protected]

Our Rating System:

To keep it simple, we just need a rating of 1 through 5 (for 6U & 8U) and 1-10 for (10U-18U) for each player, no half numbers.  

Please consider the following:

·         Player’s skill level in relation to other teams you have faced – not just in relation to your own team. Concretely, a player who may be a 5 on my team may only be a 3 when compared to other teams we have faced.

·         Age level appropriate skills: e.g. the 6U player is not expected to know how to push pass perfectly, but a U12 player who can pass the ball or move into space may merit a higher rating than one who cannot.

·         Don’t stack-rank your team, but don’t give them all the same rating, either. As a coach, it is your responsibility to differentiate your player talent.

See Guidelines Below:

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AYSO Region 83 - Five Cities

P.O. Box 1166 
Arroyo Grande, California 93421

Email Us: [email protected]

Phone: 805-000-0000