Frequently Asked Questions
All of the info below pertains to the LBYSO Recreational (Rec) 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.
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. 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.
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)
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 about 4 weeks prior to the first game 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)
Uniforms are included with registration. Coaches provide practice equipment but player parents are encouraged to pitch in to help coaches offset the cost.
Each player should always bring water to games and practices.
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VOLUNTEERING – COACH, TEAM 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.