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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, fully independent youth soccer league serving the Long Beach area.  We are a member of Cal South and, by extension, the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer.

 

DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN LONG BEACH TO JOIN?

No.  Long Beach residency is not required to join LBYSO.

 

when is 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 uniform (jersey, shorts, socks) which is the player's to keep.

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

what division is my kid?

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

The following applies to the Fall and following Spring seasons.  The "soccer year" runs September to June.

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)

3 year olds can play in U6 with league approval.
 

CAN MY SMALL kid play in a younger age group?

Players cannot “play down” in a lower age group.
 

My kid is better than messi.  Can they play up in age?

Players are allowed to “play up” with older players, if capable, with league approval.
 

who COACHES my child?

All Rec team coaches are volunteers.  The league does not provide coaches but will assist in recruiting coaches.  Anyone can coach and parents are encouraged to participate.  Another relative such as an older sibling or family friend or other individuals wishing to volunteer can also coach.

Parents who coach receive partial credit on their child's fee.

More info on Coaches Corner.
 

TEAM MANAGER

Each coach should ask for another team parent to volunteer to handle Team Manager off field duties such as snack schedules, acquiring a team banner, end of season party etc.  These are options decided upon by each team.
 

When is the season?

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

Spring games are early March to mid May.
 

When & WHere ARE PRACTICEs?

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.

 

WHen & where are games played?

Games for U6, U8 and U10 are on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  Locations include Heartwell Park, Marshall Academy of the Arts, Bancroft Middle School.

Teams in U12 and up participate in Cal South Intercity or JUSA Rec Leagues.  Games are on Saturdays.  Home games are at local parks including Heartwell, Molina and Marshall Middle School.  Away games are played at opposition home fields throughout southeastern LA County and northern Orange County.

 

SKILLS NIGHTS

We also schedule Rec Skills Nights for U6 and U8 players periodically during the season.  Skills Nights are group practices run by FC Long Beach coaching staff and assisted by local college players.
 

EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS

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

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

Uniforms (game jersey, shorts, socks) are included with registration.

Coaches are provided with some equipment and may purchase more on their own.  Player parents are encouraged to pitch in to help coaches offset the cost.

Always bring a water bottle to games and practices.

 

Do i have to volunteer?

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 PLEDGE

All parents, please take a moment to read the LBYSO Parent's Pledge.

 

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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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