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AYSO Carson City Region 140

2020 Fall Registration Open

2021 Spring Soccer
Sports COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan

On October 2, Governor Sisolak issued a directive and accompanying guidance clarifying rules for youth sports during the pandemic.  This webpage is our Sports COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan as required by the guidance.

As everyone is well aware by now, the current COVID pandemic has created challenges for all youth sports.  Despite these challenges, we think it is so important to get our kids out of the house to have a little exercise and some social interaction.  That said, we are cognizant of the safety risks that COVID represents.  Therefore, we have created a spring season designed to limit exposure for your children with clinics/sessions designed improve players’ skills within smaller groups.

Board Responsibilities.  The Board will be responsible for ensuring 1) the maximum number of spectators and participants admitted to the premises does not exceed 250 people through scheduling a participant counts, 2) all spectators and participants maintain proper social distancing, and 3) face covering rules are enforced along with the rules and requirements set forth in this Sports Safety Plan.  The Board will create a schedule to ensure at least one board member is present at each session.  We ask that coaches and volunteers assist the Board in enforcing these rules.

Face Coverings.  All individuals, including players, will be required to wear face coverings while at Pete Livermore Sports Complex, except for players that are actively playing.  Players should wear face coverings when not exerting themselves.

COVID-19 Testing.  All coaches and other volunteers are required to take a COVID-19 test prior to the start of the season.  It is recommended, but not required, that coaches and volunteers take a COVID-19 test every other week during the season.  It is recommended, but not required, that players take a COVID-19 test prior to the start of the season.

Screening at Single Point of Entry.  There will be one point of entry, in the middle of the south fields (near the flag box), at which an AYSO official will take contactless temperature readings of each person entering the field.  Signs will be posted to clearly mark entrances and exits.  We will also ask those that enter the field whether they are exhibiting any COVID symptoms pursuant to the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Screening for Sports

Fields.  This spring, AYSO will only use the fields on the south side (fields 7-10).  The south side soccer fields at Pete Livermore Sports Complex is an outdoor set of fields with no defined seating.  A map of the fields is available here

If You are Sick. We ask that anyone not feeling well, with a fever, or exhibiting any respiratory symptoms please do not come to Pete Livermore Sports Complex.  If your player or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms, we ask that you not come to Pete Livermore Sports Complex, cooperate with Carson City health officials and tell us so that we can take appropriate action.  If we become aware that a player, coach or other volunteer is diagnosed with COVID, all activities for that team will cease for 14 days.  If a family member of a player, coach or volunteer is diagnosed with COVID, that player, coach or volunteer should not return to Pete Livermore Sports Complex for 14 days.  We will work with Carson City health officials to help with contact tracing and determine an appropriate pause in play for affected players.  We will notify the parents of each player that may have been exposed to COVID and provide return to play criteria at that time.  It is recommended that anyone who previously tested positive for COVID receive medical clearance before returning to play.

Scheduling.  All instructional periods will be scheduled with 30 minutes in between sessions to limit contact with other groups before, during and after practice without crowding.  Coaches, players, volunteers and spectators are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled time and leave no more than 15 minutes after the end of their scheduled time.

Spectators.  We understand that you want to cheer on your player.  However, to reduce the number of people on the field, parents are highly encouraged to drop-off their kids or to remain in their cars during sessions if they would like to remain onsite.  If you would like to cheer from the sideline, please remain six feet back from the sideline of the field and keep your family six feet from any other family on the sideline.  Spectators will remain on one side of the field while players and coaches are on the other side of the field.  We highly encourage only immediately family members of the player attend the sessions.

Smaller Groups.  AYSO recreational soccer for all ages will occur on the south side of Pete Livermore Sports Complex.  We intend to use one 12U size field, one 10U size field and several 8U size fields.  Players will be broken up into small teams no larger than the standard AYSO teams, depending on the number of participants, and assigned to a field.  All fields will be at least 10 yards from any other field or training space. 

Distancing During Play.  Coaches should attempt to keep kids at least six feet apart during warm-ups, drills and during breaks in play.  Discourage unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, hand shakes, fist bumps and hugs.  Player's personal equipment should be spaced at least six feet apart.

Equipment. Encourage players to use only their own equipment.  Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, will be available for coaches to apply for each child prior to starting play and disinfecting wipes to clean balls.  Clean all equipment that directly contacts the head, face and hand with extra attention and detail.  Players should not pick-up or touch other players' equipment when not necessary for play.  Players should not touch the goals.  Coaches are required to clean and disinfect their equipment between sessions.  Families are encouraged to clean and disinfect equipment after each use.  Uniforms should be cleaned between each use.  Equipment and water/fluid bottles should not be shared.  All players must wear shin guards under the socks and closed toed sneakers or soccer cleats.  No spitting is allowed.  Coaches are responsible for ensuring their players clean up all of their equipment and trash after each session.

Facilities.  Due to reductions in staff within the Carson City Parks and Rec department, the City is unable to provide normal services.  Therefore, restrooms will be closed.  We recommend your players go to the restroom before they leave home.  However, a sanihut will be available near the entrance to the fields.

Signage.  Appropriate signage for entrances and exits as well as reminders to maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash hands will be posted.  Signage will also include capacity limits and indicate those who are experience COVID systems are prohibited from entering the field.

If conditions improve, we may be able to create a more normal soccer experience with larger teams and games against other teams.  We ask for your patience and flexibility as we try to create the best experience possible as conditions evolve.

We feel that by following the plan above, we can create a safe playing environment for your kids and for ours.  Only by working as a team - with the board, the coaches, the referees, the players and the parents - can we do so.  We want to get our kids out of the house for their sanity and yours!  Please join us in bringing great soccer to Carson City’s kids!

For additional details and recommendations, please see the Nevada Guidance for Adult & Youth Sports COVID-19 Reopening Guidance, Issued October 2, 2020.

Playground & Schoolyard - Ages 3 & 4

AYSO Playground & Schoolyard
The only soccer program in Carson City starting at age three!

AYSO Playground & Schoolyard is the only soccer program for Carson City’s youngest players starting at age three! AYSO Playground & Schoolyard is designed to work in collaboration with parents to develop the child's fundamental motor skills using soccer as a common thread. AYSO Playground & Schoolyard is NOT a coaching program!

AYSO Playground & Schoolyard consists of six sessions for three-year-olds and eight sessions for four-year-olds at Pete Livermore Sports Complex (Edmonds Field) and Carson Middle School on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall (separate registration required for each season). Each session is different and designed to build on the previous lessons. Sessions include multiple games and activities designed to work on a fundamental motor skill or technical skill. i.e., balancing or dribbling, etc. Parents are provided a copy of the Playground & Schoolyard Curriculum at the mandatory parent’s meeting (see below for dates and locations).

Groups are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Typically, there are four groups split by age and gender. Older kids experience slightly more advanced activities.

A Message from the Playground & Schoolyard Coordinator

Hello Parents of 5U Players!

My name is Erich Haugen and I am our local Playground and Schoolyard (5U) program coordinator. Although this will be my oldest daughter's last season in this age group, I plan on staying until my youngest ages out in a few years. Thank you to all our returning players and volunteers. Last season was a blast and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you again this year. If you're new to our program, welcome! Whether you're a retired pro-soccer player, a preschool teacher, or a construction worker, you can help make our season stronger be donating your energy or resources.

To be fair, I don't think I ever kicked a soccer ball in my life until my first session with Chloe. When Chloe turned 3, our doctor informed us she was falling behind on her vocabulary and social skills. Soccer was the only organized sport I could find for her at the age. Before our first season, I assumed 5U was going to be a chaotic and emotional, free-for-all type soccer match. I remember thinking, Why would anyone sign a child up for soccer at 3? Aren’t they too young to understand and play the game anyway? In short, yes - but luckily our program promotes child development over creating competitive soccer athletes. After we laced up, Chloe’s speech, social and emotional abilities grew proportionally with her game. My only regret about our first season is that I didn't get involved earlier. For our family, soccer is a blessing.

You should be able to find everything you need to know about the Playground and Schoolyard program on this webpage, including program requirements and volunteer opportunities. If you still have questions, please feel free to message me.

Erich Haugen
5U (Playground) Coordinator
Carson City AYSO Region 140
[email protected]

Playground & Schoolyard Parent Expectations

AYSO is an all-volunteer organization. We can’t do this without you! Parents, guardians, grandparents and other family members are integral to the success of AYSO Playground & Schoolyard sessions. Parent with child provides the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest participants. Each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field to help guide them within each activity.

Sessions are led by our Playground & Schoolyard Coordinator who introduces and explains each game or activity. The Playground & Schoolyard Coordinator needs help from the following volunteers:

Activity Leaders: We need at least four Parents (or other adults), but ideally twelve, to help run the session for each group (one to three activity leaders per group). Activity Leaders and the Playground & Schoolyard Coordinator will bring the parents and players back together as a group after each module to recap the lesson and introduce them to the next activity.

Snack Coordinator: The Snack Coordinator organizes weekly snacks for the kids for after their sessions. You’d be amazed at how important the snacks are to the little kids! Ideally, 3 or 4 parents will volunteer each week to provide snacks (one parent per group).

Party Coordinator: The Party Coordinator organizes the end of season party. These parents collect money for the party and trophy/medal. (Approximately $10.00 to $20.00 per player.) Parents can decide if they want to plan a combined party for girls and boys or plan separate parties.

Fall 2020 Playground & Schoolyard Mandatory Parent’s Meeting

Each season we hold a mandatory parent’s meeting for parents of Playground & Schoolyard players. At this meeting we will:
  • Talk about AYSO’s six philosophies and why they are important to your player;
  • Discuss the general schedule for each session and how we plan to develop your player;
  • Discuss parent expectations since parental involvement at this age is vital to the future success of your player;
  • Discussplayer equipment requirements;
  • Provide you with the curriculum for the season; and
  • Provide a uniform and ball for each player.
This year, due to COVID, the parent meeting will be abbreviated and will occur at Pete Livermore Sports Complex 10 minutes prior to the first session (at 9:50 on Saturday, September 12).  

Playground & Schoolyard Required Player Equipment

As a part of the registration fee, AYSO provides each player:
  • An AYSO uniform, which includes a jersey, shorts and socks; and
  • A size 3 soccer ball.
Uniforms and balls will be distributed at the mandatory parent’s meeting (click here for dates and locations). Players should bring their soccer ball to every session.

You must provide for every practice and game:
  • Shin guards;
  • Closed-toed running shoes, sneakers or cleats; and
  • Water or other hydration.
Cleats are optional, but players must wear closed-toed shoes. EACH PLAYER MUST WEAR SHIN GUARDS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES TO EACH SESSION. PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY IF THEY ARE NOT WEARING SHIN GUARDS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES. Shin guards are worn UNDER the player’s soccer socks next to the skin. The socks must completely cover the shin guard.

The following are not allowed at any practice or game:
  • Splints or casts (hard or soft) of any kind; and
  • Earrings or other jewelry while playing - with or without tape or band-aids.
We recommend you refrain from piercing ears until the end of the season.

Spring 2020 Playground & Schoolyard Sessions

City Carson City AYSO Region 140 Playground sessions are generally held at Pete Livermore Sports Complex (Edmonds Field) or Carson Middle School (CMS) on Saturday mornings:

  • Saturday, September 12, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)
  • Saturday, September 19, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)
  • Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)
  • Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)
  • Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)
  • Saturday, October 17, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)
There will be one additional session for the Schoolyard (4-year-old) Age Group Only on the next consecutive Saturday:

  • Saturday, October 24, 10:00 AM (Edmonds)

Playground & Schoolyard General Session Schedule

The total duration of each session is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • 15 minutes - Session explanation by the Playground & Schoolyard Coordinator/Activity Leader for all helpers.
  • 10 minutes - Group formation (Playground & Schoolyard Coordinator/Activity Leader).
  • 20 minutes - Activities I and II (locomotor and non-locomoter).
  • 10 minutes - Activity III organizing and set up & water break.
  • 20 minutes - Activity III (object control).


This program is open to any player that meets the applicable age requirements. Generally, registration is open beginning in November for spring season and beginning in May for fall season. Registration closes after the first two sessions for Playground & Schoolyard and as divisions fill up, but no later than the first game for Core programs.

Please go to our registration webpage for more details.

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Carson City, Nevada 89702

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