FAQ

Who is PHMSA, AYSO?

PHMSA stands for Pleasant Hill Martinez Soccer Association. We are one of the many soccer regions within the
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). Specifically we are, Area 2C Region 281. PHMSA is a non-profit
organization with 100% volunteers. With close to 2,500 players we need parents like you to volunteer. PHMSA is
committed to following AYSO’s Vision to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives,
as well as AYSO’s Mission to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a safe, fun, fair
environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies.

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How do I contact PHMSA?

Mail: PHMSA
       52 Golf Club Road #252
       Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Web: www.phmsa.org
Email: soccer@phmsa.org

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Who can play?

Boys and Girls between the ages of 4 and 18 years of age play in our Fall (“House”) league.

Even though we’re called the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Soccer Association, there is no residency requirement. We have kids from all of the surrounding communities in addition to Pleasant Hill and Martinez residents.

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What are the ages?

US Soccer has instituted Birth Year registration. AYSO has adopted this starting with the MY2017
membership year (8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018) along with the new Division naming convention ##U verses
U##. (The “U” means under)

What this means to you: All players born between 1/1 and 7/31 will see no change in their progression within the divisions. Those born between 8/1 and 12/31 will move up one “rung” in the division ladder this year only. All that has happened is that the 2-year window we use for most divisions has slid back by 5 months.

For more information see our explanation sheet or details can be found on AYSO’s Site for birth year registration.

Age Divisions for the 2017-2018 Season are:

Age Guide for 2017 Membership Year
Birth Year Division
1999 – 2003 19U
2000 18U*
2001 17U*
2002 16U*
2003 15U*
2004 & 2005 14U (& 13U)
2006 & 2007 12U (& 11U)
2008 & 2009 10U (& 9U)
2010 & 2011 8U (& 7U)
2012 6U
2013 5U

*Traditionally PHMSA and Area 2C has combined U19-U15 to create competitive and more teams that can compete fairly with the other regions.

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Why can’t my child play (up or down) in a different age division?

AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on birth dates. The AYSO “year” runs from August 1st through July 31st. Many children are in “different” divisions than their school classmates.
We encourage you to view this as a positive experience – it will allow your child to broaden his/her relationships outside of school and enjoy making new friends.

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Why can’t my child be placed on a friend’s team?

One of the primary philosophies of AYSO is Balanced Teams, We do this by random team assignment, coupled with player ratings when available. However, if you have siblings of the same sex and in the same age division, you can request that they be assigned to the same team.

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How do I sign up?

Parents or guardians must come in person to one of our Open Registration sessions. If your child did NOT play with PHMSA last season, please bring proof of age, such as a birth certificate, medical card, or passport. Children who played with us last season will have pre-printed registration forms indicating that their age was verified previously. Please pre-register with ayso281.org (see below).

Registration is on the following dates:

When and Where:

See our Fall Page for more information

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Online Registration

Please call the National Help Desk (866.588.2976 … we are Region 281) if you have problems.

What is e•ayso

ayso281.org is an online pre-registration system maintained by AYSO National.

Speed your registration process by pre-registration with ayso281.org.

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Will the league fill up?

If you register your child at one of our open registration sessions, they will definitely be able to play this fall assuming that we have enough volunteer coaches. If you register late, then we cannot guarantee your child will play although we certainly will try to find a spot. Families move and children change their minds after registration so there are always drops to fill.

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How much does it cost?

The Registration fee for the Fall 2017 season is $127.50 per player for registration (prior to July 1st) and $177.50 per player late player registration. Keep in mind National adds on the $17.50 player fee at checkout.

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What does the cost cover?

Players get a uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks) at the beginning of the season and trophies at the end.

PHMSA has many other expenses such as soccer balls, and other equipment, coach training, referee training, referee uniforms, paint for the fields, and even new goals from time to time. PHMSA is part of Area 2C of the National organization of AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) and both organizations assess our region fees for their services. PHMSA is non-profit, however, and everyone who coaches, referees, administers the league, or helps out in any other way is a volunteer.

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What is the time commitment for players?

It depends on the age division, the coach, and the calendar.

Under-5 players will participate in a weekly jamboree activity with their parents that begins with soccer games and drills and finishes with a 3 v. 3 scrimmage to give each player the most “touches” on the ball.

Under-6 teams typically practice once per week for an hour and have one game per week, usually on Saturdays. Practices may continue all season, but teams usually stop practicing around the end of Daylight Savings Time at the end of October.

Under-8 teams typically practice twice per week for an hour and have one game per week, usually on Saturdays. Once games begin (usually the Saturday after Labor Day), teams often drop to one practice per week. Practices may continue all season, but teams usually stop practicing around the end of Daylight Savings Time at the end of October.

Under-10 and older teams typically practice twice per week for 90 minutes and have one or two games per week. For the first few weeks of the season, these older kids will have both a Saturday game and a mid-week evening game while there is daylight. After the first four weeks, these teams will just play on Saturdays too. Practices may continue all season, but many teams drop one or even both practices while the midweek games are being played.

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When does the season run?

Except for the U5 Division, we hope to have coaches assigned to teams by early June. Coaches will then contact players on their team to schedule a team meeting. Teams begin practicing for the Fall Season on August 1st. Games typically began on the Saturday after Labor Day and continue until mid-November. Teams in the Under-10 and older divisions may have play-off games after the regular season.

The complete schedule will be posted on the web site when it is ready.

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When does the season run?

Teams begin practicing for the Fall Season on August 1st. Games typically begin on the Saturday after Labor Day and continue until mid-November. Teams in the Under-10 and older divisions may have play-off games after the regular season.

The complete schedule will be posted on the web site when it is ready.

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Is PHMSA a competitive league?

PHMSA is committed to following AYSO’s Vision to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives, as well as AYSO’s Mission to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies:

  • Everyone Plays
  • Balanced Teams
  • Open Registration
  • Positive Coaching
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Player Development

As such, PHMSA is proud to provide the finest soccer organization in our area.

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When and where are practices?

Practices are usually held on week nights or on the weekend during the day before the season begins. The times and locations for practices are not generally available until July. The league cannot assign practice times until after we receive field permits from the school districts and city park departments. The coaches will then work with their age division directors to find a practice time that works for them.

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Do I have to volunteer for something?

There is something for everyone to do. And since our region is so large, we depend on your help to get all of the work done. We have volunteer opportunities for every interest. You may sign up at registration for one of the following jobs.

  • Coach: Be a coach or an assistant coach. No experience necessary!
  • Referee: Get the best view of the game. No experience necessary!
  • Referee Scheduler: Contact the Referee Administrator if you are interested.
  • Equipment: Help with uniform and equipment distribution before and equipment return after the season. Sign up at registration.
  • Registration: Help speed the registration process by volunteering at registration. Contact the Registrar to volunteer. We also need volunteers experienced in fingerprinting; contact the Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate to volunteer.
  • Fields: Learn how to lay out and paint a soccer field. Sign up at registration.

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You didn’t answer my question: Do I have to volunteer for something?

No, but please do anyway. With ~2500 kids in our program, we need all of the help we can get.

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Do I need to be a soccer expert to coach?

No. We provide training classes, clinics, and mentoring. Read all about it on the Coaches page.

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Do I need to know all about the rules (Laws!) of soccer to referee?

No. We provide training classes, clinics, and mentoring. Read all about it on the Referee page.

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Can I get a refund if my child quits?

If your child drops before the season begins, you are entitled to a refund. Contact the Registrar.

Please fill out the Player Withdrawal Form and mail it to the P.O. Box to receive your refund.

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Who’s in charge?

PHMSA has a Board of Directors. We are Region 281 of Area 2C of Section 2 of the American Youth Soccer Organization.

(But sometimes it helps to remember that the “A” in PHMSA stands for Association and not Organization.)

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If you have further questions or suggestions, please ask soccer@phmsa.org.

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Last updated on April 18, 2017