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About the Extra Program


Welcome to the Redlands AYSO EXTRA homepage! The Redlands EXTRA program is a unique opportunity for interested players who exhibit a strong desire, skills, and ability to play the beautiful game of soccer in a more competitive, club like environment. A typical EXTRA team is made up of the top 10% of players in each division. This is a TRAVEL TEAM. Teams play against other top level EXTRA teams in neighboring AYSO Regions, including L.A. and Orange County. The level of play will be much higher than our Core program and the commitment as well. Games and tournaments will take place during major holidays, including Labor Day, Memorial Day, Presidents Day weekend, and Spring Break (March). Parents and players should be committed to attending all games! Teams must play and participate in the Redlands Citrus Classic tournament. Besides regular league games, many EXTRA teams will choose to compete in tournaments. These tournaments include travel and both Saturday and Sunday matches. The cost of tournaments is not covered by the EXTRA registration fee, however teams can fundraise money or seek donations to help pay for the cost of tournaments. Each team is financially self-supporting, so fund-raising will be required for each player and parents are expected to participate.  

Participation in EXTRA requires an increased commitment from both parents and players, including attendance at all practices and games as well as a sense of responsibility toward coaches and other team-mates. Due to the club like nature and time commitment required of the EXTRA program, players selected for a team should not play on a club team outside of EXTRA. Furthermore, players and coaches are expected to honor their commitment to the team through the end of the season, Fall & Spring. Players can be excused from a team if they are continuously missing team practices and games. 

The backbone of our EXTRA program like many programs, is the volunteers. As a volunteer organization, we cannot  succeed without them. EXTRA teams and team volunteers are required to donate volunteer time to the region over a course of the Fall & Spring seasons. Teams are required to provide a 4-person referee crew and team volunteers, including a team manager and treasurer.  As you can see, we really rely on our volunteers in EXTRA. The overall success and growth of the program depends on it!

EXTRA Criteria: 

What players are eligible for EXTRA?: To be eligible to participate in the EXTRA program a player must be register and attended a tryouts. Tryouts are open to all registered AYSO players as well. The number of teams that will be formed in each division varies from year to year. This will primarily depend on the number of qualified and experienced volunteer coaches, referees, and the number of skilled players that apply. The Regional RC and Extra Coordinator reserve the final decision on the number of formed teams.

Who can apply to coach in EXTRA?: All interested coaches who meet the following prerequisites at the time of application are eligible to apply and must submit an online application. Please read extra guidelines before submitting application - Extra Guidelines.

League Games and tournaments Fall & Spring seasons:

The EXTRA season is comprised of 2 separate seasons. The first season is the Fall season that runs from September to November, followed by playoffs in January and February for qualifying teams. The Fall season is typically comprised of 10-games, half of which are at home, and the rest of the games are away in surrounding regions including L.A. & Orange County. While most games are on Saturday, there is a possibility that games may be scheduled during the week and Sundays. At the conclusion of the Fall season or playoffs, each team will have tryouts for the Spring season. All the players, existing and new, must tryout. The cost for the Fall season varies from year to year.

The second season is the Spring season. The cost of the Spring season varies each year. The Spring season runs from February to June and consists of tournament play, including tournaments in surrounding regions including L.A. & Orange County. These tournaments will involve travel, and games on both Saturday & Sunday. Tournament fees are not covered by EXTRA registration fees, and are the sole responsibility of each team. EXTRA teams are required to play in the yearly Redlands Citrus Classic and provide volunteers for the duration of the tournament. Teams may also have the opportunity to play in the CSL Spring league if approved by the region. The fees for CSL are not covered by the EXTRA registration costs. 

Quick Recap & FAQ’s

Q: What is AYSO EXTRA?
A: The Redlands EXTRA program is an amazing opportunity for interested players who exhibit a strong desire, skills, and ability to play soccer in a more competitive environment. It is open to all registered AYSO players. New players & outside players to Region 50 are also eligible.

Q: How are players selected for EXTRA?
A:  Players will register online for EXTRA tryouts in their division. Applicants are not guaranteed placement.  On tryout day, players will be checked-in and separated by division. EXTRA coaches will run their age specific tryout and players will be evaluated by skilled player evaluators. Remember that evaluators are looking for different things, and it is a very subjective process. Evaluators are looking for player skill, speed, effort, sportsmanship, understanding of the game. Positional needs of the team, team chemistry and attendance can also be deciding factors. Furthermore, volunteer referee commitment and family volunteer commitment also play a role in the selection of a player due to the extra level of volunteerism required to successfully run the EXTRA program. Please understand that only a limited number of players can be placed on a team, and if your child is not selected that does not mean that they are not EXTRA caliber players. There will be other opportunities to try out for EXTRA, and other secondary play programs like Spring Select & AYSO United.

Q: How many teams are formed?
A:  The forming of EXTRA teams involves many factors. One of the factors being the number of experienced & qualified coaches and referees that meet the prerequisites to be an EXTRA coach and referee. The EXTRA Committee may also look at the number of skilled players available for each division. Region 50 is not obligated to field an EXTRA team in every division, and as such teams will vary each season.

Q. Can players who are selected play for EXTRA and Club soccer at the same time?
A. No. Players cannot play in EXTRA and a Club soccer team at the same time due to the high level of commitment required.

Q. How much does EXTRA cost? 
The EXTRA registration fee is currently tbd for the Fall season (plus Ayso National fee and processing fee). This covers 2 uniforms, backpack, practice shirt, insurance and region fee. The Spring fee for returning players is currently $tbd for field and light use. New players who are added in Spring will pay the registration fee plus Ayso National fee, processing fee and the actual retail price of uniforms, backpack and practice shirt. Tournament fees, and CSL fees are additional.

Q: How are EXTRA coaches selected?
A: All coaching candidates must have coached in the current Fall or Spring season.  Coaches must meet the EXTRA coaching prerequisites below, and must fill out an online application PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE. Current EXTRA coaches who wish to continue must reapply to coach every year. Coaches are interviewed by the EXTRA Coordinator and a selection committee will make the final selection. (All selections are final)
EXTRA Coaching requirements:

● 9U/10U:10U Coach Certified
● 11U/12U: 12U Coach Certified
● 13U/14U: Intermediate Coach Certified
● 15U/16U - Advanced Coach Certified

● Current Background Check (Risk Status)
● Passed Live Scan finger printing
● Safe Haven Course Certified
● Cardiac Arrest Course Certified
● Concussion Course Certified
● Safe Sport Course Certified
● Regional Referee Certified 

Coaches be in good standing with Region 50 with no prior disciplinary issues. Coaches must provide and maintain a certified 4-referee team (certified to referee at the level of the team they coach) that will referee other EXTRA games. The EXTRA Committee reviews all applications and the RC approves the final decision. The RC and EXTRA Coordinator reserve the right to approve or deny coaches. Coaches should be able to attend all scheduled games, practices, EXTRA meetings, and meet all Redlands EXTRA guidelines.

Q. Who referees EXTRA games?
Referees participating in the EXTRA Program will be experienced referees who (strongly encouraged) have the following training to referee a specific division:
● 9U: Regional Badge and minimum of two years of officiating
● 10U: Regional Badge and minimum of two years of officiating & Intermediate course
● 11U / 12U: Intermediate & Advanced
● 13U / 14U / 15U: Advanced and National

Q: If my child is chosen to play in EXTRA, what should I expect?
A: As a parent you can expect EXTRA coaches to follow the same 6 Philosophies of AYSO:

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

All EXTRA players will play a minimum of 50% of all games. Teams will have a minimum of 2-weekly training sessions, 1-1.5hrs per session, and one game per week. Games can be during major holidays and spring break. Parents should expect to drive to away games to play EXTRA teams from nearby regions including Orange & L.A. Counties. This is similar to what you will find at the club level. Players must be able to attend all home and away games. Playing in EXTRA requires a high level of commitment from coaches, players & parents. Players should attend all practices and games. Parents should be prepared to volunteer on behalf of the team including refereeing and helping setup/ takedown fields as well as other assignments. If coaches, team referees, or parent team volunteers fail to meet obligations, the team may not be allowed to play. Players & Parents who cannot meet the requirements of EXTRA may be removed from the team. Complete information can be found in the EXTRA guidelines. 

Q. Do parents have to volunteer?
A. Yes. All parents will be required to have a volunteer role for their Extra team.  Extra families will be encouraged to have at least one family member enroll in referee classes.  In addition, each Extra team will be required to provide volunteer hours to  the Fall Core & Spring Core program.  Please review Parent Commitments, and remember, being on an Extra team means not only Extra commitment from the players, but from the families as well.
All parents will be required to take the Regional Referee course. This will enable parents to help referee if needed and also teach parents about the “Laws of the Game” which is helpful.

If you have any questions email:
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