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FAQ for Competitive Players

To help answer any questions you may have, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for our competitive team players.


Q: What is the difference between a competitive team and a recreational team?

A: A competitive team, also known as a travel or select team, participates in higher-level leagues and tournaments, requiring a greater level of commitment from players and families. Recreational teams focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport, typically playing within local leagues with fewer practices and games.


Q: How are players selected for competitive teams?

A: Players are selected through a tryout process. Our experienced coaching staff evaluates each player based on their technical skills, tactical understanding, physical fitness, and attitude. Rosters are created to ensure a well-balanced and competitive team.


Q: What is the NorCal Premier League?

A: The NorCal Premier League is a competitive youth soccer league organized by NorCal Premier Soccer, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout Northern California. Established to provide a national development platform and the highest level of competition in the region, the league aims to elevate the competitive youth soccer landscape in line with US Club Soccer's fundamental principles.

US Club Soccer is a National Association member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and focuses on player development, club empowerment, and administrative support for its members. NorCal Premier Soccer, as an affiliate of US Club Soccer, shares these values and promotes a player-centric approach to ensure the best environment for young soccer athletes.

The NorCal Premier League is divided into various age groups and competitive levels, allowing players of different abilities and experience to compete at an appropriate level for their skill set. The league features both boys' and girls' divisions, further promoting the growth and development of soccer among young athletes.

By organizing a competitive platform like the NorCal Premier League, NorCal Premier Soccer offers an opportunity for soccer clubs to showcase their talent and develop their players. The league enables clubs to compete against other high-quality teams from the region, helping to raise the overall standard of soccer in Northern California. Moreover, it encourages players to strive for excellence on and off the field, while also cultivating a love and passion for the sport.


Q: How often are practices and games?

A: Competitive teams typically practice 2-3 times per week, with additional strength and conditioning sessions. Games are usually played on weekends, with the possibility of additional tournaments throughout the season.


Q: What is the cost of participating in a competitive team?

A: The cost varies depending on the team's level, travel requirements, and additional expenses (e.g., uniforms, coaching fees, tournament fees, etc.). Financial assistance may be available for families in need. Please contact us for more information.


Q: What is the commitment level required for competitive players?

A: Players are expected to attend all practices, games, and team events. We understand that conflicts may arise; however, regular communication with the coaching staff regarding any absences is essential. Players should also dedicate time outside of scheduled activities to improve their individual skills and fitness.


Q: How do competitive teams travel to away games and tournaments?

A: Travel arrangements for away games and tournaments depend on the team's schedule and location. In most cases, families are responsible for their player's transportation and accommodations. This includes both home and away games. Players are required to arrive at the game field 40-60 minutes prior to the start of the game to ensure ample time for warm-ups and pre-game preparation. It is important to note that late arrivals may result in reduced playing time for the affected players, as it disrupts the team's planning and strategy.


Q: What are the expectations for parent involvement?

A: Parents play a crucial role in supporting their child and the team. We ask parents to help with team activities, such as organizing team events and fundraisers. Additionally, we encourage parents to foster a positive and respectful atmosphere by displaying good sportsmanship and supporting all players, coaches, and officials.


Q: Can competitive players still participate in other sports or activities?

A: While we encourage players to focus on their soccer development, we understand that many athletes participate in multiple sports or activities. We ask that players and families carefully consider the time commitment required for a competitive team and communicate any potential conflicts with the coaching staff.


Q: I am a new member of AAYSA, how can I find info about how to use Byga?

A: You can find information about using Byga in two ways:

  • Registration Instructions for New Players: Refer to the instructions provided by AAYSA that cover common questions about using Byga, including account creation, program registration, schedule access, and RSVPs for practices and games.

  • Byga Support Page: Visit the Byga support page at for more comprehensive information, detailed guides, tutorials, and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you still have questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to AAYSA or Byga's support team directly.


Q: How do I find out the practice schedule for the team?

A: To access your team's practice schedule, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your Byga account at or through the Byga mobile app, using the credentials you provided during registration.

  • Once logged in, you will find your child(ren)'s practice and game schedules, including any updates or changes.

Make sure to check the schedule regularly, as it may be subject to changes throughout the season. If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, please reach out to AAYSA staff for assistance.


Q: Can I request a change in my child's practice location if we face difficulties with the assigned location?

A: Yes, at the beginning of the season, the AAYSA coaching team can consider assigning your player to the nearest team practice site based on your home residence if you encounter difficulties with the initial assignment. However, once the practice location is settled, it is not allowed to change back and forth due to our no make-up policy. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the practice location or need to request changes, please email us at for assistance.


Q: What forms of payment are accepted at registration?

A: At registration, we accept payments via credit/debit cards and eChecks. This allows for a convenient and secure way to process payments for AAYSA programs.


Q: Can I make a request to get my child into a specific team? 

A: While AAYSA understands that friends like to play together and will do our best to accommodate such requests, we cannot guarantee any specific team placements. The final decisions regarding team placements are made by the coaches and technical directors, taking into account the player's skill level and age. This approach ensures a balanced and competitive environment for all participants.


Q: I am interested in being a major sponsorship partner with AAYSA. Whom do I contact? 

A: If you're interested in becoming a major sponsorship partner with AAYSA, please reach out to us via email at We would be happy to discuss the various opportunities and customize a sponsorship package according to your interest and level of support.


Q: What should I do if the player is injured?  

A: If a player is injured, please obtain a doctor's note detailing the nature of the injury and any recommended restrictions or limitations on the player's activities. Once you have the note, email it to AAYSA will review your case and submit it to the Board for further evaluation and decision-making regarding any potential accommodations or changes needed.


Q: Besides the practices on weekdays, does AAYSA offer other soccer training as well?  

A: Yes, in addition to regular weekday practices, AAYSA offers a variety of soccer training programs to help players develop their skills further. These programs include striker training, goalkeeper training, small group training, private training, elite soccer training, and camps during school breaks. Details about these programs will be sent to you via email, so you can choose the most suitable options for your child.


Q: What does season-ending injury mean?

A: A season-ending injury refers to a serious injury sustained by an athlete that prevents them from participating in their sport for the remainder of the season. This type of injury typically requires a long recovery time or significant medical intervention, making it impossible for the athlete to continue playing or training until they have sufficiently healed.


Q: Can AAYSA guarantee my child’s playing time?  

A: AAYSA aims to provide fair playing opportunities for all participants. However, new players must first be evaluated by the Director of Coaching (DOC) and team coaches to ensure they are prepared for NorCal games. If a player is not deemed physically or mentally ready, we recommend participation in in-house tournaments and additional practice sessions to improve their soccer skills and gain more experience.

During games, coaches will make an effort to equalize playing time among players. However, factors such as effort and attitude play a significant role in determining a player's time on the field. New players on a team will still get playing time, and they can use their teammates as examples to learn from and improve their own abilities. Players who are committed to soccer for the long run, such as those aiming to play in college, should embrace this competitive mindset as it is essential for their future development.

Q: If the air quality is bad, will the practice and game still proceed?

A: The safety of our participants is paramount. To address concerns about air quality, our Academy strictly follows the guidelines set by NorCal.

Here's a succinct overview of the NorCal Air Quality Index (AQI) Guidance:

  • 0-100 AQI: Games and practices will proceed as scheduled.

  • 100-150 AQI: Games can be rescheduled if both the clubs/teams involved reach a mutual decision. Both parties must consent to proceed with the game. For our Academy, practices within this AQI range will generally continue. However, if you're worried about your child's health due to the air quality, you can opt out of the session. If so, please mark your child's absence on Byga to keep our coaches informed.

  • 150+ AQI: Games will be canceled and rescheduled. In line with this, any Academy practices falling in this AQI range will also be canceled.

Kindly note that practices canceled due to poor air quality or other unforeseen events won't have make-up sessions.

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