Welcome to AYSO Region 20!

Dear Westside Community Families,

We are in the midst of our region’s 5th year of running an EXTRA team program. The EXTRA program is AYSO’s answer to those players and families who want a more competitive, cohesive soccer experience than the regular Fall and Spring programs. Teams are chosen from a series of tryouts and stay together for approximately ten months between August 2016 and June 2017.

At this time, tryouts will be held for boys and girls in the following age groups: U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14, depending on the interest and viability of forming a team. The first two tryout dates are open to all players. We will also hold a third and fourth, call-back-only tryout for selected players.


This year’s open tryouts for our 2016-2017 EXTRA season will be held at Penmar Recreation Center located at 1341 Lake Street, Venice, CA 90291 at the following dates and times:

1st tryout date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Times: U9, U10 and U11 eligible players
Sign In: 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Tryouts: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

U12, U13 and U14 eligible players
Sign In: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Tryouts 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

2nd tryout date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Times: U9, U10 and U11 eligible players
Sign In: 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Tryouts: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

U12, U13 and U14 eligible players
Sign In: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Tryouts 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Call Back Dates
Call back dates will be Monday, April 18th at John Adams Middle School and Friday, April 22nd at Penmar Recreation Center. Times will be posted when call backs are announced.

If your child is interested in trying out for an EXTRA team, please reserve these dates on your calendar. It is required to attend at least one open session, and will be beneficial to attend both. Players who are called back should make every effort to attend the call-back tryout.

Our region and others that have participated in the EXTRA program have found it to be an outstanding alternative to club soccer while still incorporating the AYSO philosophies of 3/4 minimum playing time, good sportsmanship, player development, and positive coaching. The focus will continue to be on your child’s development, rather than the team’s win-loss record. Additionally, the fee is substantially less than most club programs, though a bit more than the AYSO CORE program. (Financial aid is available to those in need.)

The EXTRA season will run from approximately mid-August 2016 to June 2017. Your child is expected to commit to the team as her/his top extra-curricular priority for the entire season.

Tryouts are open to all players who are registered for the upcoming Fall 2016 season. (You’ll be able to register for Fall and Extra tryouts at the same time.) Please note that EXTRA is a highly competitive program. To avoid undue disappointment for the majority of players who will not make a team, we ask that families have realistic expectations regarding the chances of making an EXTRA team and plan accordingly. Although we will not turn away any player who wishes to tryout, we ask that parents and players take into consideration that only one EXTRA team is formed in each division.

To sign up for EXTRA Tryouts please go to https://inleague.ayso20.org/inleague/events/event-detail.cfm?eventID=AC5...

If you have questions regarding the EXTRA program please contact the Region 20 EXTRA Chairperson, Gene Shapiro at extrachair@ayso20.org.

See you on the pitch,

Lance Zuckerbraun
Regional Commissioner
Santa Monica AYSO Region 20: Santa Monica • Mar Vista • Marina Del Rey • Venice
Kicking It Since 1972

Santa Monica AYSO Region 20 is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to youth soccer. We receive no public funds and all of our expenses are paid from the registration fees of the children who play. We expect ALL parents to participate in a volunteer role.
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