CROTON AYSO (Region 455)
Croton AYSO is a local soccer program based in Croton on Hudson, New York. Started in 1986, the 100% volunteer run and operated program works to provide a player development-based soccer program. Croton AYSO operates within the AYSO National Guidelines and participates in the Area 3T soccer league. What is AYSO?
Croton AYSO CORE program supports boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14. It begins with exposure to the principles of soccer with parent participation all the way to full 11v11 games against other Westchester towns. No try-out is required.
Croton AYSO club (Croton United) is a separate, try-out program designed for players looking to dedicate more time to soccer.
In AYSO, Everyone Plays(R) means that no child spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every child plays at least half of every game.
Teams are balanced to make playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. This way, we teach children about good sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible teammate and opponent. By focusing on player development over winning, AYSO is truly child-first and child-focused. This approach makes AYSO one of the finest player development programs dedicated to youth athletics and creating happy, healthy kids.
Croton AYSO follows the US Soccer Federation’s guidelines where players are placed in divisions based on DOB.
Divisional summary information:
U5/Jamboree Coed – This program trains once a week (Saturday) and is designed to offer rudimentary soccer to pre-schoolers. The parent-assisted program is directed by a Master Coach. There are no dedicated teams and small-sided pick up games are played each session.
U6/Kindergarten Coed – This program trains once a week (Saturday) and is designed to offer Kindergartners more soccer experience and an understanding of team play. There are dedicated teams and small-sided games each session. Note that this program is not drop-off; parents should remain at the field.
U7 Boys & Girls – This program is designed to provide the opportunity for greater player development and team play. No travel is involved as team play occurs in-program, within Croton, and is 5v5 with no goalies (smaller field). Training is on Saturday mornings and games are on Sunday afternoons.
U8 Boys & Girls – This program is designed to provide the opportunity to further develop skills and foster team play. Most team play occurs in-program (no travel) and pending skill level, the use of goalies may be introduced. Training is on Saturday mornings and games are on Sunday afternoons.
U10-U14 Boys & Girls – Welcome to the big time – bigger fields, goalies, off-sides and more! This program is designed to provide more training and ball-touching opportunities for players. Training is on Saturday mornings and games are on Sunday afternoons. Games are against Croton and other Westchester teams. Field size/number of players steadily increases as players get older.
Croton FC (Club) – This program is available to U9 and older players and requires an evaluation conducted by a professional Trainer. Croton FC is designed for players looking to dedicate more effort to soccer. Games are extremely competitive. Travel is generally within one hour. The cost of participating in this program is materially more as teams receive weekly sessions with a trainer and play in at least 2 tournaments each season.