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Claremont AYSO Extra 
The Claremont Wolves

EXTRA is AYSO's competitive year-long soccer program designed to challenge advanced players while remaining affordable and maintaining AYSO’s core values: player development, community engagement, guaranteed playing time, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun! 



We're now taking applications for Extra coaches for the 2020-2021 season. If you're interested in coaching a team, please fill out our application and return it by email to [email protected] The deadline is March 17, 2020. We anticipate tryouts will be in April. 

EXTRA FAQs

Q: What’s different about Extra?

A: Extra teams represent regional AYSO programs and play against other Extra teams from nearby AYSO regions.  

Q: How will Extra teams be formed?

A: Extra teams will be formed by selecting players through open tryouts, with players rated by independent trainers and certified coach volunteers. Players are selected once each season for fall and spring competition and no spots are reserved from year to year. 

Q: What is the time commitment for Extra players?

A: Extra is a significant commitment for players.  Players commit to their Extra teams for the whole year, from August to the following July. It's a hardship for teams to lose a player in the middle of the season, as it's often not possible to replace them. As a result, Extra players are not permitted to participate in AYSO's primary programs and are not permitted to participate in club soccer. We expect their teams to be Extra players' primary sports activity.

Extra players are expected to participate in two practices per week of approximately 1.5 hours. Extra teams typically play a league game each Saturday starting in late August or early September and continuing to early January, with a break in December. Extra teams also play in Winter and Spring leagues and tournaments. The coaches and parents on individual teams decide where and how much soccer to play once the Fall Extra League is over.

Q:What’s required for Extra coach volunteers?

A: Extra coaches must complete the coaching certification appropriate for their team's division, concussion training, and AYSO Safe Haven certification. Extra coaches are chosen from approved AYSO volunteers and are expected to be among the most qualified AYSO coaches. They are also committed to AYSO's 6 Philosophies - Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development.

Q: How is Extra different than the primary AYSO program?

A: Extra is an extension of the primary AYSO program, intended to provide additional developmental opportunities for players interested in greater competition and more focused skill development and training. Participants should expect a competitive level of play in the Extra league, where all Extra teams represent the “All Star” players from each region. Extra teams also play in very competitive tournaments, representing Claremont against teams from all over Southern California.  

Q: How is Extra different from club programs?

A:  Like AYSO's primary program, all players play at least three quarters of every game. Players don't compete for playing time and don't ride the bench in the interest of winning. When AYSO says Everyone Plays, we mean what we say! And though we take our soccer seriously, we place a strong emphasis on having fun and player development.  

Also important, AYSO Extra is significantly less expensive than club teams.



Q: What age groups will have Extra teams?

A: For 2019-2020, Claremont has Extra girls teams for the U10, U11, and U14 divisions and a boys team for the U14 division. 

For 2020-2021, we expect to hold tryouts in April for divisions where we have strong coach and player interest.

Player eligibility for 2020-2021 is as follows:

  U9 = birth year 2012
U10 = birth year 2011
U11 = birth year 2010
U12 = birth year 2009
U13 = birth year 2008
U14 = birth year 2007

Players can "play up" a year if Claremont doesn't offer a team in the player's normal division. For example, a player born in 2012 may try out for the U10 team if we don't field a U9 team or a player born in 2009 may try out for the U13 team if we don't field a U12 team. Playing up is not otherwise permitted. Team availability depends on coach and player interest in the program.

Q: How much will Extra cost?

A: In 2019-2020, Extra registration cost $350 for the entire year. This fee included two uniforms, a practice jersey, field fees, league fees, AYSO National fees, team pictures, and one tournament.

Teams may also collect team fees to pay for additional leagues and tournaments in the Winter and Spring. Typically, teams collect about $300-$400 per player to cover those costs, and then conduct fundraisers to reimburse families after the season. The amount of additional play, team fees, and fundraising is left in the discretion of the individual teams.

Like all AYSO programs, volunteer support is fun and expected with Extra. It is because AYSO is an all volunteer organization that we can offer such great value to our communities and spread the joy of soccer to so many. 

Please send any questions to [email protected]

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