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Middleville AYSO Region 277

Season Layout

Middleville AYSO runs a school calendar season. Teams are formed in August. Practices begin when TK Schools start. Fall games start after Labor Day. We take a break over the winter, and then the same teams start up again in April playing into early June.

Players are organized first based on the year they were born. Some divisions are coed or gender split as well.

4U Playground

Designed for 3 year-olds, AYSO Playground is a child development program to help develop the child’s Fundamental Motor Skills using soccer as a common thread. The program allows participants to gradually discover the game for themselves by scaffolding activities in a fun AYSO environment. Meanwhile, parents or guardians are introduced to AYSO with a goal of developing them into volunteer coaches, referees and administrators.

This is NOT soccer games, this is Fundamental Motor Skill Development (FMSD) that will lead
into future soccer specific skill learning. This program was designed by child development and soccer experts to give your child a foundation for sports success.  Your player will hop, skip, jump, run, throw, balance, kick… and play. 

Each player needs a parent or adult helper…. But, don’t worry you’ll have fun!

Learn more about AYSO Playground.

5U Schoolyard

In Schoolyard players learn soccer skills like kicking, dribbling, and passing, but in a low-pressure setting. Schoolyard is about exposing children to soccer without pressure.

Players will learn soccer themed Fundamental Motor Skills and finish with 3v3 scrimmages.

With the help of an AYSO trained leader, parents help take turns organizing the groups and supervising the program. During scrimmages parent volunteers keep time, but interfere with play as little as possible. There are only a few reasons to stop play in Schoolyard. If a child is not playing well with others, or if play must pause for injury, substitution, confusion, or to watch a flock of birds fly by, parents can quickly direct attention back to the game.

Schoolyard is different, young players need to get a feel for the ball and the field, so even though there are adults all around and many opportunities to offer instruction, the emphasis is on fun and play. Best of all, players find out that soccer is something they can do!

Each player needs a parent or adult helper…. But, don’t worry you’ll have fun!



Core Program

Our core program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement and learning that happens on the fields.  AYSO is best known for our core program – it’s where the large majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make memories that will last a lifetime.

There are six core values – or what we call AYSO’s Six Philosophies – that are the foundation of our core program, and all others: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.  These are the essence of AYSO and it all starts with Everyone Plays.

Here in AYSO, Everyone Plays means that no kid spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench.  Every kid plays at least half of every game. Learn more about the AYSO Six Philosophies in the "A Parents Guide to AYSO" link in the Quick Links.
Also, teams are put together in a way that makes playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses.  It’s not about blowing out another team with an unbelievable score; it’s about sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible team mate and opponent.  Developing players is what we’re about, because soccer skills and life skills go hand in hand.  AYSO’s main purpose is to get kids on the field, provide them with good coaches, and teach them to play soccer.

AYSO has a birth year registration system in order to align with other  American youth soccer program providers interpretation of the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

The effective date of age determination for registration shall be the player's age as of December 31 looking ahead of the Membership Year. Example: For MY2018 the division the child will be placed in will be determined based on their age as of December 31, 2019. This age determination does not apply to Playground division.

AYSO Age Guide

Middleville AYSO Age Groups
4U Playground
5U Schoolyard
6U CoEd
8U Boys & Girls
10U Boys & Girls
12U Boys & Girls
14U Boys & Girls
16U/19U CoEd (Spring Only)

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Contact Us

Middleville AYSO Region 277

P.O. Box 426 
Middleville, Michigan 49333

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 269-804-3629
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