Ocoee Youth Soccer

Frequent Asking Questions OYSL Girls & Boys League

​2017-2018 SEASON


What is OYSL Program League?
The OYSL Program league and GGS are focused on teaching young athletes to have fun playing soccer and learning the fundamentals of the game.  The program is for players U4 to U14 boys and girls, in which teams are formed by geographical region, and for players who wants to play together with their friends or schoolmates. It is designed to encourage our players to develop a passion for the game and enhance their technical skill.

GGS's Program Coordinator, DOC and coaching staff provides the resources, equipment and materials needed for the volunteer coaches through coaches’ meeting, clinics and game/practice day appearances.

All team coaches are volunteer and are supported by GGS's professional trainers. The primary focus of the GGS’s program is to offer age appropriate training.

What does OYSL Program League offers?

  • Top level training and qualified and experienced staff
  • All coaches follow long term age specific program
  • 1 training session per week for U4-U14 years old

What are the benefits for my children and what other things do the children learn at these classes?

  • Practices consist of activities where each child has their own ball and each week they will be taught a different skill. At the end of the program, each child will be given an evaluation which will cover each major area that they have received instruction in.
  • Without realizing it, each child will be working physically and therefore improve their anaerobic threshold.
  • With the use of balance coordination agility, endurance and speed exercises, we teach motor skills. Discipline, team work and sportsmanship are also encouraged.
  • No other sport expects players to move a ball with their feet at speed, while moving their body. This help each child with their coordination.  Also, soccer has been shown to help children improve their concentration levels.
  • Team sports help children learn to work as a group and socialize with each other! GGS’s coaches and trainers are committed to mentor and have and positive impact on each child.
  • By learning in a fun environment, hopefully we can foster a love of exercise which in turn will help combat the huge problem of child obesity. 
  • For some children, this may be the only opportunity for them to access this level of coaching due to financial or time restrictions on their families.
  • The program fee will include registration to US Soccer. Those children wishing to pursue the sport further, or identified as having potential will be invited to join GGS Soccer Academy at the appropriate level. 

What is Players’ Assessment and Placement?
OYSL & GGS’s main goal and commitment is to develop soccer players at all levels. However, is our goal to to give our player the “BEST” soccer experience possible and help the children nurture their passion and motivation to learn soccer.

Doing the Players’ Assessment and Placement, we expected to accomplish better results on building teams on the same level. This way, avoiding awkward situations like a team beat another program team for 12 or 10 goals difference. Therefore, it is vital we place players on and make teams with a good balance of players’ level.  

What do I wear and bring for players’ assessment and placement?
Players must wear soccer appropriate clothing. This includes cleats and shin guards, and bring a soccer ball and water bottle. 

Important Dates of the OYSL Program League:

  • Registration Dates 2017/2018 Season:
  • August 25th (Friday) at 6:30 – 8;30 PM and 26th (Saturday) at 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • September 15th (Friday) at 6:30 – 8:30 PM and 16th (Saturday) at 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Evaluation Day - September 19th at 6:00 PM
  • Season Games begins November, Friday 11th - All games played at Jim Beech. Schedule TBD.
  • Practice starts on October, Friday 27th. All practices will be held at Jim Beech.
  • NO games November 25th December23rd and 30th
  • Players Evaluations and Placement Mondays September 11th at 6:00- 7:30 PM
  • We will have the uniforms distribution on the week of November 6th to all volunteers’ coaches
  • Team Picture Day, Saturday December 9th for all teams and individual photographs

How many times my child will train per week?

  • Ages 5-9 practice once a week. Fridays
  • Ages 10-14 practice twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays - Schedule TBD
    • NOTE – Fridays with GGS Coaches
  • Once a week, GGS’s trainers will give 30-40 minutes training session and help the voluntary coaches during the small sides games.

Can players play in an older age group?
Yes, we will evaluate all requests to play up. Players are expected to play in their age appropriate groups. A year makes a big difference in the physical and the emotional growth of a child. For the most part, playing up can provide a good opportunity for the success and development of an individual player. However, during the evaluation process, the GGS coaching staff will rigorously evaluate any players interested in playing up by their ability to do so and a team’s need.

Can players play on a younger age group?
No, players CANNOT play down with younger players. For example, a player born in 2008 CANNOT go and play with the 2009 Birth Year age group.

What does Birth Year Mean?
Birth year means that players will play in the age group of the year of their birth. The Birth Year calendar dates run from January 1st to December 31st. For example, if you are born between Jan. 1st and Dec. 31st, 2005, you will play in the 2005 Birth Year age group.

Are there any benefits to playing Birth Year?
The main benefit for playing Birth Year is for developmental purposes. At the local level throughout our state, it will allow for better development because it will push individual players, raise the competitive standards, improve team competition and create more meaningful league games.

Birth year chart for the 2017/18 Season: Click Here

Where are games played and practices held? 
All games and practices sessions will be held at Jim Beech Recreation Center Address: 1820 A. D. Mims Rd, Ocoee, FL 34761. All practices will be Tuesdays and Fridays and games Saturdays morning.

How many sessions and games I will have during the Season?
8 sessions and 8 games.

​When will practice and games start up?

  • Practice Dates (Fridays)
  • Game Dates(Saturdays) -  NO GAMES on November 25th, December 23rd and 30th

Does my child must wear soccer cleats and shingards?
YES, all children are required to have soccer cleats and shinguards

What do I wear and bring for players’ assessment and placement and practices?
Players must wear soccer appropriate clothing. This includes cleats and shinguards, and bring a soccer ball and water bottle. 

How and when do I get my uniform?
We will have the uniform distribution on the week of November 6th to volunteers’ coaches.

What is the COST?
$110.00 per child  

What additional expenses will I have?

Will the program be fully insured?
Yes, by enrolling the children into US Club Soccer, they will automatically be covered. Further details can be providing if necessary.

​How often can OYSL run the Developmental Program league?
We will run the program in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

​I have more than one kid, can I get a discount?
Yes, we do offer sibling discount. Take 10% off your 2nd and 3rd child’s monthly fee.

Are there professional coaches/trainers during the training session?
YES! GGS coaches and trainers are professional, licensed, experienced, and with huge soccer playing and training backgrounds. They will run a 30-40 minutes session, them, players will go to their respective voluntary coaches and practice field to play small sides games for another 30-40 minutes.

​My kids played league soccer with other programs and hardly touched the ball so they learned nothing.  What do you do different?
We follow an expertly designed fun teaching curriculum. Each week a different skill is taught through imaginative, fun child recognized themed games. Practices consist of activities where each child has a ball each. Age appropriate level of difficulty is carefully considered and children play with their own age group.

For all other questions, please contact us at any time at:

  • Jane Rainer (President) or Mark Rainer (Program Director/ Equipment Manager) at: