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Recreation Division FAQs

When will I know about my child’s practice schedule?

ABYSA team coaches will contact their teams approximately one week after our coaches meeting(, so teams have the opportunity to practice for two weeks prior to their first game. Practice start dates vary, depending on when a volunteer team coach is named and practice is scheduled through the District Coordinator. The Recreation program uses volunteer coaches for every one of its 260+ teams. In some situations, we are still recruiting coaches during the first week of practice, but this is rare and usually few participants are affected.  Most players should be notified of their practice schedules by Feb 20.

Since our 4U,5U, and 6U teams play on Saturday only, there is no practice before the first playdate so they start a little later then the 7U and older teams. Each playdate consists of a 30-minute practice followed by a 30 minute game during the one-hour time slot. Schedules will be posted 7-10 days before the first playdate.

Can I become a coach in the Recreation program?

Yes! Coaching in our program is needed and as fun and rewarding as playing, and a soccer background is unnecessary. We will provide you with all the information you need to make recreation soccer a fun and rewarding experience for every child; all you need to do is volunteer! Please check the box in the registration process that you would like to coach your child's team and someone will be in touch with you about coaching before the coaches meeting or contact  director, Shane Weems at [email protected].

Where are my child’s recreation soccer games played?

This varies year-to-year and by age group. At the U5-U7 age groups, we attempt to have the entire age group at the same facility for the season. At U8, we introduce some localized play, and by U9 and older, we try to localize play as much as possible. Due to their exceptional quality, we are committed to hosting as many of our games as possible at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex (JBL) and Buncombe County Sports Park (BCSP). Click links below for corresponding directions to each field location:  

BCSP or JBLBCSP  or JBLBCSP, JBL, or Brookstone ChurchBCSP, JBL, or Brookstone Church
9U/10U11U/12U13/14UHS Coed (15U-18U)
JBL, BCSP, Karpen, or Brookstone ChurchJBL, BCSP, Steens Field, NB Park or Brookstone ChurchJBL, BCSP, Steen's field, NBP, HCAACJBL, BCSP, SF, NBP, HCAAC

What equipment does my child need?

All players receive a uniform from ABYSA. The uniform consists of a jersey, a pair of shorts, and socks. The only other equipment needed is shin guards (cleats are optional). Shin guards can be purchased at Arsenal Athletics in the Asheville Mall, Dick's Sporting Goods, or anywhere sporting equipment is sold. Each player should bring an age appropriate soccer ball to all activities.

U4 through U83
U9 through U124
U13 and above5

Where will my child practice?

When registering your child, you will choose the high school district that most convenient for your family; your child’s team will practice at a school or facility within that high school district. Each coach is assigned to a practice space based on equipment needs, field sizes, and the coach’s schedule. The U4, U5, and U6 Programs are Saturday-only programs. For this age, players have their practices and games on the same day during their time slot.

How often will my child practice?

Our U7 and older recreation teams practice once during the week. Practice times vary depending on available sunlight, and sessions run from 1 to 1.5 hours.

What days are games played?

The majority of games are held on Saturdays. Occasionally other ABYSA programs hold weekend events, which means some recreation games will be played during the evening on weekday evenings or Sunday afternoons.

What age group is my child in?

Your child's age group for Recreation play is determined by his birth year (with the "U" meaning "Under").  He/She stays in that age group until the following Fall, so everyone ages up together. To identify your child's age group, click here.

May my child play up/down from his/her age group?

To allow children to participate with their classmates or to facilitate those who may be more physically mature for their age, ABYSA allows any player who desires to play up one age group to do so by selecting that on their registration. For the safety and enjoyment of all of our participants, players are not allowed to play up more than one year without approval from the director of our Recreation program. Please be aware, the United States Youth Soccer Association regulations prohibit children from playing in age groups younger than their true age.

Can my daughter play in the Boy's division?

Yes, female players may play in the boy's division if they choose, just be sure to register for the "Boys" division when registering.

Must I live in Asheville/Buncombe County to participate? 

No.  In fact, many players participate from Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood, Yancey, Madison and McDowell Counties. Select the district closest to where you live on your child's registration. You'll be assigned to a team that practices close to where you live in Buncombe County.  Please email Gary Tittle at [email protected] if you have questions.

How will I know if games are canceled due to weather?

ABYSA makes every effort to post weather announcements on game day by 7 a.m. for morning games and by 11 a.m. for afternoon games. If Saturday games need to be canceled on Friday, we will make the announcement then. Notices are posted on the  Carolina Day Weather Hotline Page, which is the best way to get the most up-to-date cancellation information. You may also call the weather hotline at 828-299-7277; however, call volume can make it hard to get through. Please be aware that the referee always has the final say as to whether a game will be played once teams are on the field in the event severe weather occurs.

How can my child receive additional training and skill development?

ABYSA offers several opportunities for advancement for highly motivated players, consisting of soccer camp programs throughout the year (Spring Break and 8 separate weeks of summer camps). In the U9 and U10 age groups, players have the opportunity to participate in the Academy Program, which provides an emphasis on technical skill development by our professional coaching staff. The ABYSA Challenge (U11-14) and Classic (U11-18) programs are available on a try-out basis for qualified players wishing to advance in a professional training environment and to compete against teams from outside the Asheville area.  Please contact [email protected] for more info. 

How do I apply for financial assistance?

To apply for need-based financial aid, apply using our online form: ABYSA Recreation Program Financial Aid Form
Players must be registered through the ABYSA website to be processed for financial aid. Once an aid determination has been made, the family will receive an email noting the program discount and will need to return to the account page and make payment. Players are not placed on teams in our program until payment has been made. Late fees are excluded for purposes of aid awards.

Helpful Links

Contact Us

Shane Weems - ABYSA Recreation Director of Coaching & Player Development
[email protected]
828-299-7277 x304

Recreation Program Overview

Click here for a detailed overview of our Recreation Program

Cost of Recreation

Click here to learn more about the Cost of Recreation

Sign up for Pre-Academy!

This program provides a platform to introduce 7U-10U rec players to a training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next level of play (HFC Academy and HFC Competitive). Click here to learn more!

ABYSA FUNdamentals Camps

Click here to visit our FUNdamentals Camp Page

ABYSA Coaches Corner

Click here to visit the ABYSA Coaches Corner page

Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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