Jamboree (Under-5)

Introduction to "Jamboree"

At the 2004 AYSO National Annual General Meeting (NAGM), the AYSO Executive Membership voted on and passed an amendment to the National Rules and Regulations to lower the minimum age requirement for participation in AYSO to 4-years of age.

The objective of the Jamboree program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

The Jamboree program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while parents are given a soccer foundation on which to build and grow into future AYSO coaches, referees and administrators.

The AYSO Jamboree (4-year-olds) is not to be considered a coaching program. It is a program that is designated to be facilitated by a qualified AYSO Master Coach. The AYSO National Coaching Commission supports this program predicated on the basis that the guidelines provided within the Jamboree Master Coach Manual are followed and that all decisions regarding the program are made in the best interest of the players.

Jamboree Program Guidelines

Region 213 follows the AYSO National recommended Jamboree program, with slight modification, as defined at:
http://www.ayso.org/For_Families/AYSO_Soccer_Programs/u5.htm.

The only differences between the AYSO version of the guidelines and the Regional Guidelines are:

  1. Teams are formed with five (5) players per team.
  2. Games are scheduled between teams.
  3. Teams have a "Team Leader" (not a coach).
All other guidelines are the same.