Spring Select Program (including All Stars)

Spring Select and All Star coaches will select the strongest players from the region who really want to play soccer and will make a commitment to the team for the duration of the spring season.  Spring Select and All Star teams will work together and play tournaments from January or February until May or June. Selected players from divisions U10 and above, who have met our attendance standards for the Fall Season and intend to continue with us for the following Fall, are eligible to participate.
(Upper Division Spring teams must wait until the end of the high school season to begin their spring tournaments).  We encourage as many teams as there are qualified coaches and committed players.

Spring Select & All Star Team Selection:

In December, after the Thanksgiving Tournaments, Spring Select and All Star teams will be announced. Coaches will select players from a list of players who have indicated an interest.  Consideration will be based in part on their participation in the APO (Additional Playing Opportunity) and Turkey Programs, as well as coach recommendations and tryouts (if applicable).  Note that there may or may not be tryouts.  Participation in the APO Program is not a "free pass" to a Turkey, All Star or Spring team. Likewise, players who have not participated in APO or Turkey are still eligible for a Spring Select or All Star team. Spring Select and All-Star coaches choose the strongest players from the region who really want to play soccer and will make a commitment to the team for the duration of the spring season. [Note re: Extra Teams - The Extra Program season ends with an Area 1P Playoff tournament in January or February. It is expected that most Extra teams will continue to play through the spring as Spring Select teams.] Selection criteria.



Practices begin in early January. There will usually be one practice on a weeknight and a scrimmage or practice on Saturday or Sunday (based on field space & coach availability). 
Some All Star teams may begin practices in mid-December (also based on field space & coach availability) as they prepare for the Area 1P Tournament at the end of January and early February.
Both Spring Select & All Star teams may sometimes add a second weeknight practice in mid-March, when additional field space becomes available.

All Star teams typically play their first tournament for two weekends in late January/early February, representing our region in the Area 1P All Star Tournament.  The All Star tournament is secondary play in accordance with the AYSO National Rules and Regulations.  Depending on the number of wild card slots for an individual division that year, more than 1 winner might then advance to the Sectional & State tournaments in March.  These are the only official All Star tournaments.

Most SM AYSO Spring Select & All Star teams play in the Locomotion tournament in Riverside over President's Day Weekend.  For many of our Spring Select teams this is their kick-off tournament to the spring season.  Some teams also decide to play in a weekly Spring league.  It is highly recommended that teams discuss tournament & spring league options at their initial team meeting so families can plan accordingly. 

Requirements For Spring Select & All Star Team Participation:

  • Players must have met the region's good attendance standards for the previous Fall Season
  • All Star players must compete in the division in which they participated during the
    regular season.
  • Players (and Parents) must be available for All Star & Spring Tournament dates as noted above
  • Players must be available for two practices per week (as noted above)
  • Spring Registration Fees must be paid in advance of first practice.
  • Spring teams are required to have at least three referees in order to fulfill the team’s referee commitment at tournaments. All things being equal, parents who are certified referees can sometimes make the difference in a child being placed on a spring team.

Fee Requirements (for Spring 2013):

$40 Uniform fee.  Players who played in the Turkey Tournament do NOT pay this fee.  It is the same uniform for Spring.

All Star and Spring Select Team Fees:

$290, which includes registration fees for 3 tournaments, practice field fees, minimal administrative costs and $20 financial assistance fund contribution

Financial Assistance is available.

Note: Participation on a Turkey Tournament Team does not guarantee selection for either All Star or Spring Select Tournament Teams.