VYSO People of the Season Awards


The VYSO People of the Season Awards provides an opportunity for parents and members of VYSO to nominate individuals to be recognized for their contribution to the VYSO soccer programs.

The Board of Directors will choose a winner among the nominations received and will announce the winners on the last game day of the season.


Award Categories:

  • Coach of the Season
  • Volunteer of the Season
  • Youth Referee of the Season
  • Scholar-Athlete of the Year

VYSO Fall 2022 Photo Contest


We would love to see photographs of REC and select players in action at the Riverside Soccer Complex!

We plan to use the submitted photographs on our website, social media pages, and advertisements.

The winner of the contest will win a $100 VYSO Gift Certificate that can be used for REC or select player registration fees.

Please click the button below to read the full contest rules and enter the contest!

Prevention of Dehydration and Heat Illness


Tips to Prevent Dehydration and Heat Illness

  • Sports drinks are an excellent choice for hydration. Athletes can usually find a flavor they like, and the electrolytes (like sodium chloride) will stimulate thirst, help the body hold onto fluid, reduce the chance of cramping, and possibly improve performance.
  • Water is fine too, for events lasting up to about two hours.
  • Avoid any drinks with caffeine or high fructose corn syrup, and no carbonated sodas. “Energy drinks” such as Red Bull contain caffeine and should be avoided.
  • The athlete should have 12-16 ounces of fluid up until about 30 minutes before the game or practice (remember that most sports drinks come in 20 ounce bottles).
  • Keep sipping sports drinks or water during the practice or game, about 4 ounces at a time at the end of periods or halftime.
  • Start re-hydrating within 20 minutes of the conclusion of the game. Research shows that the first 20 minutes are the most efficient time to start refueling. Try to take in 20 ounces; no need to guzzle this down, but once you start drinking try to finish the bottle over the next several minutes.

SOURCE: https://www.socceramerica.com/publications/article/73778/drink-up-hydration-tips-for-summer-soccer.html


Heat-Related Illnesses

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New Program: Sunday Soccer Clinics

For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Michelle King, at vysoadmin@gmail.com.

Program Information

VYSO is offering this program as an opportunity for players to receive quality training from instructors that can teach and demonstrate important soccer skills. These training sessions will be conducted by UHV soccer players and will have no more than eight (8) players per instructor. The training will focus on individual skills, not team skills or training. The sessions will be offered each Sunday afternoon starting on September 18.

This valuable new program is available to

  • currently registered VYSO Select players
  • currently registered VYSO Fall 2012 REC players born in 2004–2016
  • any child born in 2004–2016, even if not currently registered with VYSO

Session Information

Will take place on seven (7) Sundays during the fall season.


Registration Information

Registration Options: Currently registered VYSO players:

  • register your child for all seven (7) sessions, and receive a $10 discount: $60 total
  • register, and pay, weekly for one session at a time: $10 each session
  • register, and pay, once for multiple sessions: $10 each session

Registration Options: children not currently registered with VYSO:

  • you must register your child for all seven (7) sessions: $100 fee

Players must be registered by 5:00 PM on the Thursday prior to that Sunday’s session.


Refund Policy

Refund requests will be accepted within three (3) days of receipt of the player’s registration for the program. Deductions will be taken as expenses are incurred.

  • No refund will be given for any portion of the registration fee if the player has already attended one of the sessions.
  • No refund will be given if the player does not attend the session(s) he/she was registered for.
  • To request a refund, send an email to vysoadmin@gmail.com.

REC Skills Training Sessions

For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Michelle King, at vysoadmin@gmail.com.

Free skills training sessions to all U05 and older players that are registered for the VYSO Fall 2022 REC season.

We will provide two free skills training sessions for all players born 2004-2018 on the days/times below. Players can come to one or both of these optional sessions.

U04 players (those born in 2019) are not eligible for these sessions.

Training Session Details

These training sessions will be conducted by UHV players, at the Riverside Soccer Complex. (Address: 1407 W. Red River St. in Victoria.)

  • Monday, August 29, 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Players need to wear shin guards and soccer cleats. They will also need to bring a soccer ball and water.

Soccer Ball Sizes

The players age group will determine what size soccer ball he/she needs.

  • U04–U08 age groups need a size 3 soccer ball (kids born in 2015–2109)
  • U09–U12 age groups need a size 4 soccer ball (kids born in 2011–2014)
  • U13 and older age groups need a size 5 soccer ball (kids born in 2004–2010)

VYSO Epic Soccer Day


For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Michelle King, at vysoadmin@gmail.com.

The Victoria Youth Soccer Organization would like to welcome the community to the VYSO Epic Soccer Day!

Whether you are already a huge soccer fan, or just curious about soccer and want to give it a try, you will have fun at this free event!

We will have soccer activity stations set up with various skills and drills. Kids that are interested in playing soccer can try out all the activity stations. Kids that have already played soccer will also enjoy these skills and drills and can hone their talent. These activity stations will be open 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM. They are FREE and available to all children age 3–18.

We will also be holding several 2v2 Soccer Game Sessions! These mini game sessions are FREE and available to all children age 5–18.

SCHEDULE OF FREE EVENTS

  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Soccer Activity Stations, ages 3–18
  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM   2v2 Soccer Games, ages 5—18*
  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Fall 2022 REC Soccer Registration
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  Training Sessions for Coaches and Players
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  UHV Jaguars Women’s Soccer Scrimmage
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM  UHV Jaguars Men’s Soccer Scrimmage

*Registration strongly encouraged for the 2v2 Soccer Games.

EDUCATION SESSIONS: REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

  • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM  STYSA 7v7 Coaching Course, ages 16+
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Grassroots Referee Course, ages 13+

Surrounding Town Teams

For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Michelle King, at vysoadmin@gmail.com.

The VYSO Board of Directors will allow teams to be formed that will practice in Edna, Goliad, Port Lavaca, Refugio, or any other town. The games will be played in Victoria. If you would like your child to be placed on a team that practices somewhere other than Victoria, you MUST register your child AND fill out the Team from Surrounding Town request form. (links below)

The player’s registration AND the request form MUST be submitted by January 28, 2023.

If you have already registered your child, and you would like to have him/her placed on a surrounding town team instead of a team that will practice in Victoria: all you need to do is fill out the Team from Surrounding Town request form. (link below)


The VYSO Board of Directors will form teams if all the following conditions are met:

  1. a parent must be willing to coach the team
  2. must have enough players of the same age/gender (teams can be coed)
  3. all players must register on time by January 28
  4. the request form must be completed for each player by January 28

Required number of players required to form a team:

  • U04 team (boys/girls born in 2019): must have 6-8 players
  • U05–U06 team (boys/girls born 2017–2018): must have 6-8 players
  • U07–U08 team (boys/girls born 2015–2016): must have 6-8 players
  • U09–U10 team (boys/girls born 2013–2014): must have 9-12 players
  • U11–U12 team (boys/girls born 2011–2012): must have 11–14 players
  • U13–U14 team (boys/girls born 2009–2010): must have 9–14 players
  • U15–U19 team (boys/girls born 2004–2008): must have 9–14 players

If there are not enough players to form a team, parents will be given two options:

  1. The child can be placed on a team that will practice in Victoria
  2. The parent can request a full refund

Registration Link


Team from Surrounding Town Request Form


Fall 2022 REC Season Registration Information

For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Michelle King, at vysoadmin@gmail.com.

Online Registration is Now Open!


Registration Information

  • For players born in 2004–2019
  • Registration fee is $100. This includes the uniform and all season costs.
  • The player will also need a soccer ball, shin guards, and soccer cleats.
  • A non-refundable late fee of $25 will be added to all registrations received on or after August 21.

We will hold an in-person registration event on Saturday, August 20, 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM, at the Riverside Soccer Complex. The address is 1407 W. Red River St. in Victoria.


Interested in Receiving Free or Discounted Registration?

The VYSO Board of Directors has launched two new programs that can help with registration fees.

Bring a Friend Promotion

Players can receive $10 refunds for referring brand new players to play with VYSO in the Fall 2022 REC season. The brand new player can be any age or gender; he/she does not have to be in the same division as the referring player.

Banner Sponsor Program

Businesses and individuals have the opportunity to help support VYSO through sponsorship. With the new Banner Sponsor program, the business or individual purchasing the banner sponsorship can designate one player to receive a free REC registration.


Special Requests For Team Placement

The VYSO Board of Directors allows for certain requests to be submitted with regards to team placement of players. If you are interested in submitting a special request, you need to read the full information posted about special requests.

New Special Request: Specific Practice Day Request. This request is only acceptable from players that will be on a U08 or younger team. Read more using the link below.


Surrounding Town Teams

The VYSO Board of Directors will allow teams to be formed that will practice in Edna, Goliad, Port Lavaca, Refugio, or any other town. The games will be played in Victoria. If you would like your child to be placed on a team that practices somewhere other than Victoria, you MUST register your child AND fill out the Team from Surrounding Town request form.


More Information Posted on Registration Page

  • Link to Register
  • Refund Policy
  • Parent Jerseys
  • Season Timeline and Game Days
  • Age Chart

Coaches

We always need coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers. There are some national requirements that all volunteers must complete before participating. If you would like to be a coach or manager, or if you are just thinking about it, please go ahead and register so that you can complete these requirements.

We are hosting a 7v7 Grassroots Coaching Course on Saturday, August 20. Even though this is a 7v7 course, you will be able to take what you learn and apply it to whatever age you will coach. This course is open to anyone, 16 years or older, that has an interest in coaching youth soccer.


Referees

Are you interested in becoming a certified referee? Now is your chance! We are hosting a certification course for first time referees.

We have access to a discounted rate for the certification course. The normal cost for the course is $75. With the discount program, the cost will only be $40!


REC Skills Training Sessions

Free skills training sessions to all U05 and older players that are registered for the VYSO Fall 2022 REC season.

These training sessions will be conducted by UHV players, at the Riverside Soccer Complex.

  • Monday, August 29, 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Sunday Soccer Clinics

VYSO is offering this program as an opportunity for players to receive quality training from instructors that can teach and demonstrate important soccer skills. The training will focus on individual skills, not team skills or training. The sessions will be offered each Sunday afternoon starting on September 18.

$10 per session, or $60 for all seven sessions


VYSO Epic Soccer Day

The Victoria Youth Soccer Organization would like to welcome the community to the VYSO Epic Soccer Day!

Whether you are already a huge soccer fan, or just curious about soccer and want to give it a try, you will have fun at this event!