Frequently Asked Questions

When does the season start?

Games begin the week end after Labor Day. 

How much does it cost?

Under 6 (Includes 3,4 and 5 year olds as of August 1st) pay $145 per fall/spring soccer year.

Under 8 (includes 6 and 7 year ods) pay $145 per fall/spring soccer year.

Under 10 (includes 9 and 10 year olds) pay $145 per fall/spring soccer year.

Under 12 and Under 14 Recreational Players pay $175 per fall/spring soccer year.

Under 11 through Under 19 Competitive Players pay $200 per fall/spring soccer year and expect to pay additional fees for professional coaching and tournament fees

Fees include uniform, registration and insurance with Louisiana Soccer Association. Player provides ball, shin guards, and shoes (younger players may wear gym shoes but older players will want cleats).

When are practices and games?

U6 and U8 players typically practice once per week in the evening starting at 5:00 or 6:00PM. Expect one games are Saturday morning.

U10, U12, and U14 Rec players typically practice twice per week in the evening. Usually one game scheduled for Saturday. 

U11 - U19 Competitive players typically practice twice per week in the evening. Competitve teams usually play multiple games on the weekend and can expect to travel and sometimes have overnight stays.

What do players need in terms of uniforms and equipment?

CYSA registration fees include the cost of one uniform (shirt, shorts, socks) for Rec teams and two uniforms for Competitive teams. Shin guards are mandatory at all practices and games and are the player’s responsibility. Shoes with cleats from a soccer manufacturer are recommended but not required particularly for younger age groups.
Players may not wear jewelry such as bracelets, wristbands, watches, earrings or any other objects that may cause injury to the wearer or competitor. Placing player names on uniforms shall not be allowed for safety reasons. It is best if every player bring their own ball to practice.

Who decides if the weather is too bad to play?

Field closure due to excess rain and/or unsafe conditions is the responsibility of the CYSA President who will notify coaches and when reasonably possible, will provide notification through the CYSA Weather Hotline (985-867-1665) and/or a posting on this web site.  Although practices and games may continue in the rain, cancellation of practice at times when the fields are not officially closed may be the responsibility of each coach.  At any time, when lightening is seen, and the flash to bang time is 5 seconds or less, play will be suspended for 30 minutes.  The playing field will be cleared of all participants who should seek shelter in a building or vehicle. When a game is in progress, the referee has the authority to suspend and/or cancel the game due to unsafe conditions.  Soccer games may be played in the rain if, in the opinion of the referee, playing conditions are safe.

Who maintains the CYSA Fields?

CYSA owns it's fields as private, not public property.  We (all of us) are responsible for maintaining the CYSA fields.  There are no employees (public or private) to pick up the trash.  Please encourage everyone to keep the fields clean and exercise your parental right to stop vandalism you may see.
Please be aware that unsupervised non-playing siblings frequently will drift into unsafe or destructive activities away from the game.  Keep track of your family and watch out for others.
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.  Please do not bring glass containers on to the fields.

Which field is which?

We presently utilize six fields of varying dimensions with two field areas set aside for future development. 
CYSA Field Map

I'd like to volunteer. How can I help?

CYSA and the CYSA Fields are only as good as our volunteers. PLEASE be an active participant by helping in whatever way you can through TIME, TALENT or TREASURE. A leadership role in ANY area is most welcome. Anything you can do helps!
Most of our volunteers are coaches and assistant coaches and we need new ones every year. The remaining jobs are done by a very small group of volunteers. We need more people at special times of the year (registration, field set-up, tournament weekends). Much of this planning occurs at our Board meetings and interested individuals are needed every year to replace members that rotate off this group. Most of these jobs do not require experience, only a little time so please get involved!
CYSA Board of Directors:
  • League Management
  • Registrar – data entry
  • Secretary – board records
  • Team Formation
  • Field maintenance and development
  • Referee Scheduling
  • Tournament Management
  • Accounting
  • Budget
  • Competition committee
  • LSA representative at state meetings and committees
  • Media liaison
  • Coach – sets practice schedules, plans practice activities, manages games
  • Assistant Coach – second set of hands to manage practices and games, stand in for coach
  • Team Manager - plan snack schedule for younger teams, coordinate game schedules for older teams, confirm referee assignments
Concession Stand Operations:
  • Supply shopping anytime
  • Weekend operation and rotations during tournaments
General Site & Field Maintenance:
  • Pick up team area after games and practices
  • Field set-up – before the start of the season (work day announcement)
  • Line painting – Thursday and Friday nights before Saturday game day
  • Rest room clean up – Saturday evening
  • Grass mowing – farm machinery experience required
  • Weed eater – around buildings and goals, weekly, nearly year round

Most of your coaches are parents with a child on a CYSA Team. What's involved?

CYSA and LSA policies specify that a parent coach take a certification class (offered by LSA) within the first year. CYSA reimburses the cost of the coaching course for those that coach a team that same year. Upcoming classes and locations are announced on the LSA web site at Parents interested  in coaching often start as an “assistant” with another parent who has coached before. Playing experience is not required although helpful. 
In recent years some competitive (Division 1) teams have employed a professional trainer or full time coach. For continuity of the team, parent coaches are always needed even if a professional coach is employed. Fees are typically set by each professional coach, dispersed by the team rather than CYSA, and are independent of CYSA fees.

What advice do you give Volunteer Coaches?

In addition to a Coaching Course, we recommend resources found at the following websites:
And MOST IMPORTANT – Register your Volunteer Disclosure Form at the web site. (Find the Risk Management section on the left panel of the front page. The link to the form will be in the middle of the Risk Management page.) It will ask for name, SS#, and driver's license number so that a background check can be done.

Referees are an integral part of the game. How are they trained?

Any person 12 years of age or older is eligible to take an LSA sponsored certification course and become a referee. Referee work can be a part time job for a student, a way to better understand the game for a player, and a healthy hobby for adults. Once trained, there are opportunities to get additional experience during the off season officiating at competitions (junior high and high school, ODP, Regional Premier events, and/or adult leagues) that can lead to promotion in the USSF’s ranking system used throughout the country. Courses are usually offered twice a year in August and January depending on demand.
Every year we introduce a new group of referees to the game.  Many of these officials will be young people.  In all cases these individuals have VOLUNTEERED to do a difficult job.  All officials are trained and licensed but, like any activity in sport, refereeing is a learned skill and mistakes are inevitable.  While their decisions may not always be agreeable to all participants and spectators, their decisions are final. No useful purpose is served by shouting disagreement or derogatory remarks.  The referee has the authority to caution or eject players, coaches, spectators and even stop the game. Abusive words, disrespect, or deliberate fouls may lead to sanctions by a referee.  Unwarranted comments and intimidation by coaches and spectators will not be allowed and reports to the Board of Directors will be taken very seriously.  Verbal and/or physical assaults on a referee, his equipment and possessions, by a player, coach or spectator can lead to suspension and possibly lifetime ban from soccer (that is enforced nationwide because of our affiliations with national groups).

How are the age groups and age limits defined?

A player has to be at least three years of age at time of registration. With the exception of this youngest age group, all other Age Groups shall be comprised of youth players who have a birth date 3 or more years preceding the  registration year
Playing down in age is prohibited.
Season 2016 -2017 2017 -2018 2018 -2019 2019 -2020 2020 -2021 2021 -2022 2022 -2023 2023 -2024 2024 -2025 2025 -2026 2026 -2027 2027 -2028
Birth Year                      
2020               U4 U5 U6 U7 U8
2019             U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9
2018           U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10
2017         U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11
2016       U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12
2015     U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13
2014   U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14
2013 U4 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15
2012 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16
2011 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17
2010 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18
2009 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19
2008 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19  
2007 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19    
2006 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19      
2005 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19        
2004 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19          
2003 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19            
2002 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19              
2001 U16 U17 U18 U19                
2000 U17 U18 U19                  
1999 U18 U19                    

Birth Year and Season Matrix
When determining the age group for a season, the year the season ends should be used for
determining the birth year. Also note that the format “U followed by age” really means that age and
younger. For example, U8 should be read as 8 and younger. For more age-group information please
reference  U. S. Soccer ’s  Player  Development  Initiatives . 

Playing up in age is not recommended but has been allowed to accommodate special requests such as parent coaching a higher age, transportation problems, or once the player reaches 9 years of age. However, playing up more than two (2) years above age is dangerous. No player under the age of 9 can participate on a Competitive team.

How are teams made up?

Recreational teams are made up of players (boys and girls) from two age groups. Under-6 teams are made up of 3, 4 & 5 year olds, Under-8 teams are made up of 6 & 7 year olds, Under-10 teams are made up of 8 & 9 year olds. Girls and boys play on the same teams in U6 and U8 divisions but on separate teams starting in U10 and older.
Good coaching theory calls for balance of team skills to make games more competitive. Coaches participate in this balancing process when teams are drafted in the Fall. U6 and U8 teams are balanced for skill, age, and sex. Players of the same age may stay together for 2 seasonal years. Half the players leave a team every year and are drafted onto teams in the next division while their former teammates are joined by new younger players. This systematic rotation of players and coaches stimulates players to develop their individual skills.
10 year olds may continue in the Rec League as a U12 player or enter a more advanced league now called Competitive. Players on Competitive  teams are selected at try-outs or by invitation. Coaches have additional training and be paid professionals. Teams practice more often than rec teams, play more games on the weekend, travel farther to play games, and are eligible to play in the State Championship Tournament.