The OYSA currently has teams for children from six to fourteen years of age.
Almost exclusively, teams in the Oberlin Youth Soccer Association ("OYSA") are registered to participate in the Lorain County Soccer League ("LCSL"). Very rarely, teams are registered in other leagues such as the American Amateur Soccer League ("AASL"). The OYSA is a member of the Ohio Soccer Association ("OSA") through its affiliation with the LCSL. The LCSL is the governing body - they set the rules and regulations for the league, and the OSA is a state-wide promotional and support organization.
As the name suggests, the LCSL consists mostly of teams from communities within Lorain County, OH. Parents should expect to travel (usually on weekends, but occasionally on a weeknight) to any these communities:
A season consists of a spring and fall session. Each session consists of around eight games. We try to only play one game a week, but sometimes conflicts (weather, schedule) force us to play multiple games per week. The spring session runs from mid April to mid June, and the fall session runs from mid August to mid October. Practice schedules are at the coach's discretion, but most teams practice twice a week - especially as the kids get into the older age groups. Practices usually start one to two weeks before the first game of the session.
Children must have shin guards, shorts and a comfortable shirt for ALL practices and full uniforms for games (i.e. socks, shorts, and jersey). Shoes can be soccer cleats, turf shoes or flats. The latter is better for very dry conditions where the ground is hard.
No jewelry of any kind (earrings, watches, necklaces, etc.) may be worn during games or practices.
Games are often played in challenging weather conditions. It is recommended to dress in layers that can be added or removed as necessary. Clothing such as sweatshirts and sweatpants can be worn underneath uniforms, but uniforms must remain on top of all other clothing when a player is on the field during games.