Saturday: AYSO soccer registration begins; 'special needs' program planned


Walk-in registration sessions for kids wanting to play soccer this fall in the Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO league is set for Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park.

The fall season runs from Sept. 1 through mid-December. Practices and games are held in Menlo Park in various locations.

There will be an information table at the registration events highlighting an effort to create a new program for special-needs children and adults "whose physical or mental differences make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams," according to a press release from volunteer registrar Kathy Koenig.

Known as the AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program, the local program would be launched in the fall if enough people sign up, Ms. Koenig said.

"Menlo Park wants to implement this national program in our area and would like to get an indication of the level of interest," she said.

Soccer coach Jubin Dana would be in charge of the Menlo Park VIP program, according to Ms. Koenig, who added that it would be modeled on a similar program in Palo Alto.

Go to for more information about the VIP program. For information about the local effort, e-mail


The local AYSO league, Region 109, will sign up kids for divisions from Kinderleague through Under 19. To be eligible for Kinderleague, a child must be born between Aug. 1, 2004, and Jan. 31, 2006.

Parents registering a child for the first time for any division must bring proof of the child's date of birth to the walk-in registration. Valid proof includes a birth certificate, passport, immunization record, or other appropriate record of birth date, according to the local league.

For returning players, no proof of birth date is needed, but parents should bring forms, available at, to the walk-in registration.

Hillview School is at 1100 Elder Ave. Go to for more information about the local soccer league.

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