Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA)—Big Island league (BI-HYSA)?
The Big Island League of HYSA is a league comprised of individual clubs or teams, much like Pop Warner or the Pony leagues. The Big Island league has been around for seven years and is part of the State Organization (HYSA). The State Organization is a member of US Youth Soccer Association and US Soccer both national organizations. USYSA is the largest of all the US Soccer affiliated youth organizations with a membership of 2.4 million nationally.
What is the difference between BI-HYSA and AYSO?
While HYSA supports and endorses the same level of sportsmanship as AYSO, our league does not govern playing time for players and allows the clubs and coaches to use their best discretion for their teams. The cost and travel required is generally greater than required in AYSO, therefore the BI-HYSA league is meant more for the dedicated player who wants to play at their highest level. For this reason the league is more competitive. HYSA also compensates referees and expects a high level of competence to support a more competitive environment. While this contributes to a higher level of play, this also creates an additional cost to the players, teams and clubs when compared to AYSO.
When are the playing seasons for BI-HYSA?
BI-HYSA has a spring and fall season. The spring season usually starts in March and ends in May. The fall season usually starts in September and ends in November. There are numerous HYSA tournaments throughout the year. The largest one for the league is in April and is held in Honolulu. It is the “US Youth Soccer Hawaii State Cup” and is the regional qualifier for the national championship. In May, the HYSA State Championships are held. The Big Island league is planning on holding its first Big Island Championship Tournament in June.
How much does it cost?
BI-HYSA charges each player $30 per year (Aug-Jul) for registration and insurance. Each team is charged between $300 and $500 per season depending on their age group and the number of games in a season. Each club or team will set their own fees, which will include these costs.
What does it take to get involved?
As with all youth leagues, it is only as good as the volunteers in it. In order to give the youth the best opportunity to be successful not only as Soccer players but as young adults it takes quality coaching. The league understands this and is here to support the coaches who are here to support our youth. We require that each coach become certified with a USSF “E” License, which we will provide. We will also provide numerous clinics and support for you to hone your coaching skills.
How do I sign up?
If you are a player and know of a club or team then ask them if you can join. If you don’t know of a club but would still like to play then call the BI-HYSA hotline 315-3999 and we will try and locate a team for you. If you are interested in volunteering in any form then please call the Hotline 315-3999.