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SEPTEMBER 2012
In This Issue
AYSA ODP Program
Safety Tips
TOPSoccer
Article - Ethics of the Game
Sports Authority Promo
Coaching Education
AYSA Alum - World Cup Champion
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AYSA Alum - Headed to U17 World Cup
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OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:


Registration for the 2012-13 ODP Player Pool is now available. If your son or daughter was selected to the Player Pool in their age-group, please click here for additional registration information and to complete their registration.
 

Soccer Safety Tips  

  

SOCCER SAFETY TIPS FROM AYSA AS WE ENTER A

NEW SEASON:

 

AYSA would like to provide a few reminders to all soccer players, parents and to anyone attending the fields for practices or games:

 

CONCUSSION AWARENESS:

 

AYSA would like to encourage everyone (Players, Coaches & Parents) to take a few moments and watch a comprehensive video on concussion awareness created by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). 

 

Although all players registered with AYSA have had a parent or guardian sign our Concussion Awareness Form, we would like to provide and remind everyone of our "Head Injuries Guidelines & Procedures" form and request that everyone review it again when time permits. 

 

AYSA takes concussion awareness seriously and we appreciate the enhanced awareness of our soccer community!

 

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PROMOTION & FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

Port of Subs, the title sponsor of our Open League would like to offer two (2) opportunities for teams & clubs during the 2012-13 season.

CLUB DAYS:
Port of Subs would like to offer all clubs located in Maricopa County the opportunity to "Adopt" a location for an entire Saturday from now through November.  Port of Subs will then provide 15% of sales back to your club!  For more information, please contact Port of Subs for more information and how to sign-up! 
 
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Port of Subs would like to introduce their "Feed the Team" competition.  Simply print and clip this coupon and present it at any Maricopa County Port of Subs location to instantly receive 10% and to also enter your team into a contest.  At the end of each month, Port of Subs will then draw one lucky winner that participates, the winner will receive lunch for their entire team, a $100 value!

 

Both of these are fantastic opportunities to support our sponsor...  Feel free to participate in both! 

 

For more information on Port of Subs, please visit their website at:  http://www.portofsubs.com

 

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 UPCOMING PLAY DATES:
 
AYSA is pleased to announce the upcoming play dates for TOPSoccer:

 

DATES:
Sunday, September 16th - 9:00-10:00am
Sunday, September 23rd - 9:00-10:00am
Sunday, September 30th - 9:00-10:00am
Sunday, October 7th - 9:00-10:00am
Sunday, October 14th - 9:00-10:00am

  

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12701 N.Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85254
Cross Streets: Scottsdale Road and Sweetwater 
 
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WHAT IS TOPSOCCER:
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based program that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities.The program is geared towards player development rather than to competition.
 
The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to anyone aged 5 and older, who has a mental or physical disability.

 

 

The basis of TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, specifically altered to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete.    

 

 

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SEPTEMBER FEATURE ARTICLE: 

  

Ethics of the Game - Have We Lost our Way?
 
 

The purpose of youth sports is to teach children basic skills of the game, develop a better understanding of the game and instill a life-long passion for the game. In addition, we are hoping to develop character, confidence, positive self-image and responsibility which assists' the individual to become a more impactful member of the community. We would like children to be able to flourish as an individual but yet understand how to function within a team.  

  

Club leaders are in an awesome position to influence young children in a positive way. We must hold ourselves accountable to high ethical standards and never make decisions that put players, parents, coaches and club administrators in compromising positions. This will only cause conflict between "purpose driven mission" and "selfish ambition." Our search for excellence should be focused on the process and not the result. If the process is correct, the result will be achieved and players will gain the success they have earned. 

 

However in today's world of instant gratification and social media have we forgotten these values and used our children to create a better social standing for ourselves? Are we willing to sacrifice learning, growth, development and lifelong enjoyment of the sport for short term success with the over-emphasis of winning? Have we professionalized the game by removing the innocence and basic premise for play (fun and enjoyment) to a more conventional thought of "what can you do for me now, win at all costs mentality?  There are 3.6 million registered players with US Youth Soccer (children between the ages of 6-18). In Arizona we have over 33,500 but expect for substantial growth as the popularity of the game continues to grow. However by the age of 13 studies have shown that over 70% of those kids will no longer be playing the childhood game they have learned to love at a young age. The big question is why and what can we do to keep kids playing longer?

 

Since club soccer is such an integral piece in the process of player development, the answer lies in the mission of the soccer club. The mission should not be centered around winning championships. Winning is a direct result of the quality of work we do with the players and will occur if we are truly engaged in teaching players the game through a sound developmental philosophy and the understanding of what children need at specific ages and levels of play. Winning should not be the driving force behind the developmental model.

 

This approach may allow us to have short-term success but in the end will cause long term failure. Players will not have the necessary skills to progress through the game as they age and will become frustrated and discouraged as they are challenged. As a parent, do you measure your child's success by how many games they have won or by the skills they have learned? Do we really think that there should be national soccer rankings for u7, u8 and u9 teams?  

 

In addition, when winning becomes the primary objective the line between ethical and unethical behavior will become very blurry. Club leaders, for the most part, are well intentioned and attempt to do the right things for the kids. It is their passion and love for the game that keep them involved. However there will come a point where some make poor decisions or turn their backs on questionable actions within their own clubs, simply to attain success. Is it ethical for a coach to "recruit" a player to their team after they have already given their word to another team? Are false promises or player incentives acceptable to entice a player to come to a specific team?  

 

The question of what is right or wrong should never be asked in any "ethical" situation. Those types of questions will cause a conflict between "mission and ambition" as well as darken the moral principles that we need to use to make correct decisions. In addition are you aware that some of these issues could jeopardize your child's amateur status within the sport as well as possibly affect their eligibility to play in college under current NCAA Rules and Guidelines?  

 

 

Doug Shank, AYSA Coaching Education Staff and Director of Youth Academy to Sereno Soccer Club

 

 

NEXT MONTH:

 

"The Drive for Excellence"

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Sports Authority has presented a SPECIAL OFFER to AYSA Members...  Please print this coupon and present it to receive $10 off of your purchase of $50 or more!  Hurry, the promotion expires on September 30th.

 

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UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:

US Soccer has announced their Winter Coaching Education courses.  This includes courses for the National "A", "B" and "C" Licenses which will be held in Casa Grande, Arizona.  These courses fill quickly so do not hesitate if you are interested:

 
Arizona Youth Soccer Association has scheduled numerous coaching courses through the summer:
 
YOUTH MODULE I
September 15 - Sahuarita, Arizona
September 22 - Gilbert, Arizona
 
YOUTH MODULE II
September 16 - Sahuarita, Arizona
September 22 - Gilbert, Arizona
September 25 - Scottsdale, Arizona
 
USSF "E" LICENSE
 September 8-9, 2012 - Scottsdale, Arizona
 
 
Registration for all courses is open.  Please note:  All coaches will be required to establish a personal account in gotsoccer to register. 
 
 
 
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AYSA ALUM - JULIE JOHNSTON
WOMEN'S U-20 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION!
 

AYSA would like to congratulate Julie Johnston and the rest of the United States Women's U-20 National Team for capturing the 2012 FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup!

 

In addition, Julie also won the prestigious "Adidas Bronze Ball Award" signifying the 3rd Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament as voted by the FIFA Technical Committee.

 

Click here for a post-tournament interview with the Arizona Republic

 

Johnston, the team captain grew-up in Mesa and played youth soccer in Arizona. She is a graduate of Dobson High School. She is currently a junior at Santa Clara University. As a sophomore, she was a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy and a 2011 All-American.

 

Prior to attending Santa Clara, she grew-up playing for the 2003 Arizona State Cup Champion - Gilbert Arsenal '91 team, then moved on to play for the Sereno '92 White team where she won Arizona State Cup seven (7) times.

 

Congratulations Julie... On behalf of AYSA we very proud of your accomplishments!
 

 
 

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AYSA PLAYER NAMED TO U-17 NATIONAL TEAM FOR
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The United States Women's U-17 National Team has announced their 22 player roster that will compete in the upcoming FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.
 
AYSA would like to congratulate Goalkeeper Cassie Miller for her selection to the squad! Cassie and her teammates will travel to Azerbaijan for the event which will be held September 22nd thru October 13th. The US Women will have Group "B" matches against France on September 22nd, Gambia on September 25th, and Korea DPR on September 29th.
 
Miller, has been a part of the US Women's National squad for several years, including her participation in the qualification for the World Cup last May.
 
The squad, coached by Albertin Montoya was named after a training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California (August 19-26). Heading into the World Cup, the U-17 team has an overall record of 22-5-6 from 2010-2011.
 
Congratulations once again to Cassie, we wish you and your teammates a safe and prosperous trip to the Women's U-17 World Cup!

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