Quartz Hill AYSO, Region 638 Newsletter September 29, 2012
A WORD FROM OUR COMMISSIONER
The sideline of a soccer game is where the game can be made great or ruined. To make a game great all you need to do is cheer for all the players (yes, both teams), make only positive comments, and let the game happen!! To ruin a game all you need to do is complain about the referee's call, tell the players when to shoot, pass or where to go on the field, or make negative comments. Remember everyone needs to be at the game to support the kids in a positive manner.
The six philosophies of AYSO are:
Our program's goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50% of every game (U6-U14 is 75%). It's no fun to spend the game on the bench...and that's no way to learn soccer!
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it's more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child's life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
Player Development We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both
Players play!!! Coaches coach!!! Parents cheer!!!
Quartz Hill Region 638
Providing world class youth soccer programs that enrich children's lives!!!
Road construction has begun on 55th Street West and is slated to continue through the end of October. "No Parking" signs have been posted along the entire length of Lane Park which will make parking much more difficult. Please plan on additional time (and patience) when arriving to your child's practice or game to accommodate this inconvenience.
This week I would like to remind coaches and parents that the soccer experience in the U6 and U8 divisions is for FUN. The lower division's main purpose should be getting young players excited about soccer so that they continue to play within our region. This is not World Cup soccer, although many spectators and coaches think it is. There are no scores or standings kept in the lower divisions because it's not about the final score, it's about the EXPERIENCE. We as coaches need to make sure we get this point across to our spectators. This is why we cheer for both teams when a goal is scored. Remember, we are there for all of the kids, not just those on our team. We want to produce the strongest region possible and that starts in our lower divisions by getting the kids excited to play and enjoy the game of soccer.
If you have a player who is clearly more experienced or advanced than anyone else on either team, don't let this player dominate the game (which they can clearly do because they score 90% of the goals). Challenge that player to get the other players on their team involved. Reward passing and assists the same way you may reward goal scoring. In the long term you may score less, but the long term effects of producing a better player and team far outweigh this.
As for defense in U6/U8 divisions, of course you can teach your team to play defense, as a defensive minded coach I strongly recommend it. Just make sure that you do not position defensive players in the goal area. Have players located at the top of the goal area and move them toward the halfway line as the ball progresses into the attacking half of the field. As the ball transitions into the goal area the kids will naturally follow. What we want to avoid is having players parked in the goal area the entire game, this teaches them nothing, and in fact it is counter productive as these players don't feel connected with the game. For corner kicks and other set plays near the goal, they are allowed to stand within the goal area because they need to understand the importance of protecting their goal in these situations. If the other team has a player who stays back all the time, understand that some players are defensive minded and they naturally fall back to a defensive position. Don't knock the teams' sportsmanship score down because they have a defensive minded player. Remember, these are only 5 to 8 year olds (you may have the player on your team in the future and we all want good defensive players). At the rest of your games this season I recommend you speak with the other coach and referee, if one is assigned, and make sure everyone is on the same page concerning the location of defensive players.
Coaches in the U10 through U14 divisions will be receiving all-star nominations forms in the next couple of weeks. This is the first important step toward the selection of our regional all-star teams. Once the nominations are in I will produce the nomination list for each division. Please remember these lists are for the coaches eyes only. The All-Star meetings are scheduled for November 5th through the 8th and will be held at the Mayflower Gardens Clubhouse. Meetings dates and times for each division will be provided when the nominations forms go out in a couple weeks.
U06/U08 Soccer Drill of the Week
Red Light, Green Light
- Create a starting line for each of the players, and the coach should move 15-20 yards away.
- With the coaches back to the players, he yells GREEN LIGHT and the players try to dribble to the coach. When the coach yells RED LIGHT, he waits a moment and then turns to face the players. Anyone who is not stopped has to go back to the farthest person from the coach.
- Have the players dribble with only the right or left foot
- Make sure the players keep the ball close so they can stop quickly.
U10/U12/U14 Drill of the Week
Dimond Passing Combination
- Set up 4 cones in the shape of an elongated diamond.
- Assign an all time passer on each of the two cones where the points of the diamond are closest.
- Rotate these passers every 3-5 minutes. In our diagram, the passers are in red.
- Have the first player in line pass to one of the passers and overlap them.
- The passer that receives the first pass plays a first time ball into the other passer who then returns the ball to the player overlapping.
- The player then plays into the next player in line and the pattern repeats going the other direction.
- Play every pass 1-touch.
- Expand the distance between cones and play longer balls in the air.
- Focus on clean, crisp passing.
- Movement off the ball must be timed with the pass.
- The drill should flow with a continuous passing pattern.
- Focus on speeding up the combination play.
If you have a parent volunteer who would like to be certified as an assistant coach they need to contact the Regional Coach Admin, Scott Jones at email@example.com
or (661)722-4003. Only certified coaches, having a current 2012 volunteer form on file, age appropriate training, and Safe Haven certification can be listed on the roster. An assistant coach must be on the roster for ½ the season to be approved for play outside our region. Therefore it is very important for U10/U12/U14 teams who may go to the area playoffs and beyond to get their assistant coaches certified early.
Last week we had about 95 % of our referee spots filled this with trained referees! Many of these volunteers are youths, who do this just to help out. The is NO PLACE in AYSO for anyone to berate a youth volunteer. All it takes is one hot-head adult to turn a youth volunteer away form ever volunteering again. Please remember to genuinely thank the referees you see for doing their best.
Top Youth U8 Referee Contest
This year we are having a contest to see which Youth referees can do the most U8 games. Prizes will be awarded at our annual volunteer appreciation night. After three weeks looks how many of our U8 games have been refereed with youth volunteers!
Top 14 QH AYSO Referees
These referees are our addicts, many of whom also ref our upper division U16 and U19 games on Sundays. Most of these referees are just doing this because they enjoy the challenge of reffing a youth soccer game. The next time you are about to complain about a referee's call, please stop and think how much these volunteers are giving, and how much negativity they have to deal with, so our kids get a SAFE, FAIR and FUN game.
Williams, Walter 28.5
Aguilar, Melanie 22.5
Mendiola, Adam 18.0
Mendiola, Matt 16.0
Schneider, Stefan 15.0
Haddad, Tim 13.5
Choate, Perry 9.5
Peck, Jeff 7.0
Huhman, Dave 6.0
Jones, Scott 6.0
Minzlaff, Mark 6.0
Pagano, Vincent 6.0
Raquipiso, Philip 6.0
Ringelberg, Wayne 6.0
Sheely, Jay 6.0
Walker, Scott 6.0
Instead of complaining about the referees, how about you become a Referee Volunteer?
Your VERY last opportunity to become a Regional Referee is almost here. We have one all-day training on SUNDAY, September 30th, 8 am till 4 pm. Class is held at the Lancaster National Soccer Center in the EAST-side buildings, just east of 30th Street East and Ave L.
You will need to register as an AYSO volunteer at www.eayso.org and using your AYSO volunteer number, go to www.aysotraining.org and take the on-line Safe Haven training prior to attending the referee class. Bring 2 copies of your volunteer form and 1 of your Safe Haven certificate with you to the class.
It helps us prepare if you pre-sign up for the class; this can be done at www.eayso.org under "enroll in a class". To find the class, type Lancaster in the "city" box and hit "search". If you are unable to pre-sign up, that is okay just show up to the class anyway.
Q) Why should I referee?
A) AYSO is an all-volunteer organization and there are NO games at U10 or higher without referees. Also, it is a fun way to be involved and the best "seat in the house" is in the middle of the field. In addition, if you are considering having your child play year-round tournament soccer, the kids with referee parents often gain an edge in team selection.
Q) I heard that teams can get referee points that affect the standings, and to make the playoffs a team must get referee points, is this true?
A) Yes, in U10, U12 and U14 the teams play 10 games and referees can get as many as 10 points to help their team of choice. A team also has to get at least 7 referee points just to be eligible for the playoffs.
Q) How many points do I get for refereeing a game?
A) An Assistant Referee at U10 thru U19 or a Referee on a U8 game gets 0.5 points per game. A "center" Referee on a U10 thru U19 game gets 1 point per game.
Q) I do not know the rules of soccer - does it matter?
A) No. The Regional Referee Class will teach you all you need to know about the Laws of the Game to function as a referee or assistant referee.
Q) Do I have to buy anything?
A) We provide you with a uniform and all the basics needed to referee.
Q) My weekend schedule is crazy busy - who assigns games to me?
A) You do! After taking the Regional Referee Class, we will send you an invitation to join "Arbiter Sports". This is a web-based program that will list all the games that you will be qualified to referee. You pick and choose which games fit your schedule. We do not assign you to any games.
Q) I am an adult volunteer, what level games will I be set to referee?
A) After taking the Regional Referee Class, we will initially set your level so that new Adult volunteers can be an Assistant Referee or Referee on U10 games and a Referee on U8 games.
Q) I am a youth volunteer, what level games will I be set to referee?
A) After taking the Regional Referee Class, we will initially set your level so that new youth volunteers can be an Assistant Referee on U10 games and a Referee on U8 games.
Q) Are there mentor referees available to help new referees learn the ropes?
A) Yes. We are always short of referees, but where possible there are a few of us who will come out and help you on your first games - just ask!
Q) When will I be able to referee higher-level games?
A) Talk to me during the season, and I can adjust the level for any referee who shows the inclination to move up.
If you have any questions about refereeing, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Quartz Hill Regional Referee Administrator
Coaches and parents please encourage your player to come out and tryout for tournament.
Tryouts for players in U-10 thru U-14, both boys and girls, will start on Sunday October 7th and continue on October 14th and 21st (times TBA). Parents must remain with their children during the entire tryout. Players must attend at least one tryout but we encourage players to attend all three to give the coaches a better chance to see your talents. The tryouts will all be held at Joe Walker Middle School and possibly Lane Park. Times will be announced on our website and in our newsletter. U-16 and U-19 tryouts will be announced after the coaches are selected and may be shortened depending on the interest level.
Quartz Hill AYSO
EXTRA Program News
Our Quartz Hill Extra Girls U11 Team went on to another victory Saturday at Marie Kerr 4-3 in a great game against Canyon Country. The Extra Girls Team is now 3-0 and in 1st place in the Eastern Division, tied with only Camarillo in the Western Division also at 3-0. This Saturday the girls travel to Santa Clarita to take on Valencia at Hart High. GOOD LUCK QUARTZ HILL EXTRA GIRLS!
The Quartz Hill Extra Boys U16 Team traveled to Fillmore where they got ran over in a train wreck of a game, and lost 2-10. Let's see if the Extra Boys Team can turn it around this Saturday at Upper Joe Walker against Moorpark at 2:15. If you are at Lane Park, or Lower Joe Walker around 2:15 Saturday, stop by the Upper Joe Walker Field and cheer on the Quartz Hill Extra Boys U16 Team!!
Please come out and support our EXTRA teams when we are on our home turf (see schedule below.) For more information about the QH AYSO EXTRA Program, please contact Michael Fricke at 661-714-8419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Game Schedule - U11 Girls
Oct. 6th, 12:30pm, against Balboa
Oct. 13th, 12:30pm, against Saugus
Oct. 20th, 12:30pm, against VNSO
Nov. 3rd, 12:30pm, against Valencia
Home Game Schedule - U16 Boys
Sept. 29th, 2:15pm, against Moorpark
Oct. 6th, 2:15pm, against Santa Barbara
Oct. 7th, 3:30pm, against Bakersfield
Oct. 21st, 3:30pm, against Fillmore
Oct. 27th, 2:15pm, against VNSO
Quartz Hill 4 - 3 Canyon Country
Quartz Hill 2 - 10 Fillmore
U05 Jamboree News
A huge "Thank You" goes out to all parent volunteers participating in our U05 Jamboree program. To those who are out on the fields working with the players as well as those who are on the sidelines cheering our little players on, your positive words of encouragement and guidance are greatly appreciated as it brings such adorable smiles to each players face. Keep up the good work!
I am still missing a bunch of parent volunteer forms that need to be turned in ASAP! Please go the website (www.eayso.org
) fill out the form and print out 2 copies, both signed and turn them into me at the sign in table. Make sure to bring a valid I.D. with you. If you have any difficulties with the website itself, there is a phone number listed to refer to which will help assist you.
Also, please be sure to sign your child in at the sign in table before or during each session. This needs to be done every week your child participates in our program. Any questions or concerns, pleae contact me via shutterfly, email, or by phone. I look forward to seeing you all at the fields this Saturday!
U05 Program Director
A message from VIP Soccer Stars:
This week the VIP teams played the U12 Boys Red Vipers and the U12 Girls Red Angry Birds. Both teams, rightfully named, were seeing red after their crushing defeats at the feet of the Soccer Stars! A special thanks to both Coach Day and Coach Chavez for bringing their teams out and providing such exciting games!
Don't miss out on the VIP games this week! Soccer Stars 1 play on Lane Park, Field 2 at 9:00am against the U12 Boys Guardians. Soccer Stars 2 play on Lower Joe Walker, Field 3 at 10:20am against the U14 Girls Sponge Bobs!
GO SOCCER STARS!!!!
Every week QH AYSO will honor one Volunteer and one Board Member (if one is nominated) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations may come from anyone - a coach, player, parent, board member, etc. Forms are available from your coach or at the Snack Bar. The person chosen by the Board as Volunteer of the Week from all the nominees will receive their choice of a free item from the Snack Bar; all nominees will be acknowledged for all their hard work and time!
Our Volunteer of the Week for September 22nd is
The Gilbert Family!
The Gilbert Family, Sharpshooters, U14B. They are always here when we need them. Fran does the snack schedule, makes sure the boys have their water, helps me keep track of them all before the games. Joe keeps us all fed with his choices of endless snacks and he helps pick up and load everything at the end of each Saturday and their son Joey is always willing to help anyone and everyone and this year became a youth referee! They truly are a great family and we love them as much as they love AYSO!!
Nominated by Lisa Duncan, Team Mom
Our Board Members of the Week for September 22nd is
Lisa & Sherry!
My nomination for board member is Lisa and Sherry. Snack bar. First there last to leave....hardest working! From planning the foods, preparing, staffing AND if enough volunteers don't come, filling the spaces themselves or with their own family members, these ladies go the extra mile EVERY week and ALWAYS provide service with a smile!
Nominated by Tracey Hill
Other nominated Volunteers/Board Members for Sept. 22nd:
Amy Manley, Snack Bar Volunteer, Blazing Butterflies, U06G. Amy kindly volunteered to work in the snack bar. Nominated by Coach Troy Manley
Jamie Jacob, Assistant Coach, Pink Leopards, U08G. Jamie works with the girls so well and she is at every practice and game. Nominated by Coach Christopher Cullum
Mario Chang, helper, Electric Bees, U08G. Mario volunteered to be a field monitor. Nominated by Coach Addington
Michelle, Team Cheer, Honey Badgers, U08G. Michelle should be volunteer of the week because of her good sportsmanship.
Mike Rust, Assistant Coach, Bubblegum Beauties, U08G. Mike came at 6:50am to help set up fields! Nominated by Coach Alicia Rust
Debbie Garrett, Coach, Team 16, U16G. Debbie stayed after her own game to be there so the boys could play due to coaches work schedule. Nominated by Angelina Martinez
Selene Betancourt, Snack Scheduler, Nightmare, U14G. Selene helped put together the snack schedule as well as stepping up as a team parent. She is there at every practice and is always happy to help out. Nominated by Coach Mike
Marcos Feal, Youth Volunteer, California Poppies, U10G. Marcos comes out to help my team with goalie training that he learned at Nationals. Nominated by California Poppies
Valdez/Corso, Ref, King Snakes, U10B. They have taken time out of their schedule to get trained as refs and are working on our ref points. Nominated by Coach Marchant
Snack Bar News
Don't miss out on all the yummy foodand treats like hamburgers, hot dogs, pepper bellies, sno-cones (and so much more) at our Region's Snack Bar trailer, located at the East entrance to the Joe Walker fields!
Remember, again this season Quartz Hill AYSO has a volunteer position - Field Monitor, coordinated by our Ways and Means Director, Lisa Emard. Each week, volunteers from U06 and U08 teams will walk the fields at Lane Park. Their focus is to make sure everyone has a positive and fun experience. Look for them in their yellow vests!
The schedules for both snack bar and field monitor duty have been placed in the coach's boxes and are posted on our website, www.qhayso.org. If your team has been assigned snack bar or field monitor duty, please send 2 adults and have them check in at the Snack Bar.
Thank you to the awesome volunteers who worked at the snack bar and as field monitors last Saturday! Coaches, please check the schedule and make sure your team covers their shift.
Snack Bar Special
Carne Asada Tacos
3 for $5
Sept. 29th ~ Make-up Picture Day (All Divisions)
Oct. 13th ~ All-Star Nominations Due
Oct. 21st ~ U16/U19 Season Ends
Oct. 27th ~ All-Star Coach Apps Due
Oct. 28th ~ U16/U19 Area Play-offs
Oct. 30th ~ U16/U19 Awards Ceremony
Nov. 5th~ U10 Boys All Star Meeting
Nov. 6th ~ U10 Girls All Star Meeting
Nov. 7th ~ U12 All Star Meeting
Nov. 8th ~ U14 All Star Meeting
Nov. 10th ~ Last Day of Regular Season
Nov. 11th ~ Tie-Breaker Games, if necessary
Nov. 13th ~ Awards Ceremony for U5 Jamboree
Nov. 17th-18th ~ Regional Play-Offs
Nov. 26th ~ Awards Ceremony for U6
Nov. 27th ~ Award Ceremony for U8
Dec. 1st/2nd ~ Regional Play-Offs (Rain Date)
Dec. 4th ~ Award Ceremony for U10
Dec. 5th ~ Award Ceremony for U12 & VIP
Dec. 6th ~ Award Ceremony for U14
Dates are subject to change.
Check our website out on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information
Please help support our National team AND keep our fields clean! Please deposit all soda cans and water bottles (only these two items) in the recycling boxes located at the Lane Park and Joe Walker fields. PLEASE do not put trash or any other items in these boxes!
Thanks so much for your help!!
NO SMOKING ALLOWED
QH AYSO is a Kids Zone which, among other things, means we have a strict no smoking policy. Please refrain from smoking at any field or area that is utilized by QH AYSO - this includes the parameter of the parking lots where children may be walking by. If a child can see you, you are in a location where you are not allowed to smoke.
Thank you for your cooperation!
TRASH, TRASH, TRASH!
Each week as the games come to an end, our fields and the surrounding areas are littered with TRASH! We need to show respect for ourselves and our community and not leave our trash behind! Before you leave to go home and enjoy the rest of your weekend, please make sure that our fields, the parking lot, and the roads where we park are clean! If you are the last game of the day please make sure to pick up any trash still remaining and also return any AYSO trash cans to the snack bar area or pick up location for your field.
Together we can keep our fields and our community clean!
JOE WALKER TRACK!!!
To all Parents, Coaches, and Players:
Please do not run on the Joe Walker track while wearing cleats! This can cause severe and costly damage to the track which QH AYSO will be responsible for repairing.
Thanks for your cooperation!
NO PETS ALLOWED!!!
As in previous years, Quartz Hill AYSO will continue this season to observe the No Pets Allowed policy. Pets are not allowed at any practices or games at any field anytime, with the exception of service animals. This rule is for the safety of our children, families, and pets. Please make sure to let anyone know who is coming to support your player of our policy. Anyone with a pet will be asked to leave the field and the game will be stopped until they have complied.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact our Safety Director, Steve Deplazes, at 785-840-7256.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Looking for a lost ball, gym bag, or even a set of keys? Come by the Snack Bar at JW/LP and take a peek at our Lost and Found - your lost item might just be in there! Any unclaimed items will be donated to a worthy charity at the end of the season!
Quartz Hill AYSO would like to thank our Sponsors for the 2012 Season! The donations from our sponsors allow QH AYSO to provide soccer scholarships and help to keep our registration fees affordable so that everyone can play. It is clear that without the generous support of businesses and individuals, Quartz Hill AYSO Region 638 could not continue to offer our children such a well-rounded soccer program at such an affordable price. We thank our wonderful sponsors for their support and ask our players and their families to support these sponsors whenever possible in return!
Allstate - Currado Insurance Agency
B&L Fire Protection Inc
Blazing New Trails
Burkey, Cox, Evans & Bradford
Career Care Institute
Dr. Les Kurian DDS
Dr. Raffy Sustento DDS
Dr. Tim Buckley DDS
For The Day - Children's Party and Activity Center
Gary Little Construction
Joshua Medical Group
Katrina Stello Real Estate
Minute Serve Dairy
Nueva Vision Trucking
Palmdale Regional Orthopedic Specialists
Quartz Hill Mini Storage
Rich Meier's Landscaping
S&G Custom Electrical
Safesplash Swim School
Southwest Custom Painting
State Farm - Sam Maston
Temperatures Unlimited, Inc
The Barber Shop III
The Hart Room
The Infinity Group Inc
The Levesque Family
Valleywide Dental - Dr. Robert Haze
Van Dam Farms
West Point Physical Therapy Center
Silver League Sponsor
McDonald's Restaurants - Marroquin Org.
The 2012 Sponsor Directory will be given to the Coaches for distribution in early October - make sure to get your copy. The Directory will also be available on our website, www.qhayso.org.
Please do not reply to this email - you will not receive a response. If you have questions, please refer to our website, www.qhayso.org
, to find the appropriate Board Member and email them directly.