Quartz Hill AYSO, Region 638 Newsletter October 6, 2012
A WORD FROM OUR COMMISSIONER
It is up to everyone to make every week's games and training the best for all the players in our region. It will take the efforts of the coach, parents (friends and family) and all the regions volunteers (you can be one) to make it happen. We have the power to do this! It will take big smiles, positive comments and lots of cheering. You can make every player a winner every week.
The history of why we now have Kids Zone:
Kids Zone® was the "brainchild" of then Region 234 Commissioner Steve Hamann in 2000. Steve sensed during his field "walkarounds" that the environment was changing. There was more tension, more shouting (definitely more attitude) and less fun than the Region's parents and volunteers had come to expect.
A man of action, Steve came up with a plan that he believed would remind parents that their behavior at games is crucial to setting a good example. His plan included three-inch Kids Zone buttons distributed to parents and coaches and field signs to remind visitors of appropriate conduct. In Region 234 it quickly became obvious to parents that it was up to them to ensure good sideline behavior or suffer the consequences.
Steve approached staff members at the AYSO National Office to help him get his plan under way. The National Board of Directors (NBOD) and National Office staff members provided partial funding and support to implement the plan and that, as we say, was the beginning. The plan was for Region 234 to pilot the program that fall and then make the project ready for national implementation the following year. Steve and Region 234 did an exemplary job and provided the NBOD and National Office staff with reports, ideas and help to launch the new program.
Since its inception, we have added a Kids Zone Parent Pledge and other assorted materials and paraphernalia. Kids Zone does help in controlling negative sideline behavior, but it is not a magic potion, it takes continual reinforcement and commitment to the ideals of good sportsmanship and the AYSO philosophies.
Players play!!! Run around - Have fun - Make their own decisions!
Coaches coach!!! Set the line up - Motivate the players - Let them play the game.
Parents cheer!!! For all the players on both teams. "Way to go" Great Play" Nice Shot" "What a pass"
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.
Pictures are in! Coaches, if you have not yet received your team's photos, please stop by the Snack Bar on Saturday, Oct. 6th!.
by Best Photo Network
As a fund-raiser for our Region, Best Photo Network is out at our soccer games, taking incredible action shots of our players.
Photos are available for viewing and purchase most weekends at George Lane Park or Joe Walker - just look for the Best Photo Network tent (Please note that they will not be set up on Saturday, Oct. 6th).
Best Photo Network (Action Photos)
23503 West Avenue D
Phone : 661-724-9192
If you haven't already done so please provide jersey numbers for your team to Jill Gousman. As we move into the second half of our season we need to get the jersey numbers into eayso so our rosters can be provided to Area for any post season play.
Coaches will be receiving their All-Star nomination forms this weekend. Please follow the instructions on the form and refer to Section 16 (page 37-40) of the Coaches Handbook for additional information on the all-star selection process. The nomination forms are due back to the Regional Coach Admin, Scott Jones no later than Saturday October 13th. Please turn in completed forms to the Regional Coach Admin folder in the Board Member Box or the Board Member Folder at Marie Kerr or Esperanza. The All-Star meetings are scheduled for Nov. 5th thru 6th and will be held at the Mayflower Gardens Community Room II (map included in your all-star package in your coaches folder). The individual meeting times are provided below.
Coaches will also receive an All-Star Coach Application, if interested in coaching an All-Star team please fill out the applications and drop in the Coach Admin Folder no later than Saturday October 27th, coaches will be selected and notified no later than Nov. 3rd.
If you have a certified assistant coach, please provide his or her information to the Regional Coach Admin, Scott Jones ASAP. We are currently in the process of checking certifications and getting coaches on team rosters for the post season area play.
U06/U08 Soccer Drill of the Week
The Numbers Game
- Create a small 1v1 field approximately 15X20 with two small goals on each endline. Split the group into two even teams and assign a number to each player in each group. For instance if you have 5 players in each group, number off 1-5 in each group. One group should wear alternate jerseys.
- The coach will play a ball into the area and call out a number. Those players must then sprint onto the field and play a 1v1. The game should continue until a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds.
- Have more than one 1v1 going at the same time.
- Call out two or more numbers to create a 2v2 or 3v3.
- Encourage players to take on their opponent.
- Encourage players to shoot when they have a chance of a goal.
- Instruct the players to protect the ball when necessary.
U10/U12 Drill of the Week
Diagonal Soccer Shooting Drill
- Create a 10X10 grid just beyond on the edge of the 18 yard box. Divide the team info 2 lines on the far cones facing the goal. One player from each line steps to the cone near the 18 (this player becomes the player that lays the ball off to the player on the cone farthest from the 18).
- Player 1 passes a diagonal ball to player 4, player 4 has a touch and lays the ball off into space for player 1 to run onto the ball and hit a first time strike on goal. The shooting player (player 1) takes the place of the player that set up his shot (player 4), and player 4 shags the shot and switches lines.
- Next, Player 2 passes a diagonal ball to player 3. Player 3 lays the ball off to player 2 who shoots first time on goal. Player 2 becomes the target player; the target player (player 3) shags the shot.
- Make sure the players switch lines so they shoot with both feet.
- Have the target player pick up the balls and toss them in the air for the shooting player to volley or half-volley
- Good controlled approach on the ball
- Plant foot in good spot next to the ball
- Shoot with the appropriate foot
- Hit the ball on target
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 ˝ 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 over 97 % of our referee spots filled with trained referees! One of these weeks we may just get to 100!
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 four weeks, 36 of our 88 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 34.0
Aguilar, Melanie 26.0
Mendiola, Adam 22.5
Mendiola, Matt 20.0
Schneider, Stefan 18.5
Haddad, Tim 15.5
Choate, Perry 12.0
Raquipiso, Philip 10.5
Peck, Jeff 9.0
Jones, Scott 8.0
Reynolds, Mark 8.0
Huhman, Dave 7.5
Pagano, Vincent 7.5
Sheely, Jay 7.5
The Referee Points System
In our AYSO Region we have a referee points system that rewards teams that are able to provide referees and assistant referees for our many games. The reward comes in the form of up to 10 points in the standings for the team of their choice. In addition, for any team to even be eligible to participate in regional playoffs, they must have achieved at least 7 referee points.
This may seem a little harsh for a kid's sport. Why should the adults be allowed to affect the standings and why should some well-playing team be excluded from playoffs if they are not able to garner 7 referee points? The answer is at the root of AYSO: AYSO is built on the spirit of volunteerism; without volunteers - many volunteers - we cannot function as a viable region. Not one person on our Regional board gets paid for their hard work. Many of our volunteers do not even have children playing in our region anymore. They just volunteer because they enjoy it, and because they believe in volunteering their time to a worthwhile organization. Every team needs to provide volunteers to keep our region healthy - we need more of our parents to get involved. Volunteering your time is a great way to give back to your community and make it stronger.
When I started refereeing we did not have a referee points system. It was very common to go to a game and have only 1 referee show up - 2 if you were lucky. I got roped into doing my first "center" when I showed up as an assistant referee on a U10 game and no one else arrived. The game went well, and I am probably still refereeing today because of the kind way the parents and coaches of those two teams treated a nervous referee, doing his first center. I wish I could remember who the coaches were, so I could thank them again for upholding the spirit of AYSO.
Our referee points system has much improved our referee coverage and now we are even able to provide referees for almost all of the U8 as well as the U10 - U14 games. Three years ago, referees on U8 games were almost non-existent - not anymore.
The games are much better for our kids when we have a trained, qualified referee team on every game. These games are safer, fairer and therefore more fun for our children. Please be nice to our referees, they are volunteering their time, trying to get better at what they do and they are all getting paid the same wage - smiles from the kids. No angry parent tax is welcome here!
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS OF THE GAME AND PROCEDURES
Two U10 teams are playing on Lower Joe Walker 1. Play has been stopped and the defending team has been awarded a free-kick. The goal-keeper is about to restart play by kicking the ball which is in the penalty area (that is the part of the field that coaches are frequently calling the penalty box - ugh). The goal-keeper makes a weak kick, the ball doesn't travel very far and comes to a halt still inside the penalty area. An attacking player runs up towards the ball, and the keeper panics, runs forward and smothers the ball with their hands. What does the referee do, and what is the restart in the following scenarios?
Scenario 1) the kick originally awarded the defending team was a direct free kick?
Scenario 2) the kick originally awarded the defending team was an indirect free kick?
Scenario 3) the kick originally awarded the defending team was a goal-kick?
Scenario 4) the kick originally awarded the defending team was for an off-side infraction?
Scenario 5) before the goal-keeper gets to the ball, a teammate of the goalkeeper runs up and grabs the stationary ball with their hands?
Scenarios 1-5) the answer is the same in all cases. The referee blows the whistle to stop all action, and because the ball was never put back into play, the referee signals a Goal Kick restart for the defending team by pointing their outstretched arm towards the center of the defending team's goal.
All free kicks taken by the defensive team in their penalty area must leave the penalty area and be in the field of play for play to be restarted. Furthermore, no foul can ever occur unless the ball is in play. Misconducts (cautions and send-offs) can occur, but these are very rare at the U10-U14 level of play.
If you have any questions about refereeing, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Quartz Hill Regional Referee Administrator
PLAYERS: Tryout dates and times are listed below. Please make sure to check our website at www.qhayso.org before each date for possible cancellations or rescheduling of tryouts.
All players that will be trying out for a tournament team should wear a white shirt and must be in game ready soccer gear, i.e. cleats, shinguards, soccer shorts, no jewelry. Each player must bring their completed Tournament Team Player Application to a minimum of one of the dates listed below for their division. Registration for all Try-Outs will begin ONE HOUR prior to the start times listed below. Late registrants run the risk of not being able to participate. Please be prompt!
Sunday, October 7th, 14th, and 21st
Girls: Lower Joe Walker, Field 3; Boys: Lower Joe Walker, Field 1
U-10: registration 9:00am-10:00am- Tryouts 10:00am-12:00pm
U-12: registration 11:00am- Tryouts 12:00-2:00pm
U-14: registration 1:00pm-2:00pm- Tryouts 2:00-4:00 pm
U16 Boys: Tuesday, October 9th and Thursday October 11th
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Upper Joe Walker West
U-16 Girls: Saturday, October 13th and Saturday October 20th
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Upper Joe Walker West
PARENTS: As a reminder, you must stay with your child during the entire tournament team tryouts! If a parent does not stay the player will not be allowed to participate in the tryout session.
EXTRA Program News
The Quartz Hill Girls U11 Extra Team traveled to Valencia Saturday and added another Victory with a 4-2 WIN! The Quartz Hill Girls are now 4-0 and are in 1st place in their division.
Our Quartz Hill Girls will take on Balboa this Saturday the 6th at Marie Kerr East 12:30. Come out and support our Quartz Hill Girls U11 Extra Team and see a great soccer match!
At Upper Joe Walker Saturday afternoon, the Quartz Hill Boys U16 Extra Team played in a HOT match with Moorpark. Moorpark squeaked by with a 2-1 win over Quartz Hill.
Our Quartz Hill Boys will gear up for a two game weekend at Upper Joe Walker. Saturday the 6th the Boys will take on Santa Barbara at 2:15, and then Bakersfield comes to Upper Joe Walker on Sunday the 7th at 3:30, for what looks to be a great rematch. The Quartz Hill Boys U16 Extra Team lost to Bakersfield 1-3 back on Sept 15th in Bakersfield, so they can't wait for this game!
So let's recap Your Weekend Schedule: Saturday head out to Marie Kerr Park East (next to the pool) for a 12:30 Soccer Match with the Quartz Hill Girls U11 Extra Team vs. Balboa. Once your done CHEERING on the GIRLS, head over to Joe Walker, plenty of time to hit the QUARTZ HILL SNACK BAR for a Hot Dog, Nachos, Cold Drink, and something Sweet, then grab a seat at the Upper Joe Walker Field for a 2:15 Soccer Match with the Quartz Hill Boys U16 Extra Team vs. Santa Barbara. Don't forget your chair & shade, it might be hot!
Sunday around 3:00 when the football game on TV starts to get boring, turn it off (conserve energy) and head over to Upper Joe Walker for a 3:30 Rematch with the Quartz Hill Boys U16 Extra Team vs. Bakersfield.
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
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 - 2 Valencia
Quartz Hill 1 - 2 Moorpark
Way to go, U05 Jamboree! Awesome job!
Important information to all U05 parents:
- Pictures: For those of you that have not picked up your child's pictures, they will be available Saturday, Oct. 6th at the field.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via Shutterfly, email, or by phone. I look forward to seeing you all at the fields!
U05 Program Coordinator
A message from VIP Soccer Stars:
The Soccer Stars played another outstanding two games against U12 Boys team, The Guardians and U14 Girls team, Sponge Bobs. Thank you to Coach Walker and Coach Avila for supporting the VIP team.
This week the Soccer Stars are looking forward to mopping up the field with the U12 Girls, Phantoms, and the U14 Girls Nightmares! Don't miss our exciting games on Lane Park, Field 2 at 9:10am and on Lower Joe Walker, Field 3 at 10:20pm!
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 Volunteers of the Week for September 29th is
Juan Pina, Diana Tirado, and Heather Grabher!
My "Cool" Parents (Juan Pina and Diana Tirado), Fatal Crush, U14 - They have had a huge part in keeping our girls cool and out of the sun during half times and substitution breaks. "Shady Dad" - Juan Pina, provides the shade and "Cool Mom" - Diana Tirado provides the ice cool towels and mister. Nominated by Coach Steve
Heather Grabher, Green Dragons, Asst. Coach - she stepped up and filled in for the coach of the Gray Cobras. Submitted by Trina St. Pierre
Heather Grabher, Green Dragons, Asst. Coach - Heather helped coach two U6 teams this week. Nominated by Jose O. Barragan
Our Board Member of the Week for September 29th is
Paul has created a new look for our Region's website this year and it is AMAZING! A revision was way over due and Paul spent a lot of time and effort putting together a comprehensive and dynamic representation of our Region. He works hard to keep it up to date and we are lucky to have such a talented Board Member! Thank you Paul, keep up the good work!!!!
Check it out...........www.qhayso.org
Nominated by Coach Tracey, U12G, The Phantoms
Other nominated Volunteers/Board Members for Sept. 29th:
Albert Torres, Dominic Diaz, and Brianna O'Neal, Pink Domination, U12G: They make my job a lot easier. Thank you for taking your time to help out girls out. Because of you, our girls can better understand the game. Thank you! Nominated by Coach Steve
Glenn Davis, Asst. Coach, Pink Leopards, U8G: Thank you for all the hard work and effort Glenn puts into helping our girls become better soccer players. Nominated by Coach Cullum
Lisa Van Weelden, Firecrackers, Team Everything, U8: Lisa volunteers her time to make sure our team has all the volunteer times covered.
Eddie Russell, Ninja Turtles, U8: Eddie helped us tear down the field last game (9/22). Submitted by Kim Redding
Carter Howell, Black Widows, U8:- Carter is always the 1st one to pop up and help with field take down. He came out for field painting also! Thank you! Nominated by Phil and Carrie de la Tova
JC Calder, Team Dad, Black Widows, U8: JC is always helping out on the field and at practice. We appreciate his help! We have an awesome team and parents! Nominated by Carrie
Brad Cochran, Ninja Turtles, U8: Bill helps at every practice and game. We appreciate his expertise. Nominated by Kim Redding
Snack Bar News
Don't miss out on all the yummy food and treats like hamburgers, hot dogs, pepper bellies, sno-cones (and much more) at our Region's Snack Bar trailer - located at the East entrance to the Joe Walker fields!
Snack Bar Special
Carne Asada Tacos
3 for $5
Kids Zone® Reminder
Unique Program Promotes Sideline Cheerleaders
In AYSO, fans are asked to be cheerleaders, not critics. Kids Zone® is a unique program that includes a parent pledge that moms and dads sign to commit to positive, encouraging behavior when they're watching the games. It also includes signs, buttons and other game-day reminders.
Soccer is a player's game. Players learn the game by trying new things, making mistakes and trying again. Sideline critics who scream instructions at players or criticize referees or coaches just slow down the learning process and make it less fun for everyone.
Negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports has become almost epidemic in the U.S. Kids Zone® is a proactive effort to counteract this trend.
Oct. 13th ~ All-Star Nominations Due
Oct. 21st ~ U16/U19 Area Play-offs
Oct. 27th ~ All-Star Coach Apps Due
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
Dec. 7th ~ Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
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!
Concussion AwarenessTraining now available at
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 late October - make sure to get your copy. The Directory will also be available on our website, www.qhayso.org
Those teams below highlighted below in yellow have met the minimum requirement of seven (7) Referee Points to be eligible to proceed to play-offs; those teams highlighted in green have reached the maximum of ten (10) Referee Points allowed for the season!
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.