Quartz Hill AYSO, Region 638 Newsletter                                        September 14, 2013 

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In This Issue
Coach Corner
Referee Corner
Safety Tip of the Week
Tournament News
EXTRA Program News
Zero Tolerance Policy
U05 Jamboree News
VIP News
Volunteer/Board Member of the Week
Snack Bar News
Joe Walker/Gregg Anderson Track Alert
NO Pets Allowed!
Lost and Found
Game Results
Players of the Game
Standings (U10-U14)
Upper Division Standings
Quick Links
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I want to remind everyone why we all are here. The KIDS!!!!!
We have sKidsZoneeveral things we do to insure this happens. One way is with Kids Zones. Everyone should have signed the pledge and turned it in to the coach. You can find the form here:  Kid Zone Parent Pledge

The six philosophies of AYSO are,

Everyone Plays®
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!

Balanced Teams
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.
                                                                                                                                  Open Registration
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.

Positive Coaching
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.

Good Sportsmanship
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 individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.


The triangle, it is the Coaches, the Referee and the Parents. All AYSO Trianglethree have to work together to make the soccer experience great for the kids. Remember to respect the Referees. No one has ever completed the perfect soccer game, (Referees, Coaches or Players). 


What do you say to a Youth Referee? "Thank you"  "You did a great job" or anything nice you can think of. Nothing else is acceptable!!!!! 


Players play!!!   Coaches coach!!!   Parents cheer!!!


Jack Rust

Regional Commissioner

Quartz Hill Region 638


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Providing world class youth soccer programs that enrich children's lives!!!!

News Flash 2 
Coach Corner 


Hello QH AYSO Coaches,

The 2013-2014 season is off and running, and with the exception of a few minor issues everything seemed to go relatively well.  There are a few important things I need to point out to all the coaches concerning the game cards.  We as coaches need to make sure we fill out our cards properly, this includes listing your players in numerical order, list both first and last names, checking your substitutions and final score, and identifying your players of the game.  For those coaches in U8 please remember to watch your opponent's players carefully and note the top three players (by uniform number) on the back of the card, this is important for player assessment for next season.  Please refer to your coaches' handbook for any issues with your game cards, everything you need to know has been clearly provided in the handbook.

Upper division coaches (U10/U12/U14) should be noting top players from the other teams.  All-star nomination forms will be coming out around the first week of October.  Applications for All-Star coaches will also be collected in early October, with coach selection occurring late October.

There are a few issues I need address with the U10-U14 coaches:


1.   As a reminder the substitution break at the half way mark of a half is just that, an opportunity to substitute players and allow others to get some water.  This is not a coaching opportunity; players need to get on and off the field quickly so the game can continue.  I witnessed quite a few coaches pulling the team together and going over game plans, doing a team cheer before players entered back on to the field.  I also saw many coaches struggling with their lineups not sure who is coming out and who is going in, coaches need to have their lineup ready before the game starts so as to not lose valuable playing time.  Please remind you players to stay on the field until they have been substituted, and remind parents to meet the players at the touch line with their water. 

2.   On a quick review of some of the game cards it was noted that many teams were indicating multiple assistant coaches.  Please understand that on game day only two coaches can be on the sideline in the coach area, and these are the only two coaches who should interact with the players and referee's if asked upon.  You are welcome to have as many assistant coaches helping at practice as you want (make sure they have at a minimum a volunteer form approved, and have completed Safe Haven and Concussion training), but on game day it needs to be limited to 1 head coach and 1 assistant coach, and both need to be certified to the appropriate level. 

3.   I witnessed many parents and coaches entering the field of play during the match.  This is not allowed, and coaches are only permitted onto the field of play with the permission of the referee.  Please remind you parents that they should not enter the field of play during the match, especially if they are doing so to coach one or more of the children.

U06/U08 Soccer Drill of the WeekSharksandMinnows



Sharks and Minnows


Build a grid approximately 20X25 yards this field should be adjusted based based on the skill level and number of players participating. Each player should have a ball except for 2 sharks.

The players with balls (the minnows) attempt to protect their ball from the two "Sharks". The Sharks attempt to gain possession and knock the minnows (ball) out of the grid. Once this happens, the minnow can run around the grid once and return to the game. Each minnow has two changes, and the last 2 minnows remaining become the sharks in the next round.

  • Players only use left foot to dribble.
  • Players use outside of feet to dribble.
  • Players use sole of feet to dribble.

Coaching Points
  • Keep the dribblers under control and not panicked once the sharks get near them.
  • Inform players to keep the ball close within playing distance.

U10/U12/U14 Drill of the WeekFourCornersPassingGame2

Four Corners Passing Game


Create four grids that are about 5x5 yard grids and set them about 40X40 yards apart on all sides. Split the group into two teams and put one team in an alternate color.

Instruct the teams to pass among their team to keep possession while attempting to score a point by passing the ball to a teammate that is inside one of the smaller grids. The teams can score in any of the corners, however, they cannot score in the same corner twice in a row.

  • Do not allow players to stand inside the grids waiting for a pass. Instead, instruct the players to work on timing of the runs and timing of the pass to connect inside the grid.
  • Change the scoring rule to where the goal is scored only when a give and go is performed with the player that is in the grid.

Coaching Points
  • Focus on the weight and accuracy of the passing
  • Make sure players without the ball are supporting the player with the ball at all times
  • Make sure the timing of the runs and timing of the pass are in sync.
  • Make sure players change the point of attack and are not forcing passes into congested areas


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 sscejones@hotmail.com or (661)722-4003. Only certified coaches, having a current 2013 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.

Crazy RefereeReferee Corner



 BECOME A REFEREE: It is the best seat in the house!


Our first two referee trainings have already come and gone. 
There are only two opportunities left.We have a 3-evening class coming up September 17, 18 & 19 (Tues, Wed and Thur 5-8 PM - all three evenings must be attended) and another class all day Sunday, September 29th. 



For details on how to signup go to our website www.qhayso.org and click on referee information.  Questions?  Call Tim at 943-9377.


All teams in U10 thru U14 need to obtain at least 7 referee points just to be considered for post-season play.


A team can earn up to 2 points a week from any Referee who chooses to donate them referee points they earned for:

U8 Referee: ˝ point

U10-U19 Assistant Referee: ˝ point

U10-U19 Referee: 1 point


We had 93 % of our referee spots assigned with trained referees before the first ball was kicked this weekend!  The games are so much better when we can have a full 3-ref team on a game.  One day soon I hope we will have a perfect day with every referee spot covered.  Many thanks to all our new referees, and especially our youth referees, who are taking on so many games.


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. One week into the season and one of our top Youth U8 refs from last season is already tied for the lead.  Here are the standings:

















Every year we have a friendly competition to see who can do the most refereeing.  This contest is already in full swing as a bunch of dedicated Quartz Hill referees have a three-week head start from refereeing Upper Division U16 and U19 games between teams from all over the Antelope Valley.  Here is our leader board:


Williams, Walter
Schneider, Stefan8.0
Aguilar, Melanie7.5
Jacobson, Rodney7.0
Haddad, Tim
Kovar, Rocky6.0
Mendiola, Adam6.0
Raquipiso, Philip5.5
Shuping, Rod5.5
Jones, Scott5.0
Mendiola, Matt5.0
Reynolds, Mark4.5
Peck, Jeff
Sheely, Jay3.5
Gutierrez, Allan3.0
Huhman, Dave3.0
Ramos, Jose3.0
Choate, Perry2.5
Ringelberg, Wayne2.5
Rivas, Jolman2.5


Safety Tip of the Week  


Ever wonder WHY you have to take jewelry off before playing soccer??  Maybe this excerpt from a sports magazine will help!

Before you play soccer, you need to make certain that you are not wearing miscellaneous accessories such as earrings, anklets and other pieces of jewelry that could be broken or cause harm. Earrings in particular are prone to being torn from earlobes when contact is made with a soccer ball.  In extreme cases, earrings have been jammed into the base of the skull or into an artery in the neck.   By removing these pieces of jewelry and other items of this nature, you can help prevent injuries to yourself or others.   If you are considering getting piercings and you play soccer, you may want to consider planning to have your piercings done when the soccer season is over.

Excerpt from TopEndSports - the sports science resource   


In the end, you do have a choice if the coach or referee asks you to remove the jewelry that you are wearing, you can remove it and play in the game or leave it on and watch!




Tournament News


Tournament Season is starting.  Coach applications and player applications are now online.  Tournament tryout dates will be announced in this newsletter and on our website soon.
Coach applications are due to the tournament director, Michael Linder, (signed hard copies - not emailed) by Saturday September 28, 2013.  Please place your signed coach application in the folder marked "Tournament Director" located at the Joe Walker fields near the snack bar.  Please print neatly and place your application in a sealed envelope.  
Please go to the tournament teams page on our website and review the Welcome Letter and Select Team guidelines for detailed information regarding tournament season.
Jamba Juice
will be out at the fields every Saturday for the first five weeks of the season selling their smoothies!  Don't miss out on these yummy beverages and the chance for your purchase to give back 15% to the Region!   

Region 638 Zero Tolerance Policy

In the past years, Region 638 has witnessed incidents where coaches &/or spectators questioned the calls of referees requiring referees to stop matches to deal with the situation. There have also unfortunately been incidents once a game has ended when coaches &/or spectators confront referees or other volunteers over decisions made during the game. These incidents prompt me to remind everyone that Region 638 has a long standing, zero tolerance policy prohibiting such behavior.

Our zero tolerance policy applies to all Referees and AYSO volunteers and will be enforced as follows:
  1. If a coach or spectator questions the call of a referee, the referee may stop the match, retrieve the game ball, and invite the coach onto the field for a conversation.
  2. During this conversation the coach may be told 3 things:
    • The purpose of the conversation is not to debate a call but to inform the coach that the behavior of the coach/spectator is unacceptable.
    • The coach has 2 choices. He/she can go back to their coaching area and coach per AYSO philosophies or the coach/spectator can leave the playing facility.
    • The coach/spectator will be sent off if the referee has to speak to them again during the match.
  3. If the referee is a youth referee, the youth referee may stop the match, retrieve the game ball, and find a board member to deal with the situation as described above.
  4. Any coach/spectator who is heard verbally abusing a referee will automatically be sent off by the referee (if an adult) or a board member (in the case of a youth referee). Verbal abuse includes foul and abusive language and comments with racial or sexual overtones.
  5. If the unacceptable behavior of the coach/spectator occurs after the game has ended it will still be reported by the referee and will be considered as a send off.
  6. Referees will report any occurrences where a coach/spectator is sent off and there will be an investigation to determine the subsequent penalty. The penalties are at the discretion of the Region and may include suspension from future games.
  7. The Region also reserves the right to investigate instances when abuse of a referee or volunteer is not reported by the referee or volunteer but is subsequently brought to our attention. The penalties are at the discretion of the Region and may include suspension from future games.
EXTRA Program NewsEXTRAProgramLogo


Quartz Hill EXTRA opened their 2013 Season with the 
following results:
U11B Win 6-4 over Woodland Hills.
U12G Tie 4-4 with Valencia.
U13G Win 8-2 over Simi Valley.
U13B Loss 1-8 to Valencia.
U16B Loss 3-4 to Bakersfield.

This weekend's EXTRA schedule:
U13G Away Saturday vs. Newbury Park 12:30.
U16B Away Saturday vs. Valencia 1:30.
U11B Home Sunday vs. Balboa at Joe Walker 11:20.
U16B Home Sunday vs. Valencia at Joe Walker 1:20
U12G Home Sunday vs. Moorpark at Joe Walker 3:00.

The U13B get the weekend off, while the U16B face a full weekend with Valencia. The 14 Fwy series starts with a Saturday Away in Valencia followed by a Sunday Home game with Valencia.

Good Luck to all Quartz Hill EXTRA Teams this weekend!


UKI Coach Training Program


Did you know that QH AYSO arranged for a Coach Training Program with UK International Soccer Camps this season?  Do you know what that means for our coaches and our players?


This means that we are providing additional training to our coaches so they can better train our players.  It is COACHING TRAINING to help coaches with practice session ideas, answer questions, and provide guidance on the field.  Each training session will be followed up with an email with additional training ideas.   This will be a great experience for both new coaches and the more veteran, experienced coaches, providing both with tools to enhance their practices and game skills/tactics.   


Each week the UKI Coach Training has a set schedule with reserved fields for the trainers.  Coaches may sign up to bring their team (or any number of their players) to an age appropriate session and take advantage of this additional resource by visiting our website and clicking on the "Sign Up - UKI Training Request" link.


Space is limited to only 2 teams at a time but any coach may come to any session and observe without their team. 

Coaches - don't miss this great opportunity to grow as a coach!

Players - ask your coach when your team will be attending one of the sessions!


U05 Jamboree News


A huge "Thank You" goes out to all those who participated in making our Region's first U05 Jamboree session of the season a great success! Your hard work and dedication brought lots of smiling faces to our fields on Saturday! 


The following consists of important information to all U05 parents:

  • Parent Volunteer Forms:  All parents who have not yet filled out their volunteer forms need to do so online at www.eayso.org.  Once your form is completed, print out 2 copies, sign, and turn in at fields.  Blank volunteer forms will be available at the fields to fill out as well.  Make sure to bring a valid picture ID.  
  • Field Set Up & Take Down:  All sessions starting at 8:00am require the help of parents to assist in field set up which consists of preparing fields for the day's activities and goal set up (please arrive about 7:30am to ensure the session begins on time.)  All games that begin at 9:30am require the help of parents to assist in taking down the fields which consists of taking down all goals, picking up all cones, and ensuring that all trash in area is picked up and disposed of properly.
  • Equipment:  All players must bring a size 3 soccer ball with their full name written on it to all sessions / games and every player must have shin guards.


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!


Thank You,

Julie Woods

U05 Program Director


(661) 609-7354



A message from VIP Super Stars: 



The VIP Super Stars were just that...STARS!!!! They did an amazing job in their first games and would like to thank to the U12G Riptide and U12G Minions for coming out and being such worthy opponents.! 


The Super Stars would also like to give their thanks to their coaches, all the Buddies, and the parents who support our teams.   



Here's to a great soccer season, GO SUPER STARS!!!!




* Coming Next Week! * 

Volunteer/Board Member

of the Week


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 a prize; all nominees will be acknowledged for all their hard work and time!     

SnackBarNewsSnack Bar News

Again this season Quartz Hill AYSO will ask for volunteers from the U06 and U08 Divisions to work in the Snack Bar and to be Field Monitors at Lane Park and Joe Walker.  The schedules for both snack bar and field monitor duty will be placed in the coach's boxes. If your team has been assigned snack bar or field monitor duty, please send two registered adult volunteers and have them check in at the Snack Bar. Volunteers that have not previously been registered for the 2013 season must complete their online volunteer application at www.eayso.org and bring one signed copy and a valid ID with them when they show for their volunteer duty.

Taco Saturday Special
  Carne Asada Tacos!!!
3 for $5

**   Tri-Tip Sandwich & chips  $6   **

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Quartz Hill logo sport bottles are just $5!!  

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No Smoking Sign


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!


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!

No Cleats

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To all Parents, Coaches, and Players:

Please do not run on these tracks 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


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, Josh Duncan at 661-436-0180.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Lost and Found
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!

Watch this space for a complete list of sponsors next week!  

Quartz Hill AYSO would like to thank our Sponsors for the 2013 Season!   The donations from our sponsors allow Quartz Hill 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!

Sponsorships are still available!  Sponsor a team for only $275 and be featured in our Sponsor Directory that will be handed out in early October AND emailed to the entire QH AYSO community along with other advertising perks!

Check our website for more information or contact our Programs Director, 
Gary Gill, at ghg1370@yahoo.com or 310-766-1098.



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