Dear AVYSL families:

Welcome to a new year with AVYSL!  Whether your child is registered in our Recreational, Competitive (Almaden FC) or TopSoccer JWB League, we are committed to our mission of advancing the personal and athletic development of players to their highest potential. Most of all, we hope each player simply has a blast playing this wonderful sport that touches millions of people around the world.

This is an exciting time for AVYSL.  We have made investments this year by adding experienced leadership to our competitive program, we are making education a priority by rolling out a "Speakers Series" for our member families, and we are looking forward to our 1st annual adults-only AVYSL Masquerade Ball to better connect us socially.

I would also like to recognize and thank our Board of Directors, who volunteer their time to serve over 1,700 players and their families. Thanks for all you do to make our league a success! And yet, we have key positions still vacant that need to filled so that the programs we offer can continue. We're looking for a Fall Rec Director and a few others.  If you are willing to step up to a role of service to the league, please visit our website for a list of open Board positions and we welcome your participation.

Thank you for your support of AVYSL.

- Andy Oehler, AVYSL President

Spring Recreational "Microsoccer"
Welcome to Spring Recreational Microsoccer 
The season is just around the corner! Registration  for spring Microsoccer closes on February 10th, with late (fee) registration ending on February 17th on a space-available only basis. 
Last year, AVYSL was pleased to train more than 625 players in this unique 4v4 style game we call Microsoccer, where our motto is, "Let the game teach the player".  
Volunteer to coach a Microsoccer team?
Our spring recreational coaches kick-off meeting will take place at the Almaden Community Center on February 28th from 6-9 pm.
Competitive Update
Almaden FC is College-bound
Congratulations to Alvaro Madrigal from our Boys Almaden Real '95 team, who will to play for LMU on a full scholarship in the fall of 2014. Alvaro was scouted by LMU when Almaden FC 95 was invited to participate in the prestigious Surf Cup college showcase over a year ago.  Alvaro helped Almaden Real win the 2011 US Club State Championship, 2012 US Club Regional Championship and US Club Nationals during those years. Congratulations, Alvaro!
Look for more news of college-bound Almaden FC players in our next edition of the AVYSL newsletter.

Tryouts for Almaden FC U14+ teams
Club-wide tryouts for most of our U14 and older teams will take place in May 2014, following the High School soccer season.  Our Mercury (Boys) '98 & '99 teams are offering a first round of open tryouts at Pioneer High School on February 22nd and 23rd.  Check out our homepage for more information.  Know someone interested in joining an Almaden FC U14-U18 team?  Have them contact one of our team coaches.

Information Central
From our Parent Handbook to our annual kick-off meeting presentation, there's a lot of information available, so you can be "in-the-know".  Meet our professional, licensed coaching staff, shop Almaden FC spirit wear and more:  Check out today!

Almaden FC Speaker Series
Understanding the Rules of the Game
When it comes to youth soccer, we know...everyone is an expert!  Want to really become one?  
You need to know the rules of the game.
Please join us at LEGENDS PIZZA
Tuesday, February 25th from 7-8 pm


for the first in our FREE Speaker Series designed especially for our Almaden FC families.


This informal yet informative speaker night is just for moms and dads.  Let's have a good laugh at ourselves as we dispel myths, learn about the most misunderstood FIFA rules and have an opportunity to have your questions answered by our expert panel.

Our speakers include:  
-  Tom Tilmant,  Referee Assignor CalNorth Youth Soccer Assoc. (Dist. 2) & AVYSL
-   Ed Fregoso,   Referee Director for AVYSL

The seminar is FREE but space is VERY LIMITED!  

Referee Reel
Keen to Referee?
AVYSL is pleased to announce an entry-level Referee Clinic which allows candidates to become certified as a Grade 8 USSF Referee

The clinic will take place on select evenings from March 3-13.  

For more information and to register for the clinic (only 35 spaces available) please visit our Information Page.  
As our spring recreational program does not utilize referees, this spring class is not recommended for candidates <14 yrs. old.


This month, our health & well-being spotlight is on:  
Click on the link above to learn about what U.S. Soccer has called the, "10 Nutrition Rules to Live By".  FIFA has also published a booklet on the subject, "Nutrition for Football".

In This Issue:
Field Status Alerts
AVYSL field closure notices 
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Thank you....
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On the calendar
Almaden FC
Continues through March 16th

Speaker Series
"Rules of the Game"
Feb. 25th, 7 pm @ Legends Pizza

Team Managers Social
Feb. 26th, 7 pm @ Legends Pizza

Spring Practices Begin
Week of March 17th


Recreational Coaches Meeting
February 28th, 6-9 pm
Almaden Community Center

Spring Practices Begin
Week of March 17th

Spring Photo Day
Recreational players ONLY
Saturday, April 5th

Are you a 
PR Professional?
Join the AVYSL Marketing team!

We are seeking one or more volunteers (and receive credit for your annual volunteer commitment) to work with us on local media and community marketing.

Interested?  Contact our league Marketing/Communications Director, Alene Ipsaro.

AVYSL is a 
TopSOCCER JWB league!
Creating soccer opportunities for all
For 4 years, AVYSL has proudly offered a TOPSoccer Jacob Wiebe Buddies League, for differently abled players, providing a safe and fun soccer environment for players ages 5 to 18, for whom the traditional soccer model does not work.  
Our program depends on many volunteer buddies, including middle and high-school aged students seeking meaningful volunteer opportunities.
Player and buddy registration opens during the summer
Visit our web-link above for more information!

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