SOCCER IN ARIZONA:
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S SOCCER
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
ARIZONA SOCCER WEBSITES:
NEWS & NOTES:
AYSA would like to remind all clubs, coaches and players of a few important policies and upcoming dates:
ARIZONA STATE CUP TRANSFER DEADLINE:
November 1, 2012
The transfer deadline for all players wishing to participate in 2013 Arizona State Cup is November 1, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Any player who transfers after this date to a new team (Outside of his/her club) that participates in the 2013 Arizona State Cup will be deemed ineligible for the competition.
AYSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM):
January 26, 2013
AYSA will host its AGM on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona. The deadline for submitting a proposed change to the existing bylaws is December 12, 2012.
All proposed changes to the bylaws must be submitted on the bylaw proposal form found here
Please reference the section of the proposed change including both the current and proposed version of the bylaw. Once completed please submit the proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to December 12, 2012.
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 FROM AYSA:
Tucson Soccer Academy is a strong proponent of soccer youth safety! Check out this youth safety video, put together by TSA, for the Arizona Youth Soccer Association. Special thanks to the Pima County Junior Soccer League (PCJSL) for hosting it...
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
The video, spearheaded by TSA, exclusively used TSA players. In addition, TSA kids made their own videos on soccer safety and the contest winners are featured in the video.
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.
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
SEPTEMBER FEATURE ARTICLE:
Doug Shank, AYSA Coaching Education Staff and Director of Youth Academy to Sereno Soccer Club
Over - Competitiveness: Is There Such a Thing?
As an American Culture we are born and bred on our ability to compete. In the purest form, competition is a good thing, a natural mindset for an athlete and is a major factor in achieving excellence. Competitive Drive fuels one to push through the harder obstacles and achieve the goals that have been set; however this same factor can spawn negative effects if not utilized correctly and lead to intensified and unrealistic training and game schedules, over-emphasis on the pressure to win, injuries and burnout.
Research shows that there are more that 30 million kids participating in organized sports. If you ask these kids why they play the number one reason would be to have fun. Yes they are also playing to compete but their definition of competing as a child is much different from that of an adult. Steve Marshall, an assistant professor of epidemiology and orthopedics at the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill states "Youth Sports have become more that just kids having fun. Frankly it's beginning to get out of control. It's almost a natural obsession."
Kevin Kiernan writes in a NY Times Article "this country has gone berserk with the pressure of winning in youth sports. Nearly every day you see an example of some parent or coach gone mad. And when they do that, not only are dreams shattered but so is a young players' confidence." A study done by Michigan State University reveled that by the age of 13, about 70% of kids have quit sports. "Fun is at a minimum, there is too much pressure to win, coaches become angry and parents embarrass their children with over-zealous behavior." Coaches and parents sometimes will do whatever it takes to ensure that success but will soon realize that this behavior has simply pushed their children to quit. It is one thing to allow and support the child to dream of being an NCAA Athlete or Future Olympian and work towards those goals but it is completely another of pushing your kid in hurtful ways.
Who can change it? The answer lies in coaches and parents, as the leading role model for any child. Many are a positive force and do what is realistic to create the most balanced sports experience for a child. Yet for every good coach or parent there are others that have the wrong outlook. Coaches try and establish their worth and sometimes paychecks with their record of wins or losses and league, state or regional championships rather than how many kids that they have coached who are still playing. Parents try to live vicariously through their team or children's sports experiences. Parents' self-identity becomes attached to their child's team and begins to lose perspective on the core of why their child participates. It quickly becomes about the coach or parent and not the child and those numbers are growing every day as evident by the continual rise of dropout rates in youth sports.
What do we change? There are many factors that can be addressed but we need to change 3 leading issues associated with youth sports by re-evaluating our perspective in those areas. Set Realistic Goals - there is a place in the game for every child. Not all children will play on the best team or at the top levels. This does not mean they cannot get there but for now the child needs to be placed at a level that is appropriate for their ability. We need to understand where our child's ability lies at the current time and how to improve those skills and abilities by placing them in appropriate programs. Those programs should be centered around development and not winning. Winning will happen if development occurs. Many families "club jump" always trying to get their kids on the top team in a club, regardless of it is right for their child.
Reduce Specialization - there is a tremendous amount of pressure to excel and specialize in one sport, especially at a younger age. Years ago it was rare that you played one sport but now the trend seems to be the opposite. Bruce Ward, the director of Physical Education and athletics at San Diego Public Schools, explains that "they're talented, terrific players but I don't see the joy. They look tired. They've played so much year-round they are like little professionals." The best athletes, in a particular age and sport, is being told that if you do not play just one sport you will not succeed and be left behind. There is no research that supports that claim and in fact if you ask the top professionals in major sports they will tell you that as a child they played multiple sports growing up and did not specialize until much later in life.
Loss of Core Values - the focus has shifted away from all of the positive benefits of youth sports (skill development, character and confidence building, social interaction, etc.) and emphasis has been placed on winning, regardless of what sacrifices need to be made. This short term focus will lead to long term destruction of the players' self-confidence as they begin to internally value the end result of performance rather than the process it takes to get there. That process is what will make them more successful in the end. There can be much learned from both success and failure as long as explained to children appropriately. How many times have you seen children on a team being treated differently when they win vs. when they lose, by both coaches and parents?
There is no doubt that one of the major factors why kids play is to compete and this is completely normal: kids want to win. That drive should be fostered but in a healthy way which will result in more enjoyment, growth and success for every child.
Coaching from the Sidelines -
Parent Comments; Helpful or Harmful for the players?
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
- SPECIAL OFFER -
Sports Authority, the Official Sporting Goods Retailer of Arizona Youth Soccer and presenting sponsor of Arizona Presidents Cup has provided a coupon good for $10 off with your purchase of $50 or more through October 31st...
Simply PRINT THIS COUPON and present it with your purchase at any Sports Authority location in Arizona through October 31st!
To find the Sports Authority location closest to you:
As you know, Sports Authority is a FANTASTIC desitinaton for all of your soccer gear. However, they also have a multitude of sporting goods for all occasions. This discount is valid on all items storewide so take advantage and save $10 on your entire order!
UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
Arizona Youth Soccer Association has scheduled numerous coaching courses through the summer:
USSF "E" LICENSE:
October 19, 20, 21 - Tucson, AZ
USSF "D" LICENSE:
November 2, 3, 4, - Lake Havasu City, AZ
November 10-11 & November 17-18 - Florence, AZ
Registration for all courses is open. Please note: All coaches will be required to establish a personal account in gotsoccer to register.
AYSA TOPSOCCER - UPCOMING DATES:
Sunday, October 14th - 9:00-10:00am
Jewish Community Center (JCC)
12701 N.Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85254
Cross Streets: Scottsdale Road and Sweetwater
Then, the Arizona State University Sun Devil Women's Soccer team will host the final TOPSoccer event for the fall...
Thursday, October 25th - 5:45-6:45pm
Arizona State University
Soccer Practice Field (Adjacent to Soccer Stadium)
Rural & Sixth Street
(Enter complex going east on Sixth Street from Rural, one block north of University)
Immediately following the session, all participants and their parents are invited to attend the ASU vs. Utah game, compliments or Arizona State University!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TOPSOCCER
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ASU TOPSOCCER EVENING
ARIZONA STATE REFEREEE ADMINISTRATION
- UPCOMING COURSES -
The Arizona State Referee Administration is offering an
opportunity for entry-level certification to Grade 8 before the end of 2012.
One-time only, we will allow prospective referees to earn their Grade 8 referee certification by first attending and passing the Grade 9 class on October 20, 2012 at the Phoenix Convention Center and then attending and passing the Bridge class on December 15, 2012 at the same location.
Normally, there is a one-year time in grade restriction to upgrade, but this year, we are waiving that requirement in order to help those who are unable to devote a full weekend to attend the Grade 8 certification class.
For more information and to register, please click here
UNITED STATES WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
U.S. Women to Face Republic of Ireland Dec. 1 in Glendale, Arizona in Fan Tribute Tour Match, Presented by Panasonic
See the stars of the 2012 London Olympic Games, including Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach (pictured), Hope Solo, and team captain Christie Rampone (roster subject to change).
AYSA has signed a partnership agreement with GotTeamManager.com. GotTeamManager.com is an innovative service designed to allow youth sports teams to manage team finances efficiently and effectively for around $1 per player, per month!
GotTeamManager will more than pay for itself in save time and improved financial relationships with parents.
FREE Youth Soccer Clinic presented by Chevrolet and your
Valley Chevy Dealers
Participants of all skill levels will spend time learning the fundamentals of the game such as dribbling, passing, heading and shooting from the staff of Arizona State University. Family members are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Clinic Starts: 8:00am
Arizona State University
Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
655 S. Athletes Place
Tempe, AZ 85287
CLICK HERE for more informationon the clinic and how to register!
If you register, please complete the required waiver form IN ADVANCE and bring it to the event. Thank you!
-What should my child wear?
We recommend that you send your child in whatever he or she might wear to practice.
-What should my child bring?
A signed waiver (attached), a bottle of water with their name on it, and a soccer ball with their name on it.
-Can my child be brought to the clinic by someone other than myself?
Yes, as long as they have a completed waiver form (attached), this is not a problem.
DID YOU KNOW...
As a part of their annual registration fees to AYSA, all players are covered by secondary insurance in the event of injury while participating in an AYSA approved club/team sanctioned event.
In the event of an injury and secondary insurance is required, please visit the Insurance Claim Form page on our website to submit all of your information.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All claims are required to be submitted within 45 days from the date of injury. Claims filed after this period of time may not be processed.
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