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:
YOP & ODP POOL TRAINING
December 15 & 16
Pool Training resumes again this coming weekend at the Grande Sports World Complex in Casa Grande, Arizona. Click here for more info
AYSA COACH & VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS:
Applications Due: January 4, 2013
Arizona Youth Soccer Association is pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the 2012 Coach & Volunteer of the Year awards. Anyone can nominate a coach or volunteer... So if someone you know has gone above and beyond to give back to the game of soccer, please complete either form below! Applications are due no later than January 4, 2013.
These awards will be announced at the AYSA Annual General Meeting on January 26, 2013 at the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort.
COACH OF THE YEAR - NOMINATION FORM (Click Here)
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - NOMINATION FORM (Click Here)
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.
AYSA POLICY - MAY 1st POLICY
May 1, 2013
Any player registered with AYSA may not have contact with another club without prior permission from the players current club until May 1, 2013. Coaches and team administrators are reminded not to have any contact with prospective players until this date unless you have prior, written approval. If you have any questions regarding this, please reference AYSA Bylaw 812, section 6.
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DECEMBER FEATURE ARTICLE:
Doug Shank, AYSA Coaching Education Staff and Director of Youth Academy to Sereno Soccer Club
So Many Choices: How Do I Select the Correct
Program or Level for My Child?
As the car rolls slowly through the parking lot after practice, the three 8 year old boys sit in the back seat showing their excitement about tryouts next week for the local soccer team. At that moment Kirk turns to his mom and says "can I try out with David and Paul mom?" Not wanting to disappoint her son and support his love for the game she says "yes." Later that evening Kirk's mom and dad discuss their son's request and try to understand what exactly competitive soccer is and what it involves. They want to fully support their son's passion to play but have 3 other children and have concerns how this will fit into their current family schedule. They do not know where to begin or what questions to ask.
Most families can identify with this type of scenario. Their child begins in a recreational based program with one practice and one game per week. Suddenly however it seems your child has an interest the sport or is the best one on their recreational team and the question arises of "what is next and what program is right for my child?"
In Arizona there are generally two levels of soccer: Recreation and Competitive. Both have many things to offer to the youth player but it all depends on what, you as the parent, are searching for. Here are some things to consider before making a decision:
Philosophy: The core of any youth sport organization should be learning, development and fun yet it seems that the transformation into the "next level" brings about new ideas and expectations. Suddenly it becomes about winning games and tournaments rather than teaching. Parents should find a program that emphasizes teaching skills and lifelong enjoyment of the game and at the same time recognizes the value of winning, losing and good sportsmanship. Winning alone does not necessarily equate to proper development and most often those who win at an early age have sacrificed teaching to get there.
Time Commitment: Certainly there is a time commitment difference. Most competitive programs will practice 2-3 times per week (depending on the age), have games on the weekends which involve travel outside of your local area and tournaments (although somewhat local) will take time over the weekends. When considering programs you should find the one that can outline all of this to you before you commit. Ask things like - when are practices, where and when are games, what tournaments do you attend? If the organization (and it's teams) have a lack of planning then you will have a less enjoyable experience.
Financial Investment: Generally when you register you will have club fees and team fees. Club Fees cover operational costs of the club. Team Fees cover expenses relative to that team. Of course do not forget the money you will personally invest in gas, food, lodging, etc. There is a wide scale of costs depending on the club and the team you are considering (based on events they participate in) and you should try to gather that data before you choose to accept a spot. Most clubs offer financial assistance based on your personal family income but that is a decision made by the club and could be an option for you. If the club offers you "performance scholarships", "incentives for playing abilities" or "gift" that is a violation of amateurism and your child could be made ineligible for college athletics if those "gifts" are accepted. There are plenty of quality, affordable programs in the area but you may have to search to find the right one.
Social and Academic Constraints: As is obvious more time on the field leaves less time for other things. If your child enjoys time with friends, is an academically focused child or plays other sports this will all be affected. There are many programs that can fulfill your child's desire and still allow for other things. Soccer does not have to "take-over" your life and many times the most eager and aggressive programs, that demand most of players at the youngest ages, have the highest burnout rates and most kids quitting by the time they are 13. Be careful of those "pitfalls" and do not let your ambition get the best of you. Remember they are still children and need diverse experiences at the young ages.
Staff Qualifications: Simply because someone is a paid staff member of the club rather than a volunteer do not assume they are the better coach. Find the program that has a history and tradition of developing quality players and teaching the right things to kids. Ask your friends, check out websites, etc. In addition, which club promotes coaching education for their staff and demands their coaches receive proper licensing and qualifications prior to working within their club. Every club will promote their staff and should be easy to find.
Program Opportunities: Make sure the club has a wide range of programs and levels within itself for your child. There should be a progressive opportunity for your child to move along as their skills and understanding of the game develops. Do they have multiple teams within an age group for your child's age? Do they offer "other" programs for your child if they want to do extra skills sessions or develop another part of their game (speed and agility, leadership, etc.)? What about parent education? Do they try and help you as a parent become a better soccer mom or soccer dad? The last thing you want to do is put your child in a club and then have to change clubs a year later because opportunities cease to exist for your child. The club should offer a complete array of programs and be considered a full service club.
In summary putting your child in a competitive soccer program is a good thing. If they have asked you to consider it because they want the challenge, honor their request because they are telling you something (they are bored with their current level). Are they always the "superstar" and the "best player" then the time is right for the move and you may have to suggest it to them. Do not stay in a program level because it is convenient or easy. The child needs to be challenged and put into a developmental scenario that will allow them to grow within the game; however there are factors that you should consider before making the jump. Educating yourself and knowing exactly what is expected will most certainly attain the biggest benefit for you and your child. After all...isn't that what we want?
TUCSON SOCCER ACADEMY TO RENOVATE
YOUNG HOUSE AT BRANDI FENTON MEMORIAL PARK
Tucson Soccer Academy has agreed to renovate the Young House on the grounds of Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson. The club is looking to invest at least $100,000 into the renovation which will become a clubhouse for kids who play soccer in the club.
The clubhouse will feature a work-out room, computer lab and other unique features for young soccer players.
Upon completion, the clubhouse will be named the "Ann Kathryn Schmidt Kickin' It Clubhouse"
The club is seeking tax deductible donations toward the completion of this project. It you are interested, please send your donation to:
Tucson Soccer Academy Clubhouse
1790 E. River Road, Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85718
HELP AYSA SUPPORT,
"COACHES UNITED AGAINST CANCER"
Childhood Cancer strikes 175,000 youth per year - worldwide... The costs of treatment and research are ever increasing.
In an effort to provide much needed funding toward childhood cancer research, the St. Baldricks Foundation was born. Founded in 2000, the southern California based foundation strives to work with communities and organizations across the United States to raise money in a very unique way... by having heads SHAVED!
Over 240,000 people, including over 24,000 women have had their heads shaved in less than 12 years to raise money for childhood cancer!
Arizona Youth Soccer Association would like to assist St. Baldricks and their efforts. On March 5, 2013, AYSA is sponsoring an event called, "Coaches United Against Cancer". Organized as a "Club Challenge" the goal is to have at least one coach per club raise money for having his/her head shaved while on public display!
Most AYSA clubs have been notified of this event. AYSA would like to encourage all players and their families to contact your club to offer assistance in fundraising efforts. If your club is unaware of this event, please contact AYSA Technical Director- Austin Daniels by email. The goal is to have a significant coach from each club drive home that night with a shiny head!
"Coaches United Against Cancer" will take place in Tempe at the Sports Authority location at Arizona Mills Mall. In addition to head shavings, the event will feature a silent auction and many other fun activities for the entire family.
The financial goal of "Coaches United Against Cancer" is to raise $5,000.00; however we would like to greatly surpass that goal. Thus, if you or your company is interested to have your head shaved, or would like to participate through one of the many ancillary fundraising methods, please contact Ron Gilmore, Director of Marketing & Communications for AYSA by email.
"Coaches United Against Cancer" is a fantastic way for the Arizona soccer community to demonstrate to the rest of our state that we can organize ourselves and step-up to support children in need and we are counting on your participation!
For more information on the St. Baldricks Foundation, please visit their website
Clubs, please click here to register. Once your designated coach for head shaving has registered, the fundraising can begin.
AYSA would like to acknowledge the following companies for their support of this event:
GoodFellas Barber Shop (North Scottsdale)
FORMER PROS SOCCER CLUB PLAYER WINS
NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Kerel Bradford, a member of the Indiana University Men's Soccer team that captured the NCAA Division 1 National Championship last weekend!
Bradford, a sophomore at IU, played locally for the Pros '92 team and attended Hamilton High School in Chandler. He played the full 90 in the Championship game vs. Georgetown.
On behalf of AYSA, CONGRATULATIONS Kerel!
Article on NCAA Championship (NCAA)
PURCHASE TICKETS & SUPPORT YOUTH SOCCER IN ARIZONA:
Please click here, then enter the code: AYSA13 in the
"Promotions & Special Offers" Box down below to purchase tickets.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales using this code will be directed toward the AYSA after school program, "KICKIN' IT AFTER SCHOOL!"
PROMOTION & FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:
Port of Subs, the title sponsor of our Open League would like to offer fundraising opportunities for teams & clubs during the 2012-13 season.
For more information on Port of Subs, please visit their website at: http://www.portofsubs.com
PHOENIX FC (USL PRO) ANNOUNCE STADIUM AGREEMENT:
Phoenix FC, a franchise member of the USL PRO professional soccer league has announced an agreement to play their home games at the soccer stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. The announcement was made at a press conference on Tuesday, December 11th.
The club is preparing for its inaugural season will add approximately 3,500 seats to the stadium (per the rendering above) which will expand the capacity to just over 5,000.
The USL PRO season begins in April. For more information on FC Phoenix, click here.
UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
Arizona Youth Soccer Association has the following coaching course upcoming:
USSF "E" LICENSE
April 13-14, 2013
Registration for all courses is open. Please note: All coaches will be required to establish a personal account in gotsoccer to register.
INTERNATIONAL & MLS SOCCER INVADES TUCSON:
AYSA Members... From now until Noon on December 19, sections 122 and 123 are just $20 for Canada-Denmark and $25 for the Desert Diamond Cup!
You can also purchase Desert Friendlies tickets for just $8!
Head to our ticketing website and use the promo code AYSA to purchase your tickets! NOTE: A portion of all ticket sales will go back to AYSA! But only if you purchase tickets via the above method...
Give the gift of soccer today!"
"MEN & WOMEN IN SPORT NIGHT"
PRESENTED BY: Arizona Soccer Club
DATE: Saturday, December 15, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Phoenix Marriott Mesa Hotel (Mesa, AZ)
COST: $35 (Includes three-course meal)
PURCHASE TICKETS: www.arizonasoccerclub.com
The Arizona Soccer Club is pleased to present an inspirational and motivating evening for the soccer community. This event is not a fundraiser. Proceeds will simply cover the cost of the event itself.
The purpose of the event is to expose our youth to former pro athletes, successful individuals, top coaches in the game and in general some amazing people. The intent is to motivate, inspire and help youth succeed. There will be a focus on the importance of setting goals and an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers attending.
Topics of discussion include:
1. Overcoming adversity and challenges in sports/life
2. The road to success in athletics
3. What comes after sports
4. Where soccer has been and where it is going in our country
5. Character on and off the field
6. Goal setting
Lesle Gallimore - U of Washington Women's Soccer Head Coach
Rene Miramontes - Former US Olympic Team Assistant Coach
Lance Brown - Former Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Player
Corrine Briers - Certified Life Coach and goal setting expert
Derek Price - Former NFL Player and current AZSC Cross Fit Trainer
Missy Farr-Kaye - ASU Associate Head Coach, Women's Golf
Greg Stewart - Elite Orthopedic Surgeon
Bacho Vega - Ironman Competitor
Joel Chalkley - IUPUI Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
For more information, please visit: www.arizonasoccerclub.com, or contact Tara Koleski at: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ANNOUNCES NEW
HEAD COACH FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER PROGRAM:
TUCSON - Tony Amato, Southland Conference Coach of the Year the past two seasons at Stephen F. Austin, has been hired to become the University of Arizona women's soccer coach, Athletics Director Greg Byrne announced last week.
"Tony's a superbly successful coach who's built an outstanding collegiate record in 10 seasons, and can help us move forward with our soccer program," Byrne said.
Amato coached the SFA Ladyjacks to titles in 2011 and 2012 with a combined 17-0 league record. His marks in three years at SFA were 13-5-2 in 2010, 15-3-1 in 2011 and 17-4 this past year. The Jacks lost to Texas A&M, 1-0, in NCAA Championships first-round action in 2012.
A former collegiate player, he was a four-year star at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and earned Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year honors, among several.
"I am extremely excited to join the University of Arizona staff," Amato said. "I thank Greg Byrne, (Deputy AD) Rocky LaRose, and (Senior Associate AD) Erika Barnes for providing me the opportunity to lead the soccer program. It's clear from the hiring process that they are passionate about the university and believe Arizona soccer can be successful. I look forward to getting to Tucson, and am ready to build on the great tradition of Wildcat athletics," he said.
He has a career record of 127-48-14 in his 10 seasons as a head coach, with the first seven coming at Division II Rollins, where he compiled an 82-37-11 mark. The program won its first league title and went undefeated in the 2008 regular season. His 2009 squad repeated and posted a 16-2-2 mark to set records for victories, shutouts and goals-against averages. He won SSC Coach of the year honors twice and won the last two Southland Conference COY honors at SFA.
-Courtesy University of Arizona, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
On behalf of Arizona Youth Soccer Association, welcome to Arizona & Good Luck Coach Amato!
Arizona Youth Soccer Association