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, PRESENTED BY SCION:
Registration for State Cup is now available. The registration deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013. Register now! Reminder of AYSA's November 1st Policy
CLUB TOURNAMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Applications for all club tournaments for the 2013-14 season are due no later than March 1, 2013. Please submit applications or any questions to: Email
AYSA - MAY 1st POLICY
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.
AYSA & SCION COMMENCE PARTNERSHIP:
Arizona Youth Soccer Association is pleased to announce a partnership with Scion Motors. Effective immediately, Scion will be known as, "The Official Automobile of Arizona Youth Soccer".
Additionally, Scion will become the Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Arizona State Cup The event will be renamed to, "Arizona State Championships Presented by Scion".
Proceeds from this partnership will benefit several AYSA programs that are designed to enrich the soccer community in Arizona. These programs include "KICKIN' IT AFTER SCHOOL", TOPSoccer and the Olympic Development Program.
PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING AYSA & SCION PARTNERSHIP
INFORMATION ON SCION MOTORS
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 NEEDS YOUR HELP...
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)
Cloud Nine Salon & Spa
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER - SCION MOTORS AWARDS:
On January 26th at the Arizona Youth Soccer Association - Annual General Meeting, AYSA presented five awards for coaches and volunteers that have gone "Above & Beyond" to support youth soccer in our state.
The following awards were presented:
2012 SCION COMPETITIVE COACH OF THE YEAR (BOYS)
Sereno Soccer Club
2012 SCION COMPETITIVE COACH OF THE YEAR (GIRLS)
CDO (Canyon del Oro) Soccer Club
2012 SCION RECREATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR (BOYS)
Gilbert Youth Soccer Association
2012 SCION RECREATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR (GIRLS)
Scottsdale Soccer Club Blackhawks
2012 SCION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Flagstaff United Soccer Club
AYSA would like to thank these and all coaches and volunteers who dedicate their time, efforts and service to youth soccer. Without you, our sport would not exist!
(Pictured below is Bill Bock of CDO and members of his '97 Girls team)
AYSA would like to remind all coaches and team managers of
our existing policy with regard to concussions, or
i. Shall immediately remove from participation/competition any athlete who is
suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury.
ii. Shall not allow an athlete who has been removed from play because of a
suspected concussion/brain injury to return to play until the athlete has
received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the
evaluation and management of brain injuries.
These directions and protocols are in place for the protection and well-being of
If you have any questions regarding this policy, or if any part of it is
unclear, please contact AYSA
for further explanation.
EXCITING MLS PRE-SEASON ACTION IN TUCSON...
2013 FC TUCSON DESERT DIAMOND CUP!
Soccer fans... Don't miss out on your chance to catch exciting MLS Pre-Season
action in Tucson...
The FC Tucson 2013 Desert Diamond Cup features the following MLS teams:
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake
The Cup is a tournament style format. All dates provide two matches for the price of one ticket!
Wednesday, February 13th:
5:00pm - New England vs. Seattle
7:00pm - Real Salt Lake vs. New York
Saturday, February 16th:
4:00pm - Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake
6:00pm - New England vs. New York
Wednesday, February 20th:
5:00pm - Real Salt Lake vs. New England
7:00pm - Seattle vs. New York
Saturday, February 23rd:
4:00pm - MLS 3rd vs. MLS 4th
6:00pm - MLS 1st vs. MLS 2nd
Friday, February 22nd:
7:00pm - Seattle Sounders vs. Veracruz
All games will be held at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson. Don't miss your chance to witness fantastic MLS action in the desert!
Sun Safe Soccer for Arizona Youth Soccer:
We have a skin cancer epidemic in America - one in five Americans will suffer from skin cancer in their lifetime. While soccer contributes to healthy lives, soccer-related sun exposure early in life can cause skin cancer in adulthood. The good news is that by following a few simple daily habits, most skin cancers can be prevented!
The Sun Safe Soccer Program is working to build awareness and spread a skin cancer prevention message. We in the soccer community have the opportunity to build a healthier future, save lives and make soccer the most Sun Safe sport nationwide by teaching the Sun Safe Soccer steps. Imagine that your club is not only recognized as a great competitor but also as a leading contributor to healthy lifestyles in your area.
It's easy to remember the Sun Safe Soccer steps!
- Before the game: Safety first - Sunscreen, then shinguards
- After the game: Cool down. Cool off. Cover up.
What it all means: In order to be effective, sunscreen must be applied 15 minutes before vigorous activities. That's why sunscreen goes on before shinguards! And that sunscreen is the best on-field defense players have against the harmful effects of the sun's rays.
When the game is over, players should cool down and cool off in the shade, avoiding sun exposure when possible. Clubs are encouraged to put tents over bench areas and move half-time breaks and post-game talks to a shady area whenever possible. When players then cover up by wearing sun-protective clothing such as long sleeves and hats, they not only protect their skin from the sun but they help to keep their bodies cool!
Best of all, these simple steps can help coaches and parents protect themselves from skin cancer too!
Visit our website at www.asds.net/Sun-Safe-Soccer to learn more and sign up a team or club to be part of the Sun Safe Soccer movement!
US YOUTH SOCCER - PLAYER OF THE MONTH NOMINATIONS:
Do you know a youth soccer player who should be recognized for his or her achievements, both on and off the field? If so, send in a nomination to have that young person honored as a US Youth Soccer Player of the Month. Learn more and submit a player by clicking here.
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER - FEBRUARY FEATURE ARTICLE
Director of Coaching
Valparaiso United FC
I was recently invited to be one of the 200 delegates at the 33rd annual AEFCA (Alliance of European Football Coaches Associations) symposium held in Split, Croatia from November 18th - 22nd. This world-class symposium had delegates attending from all of the continental associations as well as high-level delegations from UEFA and FIFA.
The title and the focus of the symposium was "Modern aspects of football coaching". The symposium included, among other things, the technical analysis of the EURO 2012, EURO 2012 U17 teams and, to the lesser extent, the London 2012 Women's and Men's Olympic Soccer Tournament. Also discussed was the different player and team development strategies of the Swiss FA, presented by its former U17 Men's National Team coach and 2009 U17 World Cup winner Danny Riser. The symposium also featured a member of the UEFA Technical Study group who dissected the 2 EUROs from 2012. The final speaker was a representative of the Belgian FA who explained how Belgium has revolutionized its youth development program creating a new generation of great Belgian players playing in some of the world's top clubs.
But the highlight of the symposium was the round table discussion that took place among the Head Coaches and FA Presidents from the former Yugoslav countries like Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Slovenia. The round table focused on how such small countries consistently manage to produce such an extraordinary number of world-class players.
The round table discussion all ultimately led to a single consensus; namely, those countries experiencing success in the area of player development are all focusing on the technical development of players while stressing possession within an offensive soccer mindset. Most importantly, perhaps, is that they are all encouraging experimentation and creativity at younger age groups. Countries around the world are encouraging players to take more risks (which means making more mistakes) while trying new concepts without regard to result. Youth soccer in the US is the antithesis of the European model. Here, we are not player development and as a result coaches can ill-afford to leave players on the field who make mistakes or take chances. Learning through trial and error simply doesn't.
My conclusion about what is important for the US and Arizona soccer based on the information presented at the symposium is that: (1) we have too many coaches who stress a too direct of style of play; (2) most of our coaches are result driven and the results are achieved at the expense of player development; and (3) too many coaches base their player selections on the player's physical build rather than technical ability or potential. Unfortunately, the development of players requires a solid understanding of the game and its technical, tactical, physical and psychological components by the coach. Such an understanding requires a large educational investment by the coach in staying up on the latest concepts being developed in the soccer community. It also requires the coach to have the strength of character and conviction to ignore the cries to win-at-all costs while embracing the concept that player development leads to the creation of outstanding individual players who will ultimately come together for team success. Europe and most of the rest of the world has figured this out.
Now it's time for the US and Arizona to join the rest of the world. If we don't we will continue to be a dis-service to our kids and will continue to underachieve on the pitch when it ultimately matters most.
SPORTS AUTHORITY - THE OFFICIAL SPORTING GOODS RETAILER OF ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER
Click Here for the February offer good thru the 28th
AYSA "KICKIN' IT AFTER SCHOOL" PROGRAM
IN MARANA, ARIZONA
The AYSA after school program, "KICKIN' IT AFTER SCHOOL" is underway in Marana, Arizona. Thanks to the support of Steve Wallace of the CDO Soccer Club, over 50 school children at Estes Elementary School are participating in a six-week program designed to teach the basic fundamentals of soccer.
UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
USSF "E" LICENSE
February 15-17, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE I
February 18, 2013
USSF "E" LICENSE
April 5-7, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
April 6, 2013
USSF "E" LICENSE
April 13-14, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
April 27, 2013
USSF "D" LICENSE
May 31, June 1-2, 2013
August 9-11, 2013
*Please note important update regarding "D" License below
USSF "C" LICENSE
July 26 - August 3, 2013
Registration for all courses is open. Please note: All coaches will be required to establish a personal account in gotsoccer to register.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ALL USSF "D" LICENSE CANDIDATES:
Arizona Youth Soccer Association is excited about the new direction the United States Soccer Federation is heading with the USSF "D" License. We are working hard in conjunction with them to implement these changes as well as curriculum updates to improve the overall level of coaching in the state of Arizona. These changes will only benefit the overall development of our players and teams in the long run.
Effective as of January 1, 2013 candidates and hosting clubs will need to be aware of the following requirements and changes:
a. Waivers will no longer be granted to any coaches - all coaches must attend and pass the USSF "E" License.
b. The course will no longer be held on consecutive weekends. There will now be at least 60 days between the first and second weekends to help accommodate deliberate practices.
If you have any questions, please contact. Austin Daniels
AYSA & THE PHOENIX SUNS ANNOUNCE,
"AYSA NIGHT WITH THE SUNS!"
AYSA and the Phoenix Suns have teamed-up to present, "AYSA Night with the Phoenix Suns!" on Thursday, March 28th at US Airways Center in Phoenix. That night, the Suns take-on the Sacramento Kings.
The Suns have not only provided discounted seating for this game, but they will also donate a portion of each ticket sold back to your soccer club! Simply print this order form and contact David Segal of the Suns and he will help you and all members of your club with your order.
In addition, all fans will be granted with early entry into the arena to watch pre-game warm-up's and a gift will be provided for each ticket purchased.
The order deadline is March 4, 2013 so please do not hesitate to participate and enjoy this special evening!
MORE INFORMATION ON AYSA SUNS NIGHT