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APRIL 2013 

  
In This Issue
AYSA News & Notes
Presidents Cup Re-Cap
Scion Soccer Stars
Sports Authority Offer
Seeking ODP Coaches
April News Article
CCV - Nationals Bound
Tryout Info
Phoenix FC Tickets
AYSA Player of the Month
Port of Subs Offer
Coaching Education
FC Tucson Tickets
Sun Safe Soccer


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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:

Competition begins on April 19th and concludes on Sunday, May 5th in Casa Grande, Arizona.  For more information, please click here.

 

 

UNDER 19 ARIZONA STATE CUP, PRESENTED BY SCION:

Registration is open for all teams wishing to participate in the 2013 U-19 State Cup competition.  Please click here for more information and to register.

 

 

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.

 

 

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2013 ARIZONA PRESIDENTS CUP
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Arizona Presidents Cup concluded on Sunday, March 24th at the Scottsdale Sports Complex.  This year, over 190 teams participated in the event!
  
Arizona Youth Soccer Association would like to thank all teams who participated and would like to congratulate the following teams who have earned the privilege to represent Arizona at Presidents Cup Regionals this June 12-16 in Boise, Idaho (Click on the team names for photos):
  
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Arizona Youth Soccer Association would also like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Sports Authority for their contributions which support youth soccer throughout Arizona!

 

  

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SCION SOCCER STAR SCHOLARSHIP:

 

Do you know an extraordinary young soccer star who excels in every

aspect of his/her life?

 

Scion, presenting sponsor of Arizona State Cup invites you to nominate that player who - from the playing field, to the classroom, to their local communities -- truly makes every second count.

 

Scion is a car company that stands apart by supporting emerging talent from diverse walks of life. Together with the Arizona Youth Soccer Association, Scion hopes to honor the young stars who work to make a difference and show a promising future through entrepreneurial leadership.

 

Two outstanding Scion Soccer Stars will receive a scholarship to attend English Soccer Experience this summer in Flagstaff, courtesy of Scion.

 

Nominations can be completed during State Cup at the Scion tent at Reach 11 on the weekend of April 20th and at Scottsdale Sports Complex on the weekend of April 27th.

 

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AYSA SEEKING COACHES FOR THE
2013-14 OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:

 

AYSA is currently seeking coaches for their Young Player Olympian Program and the Olympic Development Program. This is a part-time position working primarily weekends for ODP and YOP Duties include providing administrative support to the AYSA ODP Directors and Technical Director; program scheduling to include selection of players; practices; special events; ODP Tournament; ODP Camp; as well as other tasks as directed by the ODP Directors.

 

Coaches are selected on qualifications, coaching experience and previous involvement with the Arizona ODP Program. Currently all of the ODP staff are working as club coaches; High School coaches or College coaches. All applications will be screened by the Technical Director and the Directors of ODP and then must be presented to the AYSA Board of Directors for approval.

 

If you are interested in coaching in this program and feel you have the time to commit to it please complete the ODP application (Link below) and submit it as well as an up-to-date resume to AYSA Technical Director - Austin Daniels at: 
  
 
 

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APRIL FEATURE ARTICLE

 

MEASURING SUCCESS, ARE WINS & LOSSES THE ONLY METHOD?


 
Doug Shank, AYSA Coaching Education Staff and Director of Youth Development for Sereno Soccer Club

 

I have been fortunate to watch lots of soccer and it is always concerning to me, primarily at the younger ages, when teams are more geared towards winning than player development. Coaches continually focus on the end result and sacrifice the child's experience to win the game. They will not allow players to experience different positions, sit players out longer than is necessary and coach the kids for certain tasks rather than teach and explain the process they need to go through to achieve that success.  The reason...because true player development takes longer, is much more difficult as a process and you just may lose a few games on the way.

 

Most people would agree they only follow winning teams and to be honest that is somewhat normal. After all we are competitive by nature and want to be associated with success and success at most levels is winning. Can you name the individual or team (s) that lost any major championship of any sport over the past year? How about who won? If you are honest with yourself then the champion comes to mind much quicker BUT that is at the professional level and we are talking about youth players, children, not highly paid professional athletes.

 

So the big question really becomes....How do we then measure success at the Youth Level?

To be honest it truly comes down to the simple fact of what you want for your child. Are you trying to live through them and facilitate your dreams or are you really concerned about what they will receive by participating on a youth soccer team? Will you continue to let them play, even if they do not win every game or are you going to move them to a team or sport that they can win, regardless of what cost to them as a young athlete. To assist you in that answer here are some things you need to think about as you evaluate your child's experiences in youth soccer:

 

  • Fun - is your child smiling and look forward to practices and games?
  • Skills - are they improving and showing growth and change for the positive?
  • Understanding - are they gaining more awareness for the game when making decisions or repeating behavior?
  • Fitness - are they establishing healthy routines to lend to their experience and overall happiness?
  • Challenges - is it too easy, too difficult or is there a balance of success and failure for them?
  • Sportsmanship - do they understand fair play and acceptable conduct through words and actions?
  • Friendships - are they finding new friends and creating off field relationships?
  • Leadership - are they accepting responsibility for themselves and their actions?
  • Desire - are the developing a passion to play and looking to improve on their own?
  • Commitment - do they want to play again next year?

In summary, when outcome (score of the game) is the main focus, then everything is going to be out of balance. The drive for results and winning becomes the sole objective and the developmental (learning) process gets compromised. The young athletes' personal experience within the sport will either be secondary or completely ignored. Success is then defined as winning and learning (unless the game is won) then becomes failure. Youth Sports, in this case soccer, should be about creating environments for children that foster growth and development in the sport rather than fielding the best team and winning. Can development and winning both co-exist? The answer is most certainly yes but in order to do that we must keep things in perspective and understand that these are just children, not professional athletes whose primary objective is results. Chances are pretty good that if we foster a positive, learning environment for each child and focus on their growth and development within the game, results will quickly follow.

 

 

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CCV STARS BOYS '97 BOYS BLACK QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS:
  
Congratulations to the CCV Stars 97 Boys Black team who captured the top spot in the Blue Division of U16 US Youth Soccer National League. Led by head coach Harry Demos, the Stars stormed through their first National League season with a 6-1 record. As a result, CCV clinched a berth to the 2013 US Youth Soccer Nationals and a spot in the league next year.

US Youth Soccer Nationals will be held this July 22-28 in Overland Park, Kansas.
  
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YOU'VE DECIDED TO TRYOUT FOR THAT NEW SOCCER TEAM THIS SPRING - NOW WHAT?

 

By:  Brian Beaky of Varsity Communications

 

With most Associations and Clubs starting their fall registration period this summer, the months ahead will see thousands of young players statewide trying out for recreational and competitive Clubs and teams.

 

No matter what level of soccer your young player is trying out for, there are a few questions that every parent and soccer player will likely have as they prepare for this busy - and often stressful - time. Questions like, "What are the coaches looking for?" and "Which Club is the 'best'?"

 

1) The "best" Club is the Club that's best for you:

 No matter how many State Cup titles a Club has won, or how many Division-I college players it has produced, there is no soccer Club in the world that is the best fit for every player. Each Club's website or brochures should give an indication of the time commitment, travel requirements and financial investment required by that Club, as well as the expectations they'll have of each player. Some players might be ready for the greatest challenge, while others might just want to have fun and play with their friends. Before going to tryouts, make sure that the goals of the Club you're trying out for align with the goals of your player.

 

2) Preparation breeds confidence, and confidence breeds success:

Preparing for tryouts involves much more than just practicing skills. In addition to honing your stepover or fine-tuning your shot, it's important to prepare yourself mentally - both for failure, and success. During the tryout, you may make a mistake (in fact, you almost certainly will, at least once) or coaches may surprise you by asking you to play a position you are unfamiliar with or that you don't consider your "best." Be prepared for these situations, and respond positively. Soccer games are full of unexpected developments and difficult moments for each team - the players who respond the best in these challenging moments in a tryout will be certain to catch a coach's eye.

 

3) Control only what you can:

There are things that you, as a player can control - your amount of rest, your amount of practice, your pre-tryout meal, your clothing (one coach we spoke to recommended wearing a brightly colored shirt or socks to help distinguish yourself from the other players). There are other things you can't control - the weather, the skill level of the other players at tryouts, and the attention of coaches. If you accept going in that you can only control certain factors - and concentrate on achieving peak performance in those areas - you'll be better prepared mentally to succeed in any situation.

 

4) Let the coaches coach, and the parents parent:

It's hard, as a parent, to watch your child be evaluated against others. We all want our kids to be the best, and to have the chance to achieve their goals. Before the tryout, make sure that your child knows you love and support them - an encouraging hug and loving words can be just as inspirational (or even more so) as a fiery motivational speech. During the tryout, don't coach from the sidelines, and avoid talking with the coaches. Let your child's play on the field speak for itself. Immediately afterwards, don't add your own analysis to that of the coaches - whether your child made the team or not, a hug from you will be the best thing you can give them.

 

5) Have fun:

While success is great, nothing is more important than having fun. No matter how prestigious the Club or team, if it's not fun for you or your player, it's not worth it. Players will gain more enjoyment - and likely have more success - in situations where they feel that their goals (team success, personal improvement, exposure to college coaches, or even just competing among friends) are being met.

 

Follow these tips to make sure you're prepared to do your best this spring - whatever that might be!

 

 

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GROUP TICKET DICOUNT PROMOTION

 

The inaugural season has commenced for Arizona's professional soccer club, Phoenix FC! The team competes in USL Pro which is considered just a step below Major League Soccer. 

The team is good, the stadium is cozy and the atmosphere... Electric!
 
Don't miss your chance to witness high-level professional soccer at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. 
 
Phoenix FC has extended a special discounted offer for Group Tickets to Arizona Youth Soccer Association members and their families. When purchasing 10 tickets or more for a match, the cost per ticket drops by more than 25% when compared to single-game seats.
 
  
 
Additionally, the club is offering fan experiences for all youth players:
 
Player Escort - Kids walk in-hand with the players onto the field prior to a game

Fan Tunnel - "High Five" the team as they take the field following halftime

Half-Time Shootout - Halftime contest for penalty kicks

Group Leader Incentives - One free ticket for every 25 purchased; Free Phoenix FC T-Shirt for order of 50 tickets or more; Free Phoenix FC polo or jersey for an order of 100 or more tickets; Merchandise discount for group leader and group PA announcement during game.
 
  
  
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ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER - "PLAYERS OF THE MONTH"

AYSA is seeking nominees for youth soccer players who should be recognized for his or her achievements, both on and off the field... 

Each month, AYSA will recognize four (4) players in total (Two (2) players from central/northern Arizona; and two (2) players from southern Arizona) who stand-out among the rest.  AYSA staff will select each winner following an evaluation of all entry forms submitted.

NOMINATION FORM

The players selected will be featured on a "Players of the Month" page on our website, mentioned in our monthly e-newsletter & Facebook page and will earn tickets for their entire family to attend a Phoenix FC or FC Tucson match!

To be considered, all nominated players must be currently registered for an AYSA member club/team, or have recently concluded a season.

Examples of worthy nominees include:
- Excellent play and communication during a game
- Someone who leads a team by example for others to follow
- A player who steps-up to support their local community
- Outstanding or significantly improved academic achievements
- Someone who has worked hard to overcome any obstacles

If a player you know has gone above-and-beyond to display the types of qualities mentioned above, please let us know! Note: When completing your nomination please note that accomplishments off the field will be equally considered to those on the field!

NOMINATION FORM

IMPORTANT:
a. Deadline to submit your nominee for next month's honor is the 24th.  
b. Players of the Month will be announced the first week of the following month.

Please submit any questions here
 

 

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PORT OF SUBS DISCOUNT OFFERS FOR STATE CUP:
  
Port of Subs, proud sponsor of Arizona Youth Soccer Association and Title Sponsor for our open league is presenting a special offer for all teams participating in Arizona State Cup in the Phoenix area.

If you would like to feed your team, they have provided a special offer - Click here.

This offer is also valid if your team would like to visit one of their Phoenix area locations following your games.  For more information on their Phoenix area locations - Click here.

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to feed your team a healthy lunch for less than $5 per player!

If you place your order 24 hours in advance, Port of Subs will deliver your team meal to any soccer complex in the Phoenix area.  If you have any questions, please contact Joe Geremia  of Port of Subs.
  
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UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
 

  

US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
April 27, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
May 11, 2013
Queen Creek, Arizona
  
USSF "E" LICENSE
May 31, June 1-2, 2013
Flagstaff, Arizona
  
USSF "D" LICENSE
May 31, June 1-2, 2013
August 9-11, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona
*Please note important update regarding "D" License below
  
USSF "E" LICENSE
June 8-9, 2013
Sedona, Arizona
  
USSF "D" LICENSE
June 8-9, 2013
August 10-11, 2013
Sedona, Arizona
*Please note important update regarding "D" License below
  
USSF "C" LICENSE
July 26 - August 3, 2013
Westminster, Colorado
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
August 24, 2013
Chandler, Arizona
  
  
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

 

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FC Tucson season ticket packages are on sale now! Adult packages are $100
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This season all FC Tucson game dates will be double headers featuring Women's Professional Soccer League matches and some of the best adult teams in southern Arizona. Get 20 matches for the price of ten!
  
  
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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!

 
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