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 upcoming dates:
UNDER 19 ARIZONA STATE CUP, PRESENTED BY SCION:
State Cup for the U-19 age-group will be held on Memorial Day Weekend at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Click here for the full schedule
AYSA wishes the best of luck to all teams participating!
YOP CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN:
YOP Camp will be held this June 6-9 at Embry Riddle University in Prescott. The camp is open to all Boys & Girls birth years '01 & '02. ('03 players may register with a coach reccomendation. Click here for more information
2013 ARIZONA STATE CUP
PRESENTED BY SCION:
The Arizona State Cup Championships concluded on Sunday, May 5th at the Grande Sports World Complex in Casa Grande, Arizona This year, over 165 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 Far West Regionals this June in Honolulu, Hawaii (Click on the team names for photos):
Arizona Youth Soccer Association would also like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Scion for their contributions which support youth soccer throughout Arizona!
AYSA FUNDRAISER WITH MCDONALD'S A HUGE SUCCESS!:
On March 2nd, Arizona Youth Soccer Association partnered on a promotion with the central and northern Arizona McDonald's locations called, "Soccer Saturday!" The purpose of the event was to raise much needed money for players in financial need.
That day, over 20 AYSA member clubs participated by "Adopting" McDonald's locations near their home area. These clubs then worked hard to drive in counter sales for just two-hours between the hours of 11am to 1pm that day. The end result for a one-day/two hour fundraising event was a check from McDonald's in the amount of $10,000.00!
The check was presented by Mr. Jerry Wernau, an Owner/Operator of McDonald's on Saturday, April 8th at the Scottsdale Sports Complex during Arizona State Cup. Pictured below Mr. Wernau and members of the Banat Soccer Club '96B team and their coach Rick Kelsey (Kelsey also serves as VP of Administration for AYSA).
In the end, these funds will be split with 70% going back to each club and 30% to the AYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP) to help youth soccer players and their families in financial need.
AYSA would like to thank McDonald's for their incredible generosity and their continued efforts to be a tremendous community partner to support youth soccer in Arizona. Further, AYSA would like to thank all clubs that participated... Well done!
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY:
The Academy Program is the developmental program for boys' and girls' teams from Under-6 through Under-8. The academy program is administered by our individual Club Member Affiliate's.
* To eliminate keeping scores and reduce pressure on players and coaches to get results.
* To emphasize individual player development and especially individual technical development.
* To reduce the excessive travel around the state for games.
* To reduce the possibilities of mismatched opponents and lopsided scores by allowing clubs to do their own scheduling.
* To reduce the number of games players were playing in a year and increase the number of training opportunities.
* Free player movement within the academy program age group.
* Growing a 'CLUB' concept with a club loyalty as opposed to individual team mentality.
* Professional coaches taking over administration and training of younger ages.
* Increased player enrollment and larger membership at the club.
* Increased pool of players for older teams with improvement in quality of players.
* A good introduction to competitive soccer for players transitioning from recreational to competitive soccer.
This program is governed by the Arizona Youth Soccer Association Rules and Regulations.
Additional Information (Select Below):
Tucson Association of REALTORS™ and Fort Lowell Soccer Club
Break Ground on Community Project for New Soccer Fields
Tucson, AZ -- Proceeds for the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout presented by Fort Lowell Soccer Club, along with contributions from the soccer community and private donors, are creating two new soccer fields for Tucson. Ground was broken on Friday, April 12, for two new lit fields at Doolen Middle School, Grant and Country Club. The fields are being built with the cooperation of Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department.
FOR A RENDERING OF THE NEW FIELDS CLICK HERE
Philip B. Tedesco, CEO of the Tucson Association of REALTORS™, said "The Tucson Association of REALTORS is proud to be a part of the Shootout and proud that the monies from the event are being invested in the infrastructure of our community to the benefit of our youth, our schools and our neighborhoods."
Councilwoman Karen Uhlich joined him in praising the project saying, "This partnership offers a model for improving parks and recreation facilities for our children and all residents. The generous investment from the Fort Lowell Soccer Club and the youth soccer community, plus the involvement of Doolen School/TUSD and the City's Parks Department has created beautiful, functional open space for young athletes and surrounding neighbors to enjoy for years to come. Our scarce resources must be better managed, and this kind of collaboration demonstrates how we can succeed by working together as a community."
Curt Cannon, who serves as the volunteer Director of Operations with Fort Lowell Soccer Club explained how the Doolen project is being put together. "With seed money from the Shootout, we have been able to create a community effort that will address the needs of the soccer community for more lit fields," said Cannon. "While Fort Lowell Soccer Club did the ground work and will fund the majority of the project with proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout, Pima County Junior Soccer League, Tucson Mountain Soccer Football Club, TUSD, the City of Tucson, and private donors have all contributed to make this project a reality."
The two new fields are being built to the maximum regulation size. "The sizes of the fields provide great versatility," Cannon explained. "They can be used for competitive play for our older players or they can be configured to provide four small fields for younger players." The fields will be surrounded by a resilient, paved, lit walking path that is almost a half mile long. "We want to maximize the use of the fields both by the soccer community, the school and the neighborhood," Cannon said.
The fields are expected to be ready for play in time for the 2014 Tucson Association of REALTORS Shootout next January. The tournament kicks off Tucson's busy tourist season and generates over $3 million for local businesses each year. "These fields were made possible by the Shootout and it is only fitting that the players who come to enjoy the tournament will inaugurate play on them," Cannon concluded.
The Fort Lowell Soccer Club would like to personally thank all teams who have participated in the Shootout over the years... Your support of our annual tournament has made this project possible!
MONTHLY FEATURE ARTICLE
THE CRAZY SEASON
By: Austin Daniels, AYSA Technical Director
The crazy season has arrived on the Arizona youth soccer scene... It's tryout time!!! What is it about tryout time that makes normally professional adults act immature and unprofessional? Why does this time of year change adults? Are they like this all year round but hide it during other parts of the season?
It's a question I ask myself every year around this time. It seems during the tryout season that many adults, coaches, and parents turn to have all the worst qualities that we dislike; greedy, selfish and unreasonable behavior.
Is the grass always greener this time of year or is it greener all year but this is the time they can find that greener patch?
Most people know what I'm referring to. If you don't, it's the perpetual searching for the perfect coach and the perfect team that will win every game and get every player a full scholarship to play in college even if they are 7 years old. Where did this craziness come from? I'm afraid to say it came from us, the adults. The kids didn't create this environment. The adult coaches, parents and administrators have. We all have had a hand in creating this type of environment... It is something we need to change.
How do we as adults change this environment that we have created?
First we need to take a step back and take a realistic view of where we are in the big picture. This is youth soccer not the professionals. Most players are playing to have fun, be with friends and improve and learn. Ask most players if they would rather play in games and lose or sit on the bench and win championships most players will opt on playing. Of course they all want to win but playing is the upmost importance.
Most of the players will not be receive a college scholarship. Many will not even continue to play in high school. Almost no one will make it to the professional level. So why do we treat every game as if it's the final of the World Cup?
Coaches need to understand that we are not at the level of Jose Mourinho or Alex Ferguson. We are at the level of the local school teacher working hard every day to make sure the players are as successful as they can be. If we can create an open fun and learning environment we would be amazed at how much better players will be.
Parents keep in mind why your children play. Understand that you can't solve every problem that arises in your child's life. Your child needs to learn how to solve problems on their own. They may need help on how to solve issues that arise, but let them work on their problem solving skills; it will help them in the long run.
As administrators we need to constantly look at the competitions we've set up and determine how much emphasis we put on wining. Every player strives to win whenever they step on the field. As adults we have to watch that we don't over emphasize the winning of a competition so not to put too much pressure on players.
During this tryout season take a look at your current situation. It may not be perfect but can you help make it better by staying? The solution is not always moving to the next imperfect situation.
Hopefully everyone can analyze where they are now and make a non emotional decision on what is best for their child. Keep in mind each club and team should be striving for a positive, creative, learning environment that is fun. At the end of the day soccer should be and is a fun game. There isn't a player out there that goes to work soccer; the players go to play soccer. Have fun and enjoy the summer.
AYSA PARTNERSHIP EXTENDED WITH MAXINMOTION:
Arizona Youth Soccer Association is pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with the MaxInMotion™ Foundation for the upcoming 2013-14 youth soccer season!
Last season, MaxInMotion™ donated over $100,000.00 to families in need to offset the costs of youth soccer in Arizona. That meant that an additional 144 boys and girls, who otherwise would not have been able to compete, were able to join teams and have the opportunity to showcase their talents on the field. These awards marked the completion of MaxInMotion's™ first-ever grant cycle with Arizona Youth Soccer Association.
The next award cycle will begin this June. Please look for additional information soon!
In addition to AYSA, MaxInMotion™ has developed partnerships with other youth sports organizations, including Coyotes Charities, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Phoenix Suns Charities. Grant applications are being fulfilled by each organization for their respective youth sport. Like Arizona Youth Soccer Association, there are established cycles for application submission. Visit www.maxinmotion.org for more details.
MaxInMotion™ provides much needed financial assistance to youth sports programs for underprivileged children and for the development of programs to include special needs populations in youth sports activities. Further, research shows that participation in youth sports enhances community values, interdependency, and collective responsibility. Physical fitness prevents childhood obesity and has also been linked to reducing school dropout rates, teen pregnancy and high-risk behaviors, all of which pose tremendous consequences to our society.
MaxInMotion™ was founded in memory of Max Shacknai, who embodied the ideal young athlete: passionate, hard working, and incredibly committed to his teammates. To learn more or contribute, please CLICK HERE
RESPECT THE GAME - A SOCCER AMERICA ARTICLE:
Washington Youth Soccer recently posted an article regarding "Respect of the Game." It was written by Donna Olmstead of Soccer America. AYSA would like to request that everyone take a moment and read this brief article and remember that we are all involved in youth soccer for our kids. Our kids whom are watching our behavior and learning from us daily both in a positive and negative manner at the soccer fields...
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION TO HOST
NATIONAL YOUTH LICENSE:
Arizona Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that the National Youth License course will be held this January in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The US Soccer/US Youth Soccer National Youth License is a 5-day course that combines both classroom (theory) and practical (field) sessions. It concludes with written, oral, and practical examinations. Candidates will be videotaped throughout the course and will leave with a better understanding of the adjustments that adults must make in order to become a better and more effective Coach to our young players.
Big News coming from the Sereno Soccer Club...
Two Sereno players, Brianna "Sammi" Atterbury of the Sereno '00G White team and "Quiqui Hita of the Sereno 99G White team have been selected to participate in the U-14 United States Women's National Team camp this coming May in Portland, Oregon! Congratulations and well done ladies, AYSA is very proud of you!
Also, Sereno Pro-Staff Coach Brian O'Donnell was selected to the coaching staff of the U-20 United States Men's National Team. O'Donnell is currently with the team as they train and prepare at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles for the Toulon Tournament to be held this May in France, and for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Men's World Cup. Congratulations Brian!
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.
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!
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.
UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
USSF "E" LICENSE
May 31, June 1-2, 2013
USSF "D" LICENSE
May 31, June 1-2, 2013
August 9-11, 2013
*Please note important update regarding "D" License below
USSF "E" LICENSE
June 8-9, 2013
USSF "D" LICENSE
June 8-9, 2013
August 10-11, 2013
*Please note important update regarding "D" License below
USSF "D" LICENSE
June 14-16, 2013
August 16-18, 2013
*Please not important update regarding "D: License below
USSF "C" LICENSE
July 26 - August 3, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
September 14, 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
FC TUCSON SEASON TICKETS ON-SALE NOW!
FC Tucson season ticket packages are on sale now! Adult packages are $100
and youth (ages 3-12) packages are just $80.
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!
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!