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JUNE 2013 

  
In This Issue
AYSA News & Notes
State Cup Re-Cap
McDonald's Fundraiser
Exciting News in Tucson
AYSA Youth Academy
National Youth License
Celebration of US Soccer
AYSA Player of the Month
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 upcoming dates:

 

DOC'S & CLUB PRESIDENTS:

The "Intent to Play" form for the AYSA Youth Development Academy is due no later than July 1, 2013.

 

AYSA OFFICE CLOSED:

The Arizona Youth Soccer Association office will be closed at 12pm on Monday, July 1st for staff training.  Additionally, the office will be closed all day Wednesday, July 3rd; Thursday, July 4th; and Friday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. The office will re-open on Monday, July 8th at 9:00am. AYSA wishes everyone a wonderful and safe holiday weekend

 

CLUB REGISTRARS:

AYSA will provide IMPORTANT training at our offices July 8th to July 13th.  Please mark your calendars now, additional information will be sent your way very soon.

 

 2013 Prez Cup Regionals 
REGION IV PRESIDENTS CUP REGIONALS - BOISE, IDAHO:
  
Region IV Presidents Cup Regionals were held June 12-June 16 at the Simplot Sports Complex in Boise, Idaho.  Representing the Grand Canyon State were the 2013 Arizona Presidents Cup Boys & Girls Champions in age-groups U13 to U17. 
  
AYSA would like to congratulate the SC del Sol 98G Maxwell team (Pictured below) for capturing the Under-15 Regional Championship...  The team will now advance to Presidents Cup Nationals next month in Auburndale, Florida!
  
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RECAP OF ALL ARIZONA TEAMS THAT PARTICIPATED:
  
BOYS U13 - SC del Sol '00B - Advanced to Quarter Finals
BOYS U14 - AZ Olympia '99B - Advanced to Quarter Finals
BOYS U15 - SC del Sol '98B - Advanced to Semi Finals
BOYS U16 - CCV Stars '97 Orange - Did not advance from Group Play
BOYS U17 - TSA '96B Blue - Advanced to Quarter Finals
  
GIRLS U13 - Southbank Excel '00G - Advanced to Quarter Finals
GIRLS U14 - Sereno 99G Elite - Did not advance from Group Play
GIRLS U15 - SC del Sol '98G Maxwell - CHAMPIONS
GIRLS U16 - Barcelona 97G - Did not advance from Group Play 
  
  
AYSA would like to congratulate all teams that participated in Presidents Cup Regionals...  It was a fantastic week of soccer!
  

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REGION IV FAR WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

HONOLULU, HAWAII

 

The Region IV Far West Regional Championships were held June 17th - June 23rd at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu, Hawaii.  22 teams who either captured the Arizona State Cup Championship, or qualified through the US Youth Soccer Region IV - Far West Regional League represented AYSA at the competition.

 

The following is a re-cap for each team:

 

BOYS TEAMS:

BOYS U12 - CCV Stars '01 Black - Advanced to Semi Finals

BOYS U13 - SC del Sol '01 Leebrook - FINALIST

BOYS U13 - Sereno '00 West - Advanced to Semi Finals

BOYS U14 - Arizona Arsenal '99G Premier Black - Advanced to Quarter Finals

BOYS U14 - Sereno 99B White - Did not advance from Group Play

BOYS U15 - Tucson Soccer Academy '98B Red - Advanced to Quarter Finals

BOYS U16 - *CCV Stars '97B Black - Did not advance from Group Play

BOYS U17 - Scottsdale Blackhawks 96B - Advanced to Quarter Finals

BOYS U17 - FC Phoenix Academy - Advanced to Quarter Finals

BOYS U18 - Sereno '95B White - Did not advance from Group Play

BOYS U18 - TSA 95B Red - Did not advance from Group Play

BOYS U19 - Sereno '94B White - Did not advance from Group Play

BOYS U19 - SC del Sol '94B Maxwell - Advanced to Semi Finals

 

*CCV Stars '97 Black will advance to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships next month in Overland Park, Kansas.  The team qualified through the US Youth Soccer National League.

 

GIRLS TEAMS:

GIRLS U12 - Arizona Arsenal '01G Premier - Advanced to Quarter Finals

GIRLS U12 - SC del Sol '01G Orona - Advanced to Semi Finals

GIRLS U13 - San Tan '00G Legacy Red - Did not advance from Group Play

GIRLS U14 - Ahwatukee 99G White - Did not advance from Group Play

GIRLS U15 - Banat '98G - Did not advance from Group Play

GIRLS U16 - Arizona Arsenal '97G Premier - Advanced to Quarter Finals

GIRLS U16 - San Tan '97G Legacy Red - Advanced to Quarter Finals

GIRLS U17 - Arizona Arsenal '96G Premier - Did not advance from Group Play

GIRLS U17 - TSA '96G Red - Did not advance from Group Play

 

LINK TO REGION IV FAR WEST REGIONALS HOMEPAGE

 

AYSA would like to thank and congratulate all Arizona teams that participated in the Region IV Far West Regional Championships and wish the best of luck to the CCV Stars '97B Black team at Nationals!

 

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ARIZONA OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NEWS:

 

Tryouts & Pool Training dates have been announced for the upcoming

2013-14 Arizona Olympic Development and Young Olympian Programs:

 

TRYOUTS:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

 

POOL TRAINING DATES:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

 

All Tryouts and Pool Training sessions will be held at the

Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona

 

Additional Information on Arizona ODP

  

  
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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.

Program Objectives:

* 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.

Program Benefits:

* 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.

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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.
  
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NEWS ARTICLE

 

GUIDELINES FOR HEADING IN SOCCER

By:  Sam Snow

 

Not long ago an article hit the World Wide Web that speaks to the alleged dangers of heading the ball in soccer. The article was brought to my attention by Rick Meana, Technical Director for New Jersey Youth Soccer and Andy Coutts, Director of Technical Education for Minnesota Youth Soccer. Here is the article.
  
I am not qualified in medicine, so I use the findings of FMARC (FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center) and the U.S. Soccer Sports Medicine Committee to understand the risks of any soccer technique. Here is a document that I hope you will use to educate coaches on the progression for teaching heading in soccer.
  
Concerning the specific article mentioned above here's the feedback from Don Kirkendall, member FMARC:
  
"I saw a different news item about this topic, too. Remember, that this is a presentation and presentations don't go through the rigor of peer review anywhere near the level of critique of a journal publication. Based on what I've read, my first inkling is that it won't get published. Here are the primary factors that a reviewer has to ask of every paper they review:
  
History: What do the subjects bring into the study? Don't care how detailed the interviews were, they were asking questions about a lifetime of soccer, heading exposure, injuries. FMARC data shows that players forget about half their injuries from that year. This is about a lifetime. I bet if you surveyed players about how many times they headed the ball during a match vs. what was captured on film the results would be remarkably different. History is a HUGE issue with this project. And I haven't even brought up learning disabilities, alcohol, non-sports head injury, non-head injuries, or drug intake. Plus, players this age paid little attention to concussions when they were half their age, so how many did they have? The only accurate answer is "...that I can recall". Hardly firm data.
  
Maturation: This is about changes over the course of a study. Not as critical here, but this group is making conclusions about the adult brain based on something that may have happened before the brain had matured.
  
Testing: Oral interviews using a 'detailed' questionnaire (that from another media outlet). One might wonder about the validity of the Q and A. Were the questions 'leading' the subject on one direction or another? Given the emotions surrounding this topic, this probably needs to be considered.
  
Instrumentation: MRI is getting very good; a question could be that it is finding variants that have little or no effect. Sort of like the right handed pitcher with a crooked left pinkie; a variant of no consequence.
  
Statistical Regression: Tendency for extreme scores to migrate toward the mean. Basketball team shoots 75% one game is due for a 25% game soon. Not sure this would be as much of an issue as other topics.
  
Experimental Mortality: Subjects who are included in the study fail to complete it-they drop out, move, die, get sick or hurt, etc. How were the subjects selected? What were the inclusion and exclusion criteria? Any bias in selection stacks the deck one way or another.
  
Selection-Maturation Interaction: are subjects selected because they have a tendency to gain (or not to gain) much during the study.
  
Hawthorne Effect: People behave differently when they know they are being studied. This has been shown to be an issue in concussion research. Mention the word, and people are on edge, so to speak.
  
Those are just the 'standard' items that can lead to an alternative hypothesis for the results. I haven't even approached the actual data and interpretation of the data. We'll have to wait this one out. Stick with the FMARC data for now. Sorry for going on about the peer review process. But the popular media will run with this without doing due diligence."
  
Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer

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A CELEBRATION OF US SOCCER: 

 

In honor of its 100th anniversary, U.S. Soccer has opened its archives to offer the definitive history of the sport in the United States. "100 Years of Soccer in America" is the official book of the U.S. Soccer Federation. The book is available here for purchase.

 

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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.
 

 

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UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
  
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
August 21-22, 2013
Sierra Vista, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
August 24, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
  
USSF "E" LICENSE
September 6-8, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
September 14, 2013
Chandler, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
(Course taugh in Espanol/Spanish)
September 14, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
(Course taught in Espanol/Spanish)
September 28, 2013
Nogales, 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, Technical Director, Arizona Youth Soccer Association

 

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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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Sincerely,

  

 

Arizona Youth Soccer Association