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AUGUST 2013 

  
In This Issue
AYSA News & Notes
AYSA ODP Program
AYSA Facebook Page
Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
Foundation Cup
Youth Development Academy
National Youth License
Banner Concussion Center
Referee Education
Clubhouse in Tucson
Monthly Feature
Player of the Month
Coaching Education
Celebration of Soccer


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NEWS & NOTES:

AYSA would like to remind all clubs, coaches and players of a few important upcoming dates:

 

AYSA TRANSITION TO GOTSOCCER:

AYSA is in the process of transitioning registrations for all players, coaches and administrators to GotSoccer. The goal is to create more of a streamlied/automated process for our members. Many forms including the medical release, concussion and code of conduct will be available online soon. Please contact your club registrar if you have any questions regarding the completion of these forms.

 

AYSA WEBSITE UPDATE:

Recently, AYSA updated our website to try and make information easier to find. A new feature is a tab called, "Member Resources". This tab contains links to several important pages within our website. Please take a look next time you visit azyouthsoccer.org!

 

INJURY REPORTING (2013-14 SEASON):

All injury reports MUST be completed in full and submitted within 30 days of the date of any injury. There will be NO exceptions to this policy. This is a requirement in order for any subsequent medical claim form to be approved.

 

NEW VERIFIATION PROCESS FOR REFEREES WHO ARE MINORS:

The Authorization for Minor Referee Form is now available only through GotSoccer. Each minor referee will need to access their GotSoccer Account (They will need to create a profile in GotSoccer if they do not have one) and complete the Age Verificaton Request Form under the Risk Management tab. This is not a background check, just an age verification only for minors. Please contact the AYSA office with any questions. More information on changes for adult referees coming soon.

 

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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 the Arizona ODP program can be found here.

 

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Walk a Thon 

 

FUNDRAISE & MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY:

 

The 21st Annual North Phoenix Kiwanis "Walk-a-Thon" will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Metro Center Mall in north/central Phoenix. Last year our walk included over 800 participants. This year's event will again include a one-hour walk, course contests to challenge walkers, an entertaining program and door prizes.   Every walker will receive a pack of items donated by Kiwanis sponsors.

 

Various groups, such as school clubs, Boy Scouts, sports teams, etc., secure pledges and walk to raise money for their group. Youth groups that participate in the event will keep 75% of the funds they collect for use by their organization and will be contributing the remaining 25% to the North Phoenix Kiwanis Foundation for children's charities. North Phoenix Kiwanis give 100% of the net proceeds directly to local charities.

 

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2014 ARIZONA FOUNDATION CUP TOURNAMENT:

 

The Pros Soccer Club and Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) are pleased to announce the formation of a joint venture to host a youth soccer tournament. The tournament, to be called the Arizona Foundation Cup, was formerly the Pros Thanksgiving Tournament. The new tournament will also be held over the Thanksgiving weekend. In 2013, the Arizona Foundation Cup will be held November 29th through December 1st. Matches will be played at the Tempe Sports Complex, Red Mountain Sports Complex in Mesa, and Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler.

 

Terms of the joint venture include a sharing of tournament proceeds with all Arizona clubs who send teams to participate. The tournament will be hosted by the Pros Soccer Club, which will coordinate the functional aspects of the tournament. AYSA will provide marketing and advertising, as well as on-site administrative support.

 

The joint venture is intended to boost the size and quality of the former Pros Thanksgiving Tournament. Both organizations believe that Arizona has much to offer participating teams, and desire a venue where teams do not need to leave the state for competition. The competition will be open to all levels of competition in age groups U7 through U19, for both boys and girls. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three (3) matches, playing full regulation length halves. For the U7 and U8 age groups, all matches will be played utilizing the format of the new AYSA Youth Development Academy.

 

For additional information and to register, please CLICK HERE

 

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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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"DOC-TALK" WITH THE BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER:

 

Hello AYSA!!! The Banner Concussion Center is proud to be affiliated with AYSA and looking forward to being able to provide some helpful concussion and sports medicine tips in this portion of your newsletter.

 

This month's question is answered by Dr. Steven Erickson - the medical director of the Banner Concussion Center.

 

Question: What is baseline testing for concussion and who should have it done?

 

Answer: Baseline testing for concussion is a form of neurocognitive testing used to gather objective information regarding an individual's normal or baseline brain function. Since "normal" brain function differs from person to person, baseline testing gives clinicians a point of reference when later evaluating the neurological impact of an injury.

 

Baseline testing uses computerized programs to measure one's ability to recognize, remember and react to words and pictures. The results provide a fingerprint of sorts to illustrate how the brain functions in a non-concussed state.

 

Since concussion also can impact balance and vision, Banner Concussion Center is one of few facilities in the country to offer comprehensive balance and visual integration testing to ensure a more complete and objective analysis of one's overall brain function. Balance testing evaluates a person's center of gravity and sway index, while vision testing measures eye movement and tracking.

 

Over the last decade, neurocognitive testing - performed both before and after injury - has become an important tool in managing sports-related concussions. However, the risk of concussion is not limited to athletes. Therefore, all individuals planning to engage in athletic or recreational activities as well as those whose job duties pose a risk of physical injury are encouraged to undergo baseline testing.

 

Whether young or old, athlete or not, the fingerprint of neurologic function identified through baseline testing ensures health care providers better understand the impact of a concussion should injury occur. Ultimately, the more knowledgeable providers are about the extent of a person's injury, the better armed they are to treat it.

 

For more information about the Banner Concussion Center, to schedule a baseline test or make an appointment with Dr. Erickson please contact us at 602-839-7285. We are located on the campus of Banner Good Samaritan Hospital at 1320 N. 10th St., Suite B Phoenix, AZ 85006. You can also receive more concussion related information at our website:     

  
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WANNA BE A REF?...

 

The Arizona State Referee Administration has scheduled introductory and recertification courses for referees for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Courses are offered state-wide for those who would like to become a referee as well as for those looking to re-certify.

 

Please click on the link below for additional information to include the courses offerered/times/locations for each:

 

UPCOMING REFEREE TRAINING COURSES

 

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GROUNDBREAKING HAS COMMENCED FOR KIDS

CLUBHOUSE IN TUCSON 

 

The ground has officially been broken on the "Ann Kathryn Schmidt Kickin' It Clubhouse" at Brandi Fenton Park in Tucson! Ann Kathryn passed away in 2011 after a battle with breast cancer. She was incredibly dedicated person to the youth of southern Arizona as a teacher, Girl Scout & Cub Scout leader and Team Manager for youth soccer. Once complete, the clubhouse will provide a safe and productive environment for youth soccer players to use before and after practice sessions.

 

TUCSON CITIZEN ARTICLE - CLUBHOUSE BECOMING A REALITY 

 

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THE RIDE HOME - NOT A TEACHABLE MOMENT

By: John O'Sullivan

 

Numerous researchers have asked athletes of all ages and abilities what was their least favorite sports moment, and their answer was nearly unanimous: after the game and the conversation on the ride home.  

Emotions are high, disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion are heightened for both player and parent, yet many parents choose this moment to confront their child about a play, criticize them for having a poor game, and chastise their child, their teammates, their coach, and their opponents. There could not be a less teachable moment in your child's sporting life than the ride home.

One of the biggest problems on the ride home is that a simple question from you, often meant to encourage your own child, can be construed as an attack on a teammate or coach by your child. Our kids do not need us to question their actions or those of their teammates or coaches in the emotional moments after games.

A simple comment such as "Why does Jenny get all the shots?" may be meant to imply that you think she is a good shooter who should also take shots, but it is interpreted by your daughter as meaning "Jenny is a ball hog!" Questions such as "Why does Billy always play goalie?" or "Why does your team always play zone?" can just as easily undermine the coach's authority and again cause confusion and uncertainty for your child.

Many children have indicated that parental actions and conversations after games made them feel as though their value and worth was tied to their athletic performance and the wins and losses of their team. Ask yourself whether you are quieter after a hard loss, or happier and more buoyant after a big win. Do you tend to criticize and dissect your child's performance after a loss but overlook many of the same mistakes because she won? If you see that you are doing this, even though your intentions may be well-meaning, your child's perceptions of your words and actions can be quite detrimental to her performance and to your relationship.

Parents need to be a source of confidence and comfort in all situations, such as when your child has played well in a loss, when your child has played poorly, and especially when your child has played very little or not at all. Even then, it is critically important that you do not bring the game up for them, as uninvited conversations may cause resentment.

Give kids the time and space to digest the game and recover physically and emotionally from a match. When your child is ready to bring the game up and talk about it, be a quiet and reflective listener, and make sure she can see the big picture and not just the outcome of a single event. Help her work through the game, and facilitate her growth and education by guiding her toward her own answers. Kids learn a lot when they realize things such as "we had a bad week of practice and coach told us this was coming." If you need to say something, tell them how much you enjoy watching them play.

The only exception to the above "ride home" rule is when your child engages in behavior that you would not accept at home, such as spitting, cursing, assaulting an opponent, or disrespecting a coach or authority figure. In these cases you should initiate the conversation, not as a parent to an athlete, but as a parent to a child. Even then you must be careful and considerate of the emotions of the match and choose your words wisely. Deal with the issue and then put it to bed; do not use it as a segue to a discussion of the entire game.

(John O'Sullivan is the author of "Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids," from which this was excerpted. His book is available on Kindle and paperback. John O'Sullivan's blogs at changingthegameproject.com/)
 
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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. The deadline to have your nominee considered 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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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
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE I
August 24, 2013
Mesa, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
August 28-29, 2013
Fountain Hills, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE 1
August 29, 2013
Scottsdale, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE II
September 6, 2013
Scottsdale, Arizona
  
USSF "E" LICENSE
September 6-8, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
September 7, 2013 - Please note Change of Date
Chandler, Arizona
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE I
September 11, 2013
Scottsdale, Arizona
  
USSF "E" LICENSE
September 13-15, 2013
Scottsdale, 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
  
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
October 5, 2013
Yuma, Arizona
  
USSF "E" LICENSE
October 26-27, 2013
Yuma, 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:

AYSA 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 cirriculum updates to improve 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.

 

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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.

 

AYSA is open to submission of suggestions, ideas and content for our monthly e-newsletter.  Please forward them for consideration.
 
  
Sincerely,

  

 

Arizona Youth Soccer Association