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:
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.
AYSA is working diligently to complete the remaining schedule of games for both the Port of Subs Open League and the Chipotle Arizona State League. Please continue to check your team schedule as games will be added as soon as determined.
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS:
AYSA will be hosting the 2014 Region IV ODP Championships this January 9-12 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex. Hosting major events like this requires the support of our youth soccer community. Please look for opportunities to support our efforts. More details and sign-up information to coming soon! Additionally, AYSA is in the need to borrow a motor-home for Region IV staff to use while onsite at Reach 11 during the tournament. Please contact our office at (602) 433-9202 if you have one available - Thank You!
BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER PARTNERS WITH
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER
Partnership to provide concussion awareness, prevention and treatment opportunities to youth soccer players
Phoenix, Ariz, - Banner Concussion Center and Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) are pleased to announce a new partnership that will provide much needed awareness, prevention methods and treatment of concussions which are prevalent in the sport of soccer.
Effective immediately, Banner Concussion Center will become "The Official Healthcare Provider of Arizona Youth Soccer". Banner Concussion Center will become the presenting sponsor of the AYSA Youth Development Academy. Moving forward, the Academy will be known as the, "AYSA Youth Development Academy Presented by Banner Concussion Center". Banner Health will also provide pre-concussion testing which is called baseline testing for all members of the AYSA Olympic Development Program for the 2013-14 season and various other services to AYSA members.
"Educating parents, coaches and athletes to recognize the signs of concussions and the appropriate steps that health care providers should take in the prevention, diagnosis and management of concussions is one of the most important issues in sports medicine today," said Dr. Steven M. Erickson, the medical director of the Banner Concussion Center and board certified Sports Medicine Specialist.
With the fall sports season underway, Banner Concussion Center experts are encouraging athletes to get baseline concussion testing and they are asking schools to adopt a concussion policy that includes baseline neurocognitive testing for all athletes, including soccer players to ensure proper treatment and rehabilitation should they get injured.
"Arizona Youth Soccer Association is thrilled to commence our partnership with Banner Concussion Center," said Mark Thede, President of Arizona Youth Soccer Association. "The nature of our sport unfortunately lends to head injuries from time to time. Through our partnership with Banner Concussion Center, our goal as an association provide ongoing concussion education to our members regarding the best possible methods of prevention, how make our athletes aware of when to refrain from competition and how to best treat concussions when they occur. We are confident that this partnership will be incredibly beneficial for all youth soccer players, parents and coaches throughout Arizona!"
ABOUT BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER:
Banner Concussion Center's comprehensive approach to concussion care includes its concussion awareness and education program as well as balance, cognitive and vision testing. The clinical team is made up of specialists experienced in the diagnosis and management of concussion, including a readily accessible panel of subspecialists with experience in caring for patients with post-concussion syndrome and other concussion complications. In addition, a multidisciplinary research team collaborates to investigate all facets of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), commonly known as concussions. Learn more about the Banner Concussion Center. To make an appointment for baseline testing call (602) 839-7285. Or, visit the BCC website by clicking here.
ABOUT AYSA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY:
To empower clubs to provide a variety of programming options for their Under-7 and Under-8 players. The AYSA Youth Academy Program philosophy is to emphasize player development over team development. The primary focus will center on the technical development of each child without the pressures of short term wins/losses/results.
ARIZONA OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NEWS:
Following tryouts in August, AYSA has released the list of players who have been selected to the Player Pool's in their respective age-groups for the 2013-14 Arizona Olympic Development and Young Olympian Programs. Players selected to the Pool are to attend the following four (4) training dates:
POOL TRAINING DATES:
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
All Pool training sessions will be held at the Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona.
AYSA HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE...
For all of the latest information regarding soccer in our state and for occasional sponsor promotions, please click the Facebook logo ABOVE, then "LIKE" our page!
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.
REGISTER FOR THE WALK-A-THON
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
"League Appreciation Days"
September 20-22, 2013
Sports Authority, the "Official Sporting Goods Retailer of Arizona Youth Soccer" and presenting sponsor of Arizona Presidents Cup is proud to host an exclusive savings event...
"League Appreciation Days" for AYSA members!
Friday, September 20th
Saturday, September 21st
Sunday, September 22nd
What a great time to pick up all the gear you will need for the upcoming soccer season!
The attached 20% off coupon has the details you need to save BIG on not only your soccer gear but on ANYTHING in the store! Just print the coupon and bring it to any Sports Authority location in the Phoenix or Tucson area and start saving!
NOTE: If you prefer to keep this email on your Smartphone, the cashier will just need to be able to read the barcode on the attachment.
Use this opportunity to start earning rewards with our new member program, THE LEAGUE BY SPORTS AUTHORITY. By joining THE LEAGUE, you will get 5% back on all in-store purchases when you earn 100 points or more during a qualifying period, so start scoring
To print coupon: CLICK HERE
IDEAL PHYSICAL THERAPY PARTNERS WITH
ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER
Partnership to provide Certified Athletic Training Services
at AYSA Managed Youth Soccer Tournaments
Phoenix, Ariz., IDEAL Physical Therapy and Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) are pleased to announce a partnership whereas IDEAL will provide professional Certified Athletic Training services for AYSA managed tournaments during the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Effective immediately, IDEAL Physical Therapy will become "The Official Physical Therapy Provider of Arizona Youth Soccer". IDEAL Physical Therapy will staff Certified Athletic Trainers at the 2014 Region IV ODP Championships, 2014 Arizona Presidents Cup and the 2014 Arizona State Cup Championships as well as various other AYSA events when athletic trainers are required.
"Arizona Youth Soccer Association is extremely pleased to commence a partnership with IDEAL Physical Therapy," said Leslie Johnson, Executive Director of Arizona Youth Soccer Association. "Partnering with IDEAL will ensure that high quality, professional Certified Athletic Trainers will be present at our major tournaments this season that AYSA is hosting." "Additionally, IDEAL Physical Therapy has locations throughout the Phoenix and Tucson areas which can possibly serve potential on-going physical therapy needs of our players as necessary."
ABOUT IDEAL PHYSICAL THERAPY:
IDEAL Physical Therapy is an outpatient physical therapy company with conveniently located facilities throughout Tucson and Phoenix. All treatment facilities provide restorative and professional patient care services through a holistic approach. IDEAL Physical Therapy's primary goal is to improve patients' quality of life through the application of rehabilitative and restorative services. These techniques are used to achieve maximal adaptation, function and independence. The specific modalities utilized are based upon a patient's individual rehabilitation prognosis and specific patient goals.IDEAL is committed to maintaining the most highly skilled physical therapists at all locations, with each delivering highly trained, hands-on care using the latest techniques. As part of our commitment to our patients, we invest nearly $100,000 each year in continuing education for our therapists as we are committed to improving people's quality of life. Since accessibility to quality care is key, we have convenient locations throughout Phoenix and Tucson and are "In-Network" with over 98% of insurance companies. We at IDEAL Physical Therapy want to be your selection in physical therapy! For more information, please visit: http://www.IDEALphysicaltherapy.com
2013 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
AYSA WEEKEND WITH GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY SOCCER:
GCU would like to invite all AYSA members and their families out to enjoy a weekend full of NCAA D1 Soccer... All of the games mentioned above are FREE to attend for all ages! (Note: The the Men's games will be the first ever home collegiate Division 1 men's soccer games in Arizona!)
On Saturday, October 12th, GCU is also pleased to host a TOPSoccer event! This will take place from 9:00am to 10:30am. Players of both the Men's and Women's GCU teams will be on-hand to assist in the clinic! This event is free! Please click here
to learn more about TOPSoccer!
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.
This past weekend, teams from San Tan Soccer Club, Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club and Arizona Soccer Club kicked-off the season at the Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler, Arizona!
This program is governed by the Arizona Youth Soccer Association Rules and Regulations.
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.
AYSA TO HOST THE 2014 REGION IV ODP CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 9-12, 2014 - Phoenix, Arizona
AYSA is pleased to announce that we have been selected to host the 2014 Region IV ODP Championships this January. The competition will be held from January 9-12 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona. Please click here for more information
TUCSON CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF TWO NEW FIELDS:
Tucson, AZ -- Proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout presented by Fort Lowell Soccer Club, along with contributions from the soccer community and private donors, have created two new soccer fields for Tucson.
Please join the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 28th at Doolen Middle School (Grant & Country Club in Tucson). The festivities begin at 9:00am.
The fields were built with the cooperation of Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department at Doolen Middle School, Grant and Country Club.
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.
CLICK HERE FOR AN ARTISTS RENDERING OF THE FIELDS
"DOC-TALK" WITH THE BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER:
Hello AYSA!! September means the return to school and the return to fall sports. It also means that the injuries associated with sports also return. This month, Dr. Steven Erickson of the Banner Concussion Center discusses concussions and what to look for if you think your favorite athlete has sustained one.
Question: What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
Answer: Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that can be caused by virtually any trauma to the head or body that results in disruption of the brain's normal neurologic function. Due to the complexity of the brain, every concussion is different and presents a unique set of symptoms.
The symptoms of concussion vary based on the specific part of the brain that sustained injury. Though no two concussions are alike, some of the most common symptoms include: headache; dizziness; confusion; nausea and/or vomiting; numbness or tingling; balance difficulties; changes in vision such as blurred vision or double vision; drowsiness; and more.
Despite popular belief, the vast majority of individuals who suffer a concussion never lose consciousness, nor is loss of consciousness a factor in determining the severity of a concussion.
Similar to how concussion affects everyone differently, the duration of symptoms varies from person to person. Generally speaking, college athletes and mature adults recover from a concussion in about seven to 10 days. In contrast, children and adolescents take longer to recover with the average recovery period for high school athletes being 14 to 21 days. Interestingly, while children take longer to recover, they are more likely to make a complete recovery and return to their pre-concussed state.
Sometimes seemingly harmless head injuries can result in concussion. It is important to be aware of the dangers of concussion, recognize the signs and symptoms, and seek immediate medical attention should injury occur.
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:
2013-14 FAR WEST REGIONAL LEAGUE
DESERT PREMIER DIVISION SCHEDULE:
The 2013-14 US Youth Soccer, Far West Regional League - Desert Premier Division have been released. Competition within the Desert Premier League consists of teams from Arizona, southern Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Click here for a link to the schedule.
AYSA would like to wish the best of luck to all teams participating.
"FOR KIDS ONLY"
By: Mike Woitalla
The fall season is underway and I'm oping you're having a great time. I'm hoping that you're playing soccer more than you have to stand in line and do drills.
I hope you're falling in love with the soccer ball and keep it with you as much as you can. Juggling it. Kicking it against a wall. Dribbling it around in your backyard.
And I especially hope that your parents aren't screaming at you during your soccer games.
I worry that you probably do get yelled at, because that's what I see at almost all the youth soccer games I go to. Hopefully you just ignore it. But I don't blame you if it bothers you.
No one enjoys getting screamed at. Sure, if you start crossing the street on a red light or throw a toy at your little sister or brother, your parents are justified in raising their voices. But they shouldn't scream at you while you're playing a game.
If they do, it doesn't mean they're bad people. But, unfortunately, sports does something to adults that makes them behave in ways they usually wouldn't.
You may have noticed this if you've watched sports on TV. A coach, for example, dresses up in a fancy suit and throws tantrums like a 3-year-old.
Get adults around sports and all of a sudden they forget the same manners they try to teach you. In a way, sports are like driving. A grown-up gets behind the wheel and all of a sudden forgets you're not supposed to pick your nose in public.
And when grown-ups go watch their children play soccer, they, for some reason, think it's OK to scream like maniacs. Perhaps they don't realize what they're doing. Like the nose-pickers on the freeway who think they've suddenly gone invisible.
I hope you're able to block out all the sideline noise. But maybe you do hear their shouts. Telling you when to shoot the ball, when to pass it. Ignore all that!
You need to dribble the ball. Try to dribble past players. If you're dribbling too much, your teammates will let you know. And they'll help you make the decision of when to pass and when to dribble.
You decide when to shoot. When you're dribbling toward the goal and the goalkeeper is 20 yards away, and the adults are screaming at you to shoot, don't pay attention. Because if you get closer to the goal, it will be harder for the goalkeeper to stop your shot.
One of the really cool things about my job is that I get to interview the best coaches in America. And you know what the national team coaches tell me? They say young players are far more likely to become great players if they're allowed to make their own decisions when they play soccer.
They say that coaches should coach at practice, and when it's game time, it's time for the children to figure things out on their own. It's like at school. The teachers help you learn. Your parents may help you with homework. But when you get a test, you're on your own.
That's just an analogy. I'm not saying soccer is school! Soccer is your playtime.
I hope you have lots of playtime, on the soccer field and elsewhere. But I bet that you don't have as much time playing without adults around as we did when we were children.
When we were kids we had summer days when we would leave the house in the morning, be only with other children all day, then see our parents when we got back in the late afternoon.
Things have changed. The reasons adults are much more involved in your activities than they were when they were children are complicated, and a result of your parents' good intentions.
But sometimes we adults forget how important it is for you to play without us interfering. We love watching you play, especially on the soccer field, because it is such a wonderful sport. But we need to be reminded that it's your playtime.
You should decide. Ignore the shouts if you can. But don't be afraid to say, "I'm trying my best. Please, don't scream at me."
(Mike Woitalla, the executive editor of Soccer America, coaches youth soccer for Bay Oaks/East Bay United SC in Oakland, Calif. He is the co-author with Tim Mulqueen of, The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper, and More than Goals with Claudio Reyna. Woitalla's youth soccer articles are archived at: YouthSoccerFun.com)
UPCOMING COACHING EDUCATION COURSES:
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE I
September 18, 2013
Fountain Hills, Arizona
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
September 21, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
(Course taught in Espanol/Spanish)
September 28, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
October 5, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE'S I & II
October 5, 2013
US YOUTH SOCCER - YOUTH MODULE II
October 8, 3013
USSF "E" LICENSE
October 26-27, 2013
USSF "B" LICENSE
November 2-10, 2013
Casa Grande, Arizona
USSF "A" LICENSE
November 2-10, 2013
Casa Grande, 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.
If you have any questions,
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. 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.