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Arizona Youth Soccer Association

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December 2013
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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. NOTE:  Injury Report Foms are NOT the "Medical Claim Form".  Medial Claim forms can be found here  (Select Arizona Youth Soccer Association) and should be submitted seperately if needed.  Please contact the AYSA office with any questions.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:

Arizona Youth Soccer Association would like to formally announce our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).  This will take place on Saturday evening, Janaury 25th at the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona.

 

REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS:

AYSA will be hosting the 2014 US Youth Soccer - Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP) Championships!  The event will take place from January 9-12, 2014 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.  AYSA is in need of Volunteers to help us with the event.  If you are available, please click here to sign-up.  We greatly appreciate it!

 

AYSA OFFICE CLOSED:

The AYSA office will close at 12:00pm (Noon) on Friday, December 20th.  The office will re-open at 9:00am on Monday, December 30th.  Our office will then be closed on Wednesday, January 1st.  On behalf of everyone at AYSA, Happy Holidays to all!

 

 

 
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LEAGUE APPRECIATION DAYS
December 20-22, 2013
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TOPSOCCER WANTS YOU!:

 

AYSA is looking to expand our TOPSoccer Program.  If you know of anyone who is looking for an opportunity to participate, based on the criteria of the program, please have them contact Laila Modi (Scottsdale area), or Gary Fallon (North Phoenix). 

 

What is TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based program that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities.The program is geared towards player development rather than to competition .The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to anyone aged 5 and older, who has a mental or physical disability.
The basis of TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, specifically altered to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete.
 
What are the program's benefits?
1. Development of motor skills and improved physical fitness.
2. Promotes social skills by teaching teamwork and cooperation
3. Provides safe participation and fair play.
4. Develops positive self-concepts through experiences in discipline, initiative and achievement, which encourage children to fully realize their potential.
5. To have FUN!
 
Who is eligible for TOPSoccer?
Any player aged 5 and older having a physical or mental disability that limits their ability to perform at the level of play they have chosen to participate. Emphasis of this program is on development, training, and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition.
 

Courses will also be available soon in Southern Arizona!  For additional information on TOPSoccer, please <Click Here>

 

  

 

AYSA TO HOST THE 2014 REGION IV ODP CHAMPIONSHIPS
  
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...  <Read More>
  
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED:  If you would like to volunteer and support our efforts, please click here to learn more and register!
  
  

   

NOMINIATIONS FOR COACH & VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!

 

Arizona Youth Soccer Association is pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the 2013 Coach & Volunteer of the Year awards. Anyone can nominate a coach or volunteer... So if someone you know has gone above and beyond to give back to the game of soccer, please complete either form below! Applications are due no later than January 4, 2013.  <Read More>

 

  
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AYSA WANTS YOU TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD & RAISE MONEY
FOR A GOOD CAUSE...
  
Childhood Cancer strikes 175,000 youth per year - worldwide... The costs of treatment and research are ever increasing.

In an effort to provide much needed funding toward childhood cancer research, the St. Baldricks Foundation was born. Founded in 2000, the southern California based foundation strives to work with communities and organizations across the United States to raise money in a very unique way... by having heads SHAVED!
 
AYSA is planning a "Club Competition as well as a "North vs. South" competition within out state.  The event is awesome, the cause is real.  AYSA would love to have you involved!...  <Read More>
  

  

  
 
  
The W-League announced an important step in its western expansion with the addition of the Sedona FC Strikers, who will begin play in 2014. Sedona FC will compete in the W-League's Western Conference alongside traditional league powers such as the LA Blues and the Seattle Sounders. <Read More>
 
  
  

 

 

DOC TALK WITH THE BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER:

 

Happy Holidays from all us at the Banner Concussion Center!! This month, we look at another type of condition that can keep you off of the field - the FLU!! Banner Health provides you with some helpful information and advice to keep everyone healthy during the holiday season.

 

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination...  <Read More>   

 
 

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MONTHLY FEATURE - Q&A WITH US YOUTH SOCCER

TECHNICAL ADVISOR - SAM SNOW:

 

Please note that the Under-8 age group is not playing in tournaments nor do they all have flights or divisions of play across the USA. Indeed, most U8 teams play strictly intramural soccer (in-house; a.k.a., inside their own club). However, in some locals there is a rush to results oriented youth soccer and the questions and issues such as the one below come to being.

 

Question:

 

"Our U8 team attended a B, C level tournament with our C team. The host team played some of their designated B team players in all of the B games and also two for each of their C games along with their C players. Do you feel it is a skill building method to move the kids designated as B level to play against C players? And is this fair to the other teams who only brought C players?"
  
ANSWER:  <Read More>
  
  

 

COACHING EDUCATION COURSES: 

 

At the direction of AYSA Technical Director, Austin Daniels, AYSA offers coaching education for soccer coaches on all levels.  From introductory to advanced, courses are available year-round throughout Arizona.  Courses book quickly, so please select a course and reserve your spot!

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NATIONAL YOUTH LICENSE IN JANUARY:
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...  <Read More>

 

 

 

TALENT SELECTION INSTEAD OF TALENT IDENTIFICATION:
 
Many youth sports coaches claim to be great talent identifiers, and point to the results of their 11 year all star team as proof. Yet they are not talent identifiers. They are talent selectors. The difference could not be more striking, or more damaging to our country's future talent pool in many sports.
 
Talent selection is the culling of players with the current ability to participate and be successful in events taking place in the near future. Talent identification, on the other hand, is the prediction of future performance based upon an evaluation of current physical, technical, tactical and psychological qualities. Talent selection is pretty simple; talent identification is an art. One yields great results today; the other builds elite athletes and winning teams for the future...  <Read More>

 

  

 

ARIZONA OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NEWS:

 

This past weekend, AYSA conducted Pool Training for both YOP & ODP players.  Next, rosters will be filled for Arizona teams to represent our state in the upcoming US Youth Soccer - Region IV ODP Championships to be held in Phoenix January 9-12, 2014.  AYSA would like to thank all players who participated in tryouts and pool training this year!

 

  
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WHY NO LAPS - - FITNESS & HEALTH INSIGHT:
  
John Cone, who most recently served as the Portland Timbers Director of Sports Science and fitness coach, is a health and fitness consultant to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the youth national team program, and a USSF coach educator. We asked Cone to address fitness training issues for youth players.

SOCCER AMERICA: What are the biggest mistakes youth coaches make when it comes to fitness training? 
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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! 

 

  

 

  

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ARIZONA SOCCER PLAYERS - COLLEGE COMMITMENTS:

 

View the latest soccer college commitments (CLICK HERE) made by student-athletes in Arizona. Congratulations to each student-athlete as they continue to pursue their soccer careers and academic studies. (Updated as of December 4, 2013)

 

Help AZKicksit extend the boys and girls list. If you are a player, coach, parent, friend and know of someone who has committed send an email to: garrett.cleverly@gmail.com.

 

 

 
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 

IN THIS ISSUE
Sports Authority Day
TOPSoccer Wants You!
Region ODP Championships
Coach & Volunteer Awards
St. Baldricks Foundation
Welcome Sedona FC!
Banner Concussion Center
USYSA Monthly Feature
Coaching Education
News Article
AYSA ODP
"Power to the Players"
AZKicksit.com Article
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