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Arizona Youth Soccer Association

E-Newsletter

May 2014
     
  

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

 

 

 

 

ARIZONA PRESIDENTS CUP, PRESENTED BY SPORTS AUTHORITY:

This year, over 200 teams participated in Arizona Presidents Cup!  Congratulations to all teams that participated and best of luck to the Boys and Girls teams from age-groups U13-U18 who won and will move on to Region IV Presidents Cup Regionals this June in Morgan Hill, California!  For more information and a re-cap, please click here.

 

ARIZONA STATE CUP:

Arizona State Cup concluded on Sunday, May 11th at the Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona for age groups U12-U18.  Congratulations to the 14 Boys & Girls teams who were crowned Champions this year.  This year, Arizona Youth Soccer Association will be sending all 14 teams, plus two U19 teams and over five Wild Card teams to US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June!  Good Luck to all teams!

 

For a re-cap and final results from 2014 Arizona State Cup, please...

 

CLICK HERE >

 

 


  

 

 

DOC TALK WITH BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER:

 

 

All of us here at the Banner Concussion Center hope that this finds everyone having a great spring. This month, we are very happy to have Dr. Jim Afremow provide us with a look into the mental side of sports. Enjoy! 

   

Get Psyched for Soccer:

Sports psychology is the scientific study of mind, emotion, and behavior as it relates to athletic performance and physical activity. The mental demands of rigorous competition can be enormous, making sports psychology a crucial part of any athlete's training regimen. To quote soccer legend Mia Hamm, "The most important attribute a player must have is mental toughness."...

 

  
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 PARTNERSHIP WITH BEN'S BELLS PROJECT:

 

Inside the FC Tucson clubhouse, Head Coach Rick Schantz reviewed game film with his team as the whirl of an electric fan droned in the background, pushing uncomfortably stale air from one part of the room to another.

The team was going over its 7-0 win over OC Pateadores Blues; what went right and what went wrong. It was a typical film study the players will use to help hone their skills while training in Tucson this summer.

 

What the players didn't know was that after film study, they'd spend an hour studying up on another skill they didn't realize they needed to train: kindness...

 

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GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Adam Mosharrafa:
  
Arizona Youth Soccer Association would like to congratulate Scottsdale Blackhawks 96B Burke player Adam Mosharrafa for being named the 2014 Gatorade Men's Soccer Player of the year! 
 
Mosharrafa, who attends Brophy College Prep is about to embark on a collegiate career at Stanford University.  Congratulations and Good Luck in college Adam!
  
 

 

 

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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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...

 

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Women's Professional Soccer has hit the Arizona high country...  This season will be the inaugural for Sedona FC who will compete in the USL W-League.  For more information on the team and ticket information, please click through below...

 

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ROLE OF COMPETITION IN SOCCER DEVELOPMENT...
  

I've jested with my colleagues from time-to-time that part of our job in youth soccer is to rock the boat. Don't tip it over, but do rock it now and then. The objective of rocking that boat is to get folks attention on a particular matter. So here goes - let's rock the boat.

 

The topic of competition in the development of a soccer player is one that could be a semester long course in a university, so suffice it to say that a short blog posting won't cover all of the possible discussion points. I do hope that it stimulates conversation among you and your coaching colleagues.

 

Let me open the discussion with these thoughts...

 

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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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CATCHING THE EYE OF COLLEGE COACHES:

 

By: Avi Stopper

 

The opening whistle blows. The ball gets dropped back to you. Your first touch isn't so good and the ball slips away. You scramble to it just before a defender gets there, but you hit it awkwardly and it bends out of bounds. Uh oh.

You look over at the sideline where the ball went out and see the coach from Northeast Southwest University. You gasp in disbelief, "I didn't realize he was here." Your mind is racing for the rest of the game: "What did he think of that touch? Did he see the shot I just took? Why does he only seem to be watching when I mess up?"

To be successful at a tournament...

 

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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
Banner Concussion Center
FC Tucson
Gatorade Player of Year
Coaching Education
TOPSoccer Wants You!
Sedona FC
"Role of Competition"
Soccer America Article
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