What you need to know

Stuff you'll find on
1. Region 13 calendar  
2. Practice field assignments
3. Game schedule
4. Maps to fields
5. Division standings  

Note from the editor

Fall Soccer means many, many newsletters - we'll be updating you with important info once per week throughout the season. If you want to take a break and reconnect with AYSO in December, scroll all the way down and find the "Update preferences" link to unsubscribe from just the fall season emails. 

Opening Day

Feet grew? Bring your old cleats to the red tent at Victory park and swap them for ... someone else's old cleats! There'll also be a box of free cleats and balls outside the clubhouse over the weekend.

Positive Coaching

Barry Ritson, Assistant Coach of the US Women’s National Team U-23's, presents a three-part special seminar designed exclusively for Region 13 coaches. The first part, How to Lead Your Team, as a Coach and Educator, will be Sep 15 at 3 pm at the clubhouse, and the program continues with two new installments on Sep 22 and 29, timed to be while the kids are at the skills clinics. 

Looking ahead

Sep 5 Board meeting, 7pm
Sep 7 Week 1 games - Go Aqua Ninja Watermelon Space Monsters!
Sep 7 4U and 5U start as well
Sep 15 How To Lead Your Team with Barry Ritson, 3pm at the clubhouse
Sep 21 Region 13 Night at the Galaxy
Sep 22 Skills clinics start
Sep 23 Deadline for All Stars coach applications

Night Out at the Galaxy

September 21 will be Region 13 Night at the LA Galaxy. Details coming soon. 

For Parents

This Saturday, remember to say, "I love to watch you play!" and please, don't talk about soccer on the way home. To learn more about being a soccer parent, watch changing the game in youth sports and the Positive Coaching Alliance's video on how to talk to your children.

For Coaches & Referees

Last-chance training on Sunday, Sep 8 at 8:30 am: Coaches (6U, 8U, 10U) at South Pas locations TBD, Referees at the clubhouse. Sign up on, and if you have trouble with that, just come.

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Superhero of the Month

Most Region 13 referees know Chip Heller from their first referee class. He was introduced to soccer by his son, 14 years ago. When his son moved on to another sport, Chip told him he would still be coming to soccer, because Dad was still having fun! Chip has been the 14U Division Referee Administrator for the last 4 years, and a referee instructor for the last 6 years. He has taught referee classes for AYSO from Hawthorne to Beaumont (Inland Empire). In 2018, Chip, Steve Hawkins (R13) and Adrian Backer (R214) updated and re-formatted the AYSO National training materials for 8U and Regional referees. Chip’s favorite reason for refereeing is the liberation of living in the NOW—there’s no time to dwell on the past or worry about the future!

Just for fun

Find @aysoregion13 on Instagram (finally!) and tag your pictures for the weekly photo contest.

Only the best YouTube soccer videos!

From the Commissioner

Fall is upon us, and Soccer is in the air. We have 2200 players on 192 teams. Kids are meeting teammates, getting uniforms, coming up with colorful (non-violent) team names . . . and it's only a week away from when kids will actually play soccer!

I am grateful to have such a supportive community of people who rally to make it happen for the kids. Each team needs Coaches, Referees and Team Managers. To bring it all together, our hard-working Division Coach Administrators have been working magic to bring kids in from the wait list, recruit new volunteers, and organize what ends up being a big ball of fun for the kids. 

Heading into the home stretch, the kids still need your help. Many teams do not have enough volunteers to be sustainable. If you're asked by your team's coach, please find a way to help. Great instructors will teach you everything you need to know. All you need to do is say, "Yes!"

I would like to say "Thank you!" to our intrepid volunteers who say "Yes" and create great opportunities for our kids to play; to our Referee and Coach staff, who hold it all together and drive it forward behind the scenes; and to you, the Region 13 community, who give us the opportunity to help your kids develop and grow through soccer.

AYSO also stands for "All Your Saturdays Occupied," so enjoy this Labor Day weekend, your last non-Soccer weekend for a while. Practices start Tuesday! We're gonna have a ton of fun this season!

Neil Weinberger,
Region 13 Regional Commissioner

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