1. Help is needed in November to staff the tent. Please sign up to help lost parents for an hour. 2. Two more skills clinics left, this Sunday 10/20 and next Sunday 10/27 at Muir North from 3:15-4:45 for players 10U-14U. Even if you aren't hoping one of the All-Stars coaches will be scouting (we counted four there last week), you should still drag your players to it.
3. Feet grew again? Get free cleats at the shoe exchange, at the red tent from 8am-3pm by the playground at Victory Park.
Ah, mid-season, when some kids forget about good sportsmanship. Keep an ear out for trash talk on the field, and watch closely at the post-game handshakes. Report poor behavior on game cards and adjust the team points accordingly.
Prepare for trophies! Your team's contact list has a column for "How you want your name to appear in print." If a child is registered as Margaret, but she goes by Greta, this is how you make sure she get the trophy she wants. All players in 4U - 8U get trophies. For older divisions, the 1st and 2nd place teams in the fall season and the playoffs get trophies.
Finish those mid-season player evaluations. Today, please. Fill in the Ratings tab on your team spreadsheet, following the guidelines on ayso13.org. No coach has ever complained that they were assigned a player who was underrated, so when in doubt, round down. Besides using them for All-Star tryouts, the coaching staff will review your ratings to help you recalibrate your expectations, so next year's teams can be better balanced. For your strongest few players, you can recommend them for an All-Star team. These nominations are considered, in addition to field observations and tryouts, for All-Stars and the upcoming MST tournament.
Coaches in 6U-8U, please update your team name in your team spreadsheet so the trophy company knows what to write. It should look something like this
After 12 weeks of pool play, there's a week off for Thanksgiving and the MST. The week after that, the 10U-14U divisions have a single-elimination playoff tournament. Teams are seeded to play with other teams of comparable ability, so everyone has a good time.
Region 13 offers All-Stars for 10U-14U, from December - March.
For current 8U players, Grad Series is the best program that Region 13 offers, January - February.
Just want to play soccer with friends on Sunday afternoons> Then Winter Stars is for you. No fixed teams or age groups.
All these programs need certified coaches to help run them, so please reply if you're interested.
Myles Standish Tournament
The MST is a competitive, 3-day tournament on Friday-Sunday after Thanksgiving, right here in Pasadena! AYSO teams from all over SoCal come to compete for bragging rights. Tournament team coaches are already scouting the fields, looking for players to fill out Region 13's teams. To be considered, of course there's a signup form. There are also tryouts, on Nov 3 and 10.
Region 13's All-Star teams will play All-Star teams from the other AYSO regions in Area 1/C, in the West San Gabriel Valley (Arcadia, San Gabriel, Alhambra, Glendale, Temple City, South Pasadena, El Monte, and Boyle Heights). Travel to these cities is required. Games are on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, including both the MLK and Presidents' Day holiday weekends. Rainouts may be made up on weekday evenings. Practice starts in December, with games from mid-January and through late February, including playoffs. The strongest, or "Sectional" teams may play into March. Coaches will nominate the strongest players, but you still have to apply and try out.
Mid-Season Reminder of AYSO's Philosophies
It's mid-season, time to take stock in how we're doing, with a quick inventory of AYSO's core philosophies . . .
We started with Open Registration - I hope you're happy with your choice to be a part of the Region 13 community, but if not, please let us know how we can improve. Everyone Plays, at least three quarters of every game in Region 13, and we hope it's been a fun three quarters for everyone.
While some 0-6 teams may be grumbling about some 6-0 teams, there have been some very even, well-fought matches out there, which has made for an exciting season. We formed the best Balanced Teams we could with the information we had at the time, and whether your team is struggling, dominating, or anywhere in between, remember to focus on Player Development and Positive Coaching. You have six more weeks to help each player improve, have fun, and love soccer. Nobody will remember the team's record next Fall, but if players return because they had a great time - then we've done our jobs.
And of course, mid-season is when we sometimes forget how important Good Sportsmanship is. As we slip into our routines, and as we fight for key positions in the standings, players might be more prone to trash talk, coaches might feel more entitled to voice opinions, and refs might have very little patience left . Let's all remember that we're working together for one reason - to create a fun, fair, and safe environment for the kids.
Have a great weekend, and a great second half of the season!