Enjoy four more weeks of Sunday skills clinics - free for Region 13 families! Last week, kids learned how to control a pass without stopping forward momentum, and goalkeepers learned how to dive safely. Please note: only one session this week - 3:15 - 4:45, open to 10U, 12U, and 14U players.
Then, it's time for All-Stars. All interested players must sign up here. Tryouts will be held Sundays, Nov 3 and 10, times TBD.
Wanna know what your kid doesn't want to talk about after the game? Soccer. Read here, from the Positive Coaching Alliance, to find out why.
Thank you for encouraging simple snacks with less packaging. So far, the fields are looking tidy after game days.
Regional Referees, please schedule a mentoring session. Email Steve Bickel at email@example.com to get started. Referee Mentors are also roving the fields -- if you're an AR, go ahead and ask one to shadow you for half a game.
Mid-season player evaluations are due on Sunday of Week 5 (that's now). Fill in the Ratings tab on your team spreadsheet, following the guidelines on ayso13.org. These are considered, in addition to tryouts, for All-Stars and the upcoming MST tournament.
Hey coaches - have you tried the Coaching Manual yet? This year, you have access to a very valuable tool that makes planning training sessions a breeze. If you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for? It's free! Contact your Division Coordinator, or Regional Coach Admin Taj Chiu, and we'll get you going right away.
Like many AYSO volunteers, Steve Haegelin was introduced to soccer by his kids, and found coaching his son’s and daughter’s teams to be a great way to spend time with them. That was 11 years ago, and Steve was so uplifted by the energy and enthusiasm of the players that he decided to keep going. Steve helps organize Region 13’s tournaments, MST after Thanksgiving, and BOSC in the spring. Here’s Steve’s advice for today’s parents and players:
“Give AYSO tournaments a try! It is easy to go through several years of AYSO and never even hear about the tournament option, and that is a shame. Tournaments are held nearly every weekend in the Spring and early Summer and there are several around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because the entire tournament takes place over two or three days (depending on the format), there is an excitement to tournament play that is unmatched. ”
Myles Standish Tournament
The MST is a competitive, three-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. Myles Standish is the longtime Region 13 volunteer who first wrote a FORTRAN program to optimize the game schedule so that coaches of multiple teams could survive Saturdays. By the way, Myles would like you to know that he's still alive.
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 through late February / early March, 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.