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What's happening

1. All Brookside games - fields have changed!
2. Team photos continue. Bring the photo order form. This is your final chance for team pictures - please do not miss your team's assignment. 
3. You have to apply and try out for All-Stars. It's not automatic. Apply here

Parents

All 10U games this Saturday, October 12, originally scheduled for Brookside Park are moved as follows:

Only 3 more weeks of skills clinics, Sunday at Muir North from 3:15-4:45 for players 10U-14U. These are really useful, especially if your child is new to soccer. 

Team managers

If you really want to look good on a hot day, appoint a parent to bring cold towels.

Coaches

Mid-season player evaluations were due last week. Besides using them for All-Star tryouts, the coaching staff needs time to help you recalibrate your expectations so  next year's teams can be better balanced. 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.  


Looking ahead

Oct 12 Team photos - last day!
Nov 3, 10 All-Star Tryouts
Nov 7 Board meeting, 7 pm at the clubhouse
Nov 23 Last weekend of pool play
Nov 29 - Dec 1 Myles Standish Tournament
Dec 7, 8, 14, 15 Playoffs, 10U-14U

Wait, the season is half over already?

It's supposed to be hot again on Saturday, but if it threatens rain, be sure to check ayso13.org before you head out. Weather updates are posted by 7am.  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. 

You can keep playing soccer in the winter! Region 13 offers All-Stars for the more advanced players from 10U-14U. For current 8U players, Grad Series is the best program that Region 13 offers. You should do it. Or, if you'd just like to improve your skills while playing soccer with friends on Sunday afternoons, Winter Stars is for you. These run from January - March, and they need certified coaches to help run them, so please reply if you're interested in coaching.

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. 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.

All-Stars

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.


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