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Sunday, November 3rd, at JAMS

Spring and Turkey programs are just around the corner and we will be holding evaluations again this Sunday, November 3rd, at JAMS.

Sign up here

  1. Evaluations are held for U10 and U12 only.  The U14 coaches will be conducting their evaluations entirely during Core games.
  2. These are evaluations, NOT tryouts.  They are not the only mode of selection for our Spring program, as our coaches evaluate all players in their Core games.  Further, they are NOT mandatory.  They are, however, very helpful for our coaches.  Evaluations give our coaches an additional chance to see your child’s skills, attitude, and commitment.  As such, they are recommended for all players in U10 and U12.  While our smaller numbers last weekend were incredibly helpful for both the coaches, who got to see players in a different way than the usual evaluations, and for the players who got an additional chance to shine, we’d love to see everyone out this weekend.
  3. Your child will be evaluated in his or her Core games by our All Star and Spring coaches.  While our coaches will have the names and numbers of ALL players in the division and are welcome to talk to and select any player based on performance in the Core program, you can ensure that coaches pay attention by registering your interest for Spring.

Even if you have attended or plan to attend an evaluation session, click here to register your interest in our tournament program. You can also indicate which program, Spring, Turkey, or Both, your child is interested in.

We will be holding evaluations according to the following schedule this Sunday:

  • B10 – 2 PM (check in at 1:30 PM)

  • G10 – 3 PM (check in at 2:30 PM)

  • B12 and G12 – 4 PM (check in at 3:15 PM)

We will open check ins a bit earlier for B12 and G12 as we expect larger numbers given the dual time slot.  Please ensure your child has water, shin guards, and a ball.

 

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2019 Soccer Fun Day

FOOD • GAMES • TEAM PHOTOS • TOURNAMENT

Sunday October 13th, 2019

Location: Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Parking is available at the Watt Parking Lot off of 28th and Ocean Park.

Soccer Fun Day is a wonderful community event and fundraiser for Santa Monica AYSO. Net proceeds from the event support our Financial Aid and diversity programs.

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VOLUNTEER FOR SOCCER FUN DAY  ON THE SIGN UP GENIUS LINK.

THIS GREAT COMMUNITY EVENT FOR THE KIDS TAKES A VILLAGE TO GET DONE AND EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!

Click here to volunteer!

Soccer Fun Day Times

Key Locations

  • Pictures will be taken in “the Pit” at the far SW end of the park.
  • 5v5 Tournament check-in is near the tennis courts at SW side of park.
  • The carnival is located in the SW part of the park.

Join us for a day full of Fun, Food, Games, Team Photos & 5v5 Soccer Tournament at Clover Park!

Everyone is invited to bring food to donate to the bake sale. Please bring it to Clover park first thing in the morning.

5 vs 5 Tournament

BLAIR RENSHAW MEMORIAL 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT
Join us for an exciting 5-A-Side Tournament for U10, U12, & U14 regular season teams that begins at 9am.  We expect all of the teams to participate in the tournament. It is a fun tournament and a great experience for players at any level.

Tournament rules

Carnival Booths


The Lower Clover Park area, “the Pit” is where you’ll find lots of fun carnival style games, like “Soccer Shoot Out”, “Sack Races” and of course the “Prize Booth!”

Every team is responsible for helping staff the booths.

Tickets

Tickets are $1.00 each for snacks & games.  Accepted Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover.  All Sales are Final.

All Day, Game Booth Wrist Band is $30.00 or Two Wrist Bands for $55.  This includes a game card, and AYSO lanyard. You can recycle your lanyards at the Ticket Booth

Team Photos

Photo schedule

All teams will be having their group and individual photos taken at the event.  We will be posting the photo schedule early to help you prepare for your day at the park.

The order form will be posted on this website.  If you would like to order calendars, magnets, trading cards & more – all starring your player, then please print and bring the bonus item order form with you.

Volunteers

Helping out at this event is really fun! There are lots of ways you can help, including Set-Up, Take-Down and special jobs like, Truck Driver, Ice Runner, Food Manager, Bake Sale Manager and helping out in the Volunteer Booth.  All teams are required to provide 4-6 parents to cover a 2-hour shift in one of the Game or Food Booths. EXTRA teams are encouraged to volunteer in the AYSO info booth.  Students can earn Community Service Credit.  Contact your division’s Soccer Fun Day (Formerly the PIP Lead), or your Team Manager or Division Commissioner for more info.

Please contact SFD@ayso20.org if you have a contact for donations or another area of interest to you that would be helpful to the event). You can also sign up for individual booths, setup, take down, etc.

Donations

We can always use donations or discounts to help reduce the cost of the event.  Bob’s Market, Niki’s Sports and Treats Frozen Yogurt are always very generous. If you have a contact that may be interested in helping us out please email us at SFD@ayso20.org

This year we are looking for a Gatorade or Powerade type donor, Items for the Prize Booth, Baked Goods for the Bake Sale booth, Fruit, Water and items that we typically rent, like walkie talkies, tables, chairs, and pop-ups.

Pass It On

The Pass It On program is a gear swap for AYSO players. If you have gently used gear bring it to the picnic and drop it off at the Pass It On booth. Players are encouraged to come by and shop for gear.
All remaining items are donated.

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Monday night Open Training

Did you know that every time your child touches a soccer ball they improve their skills as soccer players?  In AYSO Region 20 we want our children/players to have every opportunity to really develop in the short time we have them in the Fall, so we are providing an additional evening of soccer instruction EVERY MONDAY!

WHERE? JOHN ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELDS (16th Street & Ocean Park Blvd.)

WHEN?

U5-U10 Check in 5:15-5:45pm  Training 5:45 – 6:45 pm

U12 – U19 Check in 6:45-7:00pm  Training 7:00 – 8:30 pm


Here is what you need to bring:

1.     A wet signed (not copied) Medical Release form for your child. (you only need to bring this the first time your child attends MOT – after that they will be able to check in on their own).

2.     A soccer ball for your child, marked with his or her name on it in permanent ink.

3.     Water for your child. (Water ONLY is enforced at JAMS)

4.     Shin guards for your child

COACHES – We highly recommend that all coaches attend the trainings to observe.  This is your chance to observe another trainer working with your players’ age group.

PARENTS – We kindly request that you wait for your child off the field.  If you will be dropping your child off, please be on time to pick them up. 25

If your child is interested in becoming a better player AND would like the opportunity to make new friends, we hope you will consider adjusting your busy schedules to allow them to attend.

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Los Angeles AYSO United

AYSO United is the Club Program of American Youth Soccer Organization. United is designed to complete the AYSO Player Development Pathway, allowing players to play competitive soccer under AYSO’s Six Philosophies. AYSO United players will experience a positive, developmentally-appropriate environment, where they will not only develop in practice but during the game, where they are guaranteed 50% play. United is a year round program designed to help players reach their full potential while playing meaningful games in competitive leagues and selected tournaments. 

The Los Angeles AYSO United Club currently has 11 teams and has produced two Cal South State Cup Champions in both the Girls 2007 & 2008 Divisions. Santa Monica AYSO is hosting a Westside hub of the LA Club, currently hosting a boys 2005 and girls 2004 club. The teams practice at JAMS and uses Samohi as its home field. We have a strong player pathway with our Core, Extra and United team continually producing some of the top talent in Southern California.

Ted Quong and Gerhard Benthin coach the two teams. Ted, a long-time Santa Monica volunteer and a member of our board, played in AYSO throughout his teenage years and was on the U14 Super Team that won the Pepsi Cola State Championship representing Region 10. Gerhard Benthin has spent 25 years throughout the United States instructing in major Soccer camps, clinics, clubs, high schools, group and individual lessons. His knowledge and experience of coaching in both positions certainly sets him apart from other soccer coaches and has built a reputation of making soccer training simple, yet highly effective with intense practice. Coach Benthin’s passion and love for the game is truly infectious. Through his career, Gerhard Benthin has been coaching at the highest level professional teams, such as L.A. Galaxy MLS, Brazil and the National Team U17. 

We hope to add two new teams in the spring and will hold tryouts in January. If you have any questions, contact the LA Director of Coaching or our United Coordinator.

Team Manager Orientation

Welcome to the 2019 Fall Season!  We will be having an orientation for Team Managers on:

Monday 8/26/19 7-9pm
Santa Monica Main Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd. SM CA 90401

This is a MANDATORY meeting for all NEW Team Managers and is open to all veteran and experienced TMs that would like a refresher.  

We will be discussing:

  • How to collect needed player, family, and volunteer forms
  • How to use inleague (rosters, assign volunteers, print game cards)
  • How to organize your season and get parents to engage and volunteer 
  • How to work collaboratively with your coach
  • How to set a positive tone and clear expectations about Sideline Behavior

By this date you should know if you are assigned to be a Team Manager for a team.  Bring your laptop if you have been assigned to a team.

I look forward to seeing you!

Jimena Del Pozo, Dir. of Team Managers/Sec.

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Registration is open!

The 2019 Fall season opens on Saturday, September 7th. Registration for Fall 2019 is now open.

DivisionDatesFee
7U-19UAugust 1, - November 1, 2019 $365
5U & 6UStarting May 1, 2018 $195
VIPStarting May 1, 2018 $150

Fall dates

EventDate
Monday night Open TrainingBeginning Monday, September 16th

Financial assistance is available

IMPORTANT NOTE: Financial aid decisions are being handled differently as of January 1, 2019.  Everyone must re-apply for financial aid, even if you have received financial aid in the past.

Complete the FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

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Referee Recognition Program

 

Refs! Earn your FREE stuff!!!

Region 20 wants to thank our hard working referees…..

It’s not going to be a World Cup Medal, but…..

Red Jersey

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Referee Recognition Program

Region 20 is grateful for all of our referees. Without volunteer referees we couldn’t provide an amazing experience for the kids at such a reasonable price point.  We appreciate the time spent taking classes, studying the Laws of the game, dealing with the occasional negative comment from the sidelines, but most of all supporting the Kids of Region 20.

The Big Producers !!!

Region 20 is grateful for the hardworking referee volunteers that go above and beyond the call of duty.  We want to say “thank you” for those over-achievers that make the referee volunteer role look like the coolest job in AYSO!  

For going that extra mile–doing multiple games in a day, week in and week out, keeping the games Safe, Fair, and Fun for the Kids even when the going gets tough–Region 20 would like to say thank you by offering amazing FREE referee gear, accessories, and gifts.

Based on how many games you complete this season, you get to choose an item from the various benchmarks:

·      10 games: Referee socks, Write on cards, Fox 40 Classic whistle, Sonic Blast Cushion Mouth Grip Whistle, Score Accessory Pouch,

·      15 games: OGIO Region 20 Referee” performance t-shirt, Dolfin Whistle, Fox 40 Referee Pouch + Whistle, B+D Flex Hose Ball Pump, Agoura Gear Bag, Score Hoodie

·      20 games: Plastic Rain “Shirt” (clear), Agoura Flag Set, Yellow Referee Jersey, more ideas to come

·      25 games: USSF Folding Chair, Long Sleeved Yellow Jersey, more ideas to come

·      30 games: Fox 40 Whistle & Watch Combo Kit, OSI Flag Set, Windsor 1/4-zip Performance Top, OGIO Backpack, more ideas to come

Youth Referees–Our MVR’s (most valuable referees)

Getting out there and setting a great example for the kids, their peers, upholding the Spirit of the Game (and, oh yes, earning those community service hours)!

·      5 games: Referee socks, Write on cards, Fox Mini whistle

·      10 games: Fox 40 Classic whistle, Sonic Blast Cushion Mouth Grip Whistle, Score Accessory Pouch,

·      15 games: OGIO Region 20 Referee” performance t-shirt, Dolfin Whistle, Fox 40 Referee Pouch + Whistle, B+D Flex Hose Ball Pump, Agoura Gear Bag, Score Hoodie

First Ever “Women’s Only” Referee Class

THANKS to the women who attended the first-ever Women’s Only Referee Class: Sheila Murphy, Katy Henrikson, Charity Burton, Jessica Garcia, Monica Moore, and Sheila Taylor

Referees Taking Upgrade Courses

THANKS to the Referees that signed up for the Advanced Course: Kal Shobaki, Tim Silvestre, Andres Rangel

THANKS to the Referees that signed up for the Intermediate Course: Kapil Kulkarni, Bogdan Chifor, Chris Byrne, Andres Rodriguez, Jeffrey Reyna, Guido Faas, Doug Trussler, Perry Woo, Theodore Chandler, Hoda Khavari, Tim Langmaack

 

Referee Upgrades !!!

For upgrading from Regional to Intermediate referee (successfully completing the course, passing the test and passing your Intermediate Observation) you’ll get:

·      Personalized monogramed referee gear bag

·      Red referee jersey

·      New pair of fashionable referee socks

·      Upgraded flags or whistle

·      Write-on cards (match report, YC/RC)

For upgrading from Intermediate to Advanced referee (successfully completing the course, passing the test, fitness test, and passing your Advanced Assessments) you’ll get:

·      Referee jersey organizer

·      Green, Blue, and Black jersey

·      Another pair of socks!

·      Upgraded whistle or flags

·      Write-on cards (match report, YC/RC)

For upgrading from Advanced to National you’ll get:

·      Set of long-sleeved jerseys

·      Referee gear organizer (for your gear bag)

·      Upgraded whistle of your choice

·      An opt-out clause from Gray’s emails

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PASS IT ON

Many of you have some cleats in your closet that no longer fit your rapidly growing soccer players, or maybe you are storing away some unwanted soccer gear. AYSO 20 will be offering PASS IT ON again this year so that we can find a good home for your gently used soccer items. If you have a stash of used gear, you can bring it to JAMS, CLOVER PARK or LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER FIELDS on Saturday, September 7, between 9 am – 3 pm. Stop by before or after your child’s soccer game and drop it in the PASS IT ON collection box. Look for the blue and yellow balloons!
 
PASS IT ON is our region’s uniform/equipment recycling and donation program.  Primarily, PASS IT ON will provide an opportunity for all AYSO 20 families to donate their gently used soccer uniforms, cleats, and equipment, and put them to good use.  In addition, Region 20 families who are in need of these items will be given a chance to take from the donations that are in the collection boxes.  We believe this is a great way to affirm our commitment to preserving the environment while at the same time, assisting soccer players whose families might not have the means to purchase new items.  
 
ITEMS THAT CAN BE DONATED – GENTLY USED ONLY:
-Cleats (wiped off, tied together)  
-Balls (flattened)
-Uniforms (washed)
 
How PASS IT ON works:
  • Donation boxes will be available for any family to “shop.”  In other words, they can browse the boxes for items they might need and can take what they want (within reason).
  • Remaining donations will be sorted and “passed on” to other communities who are in need (last year we donated items to: LA Scores – an after school program in the Palms area, Watts AYSO, and service trips to Haiti, Guatemala and Nepal.
Your help will be the key to making this initiative a huge success. If you have questions or would like to volunteer your time to help build this important initiative, please contact Ava Stoughton at passiton@ayso20.org.   With your support, PASS IT ON will greatly benefit the environment and our community.  Together we can make a difference!

 

TESTIMONIALS


“Thank you all so very much for your donations of soccer balls (and jerseys) to the kids of Haiti. We stayed at an elementary school in a classroom. After school, I would bring out the balls, and somehow, every teenage boy in the village would find out and come streaming through the gate to the courtyard to play soccer. They self-organized quickly in small games where winner stays on. I played with them a bit and also invited girls into the game. Even the Haitian workers who had done hard physical labor with us all day would come back to play – our interpreters and the cook too! We left some balls with the school, the church, and the local kids. We also left some in Port-au-Prince for other towns. It truly was a blessing and makes such a difference in the life of the village.”
Sherry Hoffman, former AYSO coach/parent and volunteer in Haiti
 

“Thank you so much for the incredible effort that your AYSO region has made to enhance the experience of the kids in our program. It was such a special day for so many deserving kids, and you made that a reality. I spent some time over the weekend reflecting on watching the kids selecting a pair of cleats and then running onto the field with pride. Their joy was visible, and the impact was palpable and immediate. The impact of those efforts will be felt for a long time to come, and as someone who has poured every ounce I have into this organization, I am very grateful.
Executive Director of America Scores LA, an after-school soccer/writing program for under-served kids in the Palms area
 

Pictured: 12U girls EXTRA team delivering donation-filled suitcases to Equmenia, an organization that builds schools in Congo.

Please contact passiton@ayso20.org with any questions or to volunteer.

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We need volunteer Referees!

Without quality, trained referees, our children cannot play this game they love so much, and what better vantage point to watch a game from than center field! For such a small investment of your time, you can become a great referee, even with no prior soccer knowledge at all! You will be getting great exercise, feel great, and be helping your children and their peers to have a great soccer experience to boot!

First Step: Register as a volunteer with AYSO

If you are interested in volunteering as a referee, you must first be registered as a volunteer with AYSO. To do this you need to go to inLeague and register (or re-register) as a volunteer.  Go to “Player and Volunteer Registration,” and then “User Accounts and Volunteer Registration,” and get your MY2019 up to date! Once this is done a background check will be performed by “Sterling Volunteers.”

Second Step: Sign up for a referee course !!!

“FOR WOMEN ONLY”–We will be having a Regional Referee course for women only (that means YOU, mothers and daughters (12+y/o) of Region 20 !)— taught by the best (female) instructors in Area 1/P!  The class will be held in Beverly Hills, August 18th, from 9:15-4:30 (lunch will be served).   Come out and meet other female referees, share their stories and knowledge, and become certified to referee our kids!   To register and for more information go to www.AYSOU.org

“Regional Referee Course” or “Reg Ref On-Line Companion Course” (the two (2) “basic” referee course options) in Santa Monica are listed at AYSOU;  you can find a  list of local offerings on the “Upcoming Referee Training Schedule”  link.

  • “Regional Referee Course”–a full day course(two opportinities so far)
    • Aug 24th, 9am-3pm, at Reed Park Auditorium, Santa Monica (7th and Wilshire). Lunch will be served
    • Aug 31, 9am-3pm, Reed Park Auditorium (just added!)
  • “Regional Referee On-Line Companion Course”–A shorter in-class session, but requires mandatory completion of an on-line referee course as a “prerequisite.”
    • September 4th, 6pm-10pm, at Marine Park Auditorium.

To Upgrade: For current referees that want to upgrade to the Intermediate or Advanced certification Area 1/P will be holding classes in Beverly Hills over the weekend of August 24-25.  They are also listed at the above link.

To sign up for either of the classes you will need to go to www.AYSOU.org  In the meantime, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to become a volunteer referee.

5U Division Guidelines

TEAM STRUCTURE

  • Each team will have one team manager and at least 2 certified Co-Coaches plus at least one Assistant Coach.
  • Each team will ideally be made up of 8 players.
  • Parents of ALL players are recommended to complete the “Safe Haven” Certification and the CDC Concussion training. This is required of coaches and other volunteers.
  • Each team is required to provide at least one or two referees who are required to attend Opening Day Referee Orientation at the start of the season, which will tell you everything you need to know about refereeing in this division. 

HEADING THE BALL:  

    • Deliberate heading of the ball is banned for all players in this division in both practices and games.  
  • In a match, a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

FIELD FORMAT

  • Each team will be given an entire 5U-size field for one hour.  No other team will be assigned to that field during that time.
  • First team of the day on each field is responsible for field set-up (your team should arrive early as your field time cannot be extended).  Each field has 2 goals & nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at mid-field, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline).  Additionally, the Kids Zone sign needs to be placed in a visible location.
  • Last team of the day on each field is responsible for field takedown and storage (your team should understand that this is an embedded responsibility).  All field equipment must be returned to the storage room, along with the Kids Zone sign. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

ONE-HOUR FIELD TIME STRUCTURE

  • 20 minutes of activities/drills with full team (see below)
  • 5 minutes break/dividing kids into 2 teams (see below)
  • 30 minute game (see below)

SKILL BUILDING ACTIVITIES:  First 20 minutes (every week):

  • First 20 minutes: activities/drills with ALL 8 players on FULL FIELD
    • This should involve BOTH Co-Coaches and all Assistant Coaches.
    • It is recommended that your parents (as “Practice Coaches/Helpers”) assist the coaches by keeping the players active and by retrieving stray soccer balls.
    • The region (via the website) intends to suggest several activities/skills challenges each week.

INTRA-TEAM GAMES:  First 3 games of the season (Games 1-3):

  • Minutes 20-25: divide the players into 2 teams of equal number of players (max 4) using pinnies/scrimmage vests.  One coach takes responsibility for one team, the other coach takes responsibility for the other team.
    • These teams must be “mixed up” every week with an attempt to create as much balance as possible.  It is suggested that the first week involves “even numbers” v. “odd numbers”. In Games 2 & 3, the players should be shuffled around so that each player has the chance to experience all players as teammates, while still trying to achieve balance among the teams.
    • Coaches may change players around at half-time to accommodate situations that arise to keep the games fun, fair, and balanced. 

INTER-TEAM GAMES (Balanced teams):  Last 8 games of the season (Games 4-11):

  • Minutes 20-25: divide the players into 2 teams of equal number of players (max 4).  One coach takes responsibility for one team, the other coach takes responsibility for the other team.  Each of these teams of 4 will be matched up to play against each of the teams of 4 assigned to the other field at the site (there are 2 fields at each site).
    • These teams must be “mixed up” every week with an attempt to create as much balance as possible.  It is suggested that the Game 4 involve “even numbers from one team” v. “even numbers from the other team”.  In Games 4-11, the players should be shuffled around so that each player as the chance to experience all players as teammates, while still trying to achieve balance among the teams.
    • Coaches may change players around at half-time to accommodate situations that arise to keep the games fun, fair, and balanced.
    • EXAMPLE:  Game 4: “Team 1 Odd Numbers” v. “Team 2 Odd Numbers” on Field 1; “Team 1 Even Numbers” v. “Team 2 Even Numbers” on Field 2
      • Note:  time assignments will VARY in the schedule, therefore, most teams will likely play against different opponents every game. 

GAME:

  • Minutes 25-50: GAME ON FULL FIELD (3v3)
    • The two teams play against each other utilizing the “rules of play” as established by the 5U Guidelines and the game structure below:

GAME STRUCTURE:

  • All games are played as 3 v 3.  Even if 8 players are present, games MUST BE 3 v 3 (There should be a one player per team acting as a substitute (i.e., “sitting out”))
  • Game is two 10-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime.
  • Game is “Open Substitution” which means players can enter and exit as frequently as necessary.
    • If there are enough players to have a substitute, ALL players shall be substitutes equally.
    • No player shall “sit out” (act as substitute) for more than 2 minutes at a time).
    • For the FINAL 2 MINUTES of the game, ALL players should be put into the game (even if this creates a 4v4 or 3v4 situation).  This is ONLY for the final 2 minutes of the game.
  • Games should involve FUN and “healthy competition” not “aggressive competition”.  The “score” of a game is meaningless.
  • Each time provides a Referee, who is the ONLY adult permitted on the field during play.  (Coaches/Parents must NOT be on the field). (Hint: Use the 20 minute practice activities to teach the game.)
  • Referee is in charge of keeping the flow of the game moving (no stoppages should exceed 5-15 seconds) while making sure the basic concepts of the game are followed (e.g. “you can’t use your hands”).