WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
A few years ago we began using eAYSO for volunteer registration. The first few months caused us all some headache, as we had to figure out the best way to use the eAYSO system. At first it seemed like a real burden to us. The approach was different and unfamiliar. But as we used it and got more proficient with our web site instructions, it soon became easier to use, and we got the big benefit of eliminating paper. For our volunteers it meant that signing up was 10 minutes on the web browser and done, with no printing, signing and mailing to be done.
Now, we are going to start using eAYSO for our player registration. We will begin with our 2014-2015 Spring Select and Spring Instructional programs. You should do this even if your player does not play in the Spring, so that it will be completed for your participation next year. This is only a one time event, we can not repeat it in the future.
WHY SHOULD YOU DO THIS?
If you do not do this, your registration record and your child's record may be disconnected. Without taking this action, you might have to be phoning national HQ to get your child's record connected to you. Let's avoid that.
To help your family connect your records in eAYSO, we will, one time, do an upload of data connecting our volunteers and their children by AYSO ID. Any volunteer parent will therefore be connected to their children in the database.
For parents that have never volunteered in eAYSO and do not have an AYSO ID, we have created a special "volunteer role" called, Parent. Follow these procedures by 5pm of Oct 18, and we will be able to include your family in the upload.
WHAT IF I DO NOT REGISTER AS PARENT
You may still sign up your child for programs and create a record for yourself, but you will need to make a phone call to have someone manually link your record and your children's record at the time of registration.
ALL PERSONS - START HERE, Overview
Details of Process
Check the box as Parent in eAYSO
Go to http://eayso.org and login if you already have an account, otherwise click the button, I am new to AYSO and want to volunteer, to create an account. If you already are a volunteer click the link, Update volunteer information. DO NOT PRINT any forms if you complete the e-signature.
Check the box as Parent in WYS
Log into WYS here under the fall season, and then go to the Parent menu, Volunteering tab, and click the button at the bottom, Volunteer for a task. The next page shows a dark blue banner labeled, ++Parent register for eAYSO transfer. Click only the first Parent box below this banner, and continue in the pop up box. You can now LOGOUT at the top of the page.
A NEW MASTER PLAN IS BEING CREATED FOR PALO ALTO
GET THE FACTS - BE IMPACTFUL
Aspiring to make our community better for you and the next generation of Palo Altans! We need your help in charting the future of our parks, facilities and recreation program.
Sign up on the email list below to stay involved and updated with the process.
Click on the link below for more information and feedback concerning Palo Alto’s Park & Recreation System.
GET ON THE EMAIL LIST AND STAY INVOLVED
Click on the link to send us your email email@example.com or call 650-617-3183.
Purpose and Goal of the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
The purpose of this project is to provide the necessary analysis and review of Palo Alto’s parks and recreation system for the preparation of a long-range (25-year) Master Plan. The master plan will provide the City with clear guidance regarding future renovations and capital improvement needs for parks, trails, open space and recreation facilities.
The goal of the master plan is to provide clear guidance and recommendations on how to meet the demands for future recreational, programming, environmental, and maintenance needs, as well as establish priorities for future park renovations and facility improvements.
Why do we need a Master Plan?
The City currently has no cohesive plan to manage, improve and expand its parks and recreational facilities. The master plan is needed to ensure that the open-space and conversation needs of future generations are appropriately balanced, and to provide adequate funding to meet these needs.
The last comprehensive city parks and recreation master plan was completed in 1965.
Upcoming Meetings and Dates
Look for us out in the community this summer! Staff will be in the following locations to provide information on the project and gather your ideas:
• Event #1 – Rinconada Park, Saturday June 28, from 11am to 2pm
• Event #2 – Downtown Farmers Market, Saturday July 19, 8am to noon
• Event #3 – Mitchell Park, Saturday August 9, from 11am to 2pm (tentative)
• Community Survey – Coming in September 2014
Presentation Materials from Previous Meetings
City Council Study Session 3/24
Stakeholder Advisory Group Study Session 6/25
An AYSO Soccer Party !!
Opening Day & Golden Anniversary Celebration
WE are inaugurating an annual Opening Day Celebration and player fun event on this Anniversary year for AYSO.
50 Years of Service to our nation, and 44 years of service in Palo Alto. Yes, 44 years ago parents in Palo Alto began forming the first AYSO region in the Bay Area, and anchored the growth of AYSO through the south bay and peninsula. AYSO regions from Redwood City to Saratoga and San Jose is a legacy of the original Palo Alto AYSO parents.
More Information Will be Added to this Page as it Develops
Sign Up Below to Attend - we need to know how many to plan for.
When:: August 30, 9am to 12 noon
Where: Festivities will be at Greer 1, 2 and 3
Who: Registered AYSO players and their family & friends
- fun, fast, short sided pickup games suited for each age group
- an inflatable mini-soccer field for outrageous soccer fun
- keeper wars
- fun games for kids
- balloons and ice cream
- Golden Anniversary training balls for the first 75 players
- soccer ball for each Palo Alto AYSO registered player
- pens and decals to personalize your soccer ball onsite
- visits by soccer personalities
- coaches can pickup season equipment at the field
- team managers can pick up team uniforms at the field
- return last seasons' uniforms
- onsite registration for new u4, U5 and U6 players
- onsite registration and guidance for volunteers
MUST DO: Be sure to bring your player form and wear your shin guards and suitable shoes. If you have your uniform, wear that, too! Non-AYSO children must be accompanied by a parent, and the parent will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Parents - would you like to help? Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
U5 & U6 Coach Clinic - coaches, take the online U6 Coach course and then this 1 hour field clinic at the celebration, and you are set to go! 10am - 11am.
Sign up for summer camp now. Each camp is a week long. Choose form half day or full day. More information is HERE.
In a recent article in The New York Times, June 10, 2014, David Epstein wrote an op-ed addressing two key issues in youth sports today, field size and specialization.
" Several studies on skill acquisition now show that elite athletes generally practiced their sport less through their early teenage years and specialized only in the mid-to-late teenage years, while so-called sub-elites — those who never quite cracked the highest ranks — homed in on a single sport much sooner." -- Epstein
"Because families with greater financial resources were better able to facilitate the travel and private coaching that specialization requires, socioeconomic status turned up as a positive predictor of serious injury." --Epstein
AYSO, 50 years ago, addressed both of these issues by formalizing, for the first time in youth sports, small sided fields, small equipment, smaller teams, and simplified rules, appropriate to the age level. AYSO encourages players to play many sports, not just soccer, recognizing the injury prone-nature of repeated same-stress on growing bones, joints and muscles. Additionally, AYSO policy is to discourage specialization within the sport of soccer in young divisions, and only in u10 is position specialization permitted to begin, and not until U12 is position specialization encouraged.
Read the full article here.
I want to thank our parents who took the time to provide us feedback. This is your organization into which you have entrusted management to myself and your board. We work hard to manage your program, but need your feedback and guidance to know where we are doing well, and where we are not. Especially, I want to thank those of you that provided some ideas and guidance in the comments section, especially valuable to improving our programs.
As a result of this feedback we are taking two major actions, as well as making some minor adjustments to our programs to improve them and bring them more in line with your expectations. The two major actions are;
- bringing the Instructional and Advanced programs into better alignment
- reviewing our coaching roster and making changes
More detail of the results are collated below.
The following information is from respondents to the Season Feedback and is intended to be representative of the total.
Feedback was given prior to June 8, 2014
23% of the respondents identified themselves
2/3 of the responding families had 1 child in the program
10% had more than 2 children in the program
Instructional and Select families responded in equal numbers, implying that the Select family representation was triple in percentage
85% would recommend their coach to another family
7% felt their coach did not follow AYSO principles
8% felt their coach did not help their player make expected progress
2% felt their children were very unsatisfied
8% felt their children were unsatisfied
12% felt their children thought their experience was ok
31% felt their children were satisfied
48% felt their children were very satisfied
Similar numbers of satisfaction were recorded for the parents satisfaction.
Coaching 12% very unsatisfied
44% very satisfied
Refereeing quality was almost all positive comments
68% of the respondents did volunteer in some capacity
Any Comments About Volunteering that Would Help Us?
General Comments Provided in the Feedback
What was your favorite part of the season?
Weekend gamespractices Great coaches The games! Spending time with other families my daughter had all her school friends on the team and it helped to know the parents games on saturday every practice was fun Practice flexibility Coach and team spirit some of the players it was all good Practice I like how Kinder soccer is organized with 1 day on Saturdaywatching boys have fun togethe Tournaments Games Fall tournament The Coach Traveling to Davis and being in Presidents Cup Positive energy coaches Games, friends Davis cup Coaches taught so well and were organized When it was over Practices and games Season League Games The training sessions watching the kids enjoy free play all of it Doing shared practices with another team Watching my son play coach did a mini keeper wars for spring instructional Other teammates The first 3/4 of the season was great allWhen the players knew they played well and had fun, even if they did not winCoach
What was your least favorite part of the season?
Team strength Injuries not long enough Single field. Memorial Day wekeend game. Games in other towns Trying to wheel nets that the wheels did not work on. El Palo Alto practicing with 3rd Select team Negative coaching clickiness among players no team manager Not feeling respected or listened to by the coach Practices Started spring season late and a bit disorganized at first losing nearly every game -- quite uneven range of team skills Can't think of any Spring usual AYSO disorganization Occasional blow ups from the coachNone spring - coach was only at games Terrible practice field Practice time, wish it was slightly later. 10 am or later in the morning. n/aKids who didn't really want to play Davis Tournament Not enough parents participation The schedule none early morning games :) Uneven competitiontraveling to games far awayGames lack of carpool games/practicesthe crazy uniform policy Lack of parent volunteers on team first 2 times were chaos. my son would not go back. The last 1/4 because the season was too long last fall. It started early so it was just too much. The games ending My child's response to negative coaching Not sure
The Elite Program is beginning its 3rd year this fall. It was originally conceived in Palo Alto as part of the AYSO Extra® Program, similar to the Spring Select Program. Intended to provide more advanced instruction and competitive play, the Elite Program included a game venue against similarly competitive teams in the greater Bay Area, and tournaments.
The prior year, the Recreational Program was transformed into the Instructional Program with increased emphasis on soccer instruction. Still intended for recreational soccer players, the increased instruction is intended to better enable recreational players to understand, enjoy and play soccer.
Spring Instructional was added to the Palo Alto AYSO program, providing for more recreational soccer fun.
Altogether, the Fall Instructional, Fall Elite, Spring Instructional and Spring Select permit a near year-round enjoyment of the great game of soccer at both the recreational and competitive level.
However, our experience from the past did not prepare us for some of the challenges that have emerged, and we need to make an extra effort, and adjustment of our programs, to re-align them to better fulfill our intended program benefits.
Our historical experience was based upon Fall Recreational and Spring Select only. The two programs provided fall recreational soccer, and competitive soccer for a small subset of players in the spring. The two programs did not overlap or compete with each other for coaches, resources, players, fields, or management attention.
With the addition first of Instructional Spring soccer and then Fall Elite competitive soccer, these programs do overlap. Our challenge is to now dovetail the programs in such a way that resources are shared, and in such a way that each program complements and enhances the other.
A model for this exists in AYSO, called Concurrent AYSO Extra. In this model, the coaches, teams and players are bound more integrally, with a mixture of common and separate training and game venues. The planning of this model can be complicated, but the end result seen from the point of view of the player and their families is not much different than it has been, other than the training and play being improved.
I will be working with our Board and our coaches on this for the next two months. I hope to be able to report more detail July, and for certain, we will address these issues this fall.
Thank You for reading our Newsletter posts.
Palo Alto AYSO
Congratulations to all of our Palo Alto Spring Select (PASS) teams for a job well done this past weekend at the Davis World Cup tournament. We had 9 PASS teams go this year and 4 of them made medal rounds, and another made the quarter finals. The road to play on Monday in this tournament is not easy, especially in divisions with double elimination such as U12 and U14. Playing 6 to 7 games in 3 days is difficult enough without having to deal with the 94+ degree heat we had this weekend. All of the teams, whether they made it to Monday or not, can be proud of their hard work this weekend and for the entire season.
5 Teams Made It Past the Elimination Round
G10 Net Rippers finished 2nd. They finished 5th in the White Bracket of 6 teams, but did not let up in the quarter final elimination game against Sunnyvale. The game with Sunnyvale was 0-0 late in the game when the Net Rippers scored a late goal to end 1-0. Their hard work earned them a trip to the semi final round against a fresh PHMSA team who earned a first round bye. The Net Rippers won the game 2-1 to advance into the finals against Davis, where they were eliminated 0-3.
B10 Sharks finished 4th. The Sharks finished 2nd in pool play even with a rocky start in their first game loss against the eventual champion of the White Bracket of 6 teams. They made up for it with a dominant quarter final win over Concord, but couldn't keep the momentum going in their loss to Sunnyvale in the semi final game only to play Davis in the consolation game.
B12 Spartans finished 4th. They had a difficult path to the medal round, a total of 7 games with a division of 16 teams. The Spartans finished 3rd in pool play. The first elimination game was against Davis with a sound 5-2 win, then faced Mountain View in the quarter final elimination game that battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation. Setting up kicks from the mark to determine who advanced. The Sharks won the shootout 4-2 with their keeper blocking 3 of the 5 MV attempts. The win put them in the semi-final game against PHMSA, and an unfortunate 5-1 loss. They matched up against MDSA in the consolation game. Worthy of note, three of the top 4 teams that placed out of 16 teams came from the Spartan's original pool, finishing 1st, 2nd, and 4th.
B14 Elite made the final 8 of 12 teams, but were eliminated in the quarter finals. They finished in the bottom of their pool, but did not get discouraged. They had an exciting first round elimination game against PHMSA. In a very close 2-1 match. In this key elimination game, a PK was called with only seconds remaining in regulation time. The Palo Alto keeper selected the right direction, defended the shot, and before any one could play the ball the game was over and they advanced to the quarter finals. Their quarter final game ended in a 3-0 loss to 2nd place finisher, Visalia. Visalia had earned a bye and was fresh coming in against Elite.
B19 Raptors finished 4th. After finishing first in their pool, this young B19 team headed into their quarter final elimination game against PCSSL arch-rival Millbrae. The game ended 2-2 and went to kicks from the mark to decide the match. Palo Alto made their first two and the Palo Alto keeper blocked Millbrae's first two shots. Millbrae made their 3rd to close the gap to 2-1, Palo Alto missed again just off the pipe, followed by another deflected shot by the Palo Alto keeper. With needing only one more goal to win the game the Palo Alto keeper took and made the 5th shot to advance the Raptors to the Semi final. Down 1-0 in the second half, Palo Alto lost their keeper to injury and was out of the tournament, the final result was a 2-0 loss to Davis who took first place. The consolation game ended in a close 1-0 loss to the other Davis team.
The heat of this past weekend and the experiences were an excellent primer as they head south to Riverside, CA for the National Games.
Congratulations and Good Luck,
With Davis as our next event coming up this weekend, I do want to take a moment to reflect on the PCSSL season while it's still fresh in our minds, and since all of our teams will not be attending the Davis World Cup tournament. For them, the season has come to a close. I want to say thanks to all of the players, parents and the coaches for a job well done.
Overall this was a good season for our 14 Select teams. We have seen some young teams that are now the older team as their division progressed well over the past two years. It's not just about the Wins in the standings, but improvement that is being made with each passing season and that these players are sticking around to play more soccer, in our program. It shows that we are working to do the right thing in providing them a positive playing experience. Coming back for more is one of the most important indicators that our coaches are providing the right environment and reflects well upon our program as a whole.
PCSSL put together different flights that was intended to match similar team strength. They didn't always do this well, especially in the two flight divisions, so the win-loss records can be misleading. I hope next season, when possible, all teams within a flight should play against each other, and if another game is needed to complete the 8 game schedule, then playing outside of the flight is okay. This is better than playing the same team twice. I will work with the scheduler next season to fix this.
The season does have its highlights in PCSSL. We should look at all of our divisions, not just your own, to see and to congratulate our fellow coaches and their teams for a job well done. Even the teams that did not place, their record may be misleading. Looking close at some of the match ups, there were some close games.
This PCSSL Season
G10 Net Rippers coached by Jim Pflasterer finished 2nd in the upper division
G10 Predators coached by Karl Yost finished 2nd in the lower division
G12 Thunder coached by Jim Smith finished 2nd in the upper division
B10 Serpents coached by Jerome Dochez finished 1st in the lower division.
B12 Spartans coached by Sefano and Jim McGregor finished 2nd in the upper division. They also finished 2nd at Concord this past weekend.
B19 Raptors coached by me finished 1st in the solo flight
Tryouts went well this past weekend. More tryouts this Thursday for some of the divisions. Thanks to all that could pitch in Saturday to help. High 5s to Gordon for all of his hard work getting the word out and for his endless amount of support on so many fronts.
RC Footnote; I am pleased with the progress of our Select and Elite program to rebuild our competitive teams. Clearly, providing year-round opportunity, and improving our coach bench have both been seminal to rebuilding this service to our community. It is accomplished with the hard work and many hours our coaches are dedicating to our community and families. Many thanks and kudos to the coaches.
El Palo Alto Recap
El Palo Alto Invitational Tournament was a great success, by all accounts. With nearly 50% more teams than last year, El Palo Alto is enjoying phenomenal popularity. This year,
El Palo Alto hosted 95 teams with 1139 players. 12 of those teams of 143 players were from Palo Alto.
Our parents from Spring Instructional joined with our Select Field Marshals to provide a great experience from team check-in for the Tournament, to field management, and setup/tear-down. A big thank you to the volunteer help.
El Palo Alto hosted play in U10, U12, U14 and U16 for both genders. Three U19 girls teams played in the U16 division. Keeper wars for U10 and U12 were a big hit, with lots of cheering and audience participation.
Officiating was a highlight of the Tournament, with 151 games played. Only 3 games did not have a complete team of a referee and 2 assistant referees, certified to the divisional level of the game. Those 3 games required a club linesman to help call ball in/out. The AYSO referees pitched in from all over the Bay Area and we especially appreciate their efforts to make El Palo Alto a success.
The team that traveled from the furthest away this year came from Visalia. YMC Alliance played in the U14B division.
Coaches and parents from visiting regions have cited the following factors as great positives for El Palo Alto
- hospitality and efficiency of Field Marshal operation
- great playing weather
- good officiating
- good fields (lets not talk about Greer 5)
- flexible tournament format to accommodate strange numbers of teams
- good seeding of teams to provide competition at different levels of play
- same day tournament check in for traveling teams
- late-start game schedule for teams that travel into the Tournament
- Earthquakes' game on Saturday night (ahem, well, ok, so that was not our doing)
We received a few suggestions for improvement as well
- tighten up the delay time between reporting of game results and challenges
- on-field method of displaying game results
- consolidate U10 onto a complex, rather than scattering them about the city
- ensure all Field Marshals are fully trained
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