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Feedback From a Parent

posted Feb 15, 2014, 8:12 AM by Gordon Short

We rarely post a parent feedback online, but Kara Kockelman touched on so many 
policy issues that it provides an opportunity to inform.   ;-)

Gordon:

 

Thanks for a great fall season!  We really enjoyed the two practices a week, nice uniforms, re-use of uniforms, lack of trophies, well-trained referees, and the three amazing 17 year-old coaches we had for my daughter's championship team. (The 3 Paly HS pals were MARVELOUS mentors for every one of our team's 3rd & 4th graders.) 

 

My family and I are from central Austin, Texas, and our kids play in the popular WAYA teams (http://www.waya.org/), but they offer only 1 practice a week at this age, and we have loads of t-shirts & socks & trophies we don't need each year.  WAYA's seasons are also much shorter, so children just don't learn as much soccer as they do in your AYSO.  (WAYA is also less expensive, though they lease & maintain all their own buildings & fields.  But I realize central Austin land is cheaper than Palo Alto land.)

 

I need to unsubscribe from your emails, because we are back in Austin now (after a sabbatical at Stanford). I followed the AYSO26 commands online, about putting in nothing for my account's email address. But our account's email address is that of my husband (Steve Rosen), so I've removed his.  My email is not in the alternate email line, so I'm not sure how to unsubscribe. Perhaps that's something your web designers can work on?  I imagine you can remove me from your list anyhow.  Thank you!

 

I also want to talk to you about the regional championship games' not allowing 2 of our daughters' coaches (who hadn't yet turned 18) to interact with the girls during the games (over in San Mateo, when we played teams from Sacramento, Burlingame, & somewhere else).  The staff said that our amazing coaches were not supposed to be coaching all along, but I'm guessing that a father (to Brittany Rowe, I imagine) also signed up with them, and that's what allowed them to coach. Is that right?  Of course, it's always a low probability that we can make it into the championships (& be stopped from coaching while the games are in play), so WE ALL REALLY HOPE YOU WILL ALLOW HS SENIORS TO COACH TEAMS.  It was priceless for the girls. Attached is a letter of reference my husband and I wrote.  I think all the parents would very happily sign onto this letter. (There just wasn't time to get their names & titles over the holiday break.)  This is how we felt about all the coaches.

 

Please confirm for me that you will continue to allow 17 year-old seniors to coach teams.  I hope you & others can encourage it, in fact. It made a huge difference for us - and for these HS seniors, no doubt.

 

Thanks so much, Gordon.  You did & do so much work for AYSO.

Hope to join you all again in a future season!

 

Kara & family

==========================================

Dr.  Kara Kockelman, PhD, PE

E.P. Schoch Professor in Engineering

Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

Kara,


Thanks for the encouragement and support.  I agree, high school students can be awesome coaches and mentors. My own daughter started last year while in 8th grade, and the feedback from her team's parents is similar to yours. 

 

For legal and liability reasons, AYSO policy is to not allow minors to perform in a supervisory capacity of children, which is a part of a coaches function. 

 

We work with this policy by ensuring there is a properly trained and certified adult present to act as the 'official' coach, and the high school coaches are officially, 'coach helpers'.   This all works out fine within Palo Alto, and as you observed, the dad was present at each function to fulfill our policy requirement. 

 

At tournaments, only official coaches may stand in the coaches area and perform the coaching function. We make sure our high school coaches know of this issue ahead of time and are prepared for it. 

 

I will check your accounts and unsubscribe you.


Gordon Short

Regional Commissioner

Palo Alto AYSO 

 

U14G Area Tournament

posted Dec 22, 2013, 7:41 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated Dec 22, 2013, 7:49 PM ]

Thank you everyone for a great fun tournament Saturday.  It was a little touch and go regarding the field closure at the opening of the day, but as the morning hours went on with no more rain it became clear that we were going to be able to continue.  ;-)

The online spreadsheet shows the results of the tournament.  It is notable that no cautions or send-offs were reported.  There were no protests or recorded irregularities.  A great day.  Cold and windy, but dry enough.

Special thanks to the referees that braved the cold and enabled our tournament, and special thanks to the referees that will come out today.






The winning team from each pool advances to the championship round this morning.  The winner of pool 1 plays the winner of pool 4.  The winner of pool 2 plays the winner of pool 3.   These four teams need to plan on playing the Semi-Final and Final games.

These games are full length with 35 minute halves, and will play to concluding a winner.  If the game is tied, it will go into overtime with two 5-minute halves.  If still tied, then PKs until the tie is broken.

In case a match ends in a tie, here is the procedure for the PK Shootout

The following is a summary of the procedure for kicks from the penalty mark. The procedure is specified in FIFA's booklet Laws of the Game, not as one of the 17 numbered laws, but within the supplementary sections Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match or home-and-away(pp. 54–56) and Additional instructions and guidelines for referees (p. 130).
  • The team to take the first kick is decided by a coin toss and the referee chooses the goal at which the kicks are taken.
  • All kicks are taken at one goal to ensure that both teams' kick-takers and goalkeepers face the same pitch irregularities (if any), wind and sun conditions, etc.
  • All players other than the kicker and the goalkeepers must remain in the pitch's centre circle.
  • Each kick is taken in the general manner of a penalty kick. Each kick is taken from the penalty mark, with the goal defended only by the opposing goalkeeper. The goalkeeper must remain between the goal-posts on his goal-line until the ball has been kicked, although he can jump in place, wave his arms, move side to side along the goal line or otherwise try to distract the shooter.
  • Each kicker can kick the ball only once per attempt. If the ball is blocked by the goalkeeper the kicker cannot score from the rebound (unlike a normal penalty kick). Similarly, if the ball bounces off the goal posts or crossbar, the kicker cannot score from the rebound.
  • No other player on either team, other than the designated kicker and goalkeeper, may touch the ball.
  • A kick is successful if, having been touched once by the kicker, it crosses the goal line without going out of play or touching any player other than the defending goalkeeper. The ball may touch the goalkeeper, posts, or crossbar any number of times before going into the net.
  • Teams take turns to kick from the penalty mark in attempt to put the ball into the net, until each has taken five kicks. However, if one side has scored more successful kicks than the other could possibly reach with all of its remaining kicks, the shoot-out ends regardless of the number of kicks remaining.
  • If at the end of these five rounds of kicks the teams have scored an equal number of successful kicks, sudden death rounds of one kick each are used until one side scores and the other does not.
  • Only players who were on the pitch at the end of play are allowed to participate in the shoot-out.
  • A team may replace a goalkeeper who becomes injured during the shoot-out with a substitute.
  • If a goalkeeper is sent off during the shoot-out, another player who finished the game must act as goalkeeper.
  • If a player, other than the goalkeeper, becomes injured or is sent off during the shoot-out, then the shoot-out continues with no substitution allowed.
  • Any player remaining on the pitch may act as goalkeeper, and it is not required that the same player act as goalkeeper throughout the shoot-out.
  • No player is allowed to take a second kick from the penalty mark until all other eligible players have taken a first kick, including the goalkeeper.
  • If it becomes necessary for players to take a second kick (because the score has remained equal after all eligible players have taken their first kick), teams are not required to follow the same order of kickers as was used for the first kick.
  • If at the beginning of kicks from the penalty mark one side has more players on the pitch than the other, then the side with more players must select an appropriate number of players who will not take part. For example, if Team A has 11 players but Team B only has 10, then Team A will choose one player who will not take part. Players deselected cannot play any part in the procedure: so a goalkeeper cannot be deselected from kicking while retained for saving. This applies whether players are absent through injury or being sent off.  However, if a player is injured or sent off during the shoot-out, the same principle does not apply and the referee does not reduce the number of players on the opposing team.

You're Invited -AYSO Rose Parade® Family Day Open House!

posted Nov 11, 2013, 7:53 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 7:58 PM ]

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Spring Select Tryouts

posted Oct 22, 2013, 10:02 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated Oct 23, 2013, 9:21 AM ]


Quick Guide to Your Spring Select
2014 Tryouts



National Games:  1 Instructional G14 team, and 1 team each from U10B, U10G, U12B, U12G, U14B, U14G and U19B AYSO Extra are invited to the National Games.  Players love the week long Olympic Style with players from all over the USA.  More information is here.

What Age is Eligible:  AYSO Soccer Year is July 31.  Players age is calculated based on July 31 before the season starts.  If a player was 9 on July 31, but is now 10, he may still play on the U10 team.  Additionally, a player in U8 may tryout for U10 Select.

Who is Eligible:  Only Fall Instructional players may tryout for the U14G Instructional National Games Team.  All Fall Instructional and Fall Elite players may tryout for Spring Select teams.  Anyone that did not play in the fall may not tryout.

Who Gets Priority:  All players must tryout to be considered for a Spring Select team (with the exception of U19B).  All players are evaluated by 3rd party trainers, not AYSO coaches.  No player gets priority.  Evaluations and rankings are based on demonstrated skills, commitment, and sportsmanship.

Who Gets to Go to National: the coaches of each division may determine whether to compose the National team at the begining or the end of the Spring Select season.  To go to Nationals will require an additional commitment.  Be sure to indicate National Games Tournament on the Advanced Player & Parent Form, attached to the Tryout Page

What is the Tryout Procedure:  
  1. Register for the Tryouts - only registered players may tryout
  2. Be sure to complete registration and pay the $25 fee
  3. Read the http://tryouts.ayso26.org page
  4. Choose your tryout times from the table or Regional Calendar
  5. Print two player forms and bring them to tryouts
  6. Print one Advanced Player & Parent form, attached to the tryouts page, fill it out and bring it to the tryouts
  7. Show up at the tryouts, on time, with your 2 player and 1 parent form
  8. Players will be notified soon after tryouts are over.  An email with instructions will be provided
  9. You will receive an offer letter with instructions, that must be acted on within 48 ours to formally accept the offered slot
  10. Non-accepted players may enroll, with priority in the Instructional Program

Ride on AYSO's Rose Bowl Float

posted Sep 17, 2013, 8:39 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 8:41 PM ]



Enter AYSO's Ride the Float Contest


AYSO is so excited to have a float in the 2014 Rose Parade®! It's also been confirmed that AYSO alum, soccer legend and 50th anniversary spokesperson Cobi Jones will be riding on the float. Want to join him? Now's your chance!

Enter AYSO's Ride the Float Contest to win a trip for two to California, hotel accommodations, $1,000 and two spots on the Rose Parade® float (one AYSO player 10 and up and his/her parental guardian).


To enter, visit AYSO's Facebook page and click on the green Caption Contest button and submit your best caption for the photo to the right.

Preparing for the Fall Season

posted Sep 4, 2013, 11:41 AM by Gordon Short   [ updated Sep 4, 2013, 4:20 PM ]

Parents and Kids of Palo Alto AYSO,
As we get ready for the first game day this Saturday, your volunteers are working frantically to get everything organized.  Everything from surveying and painting fields, deploying goals, composing game schedules, finalizing and publishing teams, ordering last minute equipment and uniform make-ups, and handing out equipment and uniforms at the locker.  Not to mention the coaches and referees getting their training, the volunteer trainers, the coaches and team managers getting their teams organized, and a whole host of other stuff that has to get done for a successful soccer season.

Only 3 Games?  The game schedule for U8 and U10 will be flighted this year, similar to the method used successfully in Mountain View for some time.  This means we will see how teams fare, and match them up in the next four weeks of game schedule to have games between teams of similar strength.  This will make it more "fair" and fun for everyone.  And by doing this, allows us to be more neighborhood focused in our team formation.  To help you plan your weekends, we have arranged to use more fields so that we can get all the games in during the morning.  That way, your family can enjoy great Saturday morning soccer fun, and know that the rest of the weekend is open for other activities.

Note the links at the bottom of this and every page on the website, in the buff area.  They are useful.

If you need to know where or when anything is, check the calendar widget on our home page.  Click the event for more information.

There will be regularly scheduled free clinics for U8, U10 and U12.  Players who want extra instruction can attend them.  They will be scheduled into the Regional Calendar, visible in the home page calendar widget.  U14+ clinics can be scheduled upon request by coaches.

We will also be scheduling a free clinic by PSV Union.  Again, watch the calendar widget.

And don't forget to reserve your fun time at the Earthquakes game in October.  Lots of fun including escorting the Earthquakes onto the field, ball marshals, and our teams scrimmaging on the field at half time.

This newsletter will remain here, and you can refer back to it later.


Parent's Information  Almost everything you need to know is on our web site under the parents menu.  Just us the drop down menu for topics.
Soccer Conduct:  Please, this page is a quick read and although Palo Alto parents are the best in the world for sportsmanship and setting a great example, I would be personally gratified if you would take the time to read it.  Some of the points may surprise you.
When I log in it says my child is not registered, or I don't see the team.  We run multiple programs simultaneously.  When you login, be sure to use the correct box.  Login at http://login.ayso26.org
How do I know if fields are closed due to rain?  
If it is a Palo Alto field, check the Grass Fields status on the top of our home page.  You can find out more about rain-related issues at http://rain.ayso26.org.  For fields in 2J, such as Cupertino, Saratoga and West San Jose, check the closure status of individual fields on this page, https://sites.google.com/site/ayso2jfields/

Game Snacks and Refreshment: It is each parent's responsibility to know and support our snack policies.  Please do not impose your preferences in contravention to our guidelines.  
The snack schedule will appear on the game schedule when the Team Manager enter the data. 

How Do I Find My Kid's Team: On the Parent menu on our web site, is explained how to login to WebYouthSoccer and see team information.  You should log in now if you haven't already, and confirm that your kids are appropriately linked to your record so that you have access to the needed information.  If they appear on your page, they are linked.  Also, if you have more than one child, you can only see one at a time.

FAQ: Some special notes for parents as we go into our new season.  Our web site Parents menu at http://www.ayso26.org is packed with information and quick self-help information.  You might want to especially take a look at the http://FAQ.ayso26.org.

Kids Zone Feedback: http://kidszone.ayso26.org where you can submit ideas, highlight issues, help us know more about how things are going "on the ground", so to speak.  We need to improve.  Everywhere.  On every field, with every process.  If you see something particularly good, or needing improvement, please enter information into our Kids Zone Feedback.  You can identify yourself for follow up or do this anonymously.  And, especially if you know of an ongoing problem let us know asap.  A problem in progress can be addressed.  Kids Zone Feedback is on the main menu.  Help us make this a very successful season for all.

Do Not Use School or Park Trash Cans
It is too easy for AYSO teams to overwhelm the ability to deal appropriately with the amount of trash that multiple teams can generate.  It is important that every team takes their trash with them.

Ear Piercings & Jewelry are strictly not allowed on the soccer field, during training or play.  Studs, or even taping of studs, is strictly not allowed.  Every coach and referee is responsible to enforce this.  Do not get your ear's pierced during the soccer season, or you will be sitting it out.

Game Schedules are being composed and loaded into the system over the next 2 days.  As much as possible, games are over by 1 pm, if not earlier.  

Goals must be locked up in the correct place on each field.  The city fines us when goals are left out or are in the wrong place, and if the problem is not corrected we can lose field privileges.  Fields that have baseball diamonds should have the goals locked up on the infield, on the dirt.  Every parent needs to help make sure we do a good job on this.

Kicker (U4) is at Greer 3 at 8:30 am.
Kinder (U6) morning is at Greer 2 at 9:30 am.
Kinder (U6) afternoon is at Greer 2 at 3:30 pm.

Coach Checklist to Kick-Off the Season
  1. Try the Pre-Season Checklist
  2. Review the links under Coach at the top of this page
  3. Have you logged in and confirmed you have the Coach menu item?  If not, email volunteer_coord@ayso26.org
  4. Coach Preparation, check this page that you have covered the items
  5. Check out Team Administration, to use our system to manage your team 
  6. Have you appointed your Team Manager?  Some information is sent to the Team Manager specifically.  Your team will miss the information if you have not appointed a Team Manager.
  7. Be sure to wear your coach jersey to games.  We need to know who is responsible at a glance, and what your certification is.
We are playing games outside Palo Alto?
Older divisions play games outside Palo Alto, to increase the variety and fun for the players.  It is a great inter-mural hookup with our sister AYSO regions.

Improved Team Formation

posted Jun 5, 2013, 6:26 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated Jun 5, 2013, 6:39 PM ]



This email is to update everyone on changing implementation methods in team formation and our advanced programs, as we pursue our goals to provide the best experience and growth for our players, and continue to build and serve our AYSO community.

Some of these changes are in our advanced programs, and some are in our instructional programs.  

First, lets talk about the instructional programs.
It has been stated before, but it is important to repeat it again.  It is important that our players have a great experience playing against teams of equivalent strength.  The players enjoy and learn more when they can win some and lose some.  In the past we focused on trying to distribute players by strength across the teams.  This has had only mediocre success at creating balanced teams.  We have enough teams, that with intramural play at the u7, u8 and u10 levels, we can re-flight teams each 3 weeks in the game schedule to ensure the teams are playing other teams of similar strength.  With this approach, we can de-focus the need for balanced play away from controlling the distribution of strength, to managing the game schedule, and re-focus our distribution of players across the teams on neighborhood location, school mates and friend requests.  

Now, the advanced programs.  The advanced programs start at U10, for 8 year olds.
Before going further, clarification on the Elite tryouts and team acceptance.  Every player that tries out for Elite will get a notification of their standing.  Invitations have not gone out yet, they will soon.  Only players that have tried out and been assessed will be accepted into the Elite Program, unless there are extenuating circumstances and the Regional Commissioner and Elite Producer both approve an exception.  If a player has not yet attended a tryout and wishes to, email me now so that we can schedule a session.

All players that wish to join Elite need to be registered in the Fall Program.  Players will be transferred to the Elite program from the Fall Program.

Players that tryout and do not make the team, may be considered development players.  The player has expressed a desire to learn more and play more competitively by attending the tryouts.  Our goal will be to focus on developing that player so that they can qualify at the next tryouts.  To accomplish this we will form a development team when possible.  The development team will play in the advanced game schedule along with the advanced teams, but with a lighter tournament schedule. If we are unable to form a development team, the development players will be invited to train with the advanced teams, and participate in scrimmages and games when possible.  Development players will fill in roster gaps in the advanced teams during tournaments, games and scrimmages, created due to family events, illness or injury.  

In the advanced league it is important to keep the core players of teams together over a longer period of time.  Typically, half the team ages up to the next division, and are replaced by players aging up from the younger division.  This prevents long term training together and developing players to their best potential.  To improve our approach, the players in the division will be grouped more by age, so that year by year, the players will promote to the new division as a team.

There is no perfection, and we can only keep trying to improve the programs to deliver more fun, more development and more community.  Please let us know if this is improving your players experience and your family fun, or something is not right and needs changing.  

Sincerely,
Gordon Short
Regional Commissioner
Palo Alto AYSO



El Palo Alto 2013 Roundup

posted May 23, 2013, 10:58 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated Jun 2, 2013, 9:52 AM ]

Palo Alto - May 23, 2013
Alexandra Hseih

On the weekend of April 27th and 28th, 60 teams attended the 2nd annual El Palo Alto Invitational Tournament representing U10 to U14 in boys and girls divisions and U16 boys participated in the two day event where all teams are guaranteed 3 games each. Numerous teams from the Peninsula (from Pacifica to San Jose) and some teams from the East Bay (Davis, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Mount Diablo) traveled to Palo Alto to attend the event. The game venues were held at three field complexes, JLS fields, Seale Park, and Greer Park.

The tournament was obviously focused on making the event enjoyable for 780 players, but a lot goes on behind the scenes to make this a successful venue for the kids. A big thanks goes out to the numerous volunteers/parents/coaches from our 12 Palo Alto Spring Select teams who stepped in to keep the event on track for two long days of activities. Many volunteers needed to get trained as field marshals and many others rolled up their sleeves to help setup and take down the fields each day, clean up the fields, and run errands to support various needs of the tournament. Our referees were also volunteers and a good number of them went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure each game was covered, many doing more than their fair share of games. A few other referees made sacrifices to ref games that prevented them from watching their own child's game so that others could play. Our volunteer referees needed to cover over a 100 games over two days. 

We are also grateful to our sponsors the San Jose Earthquakes, Peet's Coffee, Jamba Juice, Whole Foods, Alexander's Steakhouse, and Sports Authority for their generous contributions in helping us make this an affordable and enjoyable event.

The primary tournament organizers were
 Christine Schlenker, Tournament Director and Gordon Short, Regional Commissioner.  The time and effort that Christine and Gordon put in to make this venue a success cannot be easily summed up. Their accounting to detail and extra effort put forth the weeks prior to the tournament and through to the end and beyond is a true testament to a persons commitment to a program and a community. Christine Schlenker worked hard to get all of the teams registered and cleared to play, KimChi Nguyen, Marketing coordinator, arranged all of the sponsors, coordinating referee refreshments, and more.  Alistair Murray, Tournament Referee Coordinator, along with Lee Berg, Regional Referee Administrator made sure all of our games were covered.  Tim Halsted, Field Marshall coordinator, Mark Andrews, sportsmanship coordinator, and David Mucciarone, Competition coordinator, worked on setting up the individual division match ups, and for transporting supplies to and from the fields.


Palo Alto brought home five medals, two in U10G, one each in U12G, U14B, and U16B. 
U10G Palo Alto Cyclones and Palo Alto Lightning qualified for a consolation game after pool play. The Cyclones edged out Lightning 1-0 to take third place in the consolation game with Lightning taking 4th place.

U12G Palo Alto Smash finished second in pool play and qualified for a spot in the consolation game. They suffered a close 1-0 loss against Redwood City in their consolation game to take 4th place.

U14B Palo Alto Elite qualified for a wildcard game after pool play on Saturday for a chance to make the medal round. Their pathway would not be easy. The wildcard game against Menlo Park MI-6 was tied after regulation and went to kicks from the mark. Palo Alto Elite edged out Menlo Park to qualify for the semi-finals. After a disappointing 2-0 loss in the semi-final round against MDSA Legends, they qualified for a consolation match against Mountain View Terremotos. Elite managed a late score to win the match 1-0 taking 3rd place.

U16B Palo Alto Raptors finished 1st after pool play qualifying for the championship game against San Mateo Atletico who qualified after winning their spot over Mountain View Wanderers in a PK shootout. The finals game between Palo Alto and San Mateo was tied 1-1 after regulation time, and was 2-2 after overtime. The game was decided with kicks from the mark with the Palo Alto Raptors winning 5-4 after going seven deep in the lineup to win the U16B championship.

We hope that all of those who attended, volunteered, and participated had an enjoyable time.

-David Mucciarone 

Palo Alto AYSO Partners with PSV Union FC

posted May 9, 2013, 7:21 AM by Gordon Short   [ updated May 9, 2013, 7:15 PM ]





It is a pleasure to announce a partnership with PSV Union FC.  PSV Union is focused on high-end player development, players seeking to play at college and in national and international venues.  WIth this partnership, PSV Union augments our already impressive range of programs and extends our range into the very highest levels of training and play.

Through this partnership, Palo Alto AYSO's Elite and Select Programs will benefit from clinics, assessments, and other training support activities.  Our Instructional Programs will benefit from the enthusiasm, skills and leadership provided by PSV's senior players.

Our players of the highest ambition and commitment to training, and school grades, will benefit by having this seamless pathway to college and international competitive venues.
This first-of-a-kind partnership is an exciting development in youth sports in Palo Alto, and for the first time we can offer our families and players a seamless choice of programs ranging from recreational, through competitive, to the highest level of competitive training and play.

Our plan is to begin experimenting this summer in our Elite Program, and to learn what works well for joint activity.  We will then expand upon the activities in the fall, and through continuous experimentation and learning, will eventually learn how to cooperate with the most positive effect for our respective organization and families.

Fall 2013 Instructional and Elite Season

posted May 4, 2013, 3:38 PM by Gordon Short   [ updated May 9, 2013, 7:10 PM ]

Overview
We have two great programs in preparation for this fall, with new elements to improve the kids experience.  Additionally, our focus on coach development continues in all of our programs, increasing the instructional quality, learning and fun across the board for our kids.  We also have summer opportunities, check out Soccerfest.


Soccerfest
On Saturday mornings from 10 to noon, pickup games at Greer Park.  Lots of fun in organized games with teams composed from whoever shows up. U8 to u16 registered players from last fall to this fall and all programs between are invited.  Come for the entire two hours, or any subset.  More information at http://soccerfest.ayso26.org.  Players and volunteers from other regions are welcome to join the fun.  All parents that can help with supervision and oversight may sign up for particular days at http://soccerfest.ayso26.org 


FALL INSTRUCTIONAL

Kicker Program
Kicker's are a new program started last year.  It has grown by a factor of 3, and we hope that even more parents bring their kids to experience motor development and fun with a soccer experience.  To improve our kicker's experience we will be moving to a neighborhood park.  We may run a summer program as well.  Please eMail to kicker@ayso26.org if you are interested in a summer Kicker program.

Kinder Program
Kinder's will be offered in the morning and the traditional afternoon on Saturday.  When signing us as a Kinder Parent choose morning or afternoon session.  We may also run a summer Kinder Program, if interest is strong enough.  Please eMail kinder@ayso26.org if you are interested in a summer program.  U5 and U6 will be combined, and will play a game schedule and two tournaments.

U7 and U8 will play in our traditional format, but we are adjusting the team formation method and game scheduling approach, to achieve forming neighborhood teams and balanced play.  Our goal is to enable each child to be in their own neighborhood for practices, and enjoy playing games with teams of similar strength.

U10 teams will be combined U10 and U9 divisions.  The game schedule will be made such that the teams will enjoy games with teams of similar strength.  U10 teams will practice on a variety of fields around the city.  With two practices a week and a game on Saturday, kids will have a great learning experience and fun.

U12 teams will play on an interlocked game schedule with other regions, such as Mountain View, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and Los Altos.

U14-U19 teams will register into the Madison League, which provides interlocking game schedule with regions up,and down the peninsula.


This fall we will produce a full range of instructional soccer from 18 months to 18 years.  

Player Signup - Instructional Play

 
for a great
soccer and community experience!

FALL ELITE

Players from neighboring regions are invited to play in our Fall Elite program in concurrent registration.  What this means is that the player registers and participates in the regular fall program in their home region, and joins a Palo Alto Elite team for one practice and games on Sunday. 

All Elite players must attend tryouts to qualify and be invited to a team.

Tryouts will be in early May, and teams will form in June. A light schedule of practice and scrimmages will be organized for the summer, and the season will begin mid August.

Our first time Elite program last year had mixed reviews.  We started the program a bit late and integratd play with other regions that were also in startup mode.  Some teams had a great experience, but overall, we werer not able to maintain a full and aggressive game schedule.  We are changing the focus and format this year to ensure a good experience.

The Elite program will be built commencing this year, from U10 and U12.  U16-U19 will play in the Madison league, providing good competition with other regions.  Each year we hope to move up the Elite program to include U14, then others, as the program expands.

Elite this year will include U10 and U12 and U14. This will include players from 8 years old to 13 years old as of July 31, 2013.

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