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Fall 2013 Instructional and Elite Season

posted May 4, 2013, 3:38 PM by Regional Commissioner   [ 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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