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Palo Alto Spring Select (PASS), National Games, End of Early Registration, Coupon

posted Jun 14, 2011, 10:37 PM by AYSO26 Regional Commissioner   [ updated Jul 10, 2011, 6:16 PM ]

Greetings from your Regional Commissioner.


A number of parents have asked about our Spring Select and National Games programs.


There are 7 programs.  Your kids might enjoy multiple of these programs.  An overview is at http://register.ayso26.org 


Palo Alto Spring Select (PASS) teams play other AYSO and club teams, and travel around the greater Bay Area to tournaments, culminating in the Davis World Cup on Memorial Weekend.  Tryouts for advanced players are in October, and training and scrimmages start in January.  Only players from the Fall Program may tryout for a place on the teams.  The teams are from U10 through U19.  This spring, Palo Alto U14B hosted a tournament here, and we hope to expand this to more divisions next spring.  http://spring.ayso26.org 


"A life changing experience", according to players that attend the National Games.  The National Games event is more like the World Cup in format.  From the approximately 1000 AYSO regions across the USA, teams are chosen to participate.  The games are held every two years at a different location.  Palo Alto will be fielding at least four teams, and is in a good position to field as many as 10 teams, each team from a different division. http://ayso26.org/soccer-programs/ayso-national-games.


If you volunteered, or intend to volunteer, remember that you MUST register following the procedure on page http://volunteer.ayso26.org.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.  No volunteer will be assigned duties until fully registered.  And you should do this soon, because the approval step can take weeks.  Some volunteer positions require training.  It would be great if you are registered and assigned your position before the training clinic takes place.



Early registration for players for the Fall Program ends today, June 15, and you may still enjoy the benefits of early registration including lower fees and earlier team placement until midnight.  You can go to http://register.ayso26.org.  Once your children are registered you can check on their status at http://login.ayso26.org 


You may be getting ready to get your soccer equipment, or perhaps a Father's Day something.  Sports Authority has provided a discount coupon for our region's parents.  See http://finish.ayso26.org/hello/coupons 


Our policy is to assign children to teams in accordance with the number of teams available.  If a division is unable to accommodate all the children that registered, sadly, we will have to turn some of them away.  In such a case, we will have to prioritize children of volunteers and take into account the date of registration (not pre-registration).  It saddens me to consider turning children away, and I sincerely hope that we are able to recruit enough willing and interested coaches to form the needed teams.  It is usually only a matter of another coach or two in a division, and is definitely achievable.


This year we are providing coach mentoring for every division.  Mentors will be scheduled to attend regular practices and provide on-site coach support.  Additionally, we are scheduling at least one Top Gun weekend, and if our schedule can handle it, a second. 


We need your help to ensure we have another great season.

  • if you can coach, please do.  Many of our coaches start out at K to U10 with no soccer knowledge before training.  It is very rewarding and solidly connects you with your kids and neighbors.  Training is not difficult or very time consuming.  Most have fun at training.
  • if you are in doubt, Volunteer and come to training before committing to an assignment.  Decide then if you can do it. 
  • encourage others to coach
  • if you are a coach, be aggressive to get your training and certification prescribed for your division, the earlier the better, so that we can include you sooner
  • if you cant coach, referee
  • -f you cant referee, help administratively


There are many opportunities to help, explained at http://volunteering.ayso26.org


You can check your child's registration status at http://login.ayso26.org.


Let's all have a great soccer season.


Best Regards, 

Gordon Short

Regional Commissioner



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