The U10 Division has a single day tournament at the end of the season, on the first Saturday in December. The U10 Tournament Director performs some administrative tasks leading up to the Tournament, and manages the Tournament Desk on the day of the Tournament. Experience at running tournaments or playing soccer is not required. The plan and task list is already defined, as well as the organizing of the assistant volunteers. A winning smile and the ability to organize a party (in this case a tournament) are the only needed skills.
Overview of Job
- In June, email the field permit administrator to ensure fields are reserved
- An assistant is assigned to set up and manage referees (coordination, water and lunches)
- At end of November, get the team rankings from the Division Commissioners
- Enter the team names into the Tournament Ladder
- On Saturday Game Day, attend the park and administer the ladder by entering the scores as reported by the referees
- Present the awards to the coaches, and they in turn, present to their players
OverviewWe wish for our players and parents to have lots of fun at the tournament. It is time for competitiveness, but amongst our Palo Alto AYSO friends. We have a great reputation for fun competition. It is a legacy we want to build on and promote.
Part of the formula for success is for the Tournament Director to set the tone with the coaches and referees. This does not require a campaign, simply underscoring fun at each opportunity of the tournament. For example, party balloons around the tournament table will help set a festive atmosphere. Small things can make a big difference. Spend up to $50 on any ideas you have.
We have a tournament kit to help you set up the Tournament Desk. The kit includes a pop-up canopy to protect you from the sun and perhaps rain, a lightweight table and a whiteboard. The whiteboard is used to display the tournament game results as they develop. Many participants will stop by to see the results and figure out where their team stands. There are also some banners for you to set out.
The Tournament Spreadsheet
The Tournament Spreadsheet is pre-built with all the needed game slots, ladder management, and finalist games. All you need do is enter the team names at the beginning, and the scores of each game as they complete.
Familiarize yourself with the tournament spreadsheet. As you update the online spreadsheet, everyone can see it.