AYSO Region 161 - Port Huron PO Box 595615 Fort Gratiot, MI 48059 Field Location: 3344 Beach Rd, Port Huron, MI 48060 NON PROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PAID PORT HURON, MI PERMIT #975 SOCCER KICKS NEWS www.AYSO161.org 810.989.1918 April 2015 From the Regional Commissioner DATES TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR April 25 OPENING DAY May 9 Picture Day June 6 Picture & Trophy Pick Up Day June 13 Fun Day 10-1pm June 13 Fall ‘15 Registration 9-3pm It really does ‘take a village’ to make an AYSO region run. As a 100% volunteer run organization, we count on the generosity and talents of parents, relatives and others in the community. We are very thankful for everyone that stepped up to coach, referee, take a board position, sponsor a team, or volunteer for any of the hundreds of jobs that are needed to make our region run. Your generosity helps create a wonderful experience and a great memory for all of our children. Region 161 has every reason to be proud. A sincere thank you. See you on the fields! Suzanne Saunders, Regional Commissioner www.AYSO161.org 810.989.1918 Thank You to our Sponsors Gold Level Xtreme Powerline Construction - Cargill Bauer-Reno Real Estate - Marcotte Realty Executives Home Towne JoAnn Wine & Associates Silver Level Speedy Q - Lakeview Oral Surgery Jeff’s Rubbish - Skate Port - Dick’s Signs Semco Energy - Scott J. Ferguson Dentistry McDonalds - Children Health Care Port Huron Hospital • Guardian Pest Avenger AYSO PHILISOPHIES • Everyone Plays - Everyone plays at least 1/2 the game. No player should play the whole game until everyone has played 3/4. • Balanced Teams - Every team is balance when the teams are created based on age and rated from previous year’s coach. • Open Registration - No one is left out while registration is open. Once teams have been set, we add as many children to finish filling out the teams as we can on a first come, first serve basis. • Positive Coaching - Encourage players by telling them what they have done right, then instruct how to improve on what needs improvement. • Good Sportsmanship - Set the good example, be the good example, show others how to do the same. • Player Development - Every two years coaches are upgraded in their training so that they understand the age group they are teaching and know how to improve each players skills to the best of their ability. OPENING DAY RULES & REGS & WHAT TO DO SO EVERYONE HAS A GREAT TIME! Once you step onto the field you are now entering the Safety First! It is always our goal to keep everyone safe, both at practices and games. Just as a refresher - here are some basic safety guidelines: • Kids are #1 • Fun - not winning - is everytjing • Fans cheer and coaches coach • No yelling in anger • Respect the volunteer referees • Leave no trash behind • Set a proper example for the kids AYSO Lightfoot Field Guidelines • No DOGS or PETS of any kind (on any AYSO Fields) • No Glass Bottles, Smoking or Alcoholic Beverages • No Speeding in Parking Lot or down Beach Road • Pick up all trash from your team after each game! • No practices allows on fields during spring season • See Weather Alert guidelines inside for playing games. • To watch a game, please sit behind sidelines at least 3 feet and between the 2 goal boxes. • Please Slow Down - Beach 25mph, Park 5mph • Soccer shoes ONLY - no football or baseball cleats • NO shin guards? NO playing. • No climbing on goals • NO jewelry on the fields (includes starter earrings) • Follow all AYSO soccer rules • No heading or slide tackling allowed below U12 • Coaches should have their rosters with registration forms and first aid kits with them at all practices and games. Extra first aid supplies are available at concession trailer. • ALL injuries requiring doctors visit that are directly related to AYSO Non-AYSO use of fields is by AYSO permit only. For permit play must be reported promptly to the Safety Director. info: [email protected] Your Kid is Going to Make Mistakes - That’s How They Will Learn by Mike Woitalla, executive editor of Soccer America - reprinted from PLAYSOCCER-AYSO Parent Magazine Your Kid is Going to Make Mistakes Watch the world’s best soccer players, like Lionel MessiWhat or Marta, andAYSO you’ll beCoach amazedWants at how You they control and stroke the ball while moving Every to Know by Mike Woitalla, the executive editor of Soccer America reprinted from PLAYSOCCER swiftly, feinting with their body, improvising ways–to elude defenders game after game - a combination of high skill and creativity. AYSO Parent Magazine Watch the world’s best soccer players, like Lionel Messi or Marta, and you’ll be amazed how they control stroke the ball while moving swiftly, withof their body, if we could see these soccer stars playingat when they wereandchildren? Messi,played in thefeinting streets Rosario improvising ways to elude defenders game after game – a combination of high skill and creativity. home country of Argentina, Marta, the world’s best women’s player, didn’t join a team until age 14, her prior What in his What if we could see these soccer stars playing when they were children? Messi, who soccer comprising of pick-up games in the Brazilian Riachos. We’d see lose the ballinlots and today village plays for of FCDois Barcelona and is considered thethem greatest male player the world, playedofinplaying the streetswithout of Rosario in his home country of Argentina. Marta, the world’s lots while trying out moves. But they had the luxury adults around shouting at them to pass or best women’s player, didn’t join a team until age 14, her prior soccer comprising of pickup games in the Brazilian village of Dois Riachos. We’d see them lose the ball lots moaning when their moves didn’t work. While mastering their brilliant dribbing skills, they had to fail thousands of and lots while trying out moves. But they had the luxury of playing without adults shouting at them to pass or moaning when their moves didn’t work. While times - yet never hesitating to try and try again. around mastering their brilliant dribbling skills, they had to fail thousands of times – yet never hesitating to try and try again. When Jamestheir Joycechildren said, “Mistakes are the portals of discovery,” he was talking and about On today’s youth soccer fields in America, parents watch closely, bringing with them that innate life in general. In sports, top coaches recognize that the fear of failure hinders athletes from excelling. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” said powerful desire to see their children succeed. But we must not allow that well-intentioned ambition to blind us to the basketball legend John Wooden. fact that for children to improve and enjoy the game, they must be afforded the freedom to explore it on their own On today’s youth soccer fields in America, parents watch their children closely, bringing with them that innate and powerful desire to see their children succeed. But we must terms. not allow that well-intentioned ambition to blind us to the fact that for children to improve and enjoy the game, they must be afforded the freedom to explore it on their own terms. know that in the learning process, missteps or mistakes are the beginning foundation of building the stepping stones of A big challenge for American youth coaches who“We areallguiding thei rplayers in an age-appropriate way - AYSO coaches are trained and certideveloping,” says Dave Chesler, U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education. fied for their team’s age groups - is that parents Upon may becoming misinterpret their lack interference. They U.S. mayWorld expect U.S. Soccer’s YouthofTechnical Director, former Cup more interaction when in fact the captain Claudio Reyna traveled the world observing coaches at the clubs with the coaches have correctly created an environment most for asuccessful natural youth learning of the game. “Soccer is such a fluid game.“Mistakes It’s a game of mistakes. are the programs. People are making deicisions all the time, but it’s“The thecoaches best decision they make in that split second. As parents, we want to control so we’re were guiding the can training,” he says. “They were not controlling. portals of discovery” on top of the kids. They were not stopping the play for every yelling from the sidelines like “run faster”, “coverThey thatweren’t player”, “pass the ball”. That results in players not getting the chance to figure out how to mistake. make their own decisions, losing out on an opportunity tofirst bestart creative and problem “When you coaching young players,solve you seeon sotheir many own. things, because, yes, they make mistakes, and if you see a lot of mistakes, you want to correct a lot of mistakes. But these coaches were really letting the kids learn the game.” A big challenge for American youth coaches who are guiding their players in an age-appropriate wayto – AYSO are trained certified for theirAYSO’s team’s age groups Development – is that parents may “We step in too quickly - trying to correct before the child even has a chance learncoaches on his/her own.”andScott Snyder, Player misinterpret their lack of interference. They may expect more interaction when in fact the Technical Advisor states. Besides the fact that players are more likely to master if they’re not over-coached at the earlyof the states of Parents their who coachesthe havegame correctly created an environment for a natural learning game. understand kindergarteners aren’t taught trigonometry or forced to read Shakespeare may not development - soccer is their playtime, not a time to fear parental disappointment. have enough familiarity with soccer to gauge at what aptitude a player or team can be expected HELP NEEDED FOR SPRING SEASON! Kids’ feet grow! AYSO is run by VOLUNTEERS! That means that everyone who signs up their child to play is asked to help in some way so that each season can run smoothly!AYSO We need help before, during and after each season. You do not need to know how to play soccer in order to help. You can 161 Cleat Exchange also get your children involved in many of the volunteer activities needed. Do you have perfectly good cleats that are too small? Donate your used soccer cleats to our Cleat Exchange Program. We'll start with a few Cleat Drop-off dates in May and June and then we'll hold a Concessions Schedule Manager - Weseason. still need whotowould be gently interested coordinating the Concession Trailer Cleat Exchange at the start of the Fall 2014 Yousomeone are welcome drop off usedin shin guards too. Volunteers. You do not need to run the trailer yourself unless you wish to. We are asking coaches to have 1 volunteer from each team that are ! ready to do an hourDrop before or Lightfoot after a game. We just -need someone to organize theand schedule. Cleat off at Concession 9am-1pm - Saturday, May 31 June 7, The 14 monies we earn from the concession stand Cleats must be inadecent condition, a condition that care you would be happy play in will go to buy¥ supplies to build pavilion here oni.e. ourinfields. We take of stocking thetofood. Children U14 and higher are welcome to come ¥ Please be sure that cleats are clean and help in the concession stand. Contact Saunders at 810-887-8107 info.off in the labeled bins at the ¥ Just tie them together, write theSue shoe size on the bottom and dropfor them Concession stand on May 31 or June 7, 14 Concessions Crew Managers - We are looking for 10 Concession Crew Managers for the spring Season. We need one each for Monday, Tuesday Thursday andfind one for each of the Saturday days. personDay, would to come to a 1 hour training to show We cannotand guarantee thatnights you will a pair of cleats in your size on CleatThis Exchange but need it's nice to know that your how usedwe cleats be of putthe to good by end another player. you where everything is and takewill care cash use at the of the night. You would be in charge on your day of all volunteers that work the concession stand that day. We are hoping that splitting up the job will get some people willing to help. You Sitting ON the Field? WebsiteAre Coordinator - Our old website has crashed and a new one is being implemented with a WordPress format. We need someone knowledgeable in website design that can keep itlines up to date withFor upcoming registration dates, new game schedules and other miscelThe game of soccer is played beyond the touch (sidelines). safety and to avoid interrupting the flow of season. the game,Contact it’s important that you sit RC or stand at least 1 yardif back frominterested the touch in lines and laneous updates each Sue Saunders, at 810-887-8107 you are helping. never stand or sit behind the goal lines. Fun Day Manager - Fun Day is no fun if we don’t have the volunteers signed up and organized. We need someone to help so the kids can have a great time. It’s easy, phone calls and creating a schedule. Contact Sue Saunders at 810-887-8107 if interested. ! THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS FALL REGISTRATION Much of what AYSO Region 161 does for your children would not be possible without the continuing support of the businesses in our community who sponsor our region. ! GOLD SPONSORS Bauer-Reno & Assoc. Real Estate Joann Wine and Associates Xtreme Powerline Construction Marcotte Disposal to play at a particular age group. They may also refer to the other sports that are unlike soccer. ! “All of the American sports are coach-centric,” says Scott Gimple, AYSO’s Director of So let the children play, let them learn on their own, both by making mistakes and by creating triumphs off the field. Let’sThey be send quietin the Development. “The coaches call the both plays. on Theand coaches call the defense. signal in all those sports. Soccer’s not that way.” on the sidelines and watch and learn ourselves about the sport of soccer. “The Ourother children are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. thing is that soccer is such a fluid game. It’s a game of mistakes. People are making decisions all the time, but it’s the best decision they can make in that split second. As parents, we want to control so we’re yelling from the sidelines like we would if we were watching baseball: “Throw it to first!....Throw it to second!”…Giving them directions.” Bad Weather Alert - Soccer is played rain or shine. The ONLY time games are canceled region Scott Snyder, AYSO’s Player Development Technical Advisor, says parent and coaches need to restrain themselves. “We step in too quickly – trying to correct before the child even has a chance to learn on his own,” Snyder says. Besides the fact that are more likely to masterand the game if they’re are not over-coached at the early stages of their If lightning appears during a game, all games are suspended forplayers 15 minutes. All players spectators to development – soccer is their playtime, not a time to fear parental disappointment. leave the field, proceed to their cars and wait 15“There’s minutes. thischange time, the will decide to to prevent them from making mistakes, wanting got toDuring be a cultural from officials parents hovering over thewhether kids and trying to do what they think is best for them by giving them instructions, pointing out obvious solutions that they can see, to help their resume, extend or reschedule the game(s). At the end of 15 minutes, coaches and officials will decide the outkids be successful. What we want them to do is sit back and let their kids try something different and not necessarily succeed, try it again, and keep trying again until they are successful and have figured it out. come and report to players and parents. Usuallyandif then game is more than 1/2 over it is considered completed. If the It’s like giving a child a puzzle and telling them where to put the pieces because you don’t want them to make mistakes. When game has not reached half-time then the game will to be rescheduled. If you need reschedule game, reallyneed what children do by trying different pieces of theto puzzle, they learnahow to put together a puzzle.” please contact Suzanne Saunders via email at [email protected] field availability. “Parents should allow them to do to thatdetermine when they play a sport.” CLEAT EXCHANGE Kids’ feet grow fast! Do you have perfectly good cleats that are too small sitting around your home? Many of us do. Donate your kids used soccer cleats to our Cleat Exchange Program. Cleats must be in decent condition, i.e. in a condition that you would be happy to take and use for your child. Please make sure that cleats are clean and tied together well. We will have size labeled bins at the concession stand on May 30th, June 6th and June 13th. Feel free to check out what is already in the bin and take what you need for the upcoming fall season. Our Region web site is a great resource for Region news, information, game schedules, calendar of events and so much more. 161 Board Members MARK YOURAYSO CALENDARS! Suzanne Saunders Regional Commissioner Aley Minton Simon Swegles Karen Jennings Registrar Referee Administrator Coach Coordinator & SILVER SPONSORS Treasurer Cargill (2 teams) Rebekah Armstrong Child Volunteer Jeff’s Rubbish Disposal, Inc. Protection Advocate Lakeview Oral Surgery (CVPA) McDonalds John Nowiski Field Director Port Huron Hospital Foundation U6DDS - U19 - $65.00 U04 &U05 per player (6 Sessions)* Nowiski - $50.00 Sponsor Coordinator Scott Ferguson, Family Dentistryper player (10 Games) Kathy Jean Chapdelaine Coach Trainer Semco Energy Gas Company Family Discount: $60.00 2nd player $55.00 3rd or more Brian Jennings Coach Trainer Speedy Q Markets Please Secretary Dick’s Signs includes: Uniform, AYSO Injury insurance coverage, 1 week ofVolunteer practice before games start and 6 weeks Please Volunteer Safety Director Skate Port 2 Saturday, June 13th - 9am - 3pm Lightfoot Fields - 3344 Beach Rd., Port Huron, MI 48060 That results in players not getting the chance to figure out how to make their own decisions, losing out on an opportunity to be creative and problem solve on their own. wide is in the event of a Tornado Warning. AYSO161.ORG Price ! ! of practices and games during season BRONZE SPONSOR Practices begin the week before Labor Day. Games begin the week after Labor Day and end the 2nd Saturday in October Children’s Healthcare - 2 sponsorships AYSO Region 161 P.O. Box 595615 MI 48059 2 Ways to register your player and sign upFort toGratiot, volunteer: Please support the organizations that support AYSO Region 161. If you are interested in Sponsorship, or for more information, please contact Kathy Nowiski at 810-984-1828. ! Hotline: 810.989.1918 #1 - In-Person Registration on June 13th ONLY. We will not have computers at the soccer field due to no internet access. Please register your player online beforehand and then you can come to the registration table to confirm and pay. All New U4 players will need to come to this registration so if you know of any parents with children in this age group, please pass on this information. Go online to www.ayso161.org and in the registration tab there are directions on how to complete player and volunteer applications. All players will not be registered unless all e-signatures are complete and payment is made. Print and bring in 1 copy of both with you on June 13th. New players we will need to see a copy of birth certificate. #2 - Online Registration: Go online to www.ayso.org and follow directions to complete player and volunteer applications and pay fee online using PayPal. To pay fee you must go to the www.ayso161.org website and go to the registration tab, then click on the PayPal button. You do not need to have a PayPal account to be able to pay using our PayPal. Please make sure that you finish all e-signatures and then make payment. A PLAYER IS NOT REGISTERED UNTIL PAYMENT IS MADE IN FULL . ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE 24/7 starting on June 1, 2015. Registration will close after July 5th so that we may construct teams and order uniforms.
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