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Monday, April 4, 2011

AYSO 183 - 2011 Spring Season

AYSO 183 - Spring Season

We are looking to start April 16th. This park district management will make the decision based on field conditions.

The schedule is posted online at

Spring 2011 Game Day/Practice Reminders:
  1. Goal Setup: 45 minutes before game time (9 :00 AM)

    All teams that have 9:00 AM starts, should arrive 45 minutes before game time. Coaches and Parents should be prepared to carry goal equipment from the field lockers to the field locations. We are also expected to setup the goals 10-15 minutes before game time. We want to be sure that the games start on time. Anytime that is lost as part of setup is lost for that one hour only. The next game starts at 10:00am.

    Please be sure that upon setup of the goal, that all stakes are properly placed to hold the goal firmly down on the ground. The goal must be secure to the ground.

  2. Player Forms: All coaches present must have player forms with them. Advice keep all player forms in a folder and in your own soccer coaches bag. Warning: AYSO Staff have been instructed to ask coaches if player forms are present. If not, we risk the chance of that game not being played. Seriously. Why? AYSO requires that these forms are present from a safety perspective such that if a player gets hurt, coaches and team parents have emergency contact and waiver information readily available. Important: I am really stressing this point and I take the displeasure with regards to micro-managing this reminder.

  3. Game Cards: All coaches must have the Game Card (lineup card) filled out at the start of each game. Please spend the time to fill out these game cards (or) print outs. If you don't have cards, please go online to print out these cards. The referee will request these cards at the start of each game. Therefore it is best to have a backup card / clipboard sheet to keep track of your player rotations.

    Why? These cards are used to help keep track of player rotations in our games. We'd like to be sure that players get to play at least 1/2 of the game and we recommend and try go get each player to play 3/4 of a game. It is important that all players in AYSO play as much as possible through the entire season.

    Game Card Turn In: Typically a referee will ask for the game cards at the start of the game, at the end of game ~ or end of field duties, the referee will turn in the game cards to AYSO Staff.

    Game Lineup Sheet (Your copy): Its important that you keep your own copy (spreadsheet) of your lineup. This will help you keep track of players during the course of play. This will also give you a perspective as to how you can manage your teams lineup for the next game. Some players don't make it all games, so you want to be sure that returning players from absent games get to play in most of the next game. (Advice)

  4. Goal Take Down:

    Teams that have the last game on the fields will have the responsibility to take down goals. The goals, nets, stakes, corner flags, and equipment are taken down and brought back to the field locker location. Some goals have goal bags associated, so please be sure that all equipment is placed in the bag.

  5. Being Green

    We have a lot of people watching our soccer games. We do have a increased chance of leaving bottles, wrappers, food, paper, and clothing behind. Please give a heads up to families that we should leave the park as green as possible and that all trash should be properly disposed into the garbage cans in the park.

Area Fest - Sunday June 5th 2011
AYSO 183 Teams in the U10, U12, and U14 divisions can participate in the AYSO Area Fest. The Area Fest comprises of AYSO's in the north and northwestern suburbs close to Chicago such as Skokie, Highland Park, Glenview, Morton Grove, Evanston and Chicago.

The date for Area Fest is June 5th 2011.

Area Fest basically comprises of short-sided games on smaller fields. The number of players on the field is 5 v 5 (U10) and 7 v 7 (U12). The length of games are shorter than the regulation time in AYSO.

Please contact me if there is interest by your team to join the Area Fest.

AYSO Region 183 will need volunteers to help setup at the different locations at Area Fest. Typically all parents who partipate as coaches, assistant coaches and team parents help with Area Fest setup at their team locations.

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