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Thursday, April 15, 2010

AYSO 183 Game Day Saturdays 5/22


Let's be sure that we have a fun and safe environment for our soccer games at AYSO 183.
Enjoy your Saturdays coaching. Be respectful, have fun and be positive.

AYSO 183 Game Day Saturdays
Quick Reminder Checklist for Saturday's games

On Friday
[ ] 1. Prepare lineup cards for referee
[ ] 2. Make backup lineup sheet for yourself
See for lineup card printout link to print a form.

[ ] 3. Printout Accident Form here and put in your coaches folder or bag.

[ ] 4. Check and put all player forms in your coaches folder or bag.
There will be spot checks at the games.
AYSO Staff will be asking so if you don't have it, we run the risk of not playing games.
Please bring player forms with you at games. If you are not present, you are responsible
to ensure that player forms are held by assistant coach or team parent.

[ ] 5. Email / Contact Parents for Goal Setup 45 minutes before 1st game.
8:15am for 9am games
We all haven't setup goals since Fall. So some of us coaches will have to relearn goal setup.
Use the extra time to setup the goals.

[ ] 6. Email / Contact Parents for Game Time, Game Field Location and Team Number!
Schedule located at

[ ] 7. Remind Families - players must wear AYSO uniform with proper equipment (soccer shoes, socks and shinguards)
No football or baseball shoes! The cleats for those shoes are dangerous for soccer.
Bring water bottles to keep cool and hydrated.

[ ] 8. Bring extra different colors T-Shirt or goalie shirt

[ ] 9. Bring correct size Soccer Ball for your team games.
Size 3 - U5, U6 and U8
Size 4 - U10, U12
Size 5 - U14 and up

[ ] 10. Last games of the day, coaches check your schedules. If your teams are the last teams on the field, please remind
parents to take down goals and equipment. Store in goal bags and/or return to goal lockup.

[ ] 11. Lastly, let's keep our parks green. Pickup any trash and and dispose properly.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Player Evaluation Basic Approach

Basic Evaluation
As a basic approach for the end of the fall season, we as coaches will need to do team / player evaluations.   Over the past years, I've asked for player evaluations by the end of the spring season, however as we all know that as we approach the summer, we tend to get very busy such as end of school, vacations, etc, etc.    

Our regional staff spend hours each season assigning players to fair and balanced teams.  But without our coaches best help, it can be next to impossible to achieve.    By providing player evaluations, the team assignment process will help form balanced teams for the Fall 2011/Spring 2012 seasons.

I'd like to keep the player evaluation as simple as possible.   

Assign a value of 3, 2 and 1 to each player.
  • 3 indicates a player who demonstrates technical skills tactical soccer presence on the field and is a team player.
  • 2 indicates a player who embodies a "3" and meets any 2 or more of those categories.
  • 1 indicates a player who who meets any one or more of those categories but needs improvement.

You will need to create a bell curve for your team.  In other words, you should have few 3's and 1's and many 2s.

As a general rule, all of our players are growing physically and mentally at different rates so this evaluation value is meant to be as guide for our region.

Email Format
The  following is the format to respond with as an  example: 

Last Name, First Name, Value

Donovan, Landon, 3
Hamm,  Mia, 3
Dempsey, Clint, 3

Solo, Hope, 3
Pitt, Brad, 2

Jolie, Angelina, 2
Howard, Ron, 2
Marshall, Penny, 2
Leia, Princess, 1
Skywalker,  Luke,  1

Smurf, Smurfette, 1
Smurf, Pappa, 1

Goal Setup - Easy Steps

Basic Instructions for Goal Setup
1. Note all goals are different sizes for U08, U10, and U12/U14 but basic principle applies!
2. Pickup Goal Bag (or) Goal equipment from storage location to field.
2a. Get Volunteers to help.
2b. Corner Flags too!

3. Goal Setup:  Take out equipment, poles and net.
4. Layout frame on ground to match up (poles with color tape).
5. Find Crossbar(s) and connect together.  Cross bars are for top across and bottom across.
6. Find Sidebars
7. Lay bars back down.
8. Take net and spread out net.
9. Look for top of net, usually taped ends.
10. Take Crossbar (top) and put crossbar thru top of net every other square.
11. Follow same for Side bars.
12. Connect Sidebars with Top Crossbar.
13. Connect Sidebars with Bottom Cross bar.
14. Secure Net in place around bars.
15. Place goal on ground.
16. Look in bag for ground stakes and secure goal.
17. Game is not started until goal is secure and staked!  Referee also checks.
18. Rain out ?!

Friday, April 9, 2010

4/10 Update - Games Cancel 4/10


1) 4/10 Cancel Games

2) 4/10 Referee Training

3) Twitter !

4) Soccer Fest 6/12

4/10 Cancel Games

April 10th 2010 Games 'Week 1' is canceled. Our web site has been posted with the notification of cancel at our web site ...

Due to the poor field conditions at Peterson and Hollywood Park, the park district management has informed us that we won't be able to use the fields for April 10th.

Therefore our 1st week of the AYSO 2010 Spring Season is canceled. We will resume the season with the 2nd week on April 17th 2010. Please start the season with 'Week 2' times. Week 1 times are NOT to be used at all. We won't be making up for Week 1.

Referee Training:

If you'd like to become a referee or know of someone who does want to volunteer as a referee

we have training on Saturday April 10th, 2010 too.

For example, volunteers who can't commit time as a coach but still would like to participate with AYSO - being a referee is another great position to be involved with AYSO 183.

AYSO 183 Referee Basic Training

Budlong Woods Library

5630 N Lincoln Ave Chicago IL 60659

9:00am - 4:45pm

Sat April 10th

** Please bring ID (license) if you are new volunteer**

New and Existing Volunteers at - registration is also available.

Please log into and register for the class and email back.
If you can not log in please email back with your name and interest to attend.
Course #: 6151 Roster #: 201001517

We will also provide lunch during the session.

Cost? Free, for those that will be a Referee for region 183, if you would like to attend and are from another region please reply and will let you know of the price (which would be to cover any cost).


If you use twitter with your mobile device, email or social web sites, please go ahead and subscribe to the ayso183coaches feed. This is good opportunity for you to subscribe to the latest notifications for field conditions or game days status in the future. Therefore you would not have to be tied to your email box and just receive a notification if you subscribe to the ayso183coaches twitter feed. I will be sending out notifications to emails, blogspot and twitter.

I'll post the 4/10 Field Cancel to twitter. When you subscribe, you should see it then.

Soccer Fest 6/12

Please mark down in your team's schedule that we will be having Soccer Fest on Sat. June 12th.

Inform your players that this day is our end of the year celebration of Soccer at Peterson Park South Fields. Essentially its a day of celebration with short-side soccer games, trophies and a picnic.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Coach Update 4/6-2010

Update 4/6-2010:
In this newsletter:
0. Schedule
1. Referee Update
2. Player Form, Accident Form, Lineup Card
3. Email Address, US Mail Address, Phone Number changes?

The schedule is posted online at

Referee Update
Our AYSO Referee volunteers are in a bit of crunch this coming Saturday 4/10 as a few of our veteran referees are instructors and will be training new volunteer AYSO Referees this Saturday as well. Therefore we'll be running short of volunteer referees for this one day. The AYSO Staff asks that all coaches and parents be patient as referees will be doing the best they can to ensure that a game is staffed by a referee.

If a referee is not present at the start of the game time, I ask that a coach be prepared to referee the game should a referee not be present.

A few pointers, please check the following for safety:

1. Players Uniform (neatly dressed with proper color socks)
2. Equipment (shinguard, soccer shoes)
3. No watches or jewelry worn.
4. Uniform is pulled over any other clothing for warmth (ie. sweat pants, sweat shirt etc.)

For more information on Referee training, see the email below. The training is from 9am-4:45pm. Any volunteer with AYSO 183 can be trained to be a referee.
If for some reason the fields are not playable on 4/10, you are welcome to take this training class. You'll need to register online for this class.
Please email the Referee Admin with regards to attending the class.

If you do know of any parents that are interested in volunteering as a referee. There are different responsibilities for being a referee as opposed to a coach.
For example, one does not need to be involved with team/player management but as instead be a good manager of the game for players, coaches and spectators.
The time commitment for being a referee is different than a coach.

We never have enough referees. I encourage you to pass the word on that any volunteer is interested in becoming a referee.

Player Forms, Accident Form, Lineup Card
Some reminders:

1. Player Forms:
Please be sure that you have all of your team's player forms in your hands on Saturday Game Day.
If you don't have these papers, you run the risk of a game not played. This is requirement by our AYSO National organization and board.
Hint: Get those forms and put these in your soccer coaches bag/folder.

** AYSO Staff will be doing spot checks every week for player forms. **
** If you are not available that weekend, those forms must be present with a team parent or assistant coach **

2. Accident Forms:
Please print out 2-3 or more of the following form.

We'd like to be sure that you put copies of this form in your soccer folder/bag. I also welcome that you pass a copy of this form
to other coaches who might not have this form.

The purpose of this form is that should an injury happen on the field, the AYSO Staff would like to be sure that it documented.
Upon completion of the document should an event occur, please bring the form to the AYSO Staff Picnic Table on game days at the
Peterson Park South Fields.

3. Game Card
This week, please be sure that you fill out the game card with your player's names. This card will be turned into the referee.
So therefore, if you need to keep track of players time on the field, I would suggest that you keep a separate spreadsheet.

I go into more detail here:

For more information:

Game Card Link:

4. Contact Information:
We change our contact information from time to time. Please be sure that in the future, if you change your contact information
(ie. email address, phone number, US Mail Address), that I get this updated as soon as possible.

Referee Clinic

Subject: RE: Basic Referee Clinic April 1oth

Just a reminder,

The free referee clinic is coming up fast and still have loads of space for you to attend.

April 10th 2010


Please remember to go online to and register for the course and also fill out a volunteer form if you have not already (bring 3 printed copies please).

Thanks to those that have, and see you then.

Remember sign in.

Keith H.

Hello all,

We all know you like to learn how to referee or know someone that would like to.

So, we have a Basic Referee Course setup for the 10th of April (9:00am to 4:45pm).
Please be on time.

Please log into and register for the class and email back.
If you can not log in please email back with your name and interest to attend.
Course #: 6151 Roster #: 201001517

We will also provide lunch during the session.

Where you may ask?

Budlong Woods Library

5630 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
(312) 742-9590

Free, for those that will be a Referee for region 183, if you would like to attend and are from another region please reply and will let you know of the price (which would be to cover any cost).

To bring?

Other news.
The current 2nd part of the season is to start up an April the 10th (park permitting). We need to know who is going to be returning.