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Thursday, September 29, 2011

9/29 Update

Oct 1st and Oct 2nd - Loyola Univ. Ball Kids and Free Game
If your family is interested in watching soccer played at a college level, Loyola University Soccer Games are free to attend.     The game times are below for this weekend and the Loyola Ramblers Teams are looking for ball kids !     If you show up 30-60 minutes before game time, you'll see how these college soccer players warm up with the same soccer practice games that you use at your practices...

Loyola University Soccer Program is looking for 10 youth players from AYSO Region 183 U08, U10, U12 or U14 Divisions to participate as ball kids on Oct 1st (Saturday) and Oct 2nd (Sunday).   The game is located at the Loyola University Soccer Field (Devon / Hoyne).

Game Times
Sat.  10/1  7pm Men's Soccer Game vs. Butler
Sun  10/2  1pm Women's Soccer Game vs. Indiana State

Ball Kids Reservations
To reserve your player's spot as a ball kid, 
please contact Kim Schaller at

This event is a great opportunity for families to see a free college game close up and youth players can participate on the field as a ball kid.     Please plan on arriving 30-45 minutes before game time to participate.
Oct 8th - AYSO Region 183 Picture Day
Reminder to everyone that picture day is Oct 8th.    The schedule and location for picture day will be announced soon.   However please keep in mind that team pictures will be taken at least 1 hour before your team's game time.   So please plan ahead.  

Coaches and Team Parents will be handing out the picture order forms starting at Sept 24th.     Please be sure that you review the picture order form.

Please note.  If you'd like to receive photos, please place an order.

This picture program is pre-pay.   Payment is due on October 8th with the signed form with package choice(s).   Popular packages range from $14 to $46.   You are no obligation to purchase a package.   However, only those individuals who have made payment will receive orders.  Packages purchased after picture day will incur service charges.   

You must bring the completed order form to picture day (October 8th).

Picture Location will also be announced with the Picture Schedule.

Our Picture Day Photography Team will be "PMI Sports" at the following web site

Families are also welcome to prepay at the web site with the following instructions:
1. Please go to
2. Use the Picture Day Payment Code of 10356

Contact Information
PMI Sports
(847)526-3003 or 800-554-7192

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sept 14th Newsletter

Coach Newsletter Topics  Sept 14, 2011
- Coach Handbook
- Green Folder & Player Forms!
- Safe Haven Certification 100% Goal !
- Coach Certification and CATZ Coach

- How to coach your team
         Balanced Teams and Good Sportsmanship
- Hey Coach... Relax.
         The Technical Area

- U06 and U08 Divisions - Training and Game

Coach Handbook
At our Preseason Meetings, I handed out the AYSO Region Coach Handbook.  If you did not get a copy, please let me know.    The Coach Handbook is a great tool for you to use and in addition there are AYSO Coach guidelines that we must follow.     For those of you who are not familiar with the contents of the handbook, please spend sometime for review.

Green Folder & Player Forms
As required by AYSO National Regulations, all coaches are to have the player forms present at training sessions or games.    At team uniform distribution, we handed out these player forms in our Regional AYSO 183 Green Folder.     Please be sure that you have these forms available in your coach / sports bag.    From time to time our staff will at fields on game days doing spot checks.     By regulation, if the form is not present the player is not able to participate.  

Safe Haven Certification and Coach Certification
We are not at 100% AYSO Safe Haven(ed) certified in our region.   Our goal as a region is that all volunteers must be Safe Haven Certified.   The importance of being Safe Haven certified is that is important you as a volunteer knows what's important for our youth players and volunteers in AYSO in terms of having a Fun and Safe environment.

Some of coaches had taken Safe Haven Coaches a few years ago when their children started in AYSO.    I would highly suggest that coaches that a refresher course online and re-certify.       

All volunteers are welcome to certify and/or re-certify AYSO Safe Haven thru online training which is about 1.5 - 2.0 hours.    In order to complete the online training, you'll need to go to eAYSO and find your AYSO ID.   Then go to AYSO Training at to complete the AYSO Safe Haven under Management courses.   

There are also online-Coach Courses to complete at U06, U08 and U10.    All coaches must also have completed online training if they did not attend an in-person course.  Coaches who complete the in-person course, should also attend a in-person coach clinic when available.    Online course training only gets you so far.  

As of July 1st, 2011 - AYSO had mandated that all new volunteers complete AYSO Safe Haven and existing volunteers are welcome to complete the new AYSO Safe Haven Course.

If you have not completed AYSO Safe Haven, you are required to complete this within 10 days.     For those volunteers that would like to complete the course with in-person instruction please let me know.     I will need to schedule in some time to train volunteers AYSO Safe Haven with in person class.

CATZ Coach Accounts
Upon completion of AYSO Safe Haven and at least one of the three -  U06, U08 and U10 Coach Certification courses,  then you'll get access to our specialized AYSO Coach Training Video Web Site by CATZ Coach.   At this web site, you'll be able to learn more as to how to run training sessions by watching videos and having access to practice plans.      We are working with CATZ Coach and we'll be sending out more information about access at a later time.

Balanced Teams and Good Sportsmanship
As stated in our preseason coaches meeting and its also listed in the Coach Handbook,   any game that has a run up of the score where the score differential is +4 (ie. for example 4-0, 5-1, 8-0, 10-1, etc.)    Coaches will be reminded by the referee or field monitor to rebalance the team with lineup change at quarter break.   I will also suggest that as a coach that if you are at +3, your game can quickly be +5 for which your opponent may lose confidence very quickly.

Try new challenges to the team such as "try 3 passes in the defending 1/3 of the field, 3 passes on the right side, then 3 passes on the left side."  or "every one must pass to each other 2 times before you try to score" or "every player must touch the ball 3 times before passing to another".     These challenges must be presented in your training sessions so that players know what it means when in game.

I will direct that both coaches from both teams work together on improving the outcome of the game for both teams. 

The Technical Area
How many of us know what the "Technical Area" is?   How many of us stay in the area during the entire game?   The Technical Area is an area which is know to us in Region 183 as the Coaches Side which is one side of the touch line.  In fact, the Technical Area is about 5-10 feet long from the middle of the field extending for both teams.     Only players and coaches are to be on this side while the other side of field (other touchline) is the area for Fans.    Therefore, you as the coach should not be running up and down the touchline from corner flag to corner flag.    Please say within the middle third area of the field. 

During the game from the top of the hour thru the end of your session, no coach is to leave the "Technical Area" while the game is in session.   This includes any stoppage such as direct kick, penalty kick, or even a goal when scored.   Coaches and Players on the side (resting) are not allowed to enter the field of play unless approved by the Referee.  

By the way, when an injury on the field occurs; the referee will blow the whistle.   All players are to stop; and the player will be first be checked by the referee.    No parent is to walk on the field until the referee asks.    The referee will first ask for the coach before the parent.   The coach and referee may then ask for help from the parent.

Also as a reminder, no parent, fan, player, coach or anyone should be behind or next to the goal.   

U06 and U08 Training and Game
As a reminder, the U06 Division plays 3 v 3.   If you do increase the numbers for from 3 v 3 to 4 v 4 or 5 v 5, you'll tend to see aggressive play and that there are additional feet on the field which reduces touches between players.    We as coaches need to increase the number of touches and be sure that we stay within our guideline with regards to short-sided play at U06 and U08.

At the U08 Level, the game is played 5 v 5 with good reason.   The larger field of play is meant to increase the players mobility by working in width and depth.   The player with the ball is penetrating, so you'll need to work in concepts of sharing the field and working together with players that are not on the ball.   U08 Coaches should review their manuals to find games that work-in skill (theme) of attacking with dribbling and passing.

What's a touch?
A touch on the ball is actually the movement of the foot with the ball.  A good first touch is control of the ball with the instep or outstep where the ball is still infront of the player.    A bad touch is a touch where the player immediately reacts to the ball and kicks it back!   If a player kicks it back to the other team, parents say "Good Kick!".    No!  Ensure that the players keep possession of the ball and works on that first touch; and then second touch; and then third touch.  

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Game Card Management

Game Card Management
All coaches are required to complete game cards for each game.

Game Card in Coach Packet
When you opened your coach packet from the Uniform Distribution, you will notice game cards in the envelope. Game cards are used to help track your players on and off the field during the game.

If you need more game cards, please stop by the AYSO Staff Picnic Table at the Peterson Park South Fields (near the field house) on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

Pre-Fill Game Cards
My recommendation is to pre-fill 2 game cards before Saturday (Game Day). The card should list all players on your entire team roster. You should fill out a few cards at a time.

I would also keep a second roster cards during the game and here is why:
  • The referee will ask for a card at the start of the game.
  • Keeping an extra copy of the game card will help you remember who played in and out for this week based on rotation for the next week. This will help you work the rotation of players between different positions.
  • We have some AYSO coaches that have great player rotation systems that they have used on their own. I welcome any coach to offer their system of rotation to new coaches! Please email me. We can use you as a great example ;-)
  • Your second copy will be used to guide you keeping track of players play from week to week.
  • During the game, ask your Assistant Coach or Team Parent to help keep track of players on the secondary sheet.
  • If a referee did not take your game card, please bring the game card to the AYSO Picnic Table at the Peterson Park South Fields (next to the field house) anytime on Saturday Game Day. (or) bring these to the Coach Admin Meetings.

Game Card Sheet Online
Here is a good tool on the Internet. AYSO has provided the Game Cards in print out format. I’ve used this format at my second roster card during the game to help me keep track of players.

You can use the following link to create your game card online:

link here:

By filling the game card thru your web/browser, you are then able to print out 1 sheet with 4 game cards. You should print out multiple copies.

Marking the Game Card
As instructed on the game card, the card states that for each quarter, you mark down who has not played. Therefore you’ll just need to mark down who is not on the field.

Rotation Method: Some coaches use a pre-planned rotation per quarter to help them manage and ensuring players play most of the game. In addition, the rotation concept gives the players freedom to try different positions on the field.

Coaches can ask parents regarding availability from week to week so that the lineup card and roster rotations are planned and/or kept in mind for you.

For example, one player might have been sick the week before or another did not get to play 3/4 of game. You would like to be sure that everyone has a chance to play. You should be sure that those players who played less then previous week, get more playing time the next time.
Also players who don't show to practice does not have a direct effect to playing on Saturday. For example, a player may not be able to a practice with your team due to family event, but does show on Saturday.

Coaches should consider rotating the goalie by quarter and ensure that everyone on the team plays goalie at least few times a season. In higher age-divisions, you may get some players who wish to specialize in goalie. In that case as always encourage teammates to help by being a goalie as well so that everyone has time on the field.

Here we have demonstrated the AYSO philosophies of "Everyone Plays" and "Balanced Teams".

Coach Feedback
Coach #1
I prepare a lineup, by quarter, on a sheet of paper on Thursday or Friday. I usually decide who my keepers are going to be by Tuesday, so we can work with them at practice.

I give a copy to my assistant coach, who sets up the defense while I set up the mids and forwards.

This does two things -- it reduces the delay between quarters, and keeps the coach from being besieged by people yelling "I wanna play this!" or "I don't wanna play that!"

The coach needs good attendance info from his/her players' parents, of course, in order to make this work well.

Peterson Park Field Map 2011 Fall Season U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19

The image below is the field map for the 2011 Fall Season for U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 Divisions.   Parking is found along Central Park Ave on the park side of the street.   There are parking restrictions on the house side of the streets.    Also, parking can be found at the Parking Lot south of the Park Field house where access is found from the North Park Village entrance on Pulaski Ave.

Directions:   Use Google, Type in "Peterson Park AYSO" and click on the Maps.

Hollywood Park Field Map 2011 Fall Season

The image below is the field map for the 2011 Fall Season at Hollywood Park for U05, U06 and U08 Divisions.    Parking is found along the park side of the street.   There are parking restrictions on these streets.

Directions:  Use Google, Type in "Peterson Park AYSO", Click on the Map, Then Map Scroll East 1/4 - 1/2 Mile on Peterson Ave.  (Intersection Peterson Ave / Jersey Ave). 

11 v 11 Player Rotation for U14, U16 and U19

11 v 11 Player Rotation for U14, U16 and U19

9 v 9 for U12 Player Rotation

9 v 9 for U12 Player Rotation

7v7 Player Rotation for U10

7 v 7 Player Rotation for U10

Thursday, September 1, 2011

5 v 5 Player Rotation

U08 Division
The following is the player rotation for a 5 v 5 game in the U08 Division.

3 v 3 Lineup Player Rotation

U05 and U06 Division Player Rotation
The following is a chart of the number of quarters a player plays thru rotation at the quarter breaks.  

How to Setup Our U08 Goals at Hollywood Park

U08 Goal Setup
U08 Team Parents and Coaches:
Want to learn how to put up our U08 Goals at Hollywood Park? You can do it 90 seconds!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Region Coach Administrator

Tad Lin will be transitioning from Regional Coach Administrator this Fall Season 2011-Spring 2012 to the Regional Coach Instructor / Trainer.    His tenure will end March 30th 2012.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

2011 Soccer Fest News


Shake Hands and then do the Soccer Tunnel ! ! ! 
Please watch this video.  I encourage all team parents share the AYSO experience with our youth players after shaking hands at the end of the game and do the "Soccer Tunnel".  Both set of team parents should create one tunnel for all players in the game to run thru.



Soccer Fest Saturday June 11th
9:00am - 3:00pm
Peterson Park South Fields / Field house area 
  1. Soccer Fest Fun 
  2. Soccer Fest Volunteers 
  3. Soccer Fest Game Schedule
  4. Soccer Fest Rules
  5. Soccer Fest Field Map
  6. Soccer Fest Parking 
  7. Trophy Distribution
  8. Ticket Distribution
  9. Player Registration - LAST DAY
  10. Coach Registration  
  11. Referee Registration
  12. Other Rules 
Soccer Fest Fun- June 11th
We are hear to celebrate the year-end of playing soccer at AYSO Region 183.    Our celebration is a fun-filled day with food, fun and soccer games.    All teams are scheduled to play 2 short-sided soccer games.     We'll have some fun activities such as inflatable attractions.   In addition, players will receive a trophy and a meal ticket.

Soccer Fest Volunteers 
We ask for your help.     Our Soccer Fest would not be a success without the volunteers that help support the region.    We do have a need for volunteers to help out with cooking, serving, chair and table setup / take down, and goal setup / take down, organizing and clean up of the picnic area.     

Please contact Arlene Zoeller via email at regarding volunteering opportunities for Soccer Fest. 

Soccer Fest Game Schedule
Click here for the Schedule

Please review the Soccer Fest Game Schedule and note the times for your team and field location.     Due to time and field constraints, we will be having each team play 2 games. You'll need to know your team number and time slots.

Field 1 
9:00 | 9:20    U05C-01 | U05C-02

The format of the schedule is read line by line.   The start and stop times are listed and in addition, each team is paired by field box.    The example is above.  

Soccer Fest Rules 
Click here for the Rules.

The rules are summarized as a 1-page Soccer Fest Rules Guide.    The rules are meant to follow short-sided games approach as opposed to a full game.   The short-sided game is intended to be a taste of the game.    

Soccer Fest Field Map
Click here for the Soccer Fest Field Map.    

Soccer Fest Parking
Parking can be found at North Park Village and Peterson Park Parking Lots.   However please do not park in the circle / turn-around area just beyond the Peterson Park field house.  If you do park at this location, you'll receive a parking ticket and a no parking sticker on your car window.    

You can also find parking on Central Park Ave on the Peterson Park side and right hand side of the street.       

Trophy Distribution and Official Coach Sign-Off 
As an offiical AYSO Coach, you are required to sign-out for your trophies and meal ticket distribution.   Our volunteers will ask for your to sign and confirm the number of players on your team.    You as the coach or assistant coach must sign out since your team roster sheet at the table.    

Meal Ticket Distribution and Official Coach Sign-Off 
As an official AYSO Coach,  you are required to sign-out for meal tickets.    You'll get 1 ticket per player and a ticket per coach that is registered as a volunteer.   The meal will be hot dog or hamburger, chips, and drink.

Player Registration Reminder ( LAST DAY )
We've mentioned this many times this season.  There will be a wait list starting on Sunday June 12th.    Please mention to your players and parents, that Soccer Fest marks the last day of registration for the Fall / Spring 2011-12 Seasons.     

Please see the coupon below to get the $5 discount.   We have instructions regarding pre-registration on the computer at    

Coach Registration
Coaches who are returning to coach for next season, please go to the Registration Table and bring and picture ID.  If you've coached this season, we have a pre-printed easy form for you to sign-off.  New Coaches will need to sign up with a new volunteer form.    New Coaches are welcome to sign up at the table or go to, bring 2 print outs with picture ID to Soccer Fest.     

Referee Registration
Our Region is growing and our Referee staff needs help.   We encourage parents who are interested in learning the game from a different perspective (not as coach or player), to become a referee.   All parents who've become Referees in youth soccer find it a very rewarding experience and challenging.     Fan, Coaches, Players give the up most respect to all Referees in AYSO 183.

Keep the Park Clean and Green! 
Let's keep the parks green!  Please pickup some trash as you leave the area. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Soccer Fest Rules

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2011 Soccer Fest Rules

2011 Soccer Fest Field Map

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2011 Soccer Fest Field Map
Peterson Park South Fields

2011 Soccer Fest Schedule

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Loyola Soccer Clinic Wed June 8th 2011

June 8th - Free Soccer Clinic for AYSO Region 183

May 20th 2011 Coach Notes

You are welcome to forward to your player families

 Soccer Fest is June 11th
details to be emailed soon!
see below regarding Soccer Fest  

Notes for the May 20th.     

Quick Reminder:  NO Games on Saturday May 28th - Memorial Day Weekend 

1. No Baseball Shoes:  We have had a few times that our Referees have encountered players wearing Baseball Cleats or Baseball Shoes.    There is a cleat / spike at the front of these shoes that do not meet national regulations for playing soccer.   The front cleat spike is actually very dangerous when players are using this shoe.   The spike can hurt the players, referee  or fans sitting on the side.

Coaches you are responsible for informing players and parents to wear soccer shoes at our games.  If a player shows up with baseball shoes they will be asked not to play unless they change out to regular gym shoes or soccer shoes.

2. No Jewelry, Watches, Glasses etc.    Any item that is worn as a display item such as a watch, hard-glasses, earing, ring, bracelet, necklace, or a baseball type hat with a hard bill, the player will be asked to remove the item and hand the item to the parent or coach.    Again, we have had a few occurrences.     These items are not to be covered with a shirt, sock, or even tape.     If the player does not remove these items, the player will be asked not to play until such items are removed.

3. Goal Safety:  All coaches and team parents are responsible to ensure that goals are safely secured with spikes to the ground.    Referees will check as well.    Players are not to play around the goal of the goal is not secured.    Players are not to hang from the goal post for example doing pull ups, etc.         In fact, while the goal is being setup please be sure that players are warming up away from the goal area.

4. Good Sportsmanhip:    We have had a few occurrences where a "red cards" were issued to players in our region regarding inappropriate / foul language used during the game.     When the red card is issued, the player is removed from the game and also cannot play the next scheduled game.      Foul language shouldn't be used  anyways whether its on or off the field by or players, fans, parents, coaches, referees or staff volunteer. 

Good Sportsmanship is an AYSO philosophy that we stand by.    We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.      

AYSO also has worked with Responsible Sports and Positive Coaching by "Honoring the Game" by parents, fans, players, coaches and referees:

Coaches, please go over "ROOTS" concept with your team and talk about Good Sportsmanship.  

5. Callling All Returning Coaches
Just as a reminder, if you are returning as a coach for next season.   Please stop by the Peterson Park South Fields
on Saturdays  between 9am-12pm to resign your pre-preprinted volunteer form.    As always, we do need all coaches to return as our organization will increase.   We are predicting more than 25% growth.

We ask that you do this as soon as possible on May 21st, June 4th and / or June 11th 

Here is the challenge for us.   If we don't get enough coaches, teams will increase in size.   Players will have less opportunity to touch the ball on the playing field during a game.   Thus the fabulous bee line goes into effect !

6. New Volunteers - We need Referees and Assistant Coaches / Lead Coaches
Coaches, by now you may have an interested parent on the sideline stepping up to help you as an assistant coach or might be more active on the sidelines.      As we close the season, now is a great opportunity to speak with your player parents to volunteer with us at AYSO Region 183.

We always have needs for coaches and referees.   In fact, we do need more referees as our organization grows.   As our organization grows the more games we'll be having.  The more games, the need for more referees.    

Referee training is free.     Refereeing always give that "active parent" a different perspective of the game. 

7. Soccer Fest - June 11th - Saturday
Soccer Fest is Saturday June 11th at the Peterson Park South Fields.   All AYSO Region 183 Teams will be participating in a soccer festival where each team will play 2 short-sided games.  (ie 5 v 5).     

The day is a celebration to the end of our year in soccer with AYSO with fun and food.    This is a great event for our region and many families enjoy the day.      The success of this event is support by our volunteers and team parents.

We do need more volunteers to help support the day.    Arlene Zoller is our Soccer Fest coordinator and will be happy to provide more details for volunteering help such as trophy distribution, food serving, setup and cleanup.  We'll need as many volunteers that can help with this fun event.

Please contact Arlene at

I'll be sending more details about the Soccer Fest event for our coaches regarding game schedule, rules, and field map, etc. in a later email.

8. Quick Reminders:
  • 5/25 - Loyola Soccer Clinic May 25th Wed at Loyola Soccer Park from 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • 5/27 - No Games
  • 6/4  - Saturday AYSO Game  
  • 6/4   - Chicago Fire Game - June 4th - Tickets $15 ;  Click here for tickets 
  • 6/11 - AYSO Region 183 Soccer Fest  
  • 6/11 - Last Day of Registration for Fall / Spring 2011-20112 Season
  • 6/12 - Registration Wait List Started (NO EXCEPTIONS)  

Thursday, May 19, 2011

AYSO 183 Chicago Fire Game Night June 4th 2011

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AYSO 183 / Chicago Fire Game - June 4th 2011 
The Chicago Fire has offered to AYSO Region 183 , Premier Level Tickets for $15.00.   

Use "183" as the Special Offer Code to purchase.

Click on this link: 

Included with purchase:   
  • Free t-shirt per child / ayso player
  • On field pre-game team introduction activity
  • More activities based on number of tickets purchased from AYSO 183. 
Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders
June 4th Saturday
Game Time: 7:30pm.    
Toyota Park   

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Coach Update 4/22-2011 for Saturday Game Day 4/30-2011

In this Coach Update for Wed 4/13 for Saturday Game Day 4/30.     Please read. 

U08 NEW GoalsWe have new goals for U08 Fields.    These new goals are somewhat easier to put together and is a different size.  Last year's goals were approx U10 size which were too big.    After the Coaches Meeting on 4/2, we demonstrated for all U08 Coaches that were present how to put up the goals.        All U08 Coaches are to inform team parents please allow extra extra time to put up these new goals (30 minutes) at the start of game day ( 8:30am ).   First games are a 9:00am.

U08 Rules Update Penalty Kicks
As reviewed by our Referee Administrator at the Coaches Meeting, Rachel O'Shea covered as to how the Penalty Kick (PK) was to be determined and how the restart is implemented in our U08 Division.    The Referee Admin group has provided the following guidance:

If a Penalty kick is awarded during the course of normal play, the kick is taken from the center circle, the ball must be kicked forward and can not be touched by the player again until another player has touched it, the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward.  The ball is considered live once it is put into play.  All players must be behind the center line and outside of the center, apart from the designated kicker who will take the kick from the marker within the center.   No player shall move past the center line until after the ball is kicked.
  • Scenario: Player takes penalty and kicks the ball forward.  As the ball is traveling towards the goal a team mate (no encroachment) runs and kicks the ball into the goal.  Result: Goal, restart kick off  
  • Scenario: Player takes penalty, kicks the ball forward towards the goal, as it is about to go into the goal, defender runs into goal area (aka "no fly zone") and kicks the ball out of play. Result: Penalty kick for entering the goal area.  
  • Scenario: Player takes the penalty, kicks the ball forward, while chasing after the ball, player kicks the ball again (no other player has touched it). Result: Direct Kick awarded to the defense at the spot of the re-touch.
Goal Setup / Take down Reminder:If you have the 9:00am games, inform your team parents earlier in the week to be available to help setup goals 30 minutes before start of games (8:30am).    For a quick refresher on how to setup goals click here:

Now all goals for each division are slightly different for setup but the same concepts apply! The New U08 Goals might be easier that the steps described in my blog.

Also, coaches if you know you have the last game of the day ~ remind your parents at the start of the game about take down duties.   This will at least give yourself time to provide a coaching moment with your team at the end while your team parents help take down the goals.    To find out if you have the last game, click on the scheduled link for your division at the Game Schedules link:

Game Cards Lineup Policy and Reminder
This is a policy that all AYSO 183 Coaches must follow as part of procedure.

5 minutes before the start of a game, all coaches are to give to the referee a filled out lineup card with player names, team number, coach name and time/date of game.    Therefore for games, you as a coach should keep a separate lineup sheet for your own game rotation to ensure "Everyone Plays".
I recommend that on Thursday or Friday night before the game, you will out the lineup card for all players on your team.  It does not matter if players are not present for the lineup card on game day.    In fact, if you have time just go ahead and fill out 10 lineup cards.    If you don't have any with you, just stop by Peterson Park South Fields or at Hollywood Park on game day and ask a Board Member for lineup cards.

You can go online and use the official PDF lineup card here:

More tips on game card management

[NEW!] Trophy Distribution Player Names Due 4/30
This year, AYSO 183 plans to add names to all trophies that will be distributed on Soccer Fest.    Therefore its is your responsibility as the coach to confirm the player's full name as it was registered with us at AYSO.    All coaches should have received an official roster sheet at the start of the season.     If there are name changes such as incorrect spellings, etc., please email me so that I can collect those and forward those on to our registration team.  

If you do not send me any changes by April 30th, I will assume that your team roster is good on May 1st. 

Our trophy coordinator will then start the process for getting those names with trophies.

Please complete this by April 30th 2011.

Player Evaluation 5/1 - 5/16

This is a heads up, that I'll remind all coaches thru by 5/14, all player evaluations will need to be emailed to AYSO 183 Player Evaluation Coordinator / Coach Josh Ermentrout at     Basically between now and 5/7, you as a coach should have a good idea as to how each player approaches the game.

For now, we use the following guide for player evaluations:

Player evaluations are an important guide for AYSO 183 to use with regards to team balancing.    Division coordinators will use this as a guide for team assignments.      If coaches want to further refine the evaluation process, I ask that coaches be certified at the age appropriate levels and understand the following the "principles of attacking and defending" along with the following form that is used for U14 and above.

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.

Friday, April 1, 2011

AYSO Soccer Camp at Peterson Park 7/25-2011 to 7/29-2011

AYSO Soccer Camps

  • Internationally Qualified and AYSO Certified Staff
  • Free Camp T-Shirt
  • Free Parent / Coach Clinics
  • Guaranteed AYSO Fun!
Camp Details
Peterson Park AYSO Region 183
July 25 - July 29
Code: 74606461
Peterson Park, South Field, Chicago
5:30pm-8:30pm (Ages 6-16 years) $99
5:30pm-7:00pm (Ages 4-5 years) $69

Make Checks Payable to AYSO Soccer Camps with Code: 7606461

Send to:
AYSO Soccer Camps
PO Box 1838
Redlands, CA. 92373
Phone: 888-857-6222

or register online

at  and select the state of Illinois, and look for "Peterson Park R183" 7/25-7/29

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Registration Day - Fall 2011 and Spring 2012

Registration Day - AYSO 183

Registration for Fall 2011 / Spring 2012

Date: March 19th, 2011
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm

River Park Field House
5100 North Francisco Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625


Parking is located on the park sides of
Foster, Francisco and Argyle.

Please do not park on the residential side of these streets or
any street with city parking restrictions.


Early Bird Cost on March 19th 2011 only.
Cost is $90 per player on March 19th 2011 only.
Youth Registration only for 4 - 19 years of age.
All High School Players must register.

A Wait List will be started on June 4th 2011.
Cost goes up to $115 from March 20th 2011 to June 4th 2011.

Not able to attend Registration Day?

If you are not able to attend Registration Day,
please have a friend bring the eAYSO registration forms and payment.

Fast Registration! Skip Long Lines!

Starting on March 1st.
Follow this check list:

1. If you want to avoid long lines at registration, we ask that you use a computer online to register your children and yourself at the eAYSO web site found on the Internet at
2. At the eAYSO web site, you'll need to register all of your children.
3. Please use the PRINT button to print out a special formatted (PDF format) registration form.
4. DO NOT USE the Web Browser's "Print" web page.
5. Please sign the registration forms.
6. You'll need to bring 2 printed forms per child.
7. We accept Cash or Check payable to "AYSO 183".
8. $90 per child on March 19th, 2011 only!
9. Register yourself as a volunteer. Print out 2 copies of your volunteer registration form.
10. Please bring a state or federal government Picture ID (driver's license, passport.) to verify volunteer form with our registration team.
11. You as the volunteer must also be present at registration.

Returning coaches:

* You'll need to register AGAIN.
* AYSO is requires that all volunteers need to re-register every year.
* Therefore your re-registering for the upcoming Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Season.

Please use eAYSO to register online.
The benefit of registering online is to reduce errors by reading a printed form and typing into a computer.

At the March 19th, 2011 Registration:
You can bring your family to try on uniforms for correct sizing in the Fall 2011 Season.
Sign up to volunteer with AYSO Region 183.

We are looking for more volunteers to help out!
All parents help out as

* Coaches
* Referees
* Field Monitors
* Team Parents
* Soccer Fest
* Regional Staff

Meet a professional soccer player.
Learn more about AYSO Soccer Camp in Summer 2011

NO Registration accepted for 2011 Spring Season. All teams are locked for Spring 2011.

Registration Period -

March 20th to June 4th for
Fall 2011 and Spring 2011 Season

Cost is $115 per child from
March 20th 2011 to June 4th 2011.

Registration is CLOSED on

Registration Period closes.
No exceptions!

Our national registration
process starts on June 5th.

On June 5th, 2011 -
all player registration will be placed on a wait list.
AYSO has many regions across the country and
we are all working to get soccer started on time!

Wait List

There will be a Summer 2011 Wait List.
All registration must be completed by June 4th.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Welcome back to AYSO Region 183!

This important email will provide details with regards to required coach certification for all coaches in AYSO.
Please read.

Table of Contents:
1. AYSO 183 Coaches
2. Certification Check List
3. Your Coach AYSO ID Number
4. Planning for the Future
5. Access to In Person Training
6. Access to Online Training
7. Registration for In-Person Training
8. Coach Training - Feb 26 and Feb 27
9. Coach Training - Mar 12 and Mar 13

AYSO Region 183 Coaches
Thanks for volunteering with AYSO Region 183. As coaches for our youth, we are essential for integrating the important aspects of AYSO with our children's lives with positive coaching, good sportsmanship, player development and balanced teams.

As a requirement in AYSO 183, all coaches should be trained at the level for which they are coaching at.

Therefore if you are coaching at the U-08 level, the U08 Coach Certification is required. In addition, all volunteers in AYSO must compete Safe Haven certification.

Safe Haven certification is the base certification that is required for all courses in AYSO.

Certification Check List
All Coaches: Safe Haven Certification
U06: U06 Coach
U08: U08 Coach
U10: U10 Coach
U12: U12 Coach
U14: U12 Coach and Intermediate Coach
U16: Intermediate Coach / Advanced Coach and U12
U19: Advanced Coach with Intermediate Coach and U12

Note 1:
Completion of the previous level is recommended. Any coach can get certified at a lower level provided that they are complete with the current coach certification that they are coaching at this year.

Note 2:
Intermediate Coach Certification requires U12 Coach Certification

Note 3:
Advanced Coach Certification requires Intermediate Coach and U12 Coach Certification

Your Coach AYSO ID Number
All Coach Certification is done with your Volunteer AYSO ID Number.

If you have an account at EAYSO (, you should be able to find your AYSO ID Number and your current certification.

Your Coach AYSO ID Number is required for all registration and coach certification courses. This is a MUST have and a requirement.

If you don't know what it is, please email me at

If you have never logged into EAYSO, please do so and create an account. By having an account, you will be able to pre-register your child (coming soon) for the next season. Pre-Registering eliminates handwriting the application. All you need to do is print out your volunteer application and child(s) application for turn-in at pre-registration day. (March 2010)

Planning for the future and Coach Training
Your child's birthdate is very relevant as to where you will be coaching the following AYSO Season.

Reminder, all AYSO Region 183 seasons follows the school season. The age-cut off date nation wide with all AYSO Regions across the country is 7/31 and does not follow any school board/system cutoff date.

The 7/31 date is used nationally across many soccer organizations in the United States.

The age guide at AYSO is listed here:

Please note there is this year's 2010-2011 age-guide and 2011-2012 age guide listed.

So if your child's birthdate falls in U08 and next season your child falls into U10, you are then expected to have completed U10 Coach Certification.

We are now in the 2010-2011 Season (Fall 2010 thru Spring 2011). The next school year August 2011 is noted as 2011-2012 Season (Fall 2011 thru Spring 2012).

Access to In-Person Coach Training
Coach courses are available in the offseason which are usually in Winter and Summer. I or another Coach Admin will be contacting coaches with regards to upcoming courses. Please plan ahead.

Access to Online Coach Courses
Coach online courses for Safe Haven, U06, U08, U10 are also offered as a supplement.
Please contact me with regards to getting access to AYSO Training Web Site at

Registration for In-Person Coach Training and Certification
All in-person coach training and certification is done thru EASYO. All coaches are required to register for a coach training/certification thru EAYSO. This will allow for the Coach Instructor teaching the course to know how many coaches are attending the course for the training session and materials.

Coach Training Feb 26th and Feb 27th
There is coach training in Morton Grove. The following is the list of coach courses available with dates and time length of course.

U06 Coach Feb 26 2-3 hours Time (TBD)
U08 Coach Feb 27 2-3 hours Time (TBD)
U10 Coach Feb 27 2-3 hours Time (TBD)
U12 Coach Feb 26 4-5 hours Time (TBD)

Please log into EAYSO to register for the course. Please look for "Enroll course" and search for State = IL, and Section = 6 and Area = D with the location/city of Morton Grove.

March 12th and 13th Coach Training - AYSO Section 6D/6A Road Show
There is coach training in Skokie.

The following is the list of coach courses available with dates and time length of course.

Mar 12th
Safe Haven: Mar 12 - 12:30pm-03:30pm

U06 Coach: Mar 12 - 09:30am-11:30am
U08 Coach: Mar 12 - 03:30pm-05:30pm
U10 Coach: Mar 12 - 09:00am-12:00pm

Mar 13th
Safe Haven: Mar 13 - 12:30pm-03:30pm

U06 Coach: Mar 13 - 03:30pm-05:30pm
U08 Coach: Mar 13 - 09:30am-11:30am
U10 Coach: Mar 13 - 09:00am-12:00pm
U12 Coach: Mar 13 - 12:00pm-05:00pm

Mar 12th and Mar 13th (2 Days)
U14 / Intermediate Coach: Session 1 - 9:00am-5:00pm
U14 / Intermediate Coach: Session 2 - 9:00am-5:00pm

Intermediate Coach Training require completed by both Session 1 and Session 2.
U12 Coach Certification is required. Please complete on Feb 26 at Morton Grove.

Please log into EAYSO to register for the course. Please look for "Enroll course" and search for State = IL, and Section = 6 and Area = D with the location/city of Skokie.

Coach Certification
I will be following up with each of you with regards to upcoming coach certification. Please look for that email followup.


Tad Lin
AYSO 183
Regional Coach Administrator