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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.

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