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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Save the Date - Saturday October 6th 2012 - Picture Day!

Please forward to your player families. 
Save the Date! 

October 6th 2012

is AYSO Region 183 Picture Day. 

Team Picture Schedule will be published soon at the AYSO 183 Web Site. 
Coaches will have Picture Day handouts to pass out to players and families.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What time is my team's picture?
Historically, your team's picture scheduled time is 60 minutes before your actual game time.    Please plan ahead.      We will announce the schedule at our AYSO 183 Web Site.  

What time again?
Please be sure to remind players to meet 15 minutes before your team's designated team picture time.     Your team will gather at the location and the photography team will lineup the players.   

Where will pictures be taken?
We plan on having your team take pictures at Peterson Park South Fields.  

My team plays a Hollywood Park so where is the Peterson Park South Field Location?
For those of you who are at Hollywood Park and have teams in U05, U06 and U08 Divisions,  the Peterson Park South Field Location is at Central Park and Ardmore.  

You can park on Central Park Ave (park side) and walk thru the park gates.   You'll see the playground, park field house and the tennis courts.    The team's picture location is usually next to the tennis courts.

My team plays a Peterson Park North so where is the Peterson Park South Fields?
At the Peterson Park North Field location, walk south on the park pathways and you will then see the South Fields. 

By the way, Peterson Park North Field location is the portion of Peterson Park at the intersection of Peterson Ave and Central Park.      There is a row of trees that separate the north and south fields.     Google Maps and satellite view will distinctly inform you as to how the fields are located.

Is there a cost with pictures?
Yes.  You will need to provide payment with the order form.

Your coach will be passing out the order forms to your team.    The picture order form has many options for you to choose from.    Our photography company may have online ordering instructions.   Please follow the instructions with regards to ordering.

I don't have a form?  What do I do?  At Picture Day, the photography team will also be handing out ordering form for parents.    Please bring a check for payment.

When will we get our pictures?
On Picture Day, if you have handed your order form and payment to the photography team, the order will be processed.    When our photography company has completed processing of the photos, the vendor will ship the team packages to our region.     We will notify coaches for pickup of the processed packages that were ordered.

Who will pick up the packages?
The coach representing your team will pickup the team package.

Will there be another Picture Day other than this date? 

If your team has an AYSO/Shutterfly web site, feel free to take advantage of those features regarding team and player photo packages.


AYSO Region 183

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

U06 Saturday Session Plan

U06 Saturday Session Plan

For some U06 players, this is the first time playing soccer with a team.   As a coach,  one of your responsibilities is to make it easy for the youth player to transition into a game.    Your players may not know what to do at practices and then the game itself.

Here is a sample format for a U06 Saturday Session in 60 minutes.

  • No standing in lines waiting for a turn.
  • Always have water breaks
  • Stick with a "fun story" theme.
Todays Theme  - Crazy Cars

00:00 - 10:00 minutes  - Dribble, Dribble, Dribble
All your players should bring a ball with them.   In your half of the field, do a lot of dribbling exercizes.    For example, tell the players to dribble right foot, right foot, right foot then switch to left foot, left foot, left foot.

  • At the start of the dribbling session talk about "cars" and make it fun.  
  • Ask each player what kind of car that they would like to be.   "Red Car",  "Sports Car", etc.
10:00 - 20:00 minutes - AYSO Fun Training Game #1  - Red Light Green Light
The players have been dribbling for about 5-10 minutes.     After your water break, the players are still thinking dribbling.   Most youth players at U06 relate themselves to the ball only and occassionally understand time and space when it comes to passing.    Again for many this is the first time playing organized soccer.   

20:00 - 30:00 minutes - AYSO Fun Training Game #2 - "Crazy Car Game"
Setup cones in each corner of the field.   The cones should make out a square in the corners of the field.    Each corner of the field can have a name such as "gas station", "rest stop", "parking lot" and/or "garage".

The coach(es) are the "crazy cars" trying to crash the balls.    Each player has a ball to dribble thru the highway (soccer field) and they are to go to one of the "gas stations", "rest stop", "parking lot" and/or "garage".    

Each player can be a cool vehicle such as a "race car",  "bus", "truck", etc.

What happens?   In this game you are encourage dribbling and possesion of the ball.    The youth players at the same time get used to the distance of the fields and the "dynamic" movement of other players / coaches running on the field.    The game will look chaotic from a fan / parent viewpoint, however this "car game" simulates game-link scenarios.     We are replicating the game like situation for a player to keep dribbling, control the ball and stopping at the corners of the field.

Changing game situations
  • Add lanes on the field such as "speed lane",  "dribbling lanes",  "obstacle course"

30:00 - 55:00  AYSO U06 Game  - 3 on 3 Game
After the AYSO Fun Training Games,   the players will need a break.    Now what's important is the transition from the training games to the game itself     You see if you let the "Game be the Teacher",  the "Red Light, Green Light Game" and the "Crazy Cars Game",  wil have demonstrated game like situations.    Your players will now understand what to do with the ball on the field.

Refer to your U06 Coach Manual or Guidlines Book for the U06 Laws of the Game.

Basic Format is
  • 4 Quarter Game
  • 5 Minute Quarters 
  • 1-2 Minute Water Breaks
  • 3 players on the field per team  ( 3 on 3 )
  • Switch Fields at half time  (Quarter 1, Quarter 2 = 1st half)  (Quarter 3, Quarter 4 = 2nd half)
  • 1 coach per team on field as guiding coaches and referee(s).

Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 Fall U05 Program

U05-C Program  
The objective of this program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer.   At this age players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice and a minimal time commitment. 
The C for U05 stands for coed which is for both boys and girls.   In older divisions, we have B and G which are for boys and girls respectively.   Also, please remind your teams that the team assignment is for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.  
U05 Master Coach and U05 Coaches 
As the designated Master Coach for U05, I will help coordinate with you training activities on Saturdays with practice plans.        On Saturdays,  I will be coordinating the activities on the field with you.    The importance of having a Master Coach is to guide you and parents thru our U05 program.     

You as the coach will help introduce the kids to soccer, allow them to make friends, learn something new, have fun and get a taste of the game.   Parents will also learn new training techniques with fun games, activities and also understand the AYSO model for playing soccer.       I encourage you to have parents volunteer with you during the fun training games. 
My schedule on Saturdays is quite busy as I'm also a coach in U10 and U14.   So I'll will not be at the U05 field the entire day.   I will go the the U05 Field when I'm available.     I do plan to start the day at 9:00 at the U05 Field on Saturdays.     The U05 Schedule runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm  for the Fall. 

Game Day and Location
Our season runs on Saturdays starting on Sept 8 thru Oct. 27.   The games are located at Hollywood Park which is a Peterson and Kedzie.    Our first day, we'll be meeting on the South Side of the Hollywood Park Fieldhouse at approximately 8:45am.     
Player Equipment and Uniform
Your designated team contact will be coordinating with your child's team uniform.   See below for team contact.    In addition, you'll need to purchase for your child soccer shoes, soccer shinguards, and a size #3 soccer ball.  We don't use size 4 or size 5 at this level.   Please be sure that you mark the ball with marker the last name and team number.     Please be sure that the player brings the ball every Saturday.    
Players are to wear soccer shoes and shinguards every Saturday.   Players can wear flat gym shoes or turf shoes but if the ground is wet or slippery, soccer shoes (cleats) are recommended.     Please no baseball shoes, cleats or football shoes or cleats.   The cleat configuration is different than from soccer shoes. 
Region 183 - U05 Equipment / Cones and Pinnies  / First Aid Kit 
Our U05 / U06 Fields will have the AYSO Region 183 Equipment Blue Bag  stocked with "vests", "flat cones" and balls that is to be used at the fields.   Once completed please return the equipment to the Blug Bag.    There is also a First Aid Kit in the bag.    If the kit gets used please let me know so that I can replenish with first aid supplies. 

Game Day Format (approximate timing) 
00:00 - 10:00 min :  Introductions / Warm up  
10:00 - 15:00 min :  AYSO Training Game 1
15:00 - 20:00 min :  Water Break  ( 1-2 min break ) add more time to games! 
20:00 - 25:00 min :  AYSO Training Game 2
30:00 - 55:00 min :  Soccer Game (3 on 3) 5 min quartersl; 1 min breaks,   4 quarters = full game 

At the start of the session, you are to pick up the practice plan sheet and/or use the training sheets from the blue bag.   You can keep the paper training sheets and please return the practice games that are laminated (plastic sheets) to the blue bag.      I also have a few practice plans at the web site under the Coaches / U05 Program Section.

You will then start with a warm up activity and then move into groups where we will then play fun game activities.   The last 20-30 minutes of the session, we'll form teams and play 3 games of 3 v 3 at the same time at our field.   The players will be rotated at the quarter break (about 5 minutes each). 

All of the players in the U05 Division will be receiving the same color uniform.    

So in order to play the game with different colors, we have 'vests' or 'pinnies' to place over the players.    

You are to balance the teams between the two different colors.   You could initially start with your team assignments and I encourage you to work with the other coach to balance teams. 

When we play the soccer 3 v 3 game, the players will wear "pinnies" which are light soccer practice vests  different colors over the uniform.   This will allow for us to create new teams every week so that all of the children get to know each other thru play.

Friday, August 24, 2012

AYSO Region 183 Coach Handbook

Last season (Fall 2011-Spring 2012),  I gathered all of my notes and discussion points with many of our coaches in Region 183 over the years.      The compilation of notes and these discussion at coaches meetings finally was produced into a Coaches Handbook

To download the book go here:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coach Recruitment

We need volunteer coaches.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Passing Networks

I've recently come across and article posted by some computer scientists and mathematicians regarding network theory.     This article goes over a theory of networks implemented by way of passing in soccer.

It an interesting read.     For us as soccer coaches, what does this mean?     In theory, in my opinion this leads to building up and continuing to train with good technical skills such as control and dribbling.  

An example of application with our youth is to create a training session that focuses on passing and possession.     You could name a training game such as "the Internet" and inform all players to keep the net alive but passing the ball.   If the ball is intercepted by a defender (ie. you as the coach), the network is down.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2012 Area Fest June 3rd

U10, U12 and U14 Coaches:

Area Fest is only for U10, U12 and U14 Age Divisions.    
AYSO Region 183 is invited to participate in the AYSO Section 6D "Area Fest" which is not at Peterson Park and not "Soccer Fest".

I will need your response by Wed May 9th.   
Your response will need to state if you would like to take your team to participate in a Area Fest hosted by multiple AYSO regions in our area.

Fun at Area FestWe have a great opportunity for your team to play other AYSO teams in the area on Sunday June 3rd 2012.   Your players will have fun time playing the game of soccer with other teams for an entire day!     This is as great experience.   

Many Region 183 teams over the years participated in Area Fest.  All of the players, coaches and families had a good time playing the game of soccer.

Our Area comprised of other AYSO regions, are combining to put together a region wide "Soccer Fest".     The Area Fest will be comprised of teams from Chicago, Skokie, Morton Grove, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glenview, etc.
 AYSO Region 183 is holding a "Soccer Fest' on Saturday June 9th 2012 for our own region at Peterson Park for only Region 183 teams.    For clarification there is a difference between "Soccer Fest" at Peterson Park and "Area Fest" played outside of Peterson Park.
We will need responses soon, since our Region is coordinating with the Area Fest organizers so that we can provide a final list of teams representing our Region.

The following divisions are invited to Area Fest

U10 Boys
U10 Girls

U12 Boys
U12 Girls

U14 Boys
U14 Girls

are participating in Area Fest.    U08 B and U08 G and lower divisions are not participating of Area Fest.

Call your team
Ask your team to see if there is interest with regards to participating in Area Fest. 

What is Area Fest?
Area Fest is a day soccer festival where our youth players play soccer with other teams in the AYSO Area.   This is where your team gets to play multiple games against teams from other AYSO Regions.    Historically, each team has played 3 games Area Fest.      So for example, your team might play 1 game vs. Skokie AYSO, 1 game vs. Highland Park AYSO, and 1 game vs. Deerfield AYSO.

Wait isn't this Soccer Fest?
No.  Our region hosts Soccer Fest for our own youth teams on Saturday.    This year we are planning for June 9th 2012.   Area Fest is another event.

When is Area Fest?
Area Fest is on  June 3rd 2012 Sunday.

Where will Area Fest be held?
Each Region takes on a division.  For example, Skokie AYSO might host U14 Boys and U12 Girls.    While Highland Park AYSO hosts U12 Girls, and so on.  

Field Locations:
  • Skokie
  • Deerfield
  • Highland Park
  • Glenview  
Therefore your team will be driving to another location to play Area Fest.    Its important that your team knows how to get to the soccer fields location.    You as the coach, assistant coach and / or team parent must coordinate with your team the location, game times and volunteer assistance with other regions.

What times are the games?  What's the schedule?
Games are scheduled thru the day.   Games are usually spaced in 30-60 min increments.   So if you team plays at 9:30am, your next 2 games might be 10:30am and 12:00 noon.    This all depends on the number of teams that are participating.     I recommend that your team plan on spending most of the day participating which is usually about 4-6 hours.    Some teams might start at 12pm noon, and finish by 4pm.

Does Peterson Park host a division for Area Fest?
We'd like host an Area Fest division, however we have challenges regarding our field space and we also need more volunteer support our organization.   In order for us to participate in any Area Fest, the other Regions ask Peterson Park to participate in terms of volunteering at a field location for other support such as field setup, take down and field monitoring.    Your team is required to bring parents to help out with setup, clean up or helping out at the fields.    

Our Region will be designated to one or more locations to help setup, monitor and take down goal.     Other Regions will be doing the same.    All AYSO Regions are sharing the efforts to ensure that AYSO Section 6D Area Fest is a success.

We will play a full - hour game and be a total of 2-3 hours? 
No.   Your team will not be playing 3 hours of games.   That is a lot of soccer for our youth in one day.    Games are played 20-25 minutes and in addition, the games are smaller in size.    For example a U10 Area Fest game may be 5 v 5 instead of 7 v 7.      If you recall our Soccer Fest, the format is very similar in terms of size of the game, number of players on the field, and the length of game.    These type of games are called "short-sided games".

My team doesn't know if they can play based on their families' schedules?
Yes.   This is a tough decision.   I would recommend that if you have half to three-quarters of your team to commit, then your team should participate.    If your team wants participate, we need to know so that our Area Fest organizers plan out the the game schedule.     Please let me know if you have at least 50% representation.     

Yes.   Since you are the coach of your team, you must attend the Area Fest representing your team.   All coaches must be Safe Haven Certified and Age Division Certified at this level.   If you have an assistant coach or team parent, please bring them as well.

Why do we participate?
This is a great opportunity for you as a coach and player families to experience AYSO outside of our region.    You'll see a greater community of youth soccer participating with many volunteers.    Also, its fun playing soccer !

More information?
We have an AYSO Region 183 Area Fest Representation Team including myself as your coach administrator.    We'll keep you updated with regards to rules, locations, and schedules.


Tad Lin
AYSO Region 183
Regional Coach Administrator / Advanced Coach/ Instructor

Saturday, March 3, 2012

No Games on April 28th 2012

Due to the recent rains, we have poor field conditions at both Peterson and Hollywood Park.    Games for Saturday April 24th are cancelled.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Coach Certification March 10th and 11th 2012

AYSO Road Show
Volunteer Training Event
Coaches and Assistant Coaches
Referees, Team Parents and Staff

Sat. March 10th and Sun. March 11th
Old Orchard Junior High School
9310 Kenton, Skokie IL

Click here to read more about AYSO Section Road Show Information

Click here for the AYSO Section 6 Road Show Schedule

Enroll now into these courses for certification:
AYSO Safe Haven Course
Coach Certifications Course for U06, U08, U10,  U12 and Intermediate (U14)
Enrollment Instructions below

If you are are volunteer that needs to be certified,  please read. 
  • All team parents and staff must be AYSO Safe Haven certified.
  • All coaches must be AYSO Safe Haven certified and in the division assigned. 
  • All referees must be AYSO Safe Haven certified and referee certified by level. 

Safe Haven Certification
All coaches and volunteers are required to have Safe Haven Certification.   If you do not have Safe Haven, its important you complete this course.

The importance of Safe Haven certification is an AYSO National Requirement and that by being Safe Haven certified, we know that you understand our approach by being safe with our children in AYSO.    All volunteers in AYSO across the country must be AYSO Safe Haven certified.

Many of our volunteers are Safe Haven certified, and if you are not - we'd like for you to be current with our safe haven practices and standards.    Its very important that you are certified and good for the kids in AYSO Region 183 that you are Safe Haven certified. 

Many volunteers take AYSO Safe Haven again to get a refresher on safety, positive coaching, good sportsmanship and volunteerism in AYSO.

If you need AYSO Safe Haven certification, please take one of the following sessions at the Road Show event:

AYSO Safe Haven Schedule
  • Sat.   March 10th 12:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Sun.  March 11th 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Coach Certification

March 10th 
  • U06 Coach Certification   9:30am - 11:30am *
  • U08 Coach Certification   3:30pm - 05:30pm 
  • U10 Coach Certification   9:00am - 12:00pm *
March 11th
  • U08 Coach Certification   9:30am - 11:30am*
  • U06 Coach Certification   3:30pm - 05:30pm
  • U10 Coach Certification   9:00am - 12:00pm*
  • U12 Coach Certification  12:00pm - 5:00pm  
  • U14 Coach Certification (Intermediate)   - 2 Days 
    • Previous Completion of U12 Coach Certification Required
    • March 10 and March 11 9:00am-5:00pm (both days)
* If you are taking 9:00am or 9:30am course and enrolled in Safe Haven at 12:30pm, lunch will be served.

Coach Certification AYSO 183 Requirements 
All coaches in U06, U08, U10,  U12, U14 are required to completed Coach Certification for the division that they are coaching teams for Spring 2012 and beyond at AYSO 183.

You'll receive age-appropriate training, learn about AYSO coaching practices, teaching new skills, soccer games/drills for your players.   
For example, if you are coaching in U08 and need U08 Coach Certification.    The Road Show will be having 2 sessions for you to attend one of those sessions.    Please check the times.  

Again, we'll need for you to be certified at the level for which you are coaching now for the Spring 2012.   If you are up to date for Spring 2012 and if your child is moving to the next division, please consider taking the next level course up.   We know that summer time gets busy (ie. vacations, etc.), so if you are free March 10th and/or March 11th - please consider taking a course.

Enrolling for a Course at eAYSO for Road Show
All volunteers must use to enroll into a course at the Road Show.    This is a required step for entering the class.     By now almost all coaches who are registered with us, use eAYSO to enroll into courses.
  1. To enroll, login into eAYSO.  
  2. Under "My EAYSO" in the upper left.  
  3. Click on "Course Signup".
  4. At the Search - Choose State "IL",  Section "6" and Area "D".
  5. Look for the Course on 3/10 or 3/11
  6. Choose the course.
As a reminder, please email me that you've enrolled into a course.

Notification for attending a Course.
When you do sign up for a course, please let me know so that I can confirm with the AYSO Instructors and with eAYSO.     This is very important that you inform me that you've completed the course.   

Online Courses
If you are not able to attend any courses that weekend, we do have available online courses for certification (Safe Haven, U06, U08, and U10).    Please let me know if you'd like to complete online training.

U12 Course and beyond
There are NO online courses for U12, Intermediate and Advanced Coach Certifications.   In addition, in order to take Intermediate, you must have U12.   If you need Advanced Coach then you'll need to complete the Intermediate Coach Certification.   

Referee Courses
If you've acquired coach certifications and are up to date, I suggest that you consider taking a Basic Referee Course at the AYSO Road Show.    As a coach and being trained as a referee, you'll begin to appreciate the role of the Referee.      

Also, if you have a friend or know of another parent who is interested, I encourage you to ask them to volunteer as a referee and be trained.  

Please inform me if you are taking a Referee course, so that I can have our Referee Administrator contact you regarding more details.

Our region needs a continuous support for the referee group.   We have many games going on Saturdays and that having more referees lessens the load with our current referee team.  I'd like to remind you that there have been times that we've have not been able to have some games maned by a referees.    Coaches, thank you for stepping up and helping referee.    


Tad Lin
AYSO Region 183 Coach Administrator