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Week at the Creek

Weekly updates by the Region 9 Coach Administrator will be posted here starting in late August or early September.

Week 10 at the Creek, Friday, 11/9/2019

12U & 14U Regional Playoffs: Weeks 11 Schedule Posted:

Please follow the web links below to find your Regional Playoffs schedule for Week 11:

12U Boys

12U Girls

14U Boys

14U Girls

An explanation of the Double-Eliminations Playoffs with a generic schedule for each Division can be found here.

Please note the following:

- In order to avoid having any team play more than 2 games in a single day, there are 2 games scheduled on Sunday, 11/17/2019, for the 12U Girls Division.

- Each of the playoff games needs to have a winner, so if a game is tied at the end of regulation, the teams will go directly to shots-from-the-penalty-mark (no overtime will be played).

- Regional Playoffs results determine both the Regional medal (1st, 2nd and 3rd-place ) awards and the Area Playoffs berths as we want to reward teams that have made the most progress in the past 10 weeks.

No Regional Playoffs This Season for 10U Divisions:

Regional medal awards (top 3 in each 10U group/division) as well as Area Playoffs berths will thus be determined by the Standings on Final Saturday, 11/23/2019.

Referee points will also be counted through Final Saturday; you are reminded that a team can only earn a maximum of 2 referee points in a week, and a maximum of 15 referee point in the whole season.

In case teams are tied in the Final Standings in total (game + referee) points, the following are Region 9’s Tiebreaker Rules, in order of importance:

1) Head-to-Head Winner

2) Fewest Red Cards

3) Fewest Yellow Cards

4) Fewest Goals Against

5) Most Referee Points

6) Coin Flip

Area Playoffs 2019 and Team Eligibilities:

Who:

Region 9 will have the following 23 teams invited to Area Playoffs after the Thanksgiving weekend:

10UB: 6 (top 3  of Groups A and B)

10UG: 5 (top 5 of single group)

12UB: 3 (top 3 of single group)

12UG: 3 (top 3 of single group)

14UB: 3 (top 3 of single group)

14UG: 3 (top 3 of single group)

When and Where:

10U - POOL PLAY – Saturday December 7, 2019 at Conejo Creek Park South  

12U/14U - POOL PLAY – Saturday December 14, 2019 at Arroyo Vista Park or Conejo Creek Park South

10U/12U/14U – Sunday December 15, 2019, CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS at Conejo Creek Park South

Requirements (for the top teams to be invited):

- Minimum of 3 Volunteer Points;

- Minimum of 8 Referee Points;

- Certified Head and/or Assistant Coach for the Age Group, as well as updated training in both Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness;

- Positive representation of Region 9 in Area tournament –in technical area as well as on spectator side.

Mandatory Area Playoffs Briefing will be held at the Creek meeting room / Info Booth at 5 pm, on Final Saturday, 11/23/2019.

Head and/or Assistant coaches of all Playoff-bound teams are required to attend the meeting in order to obtain their Area team designations.

More Referees Needed for Regional Playoffs:

- The last 2 weekends are your final chances to make the minimum 8 referee points – as well as the 3 minimum volunteer points - to be eligible for Area Playoffs;

- Even if your team is not in the hunt for the top spots, or even if your team has already obtained the 15 maximum referee points, please urge your team referee/s to continue to help officiate games, as the Regional Playoffs and the 10U final matches depend on it.

Sponsor Plaques Ready to be Picked up on Saturday, 11/16/2019, at the Info Booth:

Please send your team representative there after 8 am and specify your team name (8UB01, 10UG02, etc.) for the pickup.

Best Luck and Most Fun in Regional Playoffs!

Region 9 Coaching Staff

Week 7 at the Creek, Friday, 10/25/2019

12U & 14U Regional Playoffs: Weeks 11 & 12:

- All 12U and 14U teams will be playing at least 2 more games in Weeks 11 and 12 in double-elimination playoffs;

- The Regional Playoff schedule had already been built into our master game schedule and can be browsed by clicking on the following web links:

week 11 12UB games

week 12 12UB games

week 11 12UG games

week 12 12UG games

week 11 14UB games

week 12 14UB games

week 11 14UG games

week 12 14UG games

- The first round Regional Playoff matchups are determined by the team standings at the end of week 10, including both game and referee points, with the first-place team as the 1st seed, the second-place team as the 2nd seed, etc.

- In order to avoid having any team play more than 2 games in a single day, there are a few games scheduled on Sunday, 11/17 (for 12U Girls) and Sunday, 11/24 (for 12U Boys, and possibly for 14U Boys and/or Girls).

- Each of the playoff games needs to have a winner, so if a game is tied at the end of regulation, the teams will go directly to shots-from-the-penalty-mark (no overtime will be played).

- A reminder on the basics of double-elimination: a team cannot be eliminated from the Playoffs by a single loss, nor will a team lose a title game if it’s the team’s only loss. We hope this will maximize team participation as well as provide the fairest competition.

- Regional Playoff results determine both the medal (1st, 2nd and 3rd-place ) awards and the Area Playoffs births (see below).

More on Area Playoffs 2019 in December:

Who:  Region 9 will have the following 23 teams invited to Area Playoffs after Thanksgiving:

10UB: 6 (top 3  of Groups A and B)

10UG: 5 (top 5 of single group)

12UB: 3 (top 3 of single group)

12UG: 3 (top 3 of single group)

14UB: 3 (top 3 of single group)

14UG: 3 (top 3 of single group)

When and Where:

10U - POOL PLAY – Saturday December 7, 2019 at Conejo Creek Park South  

12U/14U - POOL PLAY – Saturday December 14, 2019 at Arroyo Vista Park or Conejo Creek Park South

10U/12U/14U – Sunday December 15, 2019, CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS at Conejo Creek Park South

Requirements (for the top teams to be invited):

- Minimum of 3 Volunteer Points;

- Minimum of 8 Referee Points;

- Certified Head and/or Assistant Coach for the Age Group, as well as updated training in both Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness;

- Positive representation of Region 9 in Area tournament – both in the technical area and on the spectator side.

Mandatory Area Playoffs Briefing will be held at the Creek meeting room / Info Booth at 5 pm, on final Saturday, 11/23/2019.

Head and/or Assistant coaches of all Playoff-bound teams are required to attend the meeting in order to obtain their Area team designations.

8U and up Player Ratings Due by Sunday, 11/4/2019:

Please complete your player ratings online asap or no later than Sunday, 11/4/2019.

This is one of the most important duties of the coach to help ensure that we have Balanced Teams for the next season; the ratings completion status will also impact your coaching application next year.

Please go to the following website for 8U-19U teams:

http://aysoregion9.web803.discountasp.net/Region9_2004/PlayerRatingsInstr.asp

You will be asked for a username and a password, a combination which is unique for each team.

So, if you happen to coach more than 1 team, you will need to login separately for each one.

Your login information is: Username = the letters "tc" plus your 6-character Team Designation (e.g. tc12UG03; tc08UB01; tc2009GX)
Password = your 6-character Team Designation (e.g. 12UG03; 08UB01; 2009GX); all upper case.

Please note: 
-  8U Team Designations should start with a zero (e.g. 08UB01);

- There are 2 teams in 2006 Girls Extra, 2008 Boys Extra, and 2009 Boys Extra.  Coaches for those teams will need to follow special instructions sent to them separately.

Important:  be sure to save your work every 5 minutes or so in the Ratings form by clicking on the Submit button at the bottom of the page, or the program may time-out and all your hard work will be lost.

Mamba Sports Academy Booths on Saturday, 10/26/2019:

Mamba Sports Academy will set up their volunteer booths in the middle of the Creek to provide recovery services to our players and parents.

The Sports Academy specializes in performance recovery – accelerating muscle recovery using:

- NORMATEC COMPRESSION

- COMPEX E-STIM

- THERAGUN MASSAGE

- WHIRLPOOL ICE BATH

Have great fun on the fields tomorrow!

Region 9 Coaching Staff



Week 5 at the Creek, Friday, 10/11/2019

Last-Minute Field Status Check:

http://ayso9.org

https://www.crpd.org/parks-reservations/field-conditions/

- 805-381-1236

3-Quarter Minimum Play Rule:

For 7U/8U, 10U and 12U Divisions, the rule means “no one plays a 4th quarter until everyone else has played 3 quarters”.

If a player cannot play the 3-quarter required time due to injury or other issues, please make sure to notify the referees so they can record such cases in the game card.

Repeated violations of the rule will result in game forfeits or point reductions in Standings.

Goalkeeper Rotation Rule:

Game time at the goalkeeper position for 12U and under divisions is restricted as follows in order to allow out-field skill development for all younger players:

8U: 1 quarter only;
10U: up to 2 quarters (consecutive or alternate);
12U: up to 3 quarters (consecutive or alternate).

Frequent infringements on the rule will lead to game forfeits or point reductions in Standings.

Safety Issues Raised by Board Members:

- Please, no hanging or climbing on the goals and nets by kids or even ADULTS!

Coaches are not always watching what's going on outside the practice field, so parents need to help out by actually watching the kids.

- For your child’s safety, please do not just drop the kids off at the curb outside the fence and let them try to find their team and game field on their own!

- No dogs are allowed on the fields while they are permitted for our practice and games only!

- Please help keep the Creek clean by picking up after your practice or game!

Have a great game day tomorrow!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

Week 4 at the Creek, Friday, 10/4/2019

2019-20 All-Star Coaches Needed for 12U Boys Division:

We are looking for interested coaches who wish to continue with higher level of play in the post season.

We are specifically looking for a head coach to take a team in the 12U Boys Division.

If you are interested, please send a message to Steve Popp, our All-Star Program Coordinator, at [email protected] .

Second and Last Picture Day is This Saturday, 10/5/2019:

If you haven't got them already, there are picture packets at the Info Booth, and there will be extras at the Picture Day area (near Field 20) as well.

Please have ONE person - whether it’s you or your team manager - go to our web site, www.ayso9.org:

Under the Parents top menu, choose Picture Day for Parents, and make sure to click on the link "sign up (for your team’s picture time)" on top-left.

Or you can go to the following URL directly to schedule your appointment:

https://apps.ultimateexposures.com/app/EmailVerification.aspx?ShootTypeID=4&ClientID=263&ShootID=1163

Region 9 Entries for Area E Playoffs 2019:

Region 9 Co-Commissioners have approved the following # of teams to be sent to Area E Playoffs after Thanksgiving – pending Area final approval:

10UB: 6 (top 3  of Groups A and B)

10UG: 5 (top 5 of single group)

12UB: 3 (top 3 of single group)

12UG: 3 (top 3 of single group)

14UB: 3 (top 3 of single group)

14UG: 3 (top 3 of single group)

Total # of 2019 Area Playoff Teams: 23

- More details to follow as to which teams will be invited, when and where the Playoffs will be held, as well as the required volunteer and referee points for eligibility.

Late Arriving Players:

Region 9 follows AYSO National guidelines for late arriving players to games:

Late arriving team members shall be substituted as follows:

a. If the team member arrives during the first “quarter”, the team member must play a minimum of two of the remaining three “quarters”.

b. If the team member arrives during the second or third “quarter”, the team member must play a minimum of one “quarter”.

And once the 4th quarter starts, there’ll be no playtime at all for any late arriving players at that time.

Please make sure to ask the referees to note “late-arriving” on the game card as the reason for such players not being able to play the regular minimum playtime.

See you on the fields tomorrow!

Region 9 Coaching Staff

Week 3 at the Creek, Friday, 9/27/2019

2019-20 All-Star Coaches Needed for 10U Boys and Girls Divisions:

We are looking for interested coaches who wish to continue with higher level of play in the post season.

We are specifically looking for coaches to take a team in the 10U divisions for both Girls & Boys.

If you are interested, please send a message to Steve Popp, our All-Star Program Coordinator, at [email protected] .

First Picture Day is This Saturday, 9/28/2019:

If you haven't got them already, there are picture packets at the Info Booth, and there will be extras at the Picture Day area as well.

Please have ONE person - whether it’s you or your team manager - go to our web site, www.ayso9.org:

Under the Parents top menu, choose Picture Day for Parents, and make sure to click on the link "sign up (for your team’s picture time)" on top-left.

Or you can go to the following URL directly to schedule your appointment:

https://apps.ultimateexposures.com/app/EmailVerification.aspx?ShootTypeID=4&ClientID=263&ShootID=1163

Short-sided Play:

Short-sided play is always preferred to forfeits/no play.

In the spirit of Everyone Plays, please do not cancel your game if you are short of players; you can just show up with whom you have and let them have as much fun as they can.

In non-competitive divisions (8U and under), there are no minimum # of players required for short-sided play, and the opposing coach must agree to lending players or reducing the # of players on the field.

In competitive divisions (10U and up), the opposite coach is encouraged, but not required, to lend players or to reduce the # of players in match- note exceptions below, due to impact on Standings/Area Playoffs eligibility.

There’s also a minimum # of players requirement as noted below for short-sided play in the competitive divisions:

·         10U: 5 players – the non-shorted side must reduce to 7 on-field players or lend a player to the short-sided team in order to play 8 ;

·         12U: 6 players – the non-shorted side must reduce to 9 on-field players or lend a player to the short-sided team in order to play 10;

·         14U and up: 7 players

UK Trainers Zak and Shaun Leaving and Replacements Coming Next Week:

Due to work visa expiration, UK Trainers Zak and Shaun will have to leave us by the end of this month.

If you have a little time on Saturday, please come to Fields 10 & 11 (outside the snack shack, in the middle of the Park), and say a warm good-bye and a big thank-you to Zak and Shaun, who will be conducting their final Jamboree session there till about 1 pm.

Let’s also get ready to welcome 2 new UK trainers - Andy Kelly and Ben Maddocks – who will start work next week.

You can continue to request for UK training sessions at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9RjOdXitACgr1o5j6Bv-jzFaGDDdNyYpSsea87tTc9i5xRg/viewform?usp=send_form

and check the status of your requested or your assigned session at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15TXw5Iwfyta3PExq9dFNCWCGQKgcOA2J58qxi1pHRAU/edit#gid=1080946387

CRPD Field Condition URL and Hotline:

As you well know by now, CRPD – not AYSO9 – makes the final decision on whether the Creek fields are open in case of inclement weather.

Below is the URL to check on the field status:

https://www.crpd.org/parks-reservations/field-conditions/

Updates are normally posted by:

2:00pm Monday through Friday
8:00am Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays

You can also obtain the same information by calling the Field Condition Hotline at 805-381-1236.

Second Reminder for Turning in 8U Game Cards:

Please make sure that after your 8U game, your team referee hand in the game cards at the Referee Tent; as was mentioned earlier, they are required to help form balanced 10U teams next year.

Have a great game day tomorrow – weather blessing!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

Week 2 at the Creek, Friday, 9/20/2019

2019 Coach and Team Manager Shirts Available for Pickup at Info Booth:

There are still a few new coach shirts from last year that you can ask for if you need to give to your second assistant.

CRPD Middle School Soccer Tournament Impacting our Practice:

The tourney, to be held on:
Monday, 9/28
Tuesday, 10/8
Wednesday, 10/16
Thursday, 10/24
And possibly, Wednesday, 10/30

will be taking place on the 2 fields directly north of the snack shack -  AYSO fields 8, 9, 12 & 13 - from 4 to 6:30 pm.

All teams with assigned practices on Field 8, 9, 12 & 13 during these hours will need to move to Fields 18 & 19 to the east of the Big Tree.

All teams assigned to fields 16 & 17 during these hours will need to share space as well.

There will be unlocked white goals with nets on the fields for the CRPD tourney. Please do not move them.

7/8U Games Require 2 Referees, Not 1:

Unlike the Field Monitor, which only needs to be provided by the Home team, a 7/8U game requires 2 qualified referees – one from each side, and at least one of the 2 needs to be an adult referee.

The Referee Administrators have reiterated that if the 2 required referees do not show up, the game will not be able to be started.

So please make sure that your team referee is assigned and available for Saturday’s game.

Game-time Coaching Occurs in Technical Area Only:

You are reminded that you can only coach the game from the Technical Area marked by the orange lines (one yard from the touchline, perpendicular to the center circle).

Only you and your qualified assistant/s can occupy the Technical Area during a match; no parents are allowed to coach from the sidelines – you coach, they cheer!

Please, no coaching of any kind behind the goals!

Have a wonderful game day tomorrow!

Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 1 at the Creek, Friday, 9/13/2019

Regional Playoffs for 12U and 14U Divisions Only This Season:

Please take note that due to the large number of teams in10U divisions, as well as to the anticipated referee shortage in the final 2 weeks, we will not include the 10U divisions in the Regional Playoffs this season.

We will continue to look into the possibility of having 10U Regional Playoffs next year, with better planning and coordination with the Referee Staff.

Updated 2019 Play Format for 6U-14U Games:

Division

# of Players on Team

Play Format

6UB

6 or 7

4 v 4 or 5 v 5;No Keeper

6UG

6 or 7

4 v 4 or 5 v 5;No Keeper

7UB

8 or 9

6 v 6 or 7 v 7; No Keeper

7UG

8

6 v 6; No Keeper

8UB

9

7 v 7; with Keeper

8UG

9

7 v 7; with Keeper

10UB

10

8 v 8; with Keeper *

10UG

10

8 v 8; with Keeper *

12UB

12 or 13

10 v 10; with Keeper **

12UG

12 or 13

10 v 10 ; with Keeper **

14UB

14 or 15

11 v 11 ; with Keeper ***

14UG

14 or 15

11 v 11 ; with Keeper ***

*  10U teams participating in Area Playoffs will need to follow the 7 v 7 play format per AYSO National tournament rules; coaches must rotate 2 DIFFERENT players who will have to sit out 2 quarters for each game (assuming full player participation).

** 12UG teams participating in Area Playoffs will need to follow the 9 v 9 play format per AYSO National tournament rules; coaches must rotate 3 DIFFERENT players who will have to sit out 2 quarters for each game (assuming full player participation).

*** Even though the minimum play rule for 14U teams is 2 quarters, coaches are encouraged to rotate the player who will have to sit out 2 quarters for each game (assuming full player participation) in the regular season; those participating in Area Playoffs must rotate the player who will have to sit out 2 quarters for each game per Area tournament rules.

All play formats include the goal keeper, wherever a keeper is required.

UK Training Will Be Assigned Starting Monday, 9/16/2019:

As was mentioned, starting next week UK Training sessions will be assigned to teams (7U and up) in an effort to reach as many teams as possible.

·        The assigned UK sessions will be posted at the GoogleDocs sheet below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15TXw5Iwfyta3PExq9dFNCWCGQKgcOA2J58qxi1pHRAU/edit#gid=1080946387

·        You can still use the following online form for requesting UK Training, but please check the above link for assignment status:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9RjOdXitACgr1o5j6Bv-jzFaGDDdNyYpSsea87tTc9i5xRg/viewform?usp=send_form

Game Cards Required to be Handed in at the Referee Tent for 8U and up Divisions:

We’d especially ask the 8U coaches to fill out the game cards correctly, and remember to have their team referees turn in the cards at the Referee Tent after the game.

Those 8U game cards are very valuable for us to help form balanced teams next year in the 10U divisions.

Also, please use the cardstock game cards distributed in your coach packet; no paper game card printout will be accepted.

If you forget to bring your game card, please send someone to the Info Booth to get one.

Have a great game day tomorrow, please do bring extra water, shade and sunscreen to help deal with the hot weather!

Region 9 Coaching Staff


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