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

Week 11

We are looking forward to an exciting Final Saturday, when teams in 5 of 7 Competitive Divisions/Groups are still contending for Playoffs berths and/or the top 3 places in Final Standings, whom the medals will be awarded to - provided that the required Volunteer Points and Referee Points are or will have been earned on Final Gameday.

Below are important information about the Final Saturday:

Tiebreaker Rules:

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

Please note that there is no tiebreaker rule for Goals For (Scored), as running up the score is against the AYSO Philosophy of Good Sportsmanship, and thus discouraged in all AYSO games.


Basic Requirements for Area Playoffs Berth:

- 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 Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness, and Cardiac Arrest;

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

Area Playoffs will be held at the Creek fields in the weekend of 12/4-5/2021 - one weekend only.


Playoffs Berths by Divisions/Groups:

10U Boys: 2 entries - the top finisher in each group (A and B) advances;
10U Girls: 2 entries - the top 2 finishers advance;
12U Boys: 1 entry - the top finisher advances;
12U Girls: 1 entry - the top finisher advances;
14U Boys: 1 entry - the top finisher advances;
14U Girls: 2 entries - the top 2 finishers advance.

Mandatory Area Playoffs Briefing will be held at the Creek meeting room / Info Booth at 5 pm, on Final Saturday, 11/20/2021.  Head and/or Assistant coaches of all Playoff-bound teams are required to attend the meeting in order to obtain their Area team designations.


Previous Referee Points Will Be Frozen after 8 pm, Tuesday, 11/16/2021, in Preparation for Final Gameday

Competitive teams- please double check your referee points on the Google Sheet at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSFIF1kZxC2cGC1Nr0CwQ6i-zARx79wGiXlBQqoBqid9fDZqxBxffJtVKGEWVDw1WXxPsxaAgabhn-z/pubhtml#

AND at the Final Standings URL at:

https://www.ayso9.org/Default.aspx?tabid=863283

and email our Team Referee Director Brian Salzman asap or before 8 pm, Tuesday, 11/16/2021, at [email protected], if you find any discrepancies or mistakes.


Medals and Plaques Distribution:

- Non-Competitive (6U, 7U and 8U) Divisions’ participation medals, team sponsor plaques, and Competitive Divisions' Ron Volk award plaques will be available for pickup at the Info Booth between 7:30 am and 2:30 pm on Final Saturday, 11/20/2021 - provided that the required Volunteer Points (2) are already obtained by the Non-Competitive teams. Those Non-Competitive teams who will be earning their last points on Final Saturday will be able to receive their award medals only after their volunteer shifts are completed.

- Competitive (10U, 12U and 14U) Division/Group’s top 3 team medals will be distributed at 4 pm on Final Gameday, 11/20/2021, in Info Booth, after all the final day scores, Referee Points and Volunteer Points are tallied and verified.  Competitive teams must have earned at least 3 Volunteer Points AND 8 Referee Points in order to be able to claim their top 3 team medals.

- Please note that only the top 3 finishers in a Competitive Division/Group will be able to get the medals – unlike the Non-Competitive Divisions, no participation awards will be given in the Competitive Divisions/Groups.

- There’s only one Ron Volk award plaque for each Competitive team: the nominated player’s name will be on the plaque only if the online entry had been made on time (by Friday, 11/12/2021); otherwise a blank Ron Volk award plaque is available for pickup if you still want to award a player on your team that best embodies the AYSO spirit.

Have a Brilliant Final Saturday!

Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 10

Ron Volk Award Nominations Ends on Friday, 11/12/2021:

Since we only got 18 entries so far, we are extending the deadline to 11:59 pm tonight, Friday, 11/12/2021.

It's something very special to the nominated player to have his or her name engraved on the Ron Volk plaque.

Please do note the following:

One, this award is for Competitive (10U, 12U and 14U) Divisions and Extra teams only, not for the Non-Competitive (6U, 7U and 8U) teams;
Two, you can still get a blank - no engraved name - Ron Volk plaque at the Info Booth if you want to present it to a special player after tonight.

Again, below is the URL for the Google Sheet for the Ron Volk award nominations; the sheet will be closed for submission by midnight tonight.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-isaayXSTrR5yg6byeRzW9tEkH8-LaMjbbwNMvQi27Ms-qA/viewform

Area Playoffs FAQs:

Q: Will the weekend of 12/4-5/2021 be the only days for Area Playoffs?
A: Yes, this year Area has shortened the Playoffs duration from the usual 2-weekends event to 1-weekend only.

Q: Will the regular season end on Sunday, 12/5/2021?
A: It will end for most teams by 12/5/2021; but if your team finishes in the top 2 of your age group in Area Playoffs, you will get invited to the Section/League Championship in February 2022 in Bakersfield, in which case you will continue practicing till 2/2022.

Q: Will the Area Playoffs-bound Teams be able to practice in the Thanksgiving Week?
A: Yes, but the lighting of the practice fields will be limited (see the next topic for details).

Thanksgiving Week Lighting Schedule per Permits/Fields Director Doug Huemme:

- We only have a limited number of fields available in the Thanksgiving week: they are AYSO Fields 20, 17, 16, 1 and 2

- on Wednesday night (11/24/21) before Thanksgiving, all lights will be off at 7:30 pm.

- On Monday (11/22/21) and Tuesday (11/23/21) nights, the lights will turn off at 8:30 pm.

- We do not have permits on Thursday (11/25/21) or Friday (11/26/21).

- It should be a really quiet week, but please share practice space if necessary.


Have a Splendid Game Day tomorrow!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 9

Much Scaled Down Area Playoffs:

Area E has finalized the number of entries for each of its 6 Regions for the Saturday-Sunday, 12/4-5/2021 Area Playoffs to be held at the Creek - our home fields.

The numbers are much smaller than those in past years - for obvious reasons: our Region has been granted 9 entries (no, it has nothing to do with our Region # ;) as compared to 23 in 2019.

Here's the breakdown of our Playoffs berths by Age Groups, assuming the advancing teams have fulfilled the required minimum Volunteer (3) and Referee (8) Points by Final Game Day, Saturday, 11/20/2021:

10U Boys: 2 entries - the top finisher in each group (A and B) advances;
10U Girls: 2 entries - the top 2 finishers advance;
12U Boys: 1 entry - the top finisher advances;
12U Girls: 1 entry - the top finisher advances;
14U Boys: 1 entry - the top finisher advances;
14U Girls: 2 entries  - the top 2 finishers advance.

Mandatory Area Playoffs Briefing will be held at the Creek meeting room / Info Booth at 5 pm, on Final Saturday, 11/20/2021.  Head and/or Assistant coaches of all Playoffs-bound teams are required to attend the meeting in order to obtain their Area team designations.


Ron Volk Award Nominations Due, Thursday, 11/11/2021

Ron Volk was a beloved Region 9 coach, division administrator,  Assistant Commissioner, Commissioner, and much more. He passed away at a young age due to illness, but his love and gift for the Region and children continues through this award.

The award that bears Ron Volk's name is not just a sportsmanship award, it should be regarded with the highest esteem -- even more so than a first-place trophy.
Please consider a player on your team to receive this prestigious award: it doesn't need to be the best athlete or the top scorer at all, it should be someone on your team that best embodies the AYSO spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork.

Please nominate your player (one player only per team, competitive divisions / Extra League only) by completing the Google sheet at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-isaayXSTrR5yg6byeRzW9tEkH8-LaMjbbwNMvQi27Ms-qA/viewform

The deadline for the online entry is Thursday, 11/11/2021 if you want your player’s name engraved on the Ron Volk plaque, there will be no exceptions.

Blank (no player name) Ron Volk plaques will be available - first come, first serve - at the Info Booth by the last game day (Saturday, 11/20/2021) if you decide to make your nomination after 1/11/2021.


A Message from Regional Referee Administrator about When Play should or should not be Stopped:

- For 10U and above: Referees do not have to stop the match for every instance of a player on the ground. If a player is holding their head or otherwise appears dizzy or is screaming bloody murder, or is clutching their heart, then certainly. We had a parent complain about this at the ref tent, and they actually ran onto the match to tend to the child during play.
I’d also rather not do this at 7U/8U either, but those matches are not competitive; however, that is where everyone learns what they should and should not do. This was an expellable offense, but the referee handled it in a calm manner.

- For 10U and above: Parents and coaches should not enter the field of play without permission from the referee. Most “injuries” are recoverable within a minute of calming down and wiping the tears. Major injuries will be tended to by an EMT. Same comments about 7U/8U here. In 99% of cases like this time is not a critical factor.

- Referees are trained to stop play during a lull, or to hold up the restart of play, to tend to anyone not recovering in a “normal” (jumping back up and playing) manner.


Have a Magnificent Game Day on Saturday!
Region 9 Coaching Staff


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Week 8

An Important Reminder on AYSO's Good Sportsmanship Philosophy:

Good Sportsmanship is one of the 6 AYSO Philosophies, it is defined as:

"We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude".

As coaches, we should model and promote good sportsmanship as follows:

- Demonstrate that winning is not the most important thing in sport; that character development is just as important.
- Model how to win and lose graciously.
- Stress playing hard to win (rather than winning itself).
- Install respect for teammates, opposing teams, coaches and referees.
- Encourage good behavior on and off the field and stress that foul or abusive language will not be tolerated.

UK Training has been extended for one more week - till 11/19/2021

The Commissioners have secured one more week - Week #14 (Nov 15-19) - of UK Training with UK Soccer.

I've updated the online Google sheet/form accordingly to include the extra week.

So you can just check the UK Training availability at:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15TXw5Iwfyta3PExq9dFNCWCGQKgcOA2J58qxi1pHRAU/edit#gid=1080946387

and then make your request for an open slot at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9RjOdXitACgr1o5j6Bv-jzFaGDDdNyYpSsea87tTc9i5xRg/viewform?usp=send_form

14U Intra-Region Play Takes Place in Final 2 Weekends

Area E 14U Inter-Region play ends on next Saturday, 11/6/2021, but Intra-Region 14U play continues into the final 2 Saturdays 11/13 and 11/20/2021, it will count toward 14U teams' final standings and thus their Playoff opportunities.

One important rule to observe in order to avoid any delay of 14U games: the Home Team MUST wear the green jersey, and the Away Team MUST wear the white.  Failure to follow this rule will result in pinnies worn on top of the non-compliant team's jerseys.

Have a spectacular game day tomorrow!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 7

Regional Awards & Area Playoff Berths Determined by Final Standings on Saturday, 11/20/2021:

- All Non-Competitive Division (6U, 7U, and 8U) teams will receive Participation awards, provided that the required 2 Volunteer Points have been earned;

- Regional medal awards (top 3 in each Competitive Group/Division - 10U, 12U and 14U) as well as Area Playoffs berths will be determined by the Final Standings on Final Saturday, 11/20/2021 - if the required 3 Volunteer Points have been obtained; please note that only the top 3 finishers in a Competitive Division/Group will be able to get the medals – unlike the Non-Competitive Divisions, no Participation awards will be given in the Competitive Divisions/Groups.

- Referee Points will be counted through Final Saturday; please remember that a team can only earn a maximum of 2 referee points in a week, and a maximum of 15 referee points in the whole season.  So up to 15 referee points can be counted toward your final standings, they can and will affect your final placement!

You can check your team's referee points online at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSFIF1kZxC2cGC1Nr0CwQ6i-zARx79wGiXlBQqoBqid9fDZqxBxffJtVKGEWVDw1WXxPsxaAgabhn-z/pubhtml#

Please email Brian Salzman, Our Team Referee Director, at [email protected], asap or within one week of the web posting, if you need to request for corrections.

- Please also check the Standings page often at https://www.ayso9.org/Default.aspx?tabid=863283 , again, requests for corrections will only be accommodated within one week of the latest posting, by emailing Brian Salzman, also our Results and Standings Coordinator, at [email protected].

- Please browse to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1csMMK1L51VhWnkBQ6tOxWIFSHb8aQHGx4Lh0gjDDzso/edit#gid=29517804 to check your Volunteer Points, and email Nicole Campos, our Volunteer Director, at [email protected], for corrections.
Important Reminder: no required (2 for Non-Competitive, 3 for Competitive teams) Volunteer Points, no Participation/Regional medal awards and no Area Playoff entries!


Region 9's Tiebreaker Rules:

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


A Message from Regional Referee Administrator about Spectator Side for Home and Away Teams:

Please remind the coaches that the home team and home spectators are on the West Touch Line or North Touch Line side:

- No, the Home team doesn’t get to choose.
- No, the first team to arrive doesn’t get to choose.
- Yes, this happens during the morning matches, especially in the 10U fields (and Fields 18 and 19). And, no, that sun is not pleasant to look into.


Have an Outstanding Game Day Tomorrow!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 6

Seeking 12U & 14U Boys All Stars Coaches

If you are interested in continuing the season following Core, please consider taking an All Stars team.

Postseason is a wonderful opportunity to continue playing the game at a higher level.  All Stars season begins at the end of Core and lasts through Spring.

Area E Playoffs Entries to be Determined

Area Playoffs will be held in the first and second weekends after Thanksgiving, at the Creek - our home fields.  We are awaiting Area's final decision on the number of Region 9 teams to be invited.

Below are the basic requirements for any entry to Area Playoffs - in addition to game points and placement in standings:

- Minimum of 3 Volunteer Points;

- Minimum of 8 Referee Points;

- Certified Head and/or Assistant Coach for the Age Group, as well as up-to-date training in Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness and Cardiac Arrest;

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

No Dissenting with Referees or Risk to be Cautioned or Sent off

Please do not argue with the referee's calls during or after the game; the newly implemented Zero-Tolerance Policy could render yellow or even red (send-off) carding for repeated or persistent dissenting.

If you do need to complain about the officiating, please browse to:

https://www.ayso9.org/Default.aspx?tabid=961906

and fill out a Region 9 Referee Feedback Form so the Regional Referee Administrator and his staff can look into it.

One Final CRPD Middle School Soccer Tournament Day Impacting Practice Space
 
The final scheduled date is the coming Thursday, 10/21/2021, using AYSO Fields 1 & 2 (the United/Extra practice fields).

ALL teams practicing on Fields 8-20 will need to share space with the displaced United and Extra teams.

Fields 3-7 primarily have young teams in small spaces, so please do not use that area if displaced.

It will work fine if everyone plays nice.


Have a great game on Saturday!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 5

Reminder: CRPD Middle School Soccer Tournament Impacting Practice Space:

CRPD continues to hold their annual Middle School Soccer Tournament at the Creek.
There are 2 more dates (10/14 and 10/21) scheduled; games generally run from 4pm and are done by 6:30 ~ 7 pm.
We are required to give back fields for these games.

The Thursday, 10/14 tourney day will affect Core teams practicing on Fields 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13,
between 4 and 7 pm.  Teams assigned to practice on neighboring Fields 16, 17 & 20 during that time will need to
make space for the displaced teams.

The Thursday, 10/21 tournament day will impact United and Extra teams practicing on Fields 1 & 2,
the Core teams must share practice space with the displaced United and Extra teams.

Basically everyone needs to play nice and MUST share field space on those nights.


A Message from our Field Director about the Danger of Lightning:

As I am sure you are all aware, we closed the fields on Monday, 10/4/2021 for player safety due to lightning strikes.

Attached is an image that was pulled from our CCTV system. At one point there was visible lightning directly above our fields.

While we don’t have to deal with lightning often in CA, it’s a serious player safety issue. Please see below information from US Youth Soccer regarding lightning and what steps to take in the event there is a lightning storm. It is also addressed in Safe Haven.

https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/news/lightning_safety_outdoors/

I appreciate that most coaches used good judgment and ended training sessions immediately. Should this happen again I encourage everyone to not only end training, but to leave the fields as quickly as possible. Some teams stopped practicing, but then waited on the fields, in some cases immediately next to metal goals and light poles, and had team/player meetings while waiting for parents to arrive. The most dangerous place to be in a lightning storm is outdoors, and it increases the risk by being near metal objects.


Fillable and Printable AYSO Official Game Card:

For those who want to save time by not having to manually enter the player names and their jersey numbers each time we fill out a game card, please find the attached fillable and printable official AYSO Lineup Card in PDF format.

Please do make sure that you print out the completed form on CARD STOCK (Legal Size 11x14 inches is ideal), and with the matching BACK side.  Plain paper and/or no-back-side game cards will not be accepted.

You can always get a blank game card from the Info Booth to fill out if you forget to bring your own; please do not go to your game without a game card.


Last-Minute Field Status Check:

- http://ayso9.org

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

- 805-381-1236


Good Luck on Saturday!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 4
 

CRPD Middle School Soccer Tournament Impacting Practice Space - Part 2:

CRPD continues to hold their annual middle school soccer tournament at the Creek.
There are 2 more dates (10/6 and 10/14) scheduled; games generally run from 4pm and are done by 6:30 ~ 7 pm.
We are required to give back fields for these games.

The Wednesday, 10/6/2021 tournament day will only impact United and Extra teams practicing on Fields 1 & 2.

But the Thursday, 10/14.2021 tourney day will affect those teams practicing on Fields 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13, between 4 and 7 pm.  Teams assigned to practice on neighboring Fields 16, 17 & 20 during that time will need to make space for the displaced teams.
Basically everyone needs to play nice and MUST share field space on that night.


AllStar Program Selecting Coaches for Postseason Tournaments:

Steve Popp, Region 9's AllStar Program Director, is observing and selecting coaches who will pick their own Allstar teams in the 10U, 12U and14U
Competitive Divisions, and represent Region 9 in Area E tournaments and any other local tournaments the teams wish to enter.

The higher level Allstar postseason usually starts at Thanksgiving and can go on as late as early June.  AllStar play is very rewarding as you can usually work on more advanced skills and tactics, and individual and team improvement is often rapid.

Please contact Steve at [email protected] if you wish to be considered as an AllStar coach in the coming 2021-2022 postseason.


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 deductions in Standings for competitive division teams.


Goalkeeper Rotation Rules for 8U, 10U and 12U:

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 deductions in Standings for competitive teams.

Have a Fantastic Game Day tomorrow!
Region 9 Coaching Staff

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Week 3

Second Reminder on 8U and 10U Game Cards:

  • Please remember to enter the official Team # (e.g. 10UG01, 08UB01) on the game card; please be considerate to the results/standings keepers who are volunteers just like you.
  • Please make sure that after an 8U game, the team referee hand in both teams' game cards at the Referee Tent; as was mentioned earlier, they are required to help form balanced 10U teams next year.

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 whomever 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 regular-sided coach is encouraged, but not required, to lend players or to reduce the # of players on the field - 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.

Late Arriving Players:

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

Late arriving team members shall be substituted as follows:

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

CRPD Field Condition URL and Hotline:

You are reminded that 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.

Have a great Game Day tomorrow!

Region 9 Coaching Staff

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