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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 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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