- 2016 Ref-O-Rama! Saturday, October 1st The Fourth Annual Ref-o-rama is here! This weekend, we will be having the U10 edition, with our referee showcase on Victory Park field 4. Look for the refs in pink!
U10 Referees: If your team plays on VP4 this week, you will get your referee wins by meeting the pink referee team 15 minutes before the game and spending the game with our fourth referee to see what you can learn from the experienced referee team. You don’t need to wear your referee uniform. (You may also send more than your assigned referees and receive an extra referee win (max two extra wins per team) if they participate.)If your team does not play on VP4 this weekend, you will referee your own games just as you usually would. But you can still participate. Get to any game on VP4 15 minutes before the game to join the experienced referee team for its pre game, and stay through the game. You will get an extra referee win for your team. (Maximum one per referee and two per team.)We hope you all participate. It’s not only a chance to watch an experienced referee team with an advisor to point things out, it’s also a perfect chance to ask any of those nagging questions you’ve been having through the first few games.
U12 and U14 Referees: Your turn to participate and earn extra referee wins comes on October 8 at the Rose Bowl! (Only U10 referees may earn referee wins at the U10 event.)
U6, U7 &U8 Referees: If you’re interested in learning more about what it is like to ref as your child gets older, feel free to come by and see us!
- Game card spreadsheet for U10-U14
U10-U14 coaches (or team managers) —
If you don’t want to fill in game cards by hand each week, please download gamecards2016 and follow the Instructions. I know that the formatting is correct on a Windows machine; I don’t own a Mac to try it on. Please print on 8 1/2 x 11 card stock if at all possible.
— Bill Owen, region 13 scheduler and statistician
- New Heading Ban
See the information below on the new AYSO heading ban in effect with the 2016 Fall Season. The ban applies to all players in the U12 age division and below.
I. HEADING THE BALL
1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.
Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.
2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.
a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.
- Revisions to Laws of the Game
The “guardian” of the Laws of the Game, the IFAB (International Football Association Board), recently completed a comprehensive rewrite resulting in many revisions. These new law changes will be in effect during the 2016 Fall Season. While most of the revisions are minor in nature, and will not have a significant impact on games, it might be worthwhile to understand these changes.
For a summary of the revisions, including kickoffs in any direction, see the slides attached below.
- Sideline Etiquette
AYSO strives to create a healthy environment for our children and our community. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a high standard of conduct at our games:
- Negative comments and complaints about officiating are prohibited.
- In Region 13, the home team always occupies the north or west sideline. This rule applies regardless of sun, shade or other conditions.
- Spectators must sit on their team’s sideline.
- No spectators are allowed behind the goal line.
- Coaches must remain in “the technical area” (on the sideline, within 10 yards of the halfway line). Whether or not the technical area is painted, coaches must go no further from the halfway line than the edge of the center circle.
- Exceptions: U6, U7, and U8 coaches are allowed along the entire sideline.
- Only coaches may “coach” (i.e., instruct and direct the players). Others on the sideline should cheer and encourage, but never coach.
- Coach participation in matches is limited to comments that are positive, instructional, or encouraging.
- A coach should not speak to opposing players, except perhaps to compliment them on their play.
- Coaches and spectators are not entitled to question the referee’s calls or ask for explanations during a match.
- Coaches are not permitted on the field unless specifically invited by the referee (e.g., even if there is an injury, the coach must be invited by the referee before entering the field).
- U7 Coaches are permitted on the field for September games.
- U6 Coaches are permitted on the field throughout the season.
- Alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited at AYSO games and practices, and in the immediate vicinity of AYSO fields.
- AYSO games (and practices) require a certified, currently registered AYSO coach.
- AYSO scheduled games require a certified, currently registered AYSO referee. If there is no referee, there can be no game, but the teams may still scrimmage.
Region 13 has adopted a NO Pets Policy at all AYSO events held in the Region. We ask all parents, guests and spectators to please leave your pets at home when you attend any AYSO event including practices, games, picture day, opening ceremonies, Tournaments, etc. This Policy is endorsed at the National level, is endorsed at the Section level, is endorsed at the Area level, is consistent with neighboring Regions and is in keeping with our Insurance Policy which does not cover animal bites or related injuries. Service animals are generally exempt from this Policy. We appreciate your cooperation.
Coach – someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
Each year over 500 parents and volunteers step forward to coach either as a head coach or assistant coach. Region 13 and AYSO provide these outstanding individuals with the training they need to be effective coaches. The training is always age appropriate. Ask any coach just how rewarding the experience is. No experience necessary. Won’t you volunteer to coach?
Coaches are encouraged to check this page regularly throughout the season for important updates, news and other information. Bookmarking the page in your web browser is not a bad idea, either.
- Coaching Staff
- All-Star/Tournament Coach Application (online)
- Coach Training Requirements and Courses
- List of Head Coaches
- Game Schedules
- AYSO Aeas 1/C
- AYSO National