History of Region 13
When AYSO was founded in 1964 by European soccer enthusiasts living in Torrance, California, Torrance became Region 1, followed by Arcadia (Region 2). In 1972, Pasadena, Altadena and La Cañada players separated from Arcadia to form the thirteenth region in AYSO’s history (hence, Region 13). Today, nearly 650,000 boys and girls and 250,000 volunteer coaches, referees and administrators are members of AYSO, comprising over 1000 regions in all with over 50,000 teams, Region 13 is one of the largest regions in the country, providing recreation and personal development for over 2,500 girls and aged 4 through 18.
Region 13 has been a pioneer of new ideas in leadership, organization, and community involvement. In 1973, the second year, we were one of the first Regions to establish a soccer program for girls. In 1974, Region 13 became the first to organize and operate using established business management and marketing principles. In 1975, AYSO Region 13 was the first to create an investment fund for the development of community recreational facilities. We also fostered the concept of requiring shin guards.
Between 1976 and 1978, Region 13 was the driving force behind the conversion of parking lot H into the playing fields that the community enjoys now in front of the Rose Bowl. We have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and spearheaded lighting projects in Pasadena, Altadena and La Cañada. Annually, we help fund field fertilization and sprinkler maintenance of many of the playing fields in our Region.
From 1977-1982, Region 13 contributed funds to the City of Pasadena as part of a five-year joint venture to build the restroom, storage, and snack bar facility at Brookside, which was dedicated to the memory of AYSO volunteer Edward Lapointe, Region 13’s Field Manager. Also, our Region was the largest private contributor to the funds for the installment of field lighting at Victory Park in 1986. In 1989, we donated funds for lights on the upper field area of Victory Park for additional evening practices. In 1997, we contributed over a large portion of a joint Region 13, City of Pasadena and Pasadena Unified School District lighting project to light fields at Victory Park, Pasadena High School, John Muir High School and Washington Middle School. We have also contributed to replace and rehabilitate the sprinkler systems at Muir High School and Pasadena High School. In 1998, in combination with Pasadena Southwest Little League, we invested in the complete renovation of McKinley Field.
Region 13 enjoys a cooperative relationship with many other youth sports organizations, including the for the formation of the La Cañada Youth Sports Coalition, which enables the management of all leagues and user groups in the area to collectively ensure the most efficient use of fields. As the need for more playing fields for our kids becomes critical, AYSO members are playing a leadership role in the Pasadena Field Task Force and other efforts to provide more and better fields for everyone to enjoy. The entire community benefits from this cooperation, particularly in the area of field development.
Accomplishments like these obviously require lots of work and dedication. Luckily, Region 13 has a strong leadership base that we urge you to join. Welcome to AYSO Region 13. We have a history of success. You have become a part of our tradition of excellence in leadership, community involvement and child development that will remain favorably with you and your children for the rest of their lives.