March 18, pickup soccer for kids + exhibition game at America's Stadium, the Rose Bowl! 

This is gonna be awesome!

RSVP to join the informal pickup jamboree at the Rose Bowl Stadium (inside the actual stadium) on March 18.

What's the occasion? This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Region 13, and the start of the 50th season of girls' soccer in Pasadena. To celebrate, the Rose Bowl Foundation is letting us use America's Stadium for a special exhibition game, organized by our Sisterhood of Soccer. Kickoff at 6:15 pm. Before that, girls and boys from Region 13 are invited to take the field to play informal games, similar to how we do in Winter Stars. Meet at 4:30 at the Brandi Chastain statue, south of the stadium. Stand next to some friends you want to play with, and then we'll go into the stadium! Bring a picnic dinner and a warm coat.

Winter wrap

Parents, please answer the survey about Winter 2022 programs. That's Winter Stars, VIP, Grad Series, EXTRA, and All-Stars.

What's next

The Fall League, the main event, will be here before you know it.
May-June: register children and apply to volunteer
July - August: get trained to coach and referee
August: teams formed
September: soccer!

The Bill Owen Spring Classic is April 16-17 (Easter weekend), at the Rose Bowl (though not inside the stadium). Coaches, get a team together and apply. https://ayso13.org/tournament

To do

All coaches and referees need LiveScan fingerprinting. As of January 1, 2022 every volunteer in California who interacts with children must be fingerprinted. Just come to the Region 13 clubhouse on Wednesdays in March sometime between 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Bring an ID, and it takes about 5 minutes. Please RSVP, so the company knows enough people will be there to justify sending their people out.

AYSO Expo (a lot of in-person training) comes to San Diego on March 24-27. This is the place to network with other regions' board members and volunteers. Region 13 will reimburse registration and lodging. https://www.aysoexpo.org/s-1-10-11-socal/

Volunteer training has a new platform, with new and interesting classes on everything from dispute resolution to social-emotional learning. Find it at https://ayso13.org/classes.

Spring soccer? See below for sports camps

EXTRA is a higher level of competition that AYSO offers. If that interests you, our neighbors in Region 214, South Pasadena, are holding EXTRA tryouts on March 19, 20, and 26 at South Pas HS. AYSO's Open Registration policy means you may register in any region.

Looking ahead

See more by subscribing to the Region 13 calendar

Wednesday FREE LiveScan for volunteers. Add to calendar
March 24 AYSO Section 1/10/11 EXPO in San Diego
April 2 Lower Division Spring Cup games start
April 7 Board meeting on Zoom, 7:15 pm
May 1 Registration opens for the Fall 2022 League
May 5 Board meeting on Zoom, 7:15 pm

All-Stars results

Region 13's All-Stars teams did really well, competing with the other teams from AYSO Area 1/C. Here are the final results:

B10U Sectional - 5th place
B10U Area - 2nd place
B10U Regional - 3rd, 5th, and 6th place
B12U Sectional - 3rd place (2nd in pool play)
B12U Area - 1st place
B12U Regional - 2nd, 4th and 6th place
B14U Sectional - 3rd place (2nd in pool play)
B14U Area - 2nd (1st in pool play) and 8th place
G10U Sectional  - 1st place
G10U Area - 2nd place
G10U Regional - 1st place, 3rd place
G12U Sectional - 2nd place
G12U Area - 1st place
G12U Regional - 1st place
G14U Sectional - 6th place
G14U Area - 4th place

The G12U Area team, and their fearless coaches Rami Wehbe and Adam Wierman, sure look pleased after taking 1st place in this weekend's playoff tournament!

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The B14U Area Team led by Taj Chiu and Calum Torrie took 1st place in Area pool play and 2nd place in the playoff tournament this past weekend. A parent from the team took this amazing photo of the ceremonial walk on that the team did. 

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Spring break and summer camps

UK International Soccer, an official partner of AYSO, has camps at the Rose Bowl starting at  $149 a week. Register here

Launch Sports, the people who runs Region 13's skills clinics, are offering soccer camps during spring break (April 4-8 and April 18-22) and the summer. Register here.

Spartan Allstars is a coed, multi-sports day camp at La Canada High School starting June 6. A week of half-day camp starts at $375. For everything from archery to ultimate frisbee Register here.

Other camps we like include Acting, Basketball, and Swimming at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

Dear <<First Name>>,

Spring is a quiet-ish season for soccer. If you're looking for activities, consider basketball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, or pickleball.

While you're doing that, volunteers are getting ready AYSO is about more than just the game. It's about building connections between people, and all of us -- players, parents, volunteers -- growing in the process. 

The theme for 2022 is, "Be the change you want to see in the world." You are invited to imagine how Pasadena, Altadena, and La Cañada could be even better for families, and then help make some of those changes happen. One of those changes could be the Region 13 web site, which we know has room to improve. If you're good at copywriting, communication, computers, or design, and want to make a small part of the world just a little bit better, please tell me!


See you on the field,

Taj Chiu
Regional Commissioner (Volunteer) and Soccer Mom

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