Playoffs in Dec for 10U-14U 

Players

Even if you missed tryouts, you can still apply for All-Stars through Nov 28. Coaches will scout your games and announce decisions at the end of the month. Hurry, because fortune favors the bold. Saturday Nov. 20 is the last weekend of soccer for 6U-8U teams. The 10U-14U teams will continue with Playoffs after a Thanksgiving break for Playoffs.

Parents

Sign up for an hour staffing the tent at Victory Park. AYSO works because of you, and this is an easy way to contribute.

Playoffs for 10U-14U are Dec 4-5 and 11-12. 

Managers

Trophies! Get yer trophies!  (Coaches or Team managers) Pick up trophies for  6U, 7U, 8U at the clubhouse (711 W Woodbury, Unit E, Altadena CA) from 6- 8 pm on Thursday, Nov. 11!

Coaches

The teams that win in playoffs are the teams that used the last 8 weeks to put players in positions that challenged them, not necessarily where they were the strongest. If you were clever, you kept notes on your game plans, and these last two games are your chance to try out formations for the playoff tournament.

Exhort your strong players to apply for All-Stars, and go ahead and advocate for them to the All-Stars coaches. There's still time for scouting at the final two Saturdays.

Playoffs

There will be a single-elimination playoff tournament for 10U-14U teams. Teams are grouped into "flights" of teams with similar abilities. The A flight competes to represent Region 13 in the play-through tournament on Dec 17-19. The B and C flights compete for glory and a shiny trophy, and it's so exciting, you'd think it really is the World Cup. Remember -- this is still a rec league, and nobody remembers who won what from 10 years ago, not even the people involved, but they do learn from the experience of pushing themselves to their limits.

The schedule will be assembled during the week of Thanksgiving, based on tabulating the game cards from regular-season pool play. The exact breakdown of A/B/C flights changes every year, based on team count and the distribution of abilities.

Looking ahead

See more by subscribing to the Region 13 calendar

Every Thursday Free COVID testing at the clubhouse, 711 W Woodbury, Unit E, 6-8 pm
Nov 26-28 Myles Standish Tournament at Victory Park
Dec 2 Board meeting on Zoom, 7:15 pm
Dec 4-5 Playoffs week 1 of 2
Dec 11-12 Playoffs week 2 of 2
Dec 13 Holiday Volunteer Awards Dinner - 7 pm

Winter soccer

Winter programs run for approximately 8 weeks in January - February. For All-Stars players must have played in the previous fall's core program. For other programs, new players are invited to join after registering as AYSO members ($30, nonrefundable, pays for the insurance) at https://ayso13.org/register.

Winter Stars is an informal pickup-style soccer program on Sunday afternoons for ages 5-13, even during the Superbowl. Anyone may play, and the coaching is done by professional trainers. Parents volunteer by carrying goals, setting up the field, etc. Parents who have previously coached in Region 13 are welcome to join and learn a thing or two from the pros. Players who participate in Grad Series and All-Stars are invited to join Winter Stars at no extra cost. The cost of Winter Stars is $110 and includes a jersey and professional trainers.

Grad Series is a mini-season for 8U players to try the more formal game (10U rules and fields), with large nets, positions, goalkeepers, and offside. Parents are trained to coach and referee in December and at the start of January. The cost of Grad Series is $125.

We're looking into starting Kindergarten Series, a 6-week mini-season for 5U players (who will generally be entering Kindergarten in the fall) to join a team with uniforms, play with other teams, and enjoy a juice box afterwards. Parents are trained to coach and referee in December and at the start of January. $125 We do not yet know id we will have the field space to support this program. 

All-Stars are travel teams that play in the San Gabriel Valley, with a playoff tournament at the beginning of March. The cost of All Stars is $135.

For those who just can't get enough, a few programs continue in the Spring

Spring Cup is a 4-week tournament among teams within the San Gabriel Valley. Tryouts are required. Check back in January.

Bill Owen Spring Classic is a competitive (meaning, bring your A game or you'll lose 13-0) tournament at the Rose Bowl around  Spring Break.  Fee: around $450/team

Photo of the week

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Lacey Holmquist took this picture of the Komodo Dragons and Firebolts streaking toward the ball. Send your pictures or tag @aysoregion13 on Instagram
Now, if your newsletter editor could get yellow jerseys, the team would be called "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" But nobody ever asks the coach. Probably for the best.


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