Mount Diablo Soccer Association
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Congratulations on being entrusted to coach an MDSA Select team. Select is for those players and coaches that want to take their game to a higher level than the Fall season recreational play.
This handbook is designed to help prepare you for the upcoming Select season and give you background on the tasks you will need to perform as a Select coach. You will be playing games at other venues including Pleasant Hill, Concord, Davis, Stockton, Antelope and various other locations depending on the participation of other regions.
Select soccer is intended to be “fun,” but it is also a more competitive environment than you may have experienced during the Fall season. Each region tries to attract the best players from the Fall season to participate in the Winter Select season. The level and skills of the players that apply for Select should be higher and more consistent. Also, you can expect a higher level of commitment from your players and their families. They, in turn, will expect the same from you.
The Select season draws teams from Area 2C. Our Area includes multiple regions, although not all Regions will compete in the Select Program. Area 2C includes the Concord, Stockton, Delta (Rio Vista), MDSA (Mt. Diablo), PHMSA (Pleasant Hill), Pittsburg and Walnut Creek Regions (others may be included as the Area grows).
The Select Soccer Program is administered by the Area 2C Select Coordinator and the Area 2C Board. The rules and regulations that guide the Select Soccer Program are created by this group (with input from the Regional Commissioners and Select Coordinators from each participating Region) and are included in this manual. The rules for the 2014 season can be found at:
http://www.ayso2c.org/downloads/#select when they are posted.
Each Region within the Area specifies its own rules and regulations on how the local program is run, how teams are formed, and so forth. While each Region is given flexibility in how their Select program is to be administered, the program must still abide by the Area 2C regulations, and those of the AYSO National program.
The Select Committee is composed of a combination of MDSA Board members and veteran coaches that have in-depth experience in coaching successful Select teams. The Select committee performs the following functions:
To be eligible to participate in the Select program a player must participate in the prior Fall season. The player must be registered no later than the first Saturday in October, and must participate in at least half of the regulation games in the Fall season games. Exceptions may be allowed in case of injury.
Players must compete in the same Select age and gender division they participated in during the Fall season. Players are generally expected to play in the same Region where they played in the Fall season. However players may transfer between Regions and play Select outside of their “Home Region” if both Regional Commissioners mutually agree to the transfer. According to a rule passed by the MDSA Board in February 2011, in order to be eligible to play Select, the player must apply online prior to the Select coaches meeting (for this season, November 13 2014)
To help guide the selection of coaches for the Select program the MDSA AYSO Select Committee has adopted the following policy:
We encourage all interested coaches to apply. Often there will be more applications for coaches than there will be coaching spots available. The Select Committee often has a difficult time in deciding on which coaches to accept.
Many criteria are considered in choosing the coaches for the Select teams. Minimally, the coach must be Safe Haven certified. The following prioritized list shall be used when considering Select Coaches and Assistants:
All select teams must have an approved Head and Assistant Coach. A Select Coach may request a second assistant coach. However, a second assistant coach shall not be approved until after the select draft is completed. A player may not be adopted or reserved in anticipation of a second assistant coach being asked to join a team. Select assistant coaches must meet the same requirements as the select coaches: VAF, Safe Haven Certified and regional board approval.
A second assistant coach’s child is not guaranteed placement onto a select team. That player must have met the same eligibility standards as all other interested players and must have been drafted or on the wait list in order to play. The MDSA select program will not supply the second assistant coach with any coach apparel. The select team will have to cover the cost of any apparel ordered for second assistant coaches.
No more than three coaches per select team shall be allowed.
All coaches (both head and assistant) must take the new AYSO CDC Concussion course online. We strive to ensure the safety of our players and this is one new class now available on eAYSO and mandatory. (refer to the appendix for more details)
With the higher level of competition, the Select coach must plan to put more time and effort into the Select season than the Fall Season. Specifically, there are four main areas outlined below where a Select Coach should focus:
The single most important thing to remember is that Select is not “win-at-all-costs”! Every Select coach must recognize and abide by AYSO’s key principles of Everyone Plays, Positive Coaching and Good Sportsmanship! The coach must always balance the desire to win versus the needs of the players to also have fun and be treated well as kids. Remember always they are children and not miniature professional athletes.
Long after the game scores are forgotten, the players will still retain the skills that they were taught in this program. Skill development, good character through a positive sports experience, and having FUN are the primary things the coach wants to develop in the players. If the players do not have fun, chances are they won’t apply to participate again.
Many parents bring challenging expectations to travel sports. The coach’s role is to help manage those expectations to be reasonable. The coach should try to avoid a mentality where the parents see themselves – and the coach – as helping push along their child’s budding “sports career”. Managing these expectations will prevent many problems down the road in handling over-involved parents. Make your goals for the team known at your first parent meeting. Have a well-organized agenda and cover the potential issues up front. Meeting topics should include:
Parent participation is required. The coach should always come away from the meeting having delegated all but the coaching to others.
The MDSA Select Committee is always available to help you. Don’t let problems build, talk to someone from the committee.
Within the Area 2C guidelines, all Select teams are required to play every player at least ½ of the game. Because playing time is a key factor in player development, the MDSA AYSO Select Committee encourages all teams to equalize playing time during the select season games, as we require in our fall season. During the tournament season every player must play at least ½ a game in every game of a tournament.
Positive Coaching is just as important an AYSO principle in Select as in the fall season. A coach will get the best results, and happiest kids and parents, if he or she practices positive coaching. Constructive criticism is always okay and a necessary part of coaching at this level, but the coach should never verbally abuse or berate players. Remember that these are children!
This AYSO principle is also key in Select. While Select games may tend to have more aggressive play at times than in the fall season, the coach must avoid any tendency to play “dirty” even if the other guy seems to be pushing the limit. Coaches must remember that they are a role model to the kids, and the kids will key on what they see the coach do and how the coach behaves.
No coach, even in the Fall season, probably ever walks onto a soccer field intending to lose a match. Nevertheless, you are better off to have a .500 season but have well-treated and happy players, than be undefeated at the expense of the kids and their having fun.
Whenever a team travels to another community and plays a match, the coach must remember that he/she and the team and parents are representing MDSA AYSO. What they do reflects on the entire organization. Coaches must always maintain good decorum at all times.
It is imperative that the coach must always treat the referees with respect. The referees are volunteers, and without their assistance we could not have a season. If the coach treats the referees with respect, the parents and the players will follow suit.
Once the coaches have been announced, team selection will begin. The Select Committee will provide all coaches with the Select Applications and Fall Coach evaluations. To ensure fairness, coaches should strive to evaluate all players in a similar manner.
Based on the high volume of players that have applied coupled with trying to get as many kids playing select as is reasonably possible we are going to maximize all roster sizes per AYSO guidelines (these numbers do not include the addition of alternate players).
Important Note: While the intent of the player evaluation and selection process is to identify the best players available for the Select season, the Select program still operates under the AYSO tenet of “balanced teams.” The player selection process must ensure that all teams are “balanced” as much as possible so we do not create “A” and “B” Select teams. In the end we want to have all teams to have a chance at being competitive when playing against the other regions. This means that “buddies” may not be accommodated if it creates an unbalanced team situation.
Select coaches own children are “assumed” to be on the team, thus they make up the first two automatic “draft selections” (assuming each coach has a child in the age group) and contribute to the team’s overall rating in terms of “team balancing.”
**note - while a "coin toss" will be used when the coach's kids are relatively equal in strength (all teams must be balanced at the start of the draft) in a couple of cases there are teams that are unbalanced due to the strength of the coach's kids. In that case the team with the "weaker" starting position will pick first instead of doing a coin toss. Any disputes in terms of who should pick first will be arbitrated and decided by the RC. This should help avoid stacking teams simply based on an initial coin toss. At the end of the draft coaches may want to negotiate "trades" - this is fine as long as it is done prior to the end of the coaches meeting so the Regional Commissioner can review and approve final rosters.
This is a new concept available only to Select applicants (must have played in the Fall). There are cases such as U12B where we will end up with a small handful of players that do not make a roster or alternate player slot. For those coaches that are interested in "inviting" that small number of non-rostered players to their select training sessions you are welcome to do that. These players would not be charged a registration fee nor would they be required to purchase a uniform. Basically this option gives the players not chosen a chance to continue developing their skills with the select team at no charge. The advantage it gives you is the ability to create two squads for scrimmages at practices and it gives the kids a chance to continue training and developing their skills. This is purely optional and can be offered only if you think it is something you are interested in doing and you can manage parent / player expectations. This is primarily focused on the divisions where we have 1 team and you feel you can manage the handful of kids that would otherwise be turned away altogether.
The addition of alternate players is "optional" and up to the coach’s discretion. Bringing on players who are close to the Select potential to train with the team will increase their skill level and help out the team when the roster players are not available. Guidelines on # of alternates are as follows:
Alternates can not play in the scheduled Area scrimmages put out by Area 2C/2D or the Select Tournament in March. However, they are able to participate in any additional practice scrimmages that you plan to schedule (you can have a maxed out roster + alternates). They can also be swapped in for rostered players who are not available for tournament play. The alternate player would be expected to pay the required tournament fees and the coach would have to secure a signed roster with the alternate player included.
Prime Directive: At the end of the process, teams per divisions must be “balanced” such that when the two teams play each other the match would be close, e.g. 0-0, 1-1, 1-0, etc.
Balanced Team Rule Special Note: the draft will be that the coin toss winning coach will pick first, each coach picks one player at a time, coaches can meet in private and have agreements about who they will pick, but the players must still be selected draft night. The Regional Commissioner or his designate will determine if there is a particular player or players whose rating weighs higher than all the rest on the “draft list” then an exception of the rule can be enacted that the team winning the coin toss drafts one player but the other team may get two picks as second pick and then one at a time, but the player needs to be determined by the Commissioner as extraordinary to have this rule applied.
At the end of the draft, coaches may want to negotiate “trades”. This is fine as long as it is done prior to the end of the coaches meeting. The RC must have final rosters to review and approve before anyone leaves.
Finally, at the end of the draft process, the Commissioner or appointee will review both rosters and deem if they are “balanced teams” in the age group or not. If not, then a review of the selections coaches with Commissioner will take place to ensure that the “balanced teams” principle has been met in the respective age group. For 2014, the commissioner will provide final approvals or suggested changes no later than Friday, November 21st.
As to the gentlemen's agreement: if coaches come into the "draft" with prior agreements, these should be satisfactory to both parties.
Coaches will be sent a player notification date by the Select Coordinator so that ALL players will be notified of their selection to a Select team AT THE SAME TIME. The player notification date is usually as soon after the Area 2C Tournament of Champions as possible. Coaches will call their Select candidates and notify them that they were selected. As soon as all players have committed to the Select season, the Select Coordinator will send out letters to all candidates who were not selected.
Coaches are encouraged to contact players/parents they know personally (i.e. players from your fall team you are not picking up for Select) to let them know they did not make a select team. A phone call is the preferred method over sending someone you know a "sorry letter."
Once the roster is confirmed, it’s time to get the ball rolling. It is important that you get the parents involved as quickly as possible
Inform your parents that your team is required to supply volunteers to participate in the operation of the Select Tournament (for those teams that will play in Concord/Clayton for this tournament – some will play at other locations) and the Concord Cup, which is held in May.
Before practices begin on December 1st coaches should have a parent meeting where all the Select players meet each other and the parents discuss the season expectations. This is a good time to take pictures for the Player ID card. This meeting is also the time to talk to the parents about what you plan to do with the Select team after the Select tournament in March.
Let the parents know which tournaments you are planning to attend or if you are not planning to attend any of them. You have the option of telling the parents the costs and collecting the money in installments so it is easier for the parents to spread out the fees.
Every team needs to designate a team manager. This person is responsible for all communication within the team. The Select Coordinator will ONLY work with the team manager and coaches. The Select Coordinator will email all managers Announcements, News, and Deadlines. It is the responsibility of the Team Manager to convey this information to the rest of the team.
The Team Manager is also the treasurer for the team and responsible for collecting all of the Tournament fees, select fees and any other fees for their team. The manager has “Manager Access” to inLeague where they can look up the activity of the families on their team. If sweatshirts or backpacks are ordered, the manager should ensure these items have been paid for before fulfilling the family’s order. The Team Manager will deliver all forms and checks to the Select Coordinator.
Additional volunteer roles where the Team Manager might delegate-out are:
All teams are required to supply two referees to help with the Select Season scrimmages and tournament play.
Select Season Referee Course Dates will be emailed to the coaches and team managers.
All coaches are encouraged to be referee trained. There are two reasons a coach should be referee trained:
Make sure that your referees are willing to put in the work. It will require them to work games outside the ones in which their children are playing. Ref’s are required to sign up for their games using the Referee Scheduling program used in each Tournament. Both your Team Manager and you will need to keep the Referees informed where/when to do these signups.
When the Area 2C Select Tournament and Concord Cup come to town, your team will be required to provide Field Marshals. Shifts to be filled will be designated by the tournament directors. This task is a good one to give to the least-involved families.
The 2014-2015 Select player registration fee is $150 to offset the cost of uniform kits (two jerseys, shorts, socks and a personalized warm up jacket), field rental fees (including training session under lights) and other incidental expenses. The Select registration fee for alternate players is $100. All The Select registration fees are due no later than December 15th.
Select Registration: (Use In-league):
All teams must have their tournament fees paid to the league in advance of the league sending payment to the tournament so plan accordingly.
Select participants should expect to play typically in 4 to 7 tournaments. A tournament schedule and approximate fees (based on previous years) is available in the appendix. The tournament registration costs vary, but typically run around $45-$60 per player per tournament and will cost approximately up to $300-$450 per player in addition to the player registration fee - these fees are collected separately from the registration fee.
Tournament fees: (Do not use In-league)
The tournament fee schedule will vary depending on which tournaments you plan to attend. It is incumbent upon the team manager to track the tournament schedule timeline and due dates and collect the team’s money well in advance so the treasurer can cut the check based on the required tournament schedule.
Other incidental costs may include travel, food, and lodging depending on the location of the tournament.
Optional Clothing / Gear Purchases: (Do not use In-league):
Sweatshirts are also available for “optional” purchase in addition to the uniform. The uniform coordinator (Stephanie Cicconi) will communicate directly with the Team Managers on fees and deadlines.
Scholarships are not available for Select as it is a secondary program. Payment plans can be established. For more information please contact the Select Coordinator.
Each player and coach must have a picture identification card signed by the MDSA Regional Commissioner or his designee, and approved by the Area 2C Select Committee. These ID cards and medical release forms must be available at all practices and games. The player ID cards are downloaded form In-League. The Area will provide the appropriate coach ID cards. The coach ID will display the coach’s certification level.
A credential check will be completed by the Area Select Coordinator prior to the first game of the Select season. For the 2014-2015 season, this date is scheduled for December TBD. Select coaches must submit three copies of the eAYSO roster, signed by their Regional Commissioner, along with signed medical release forms and laminated player ID cards for each player on that roster.
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Select roster changes must be submitted to and approved by the Area Select Coordinator. Changes will normally be approved only to replace a player who is injured and not expected to return for the remainder of the season or who moves out of a Region. No changes to a Select team roster will be allowed after January 31, unless approved by the Area Director.
At the initial team meeting, take a picture of each player (shoulders and head). You will turn it into a 1” x 1” photo to be placed on the ID card.
The photos are then attached to the (provided) cards and have the players sign them (probably do this at one of your initial practices).
It is highly recommended that once the player ID cards are complete that you have them laminated (usually not very expensive). For ease, you can punch a hole in the corner and put them on a key ring.
Coaches or parents will be responsible for printing out the players medical release forms. Please make sure you get a parent or guardian to sign the forms prior to the coaches meeting. It is helpful to have two signed copies (in BLUE ink only) for each player so the Head Coach and Assistant Coach will each have a set.
All donations need to go through MDSA. MDSA will then write a check back to the team within 48 hours for the exact amount of the donation. Why? Here’s why:
The Area 2C Select coaches meeting is scheduled for second week of December - date is TBD. A Coach or Assistant Coach from EVERY team must attend. This meeting will give you a chance to meet some of the coaches from the other regions and exchange contact info and possibly schedule extra scrimmages.
Items needed for the meeting:
1. Three signed copies of your team roster (signed by RC).
2. Player medical release forms. (parent signature in blue ink NO black ink)
3. Completed and signed (by the player and RC) player ID cards.
All forms will be checked and Player Cards will be tagged appropriately that they have been checked out. Once ID cards have their approved designation, we suggest that you laminate them and keep them together on an o-ring.
Select teams shall be formed from players who were registered with AYSO for the Fall season and who participated in at least 50% the regular AYSO Fall season games. Select players shall only be allowed to participate in the Select season in the same division they participated in during the Fall season. Select teams will compete as follows:
· U10 teams will play 7v7 with a maximum of 10 players on a roster.
· U12 teams will play 9v9 with a maximum of 12 players on a roster.
· U14 teams will play 11v11 with a maximum of 15 players on a roster.
U19, U19/16 combo and U16 teams will play 11v11. There will be a maximum of 18 players allowed on a roster. The Area 2C Select program will have one division that will include all U19, U16 and U19/U16 combination teams. Any Region that wants to participate in this division must provide an opportunity for both U19 and U16 players. If you have just a combination U19/U16 team, you have a limit of nine U19 players on the team (no limit to number of U19’s on the field at one time). If you wish to have separate age teams (e.g. “pure” U16), you can have U16 teams (if more than one, they must be balanced) as long as you have at least one U19 team, or at least one U19/U16 combo team. If you separate the teams into U16 and U19 (or U19/U16 combos) then there will be no cap to the number of U19 players on the U19 or U19/U16 combo team. U19 teams will play other U19 teams or combo U16/U19 teams in the Select Tournament and U16 teams will play other U16 teams or combo U16/U19 teams in the Select Tournament but U16 teams will not play U19 teams.
The Select Committee controls your team roster. You cannot add or delete players without permission. There are a number of restrictions on what you can do with your roster. The Select Committee must approve any changes in advance.
ALL players that are added to a team (as guided by the rules above) must have participated in at least one half of the games in the prior AYSO Fall season, unless a waiver is granted by the Select Coordinator.
Positive coaching only will be allowed 10 yards to each side of mid-field, and only from one side of the field (their team's side). Coaches are to stay behind the touchline at all times, unless called onto the field by the referee. Opposing teams will stay on opposite sides of the field where practical. Home teams will have their choice of sides of the field. At the end of the game, the players and coaches on each team shall line up and shake hands with the players of the opposing team and then the referee and linesmen. Remember, if you're a good winner, be a gracious loser.
All of your games are held in the spirit of good sportsmanship and regard for your game and your opponent. Recognizing that the outcome of a game produces winners and losers, there is however no purpose in running up the score and producing lop-sided victories. Once your team achieves a significant advantage in a game, we suggest that you use the opportunity to rotate players into positions that they don’t normally play, give opportunities for your defensive players to play on offense, and work on passing skills. A run-up score does nothing for your team and only discourages the other team. We suggest having “code words” with your team for this type of situation so as not to belittle the other team.
Medical Release forms must be in the coach’s possession at all games and practices. These can be subject to inspection by the referee or any AYSO official. Failure to show these forms upon request may result in a forfeited game. The Select Coordinator will be notified when a coach is asked for and cannot produce these forms. Remember, these forms are Consent to Treat forms in the event a player is injured and the parent is not present. If a coach has forms for some players but not others, the players without forms cannot play. A copy of the forms should be given to the Assistant Coach and Team Parent and signed in blue ink by the parents.
Picture ID Cards are required for every player. These cards may be examined by the referee at the beginning of the game. These cards can be printed from In-league and each card must have the player name, ID number, birth date and be signed by the Regional Commissioner.
Parents are to stay back a reasonable distance from the touchline at the discretion of the referee. Standard FIFA rules shall apply except as designated by AYSO. There shall be no coaching from spectators on the sideline, and positive comments only will be allowed. Parents/Spectators must not challenge referee calls at any time. Spectators must not come onto the field without referee permission, cannot be behind the goal line or nearer to the goal than the penalty area. It is the coach's responsibility to control spectators and the coach may be asked to do so by the referee. A coach may be warned or expelled for not complying with such a request.
The referee can terminate the game if in the referee's judgment the game cannot continue or be played fairly due to spectator or coach behavior. The referee has the power and authority to discipline and eject players and coaches if their conduct violates the rules of the game, these Guidelines or otherwise interferes with the course of play.
The use of alcohol or tobacco products in the vicinity of the playing field during practices or games is strictly forbidden. At many game locations dogs are not permitted so please alert your parents to this in advance.
Uniforms shall conform to AYSO National guidelines at all times, which require that the AYSO logo be displayed. Player names shall not be displayed on any external portion of the uniform. If there is a conflict in uniform colors, the home team shall either change uniforms or wear pinafores.
Warm clothing may be worn under the uniform jersey. Long pants (anything that extends below the knee) shall not be worn by any player other than the goalkeeper. Clothing worn under the uniform should be as close to the uniform color as possible or it may be black. No loose items will be allowed, such as the hood of a hooded sweater. The referee always has the final word for safety reasons.
Casts, splints or body braces made of a hard substance are not allowed in any practice or game, even if wrapped with softer materials. Leg braces must not have any exposed hard surfaces and must be approved by the game referee. If a doctor or parent medical release form is required for any player with recovering injuries, the coach shall give a copy of the release form to the referee before the game.
Non-medical alert jewelry, including friendship bracelets, must be removed before participating in practice or a game. Medical alert bracelets should be taped to the wrist, while medical alert necklaces should be taped to the body, with the medical alert message visible. Taping over of any other jewelry is unacceptable.
All Select teams shall use individual standard AYSO game cards. Players shall be listed on the game card in numerical order.
Players can pick any jersey number ranging from 00 – 99.
MDSA offers the option to purchase sweatshirts with the MDSA Select logo and matching sweatpants (without the logo). Names also can be embroidered on the sweatshirts and pants for a small additional fee. The Region will gladly submit a consolidated order for the benefit of all teams in order to get attractive bulk order pricing.
Each team will be expected to have, at a minimum, two trained team referees who will be responsible for centering or assisting scrimmages throughout the Select season. The games prior to the Select tournament are considered scrimmages and the scores are not kept. Coaches are responsible for providing game cards to the referee at each game and keep their player ID cards available in case they are asked to see them. We will be using inLeagues Referee Self-Scheduler for the Select tournament. Other tournaments will have their own scheduling system that the Referees are expected to use for signing up for games.
Starting in December the fields at Willow Pass Park will be available for practices under the lights. The dates are as follows: Wednesdays nights and some Fridays.
WPP is closed the entire two weeks over Christmas and New years.
Open - 12/3, 12/10, 12/12, 12/17
Closed - 12/24, 12/31
Open - 1/7, 1/9, 1/14, 1/21, 1/23, 1/28, 2/4, 2/6, 2/11
· U10s - 5:00 to 6:30
· U12s - 6:30 to 8:00
· U14s+ - 7:30 until 9:00pm
The four Friday night Practices are “open schedule - first come first serve” - please share the field
Other fields available for practices :
U10's - Mt View
U12's - Highlands
U14's - Newhall 1 - Field closest to Ayers Rd.
All U14 teams and above are to use this field until further notice.
Boatwright – fields 1,2, and 3 are closed until further notice
We will be resting a few fields this December and January.
Indoor practices will be available at two gymnasiums but each have different procedures for reservation. Coaches are responsible for reserving their location/times. If play is done at a gymnasium, players will need to wear non-black sole shoes and NO cleats. If you have Pug goals, you should bring them.
It is okay to schedule a practice on a blacktop as long as the players wear tennis shoes (not cleats) and the ground is not too wet. Please use your discretion or call the Select Coordinator for any questions.
Indoor practice locations/options are located in the Appendix.
Games/scrimmages start the first week in January and are usually every Saturday until the beginning of March. The end-of-season Select tournament is usually held in mid-March.
MDSA will play teams from Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Davis, Stockton, American Canyon, Winters, Antelope, and others. You likely will be traveling out of area some Saturdays to play your games. If you are going to drive to Davis, for example, you may want to schedule additional scrimmages with other team coaches in your division to make the trip as productive as possible. The same option applies to you if you are hosting a team that is traveling an hour or so and would like to schedule an additional scrimmage locally. You are required to reserve the fields for any scrimmages outside the regular schedule. Contact the MDSA Field Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for field availability. Once the scrimmages have been scheduled, information is automatically populated into the ref-scheduler. The referee’s on your team have access to the ref-scheduler to see if your team has scheduled refs. If they don’t, you will need to provide a Ref for your additional scrimmages. If you don’t have a ref available from your team, you can ask for assistance from your opponent. Parents can help out on the sidelines if necessary but a uniformed ref must work as CR.
Teams need to check the schedule online for an open field and time, contact the opposing coach and get confirmation before the game time will be reserved and listed on the game schedule.
You will be provided with a spreadsheet of contact information for all Select season coaches for the area. It takes a week or two for this sheet to be compiled. The Select Coordinator will distribute once they receive the info from the Area.
Before MDSA AYSO select teams are permitted to scrimmage against non-AYSO teams (DFC, etc.) a request must be submitted and approved by the Select Coordinator. These scrimmages must be officiated by certified referees as the main focus is the safety of the players. Coaches on both teams need to be highly involved in the scrimmage and discourage overly aggressive play whether or not the referee is considering infractions. Contact the Select Coordinator and provide the following information for scrimmage approval:
Date of scrimmage:
Opponent age group:
Opponent major classification: (Class I, Class III)
All games shall be played by current FIFA and AYSO National Rules and Regulations unless otherwise specified below. If there should be any conflict between Region and Area 2C Select Season rules, Area 2C Select Season rules will prevail. Referees from each Region should be supplied with a copy of the Area 2C Select Season rules.
Each player shall play a minimum of two quarters per game; however, coaches are strongly encouraged to maximize playing time for each player. Some Regions may require their coaches to play their players three quarters.
Substitutions in the U10 through U14 divisions, inclusive, shall only occur at quarter and halftime breaks or to substitute for an injured player.
Substitutions in the U16 and U19 divisions may occur with the referee’s permission as follows;
By either team:
· when an injured player is substituted; at the beginning of the second half
· at the beginning of any overtime period; on any goal kick; after a goal has been scored;
By the team in possession of the ball: on their own throw in;
By the team not in possession of the ball, if the team in possession of the ball is substituting:
on a throw in
Coaches may substitute a cautioned player at their discretion and only at the time the player is cautioned.
Referees are required to file a report for games with any cautions and/or send-offs by any team to the Area Referee Administrator as soon as possible after the conclusion of the game.
Slide tackling and heading of the ball in the U10 division must be done in a safe manner. Referees can use their discretion to call “dangerous play” if these actions are improperly displayed. Coaches should use caution when instructing players related to these soccer moves.
Good sportsmanship is one of the basic principles of AYSO. The Area Director shall review any problems with sportsmanship of any player, parent or team. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of the parents on their team.
Player and coach send-offs shall be reported to the Area Referee Administrator as soon as possible after the conclusion of the game. Players and coaches who are subject to a send-off may be issued a multi-game suspension. The Area Director will decide the number of games a player or coach shall be suspended; and that decision will be final.
Incidents involving coach misconduct must also be reported to the Area Coach Administrator, the Area Director and the Select Coordinator.
Any player who has accumulated three send-offs or any coach that was sent off during the Select season may not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the Select season, including the Select season tournament and will be subject to disciplinary review by the Area Director, Area Coach Administrator and Select Coordinator.
All teams that participate in the Select season are eligible to participate in this tournament.
The tournament will be hosted by Area 2C and Area 2D.
All Select teams are expected to supply volunteers to help with the tournament in their area.
Any Region hosting a portion of the Select tournament must receive approval from the Area Select Committee prior to incurring any costs that may be reimbursed from these funds. Failure to obtain approval prior to incurring any cost will result in those costs being designated as local (Region) costs and will not be reimbursed by Area.
MDSA Select teams are expected to participate in the Tournament Season following the Select Season Tournament. Although the formal Area 2C Select Season has ended, it is up to each MDSA team if they wish to bring their teams into the Tournament Season.
If a Select team chooses not to participate in a particular tournament, then those players may be invited to fill an open spot on another Select team for that tournament (the coach of that player’s original team must be notified). Note that any changes or additions to rosters, even during this period of time, must be approved by the Select Committee or the Regional Commissioner.
If a Select team wishes to add a player to fill a vacancy in the roster for a tournament the coach must use their alternate players to fill the vacant roster spot. If alternate players are not available they can only recruit players from the original select applicant list. You cannot solicit players that either did not play in the fall with AYSO or did not apply to play select must have prior permission from the Select Committee prior to contacting replacement players. Players added to the team after the Select Tournament must be taken from the Select Reserve List or “wait list”, and they must have participated in at least half of the games in the prior Fall season and have an application on file. If a player is to be added, the other coaches in the same division must be notified prior to the player being contacted. If multiple teams wish to add players then the Select Committee will arbitrate the selection of players.
All tournaments require a roster of players (no alternates) signed by the regional commissioner in blue ink. Email Jeremy Amos, email@example.com, to request your roster. He can print and sign and leave outside his front door for pickup.
Many tournaments will not consider your team registered until they receive a signed roster. Changes can be made to the roster after it has been submitted. Each tournament has a cut-off date on final dates for roster changes. You or team manager should know these deadlines.
In 2015 all tournaments, except for Comstock, required a check prepared by the league. Check requests should be made through inLeague and will only be issued once all fees have been paid by the team. Unless otherwise communicated, your team is responsible for sending payments based on the tournament guidelines and timelines. We suggest that payment is sent with the Application summary and signed roster (if available). The Davis World Cup registrations are all sent in together as a league. Information regarding Davis will be heavily communicated.
· Players - AYSO Id #, Birthdate and t-shirt sizes (for tournament fan shirts)
· Coaches - Coach shirt size (some tournaments supply 2 free coach shirts)
· Referee AYSO ID# and t-shirt size (Pacifica and Davis give out free shirts if they ref so many games) and certification level
US Club Registration Option
New for 2014-2015 Season – Optionally coaches may register their teams to play in US Club Soccer tournaments. If a coach wants to pursue registering their players for US Club soccer they are responsible for notifying the MDSA Registrar and collecting all the registration fees and getting them to the treasurer. Once all fees have been paid the Registrar will process the US Club Soccer player registration. Elite players are already registered for USCS so this would mainly apply to all non-Elite players.
With the exception of the Davis World Cup, all teams self-register for their tournaments.
Entry Open / Deadline
SJ President’s Cup
U10 – 2/28-3/1
U12 – Feb 14-15
U14 - 2/28-3/1
U10 - $350
U12 - $400
U14 - $450
Opens Dec 3, 2014
Closes Feb 3, 20145
PHMSA Soccer Fest
Girls – TBD
Boys – TBD
U10 - $450
U12 - $475
U14 - $475
U16 - $500
U19 - $500
Comstock Shootout – Carson City, NV (GIRLS)
April 25-26, 2015
All Others $600
Open Dec 1, 2013
Close Mar 1, 2014
Comstock Shootout – Carson City, NV (BOYS)
April 18-19, 2015
All Others $600
Open Dec 1, 2013
Close Mar 1, 2014
El Palo Alto 2015
April 25-26, 2015
U10 - $275
U12 - $300
U14 - $325
U16 - $350
U19 - $375
Pacifica Fog Classic
May 2-3, 2015
Open 3rd week Jan, Closes
May 16-17, 2015
All Others $550
Opens typically mid-January
Davis World Cup**
May 23-25, 2015
All of the tournaments have different methods of operation. And they change year-to-year. Generally speaking, you will need to complete an online application, send in payment, complete referee information (including the Ref AYSO ID number), and submit a roster signed by our regional commissioner.
They were several weeks behind from what they posted online. Girls weekend is April TBD. Boys weekend is April TBD. Rosters do not need to be submitted in advance. A team member needs to submit roster the Friday night before the tournament. Rosters must be signed by Regional Commissioner with appropriate number of players (per age division).
Comstock registration opens December 1, 2014 (www.comstockshootout.org). Hotel reservations should be made as early as possible. Reserving your block of rooms in November is a smart idea. All rooms are released 30 days prior to the tournament so booking the rooms isn’t money out of your pocket. Hotels are always oversold for this weekend. The Team Manager should continue to monitor your group block to ensure all families have reserved their rooms. If a player has a last-minute sickness, and you substitute in another player, make sure that you change the room reservation without cancelling it.
This is the only tournament that allowed for payment by personal check or credit card. If you pay, you can use inLeague to request reimbursement from the Treasurer. Also, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you’ve submitted reimbursement request.
Tournament check in is Friday evening between 6-9p.
Comstock used to be AYSO sanctioned. Last year was the first year it wasn’t. This change means a required a letter of approval from the Regional Commissioner to the Area with all of the rosters signed (NOTE TO SELECT COORDINATOR TO GET THIS TURNED IN). This is sent to the registrar for final acceptance.
Rules are slightly different with regards to substitutions.
Goalie Wars take place on Saturday evening and they are open to all. You must sign up in the middle of the field area to be put into a bracket. If you don’t sign up before 2pm you may not be able to participate. The earlier you sign up in the day, the better. The price is $5 per player. The Goalie Wars event isn’t just for goalies! Strikers are encouraged to participate as well. It is 1v1 for 3 min. The first person to 3 goals wins.
The El Palo Alto AYSO Invitational tournament is always the fourth full weekend in April. Fees range from $275 for U10 to $375 for U19. Application deadline is mid March. Each team is guaranteed 3 games. U10 & U12 have Keeper Wars during lunch.
This tournament requires a 2-referee minimum. Teams are accepted on first come, first serve basis. Past experience was that it was a well-run tournament.
One unique award in this tournament is the “Sportsmanship Award”. The CR assesses each team and awards points to the Players, Coaches and Spectators/Supporters based on Respect for the players, opponents, officials and the game. It’s nice that this tournament recognizes GOOD sportsmanship in such a positive way as that is a fundamental AYSO guideline.
Registration opens towards the end of January. In 2012, registration opened around January 20. Registration is not complete unless you have sent in a signed roster (signed by the commissioner in blue ink) and referee form has been signed by the regional referee administrator (Eric Dennis). This tournament fills up quickly, especially for the lower age divisions (U10-U12).
· Register online
· Signed Roster
· Signed Referee Form
· Payment submitted (must be a check from MDSA treasurer)
Mail has been sent to this region but the registrar hasn’t always received it. Stay on top of this one. Whenever you send in documents or changes, follow up a few days later to make sure they are received. Also, make sure that you know the deadlines for any changes because they hold true to this one.
This tournament is close enough where you don’t have to stay overnight but may want to consider it if your team has an 8am game.
A few weeks before the tournament they will request shirt sizes for kids, coaches, and referees.
Tournament check in is Friday evening so it is helpful to have at least one family stay overnight. At check in the medical forms, player and coach ID cards and signed roster are required. This is also the time when the sportswear and tournament pins are collected.
Teams that referee at least 6 games receive a $150 rebate. We suggest you use this money towards appreciation gifts for the referees at the end of the season.
Concord Cup registration generally opens the end of January. This tournament is co-sponsored by MDSA. All Select teams are expected to participate in this tournament. We are expected to help with staffing and they will use some of our fields.
Registration is done online with check in the Friday evening before the tournament. Signed roster is required at check in along with medical forms and Player ID cards.
In terms of volunteering, every Select team is required to:
This is a total of 12 work assignments. Since this is a tournament co-sponsored by MDSA, our parents are required to help out. A portion of the proceeds goes to MDSA to help keep the Select fees low.
Each rostered player receives a t-shirt. Two coach shirts are also provided.
This is another tournament where you want to reserve room blocks in November if you want your team to stay overnight. The drive is do-able but games can start as early as 8am. Registration for this tournament is sent in all together as a league. Registration generally opens on or around Superbowl Sunday. All teams register online. Referee signups are online as well. Davis requires two referees per team but more is always good. Teams should have a signed roster ready ahead of time to include in submission. All team packets will be collected by the Select Coordinator and sent in the mail together.
** The Select Coordinator needs signed rosters and fees for the Davis World Cup by January 29th to go in the first shipment of team entry forms. If the entry forms are not received by January 29, they cannot be guaranteed to be included in the first shipment of documents. A second shipment of documents will be placed but does not guarantee play in the Davis World Cup tournament.
From a U10B coach - We played in the Presidents Cup in February. It was put on by AYSO Area 2J. It was a fun tournament and I would recommend this one to all teams.
Regional Coach Administrator
Select Committee Chair
If you want to secure an indoor practice location, you can use the procedures established. These two facilities have different reservation procedures so please read each of them carefully. We suggest that you watch weather forecasts and act well in advance of the practice date to ensure availability.
The Clayton Community Gym is available for indoor practice if it is not being used by one of the "All Out Sports League" teams.
Check Gym Availability
Go to the website http://www.alloutsportsleague.com/index.php
From Team Information link there is a Calendar. (http://www.alloutsportsleague.com/calendar.php) The calendar has all the team play in there. If it is not in use, it's available but needs to be booked.
Reserving the Gym
Call Casey Copeland at 510-282-4986 or email email@example.com . Reservation must be confirmed with Casey.
Coaches are responsible for working directly with Casey to obtain gym time, be let in, lock up (or whatever Casey wants), etc.
Cost to Use Gym
The cost is $65/hour. The billing is between the Select coach, their team, and All Out Sports League. We suggest you discuss this with Casey and work out your billing arrangement. Any bills sent directly to the MDSA league will not be paid.
If a coach wants the option of using the Fair Oaks gym during the season they MUST have a key and Contact Information on file. The gym is on the smaller side without bleachers. We recommend one team per use and teams don’t try to share gym time. Fees are per use and payable upon reservation.
To Get a Key
Contact Ben Wentling via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 687-4810.
Must obtain a key to the gym. Deposit is $25.
Must complete contact form and have it filed in the church office.
Reserving The Gym
Prerequisite: you must have a key to the gym (see above)
1. Call the church office at 687-4810 and talk with Barbara, the front office staff. She is the keeper of the calendar and can see if the gym is available. Gym is available on first-come, first-serve basis.
2. If the gym is available, coach fills out the "Fair Oaks Facility Reservation Request Form" and gives it to Barbara (either in person, fax or email). Form and payment is due by noon on the Thursday prior to the weekend of your reservation. (the church office is closed Friday-Sunday)
3. If the coach does not complete the reservation form, they are not considered reserved. Barbara may put them as a "tentative" status in her calendar. If somebody else calls to reserve the gym, she will call the "tentative" person to get commitment of use or release that space to the other person. If she can't get in touch with the "tentative" person, she may give the gym to the other person. Then you show up and see someone is using the gym instead of you. Bummer! If the form isn't on file, it isn't reserved. Be respectful of Barbara’s time. Thursdays are busy because they are preparing for Sunday service.
In the past, coaches would call to see if it was available and then tell the church, "I will get back with you". Then Barbara never hears from them again. She gets frustrated. Let's not frustrate the lady! If you book it, it must be paid for in advance of use.
Payment is by check or cash. They do not have the means to process a credit card.
Cost to Use Gym
$75 per session. 1.5-2 hours is included in this fee (depending on the gym usage for the day. Barbara will tell the coach this information)
Pittsburg City Park – Outdoor - good when fields are closed but not raining
The turf field at Pittsburg's City Park (17TH AND RAILROAD AVE Pittsburg)
is available on Saturday mornings for $49/hr with 2-hour minimum.
It’s a full size field so plenty of room for 2 teams to practice.
3/21/2012 9:11:15 AM
The AYSO Safe Haven and Safety Director programs have been promoting since 2009 the recommendations provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Heads Up program for concussion awareness and safety. Since then, 35 states plus the District of Columbia have passed concussion legislation, most of which came onto the books within the last year. Other states have similar laws pending.
In response to increasing concerns about the potential risks associated with concussions and to these new state laws, the AYSO National Board of Directors launched a Concussion Task Force to develop recommendations for AYSO Regions and families. The NBOD has approved its recommendations:
· Use of the AYSO/CDC Concussion Information Sheet to inform all parents and players about the signs and symptoms of concussion and the associated risks. Find the Information Sheet at: http://www.ayso.org/resources/safety.aspx
· Encourage ALL coaches, referees, and Section, Area and Region Board Members to take the CDC’s free online Concussion Awareness Training at: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html or soon to be available at www.aysotraining.org. Volunteers who take the course on the CDC website should print a copy of the Certificate of Completion and forward it to the Safe Haven Department at the National Office where training records will be updated.
· Any player suspected by the coach, referee or parent to have a concussion must be removed from further participation for at least the remainder of the day, and
· Parents should be encouraged to seek professional medical treatment for the player at the time of injury and secure medical clearance before allowing the player to return to play. In all cases, AYSO will require the parent to sign a new Participation Release Form which includes a concussion waiver confirming that the player has been given the appropriate clearance to return to play.
In the states with concussion legislation that impacts AYSO’s programs, Regions must comply with the state law requirements. Those requirements typically include obtaining and saving signed AYSO/CDC Information Sheets, requiring the CDC Concussion Awareness training for coaches and other “officials” specified in the law, and obtaining a participation release form signed by a medical professional. These concussion laws impacting AYSO programs are in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington. State legislation varies slightly from state to state and additional information is being provided for those with AYSO programs impacted by concussion laws. In the meantime don’t hesitate to contact the Safe Haven office at 800-872-2976 for further clarification.
Here are a few of the helpful Steps/Measures to remember relating to concussion awareness and safety issues:
· In Regions impacted by the concussion laws, signed copies of the AYSO/CDC Concussion Information Sheets must be collected and stored by the Region. (Regions may want to consider distributing the Information Sheets and collecting them with the registration forms.)
· Coaches are required to complete an AYSO Incident Report whenever a concussion has been suspected and turn it into the Safety Director.
· The Safety Director must forward a copy of the AYSO Incident Report to email@example.com and make sure the injured player’s parents are informed about AYSO’s Soccer Accident Insurance.
· Coaches must require a signed Participation Release Form from the parent/guardian before a player having a concussion or suspected of having a concussion is allowed to return to play. Parents should always be encouraged to seek appropriate medical care and medical clearance. In designated states, the signed Medical Release is also mandatory before return to play.
· The signed Participation Release and any Medical Release must be given to the Safety Director and forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.