For more information about the A.Y.S.O. Program in Palo Alto
see the Region 26
Thank you very much Katheryn.
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B805 been assigned Henry Seale Park, 3100 Stockton Avenue, near Lewis and
David Znidarsic and I have been assigned B805, a team that was to
practice on Tuesdays and Fridays at Ohlone School. Due to the condition
of the field we will have to find another location for at least the early
part of the season.
I will not publish the roster on my internet site for the safety of the
children. I intend to publish pictures and other information on this
public site, so please let me know if you have any concerns about this. The
current roster has four players from last years
team with an additional six players.
Tentatively, out first practice will be on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00
PM - 7:00 PM. The last 10 minutes ( 6:50 PM ) will be reserved
for a team meeting. Parents are requested to attend this meeting.
Each child must bring water, shin guards, shorts and be warmed up and ready
to begin at 6:00. Break in any new footwear before practice, maybe
wear a double layer of socks, and/or bring a pair of tennis shoes.
The A.Y.S.O. Boys Under 8 commissioner would like to know as soon as possible
if assigned team members will not be joining our team. There are children
on wait lists.
Agenda for team meeting at the end of the first practice:
- What can team members and parents expect from A.Y.S.O? Every
player has fun, every player plays every game, and has an opportunity to
learn, practice their skills, be challenged and be a contributing member
of the team.
- Parents must encourage and respect the players and support the team.
This league, and this age bracket in particular is all about learning
the game and developing skills. Scores and statistics are downplayed
for now. The league actively discourages "blow-out" games and tries
to adjust teams (and sub-teams) to have matched talent. In addition
to supporting your child, parents will take over the following tasks:
- Prepare the field for the game with nets and corner flags.
- Create a team banner for the games.
- Organize the snacks at games.
- Communicate, via phone calls, email and or web.
- Participate (a coaches helpers) in an exercise or monitoring a
sub-team. No experience or formal structure is required for this job.
If we usually have one or two parents stay for the practice this will
- Referee. A.Y.S.O. usually asks for 2 per team, one referee/week
with a backup, more info
- Safety. Soccer is not the chess club. Played properly
soccer is not a contact sport like boxing, football or rugby. It is
however, a very intense sport and does involve considerable risk. Safe
play and respect for others and one's own body will be stressed. Good
habits and attitudes are likewise encouraged. Safety includes drinking
plenty of water, and wearing proper attire, including shin guards, no hazardous
jewelry, and as the weather becomes wet proper footwear.
- Sportsmanship. Soccer, more than many popular American sports,
is about team effort and less about individual strengths. Three fair
and cooperating players can surpass two super-star athletes. Scores
are more likely to be known by the kids than coaches or referees. Respect
and good conduct must be given to team mates and the other team.
- Punctuality and attendance at practice will help everyone use our
limited time well. Practice is the only place coaches can give individual
attention. Techniques can be carefully considered, drills interrupted
and actions carefully contemplated. The coaches will try their best
to not instruct from the sideline at a game (another difference from many
popular American sports). Such instruction is at best ineffective, and
at worst frustrating, in this quick and dynamic game. The games are
fast and fluid, a remarkable place for the child to apply exciting new techniques
and teamwork. The players will get the greatest satisfation when most
players, participate most of the time, at most of the practices.
- Punctuality and attendance at the games is important because each
sub-team will have at most 1 substitution for sickness, exhaustion, injury,
etc. Three players (2 absentees on sub-team) cannot reasonably compete
against four players. All games must begin on time due to rigid field
- Siblings and friends are welcome to attend the practices at the discretion
of the coaches. These children must be under the supervision of another
adult and promote the activities of the team. There are two reasons
for these restrictions. First, A.Y.S.O. and the coaches are not insured
for accidents, nor can they speak on behalf of parents in the case of medical
emergencies for non-registered children. Second, while it may be productive
and a lot of fun to have other siblings in play and practice, it would be
very unfair if these guests would disrupt practice of those on the team.
Last year we had some younger and older siblings attend. The older
ones were very helpful with the exercises and the younger ones enjoyed watching
- Schedule ( I hope to have more before the first practice ). As
sunset gets progressively earlier, practices will be scheduled earlier and
- The team needs to come up with a better name than B805! Have
your kids bring some ideas.
- Questions are entertained. Here are some common answers to
and addressing common
misperceptions of the game
Dates from the A.Y.S.O.
September 3, first practice
September 6, second practice
September 7, first game
October 6, picture
November 16, last regular game
As of the date (7/30/02):
The A.Y.S.O's fall calendar
is fairly empty. I expect more dates soon. I have been asked
to coach boys under 8 at Ohlone school on Tuesdays and Fridays with David
The Fall 2001 winning(
) Boys Under 7 team.
I would like to thank all the kids, the parents and especially
the assistant coaches Xan Chamberlain and Dave Znidarsic for making
this season both very fun and rewarding --Chris
The Lightning Bolts
*"Winning" was unanimous consent or the team coaches, the team
parents, and the team players. A.Y.S.O. has no
official ranking of boys this age. By my recollection we won more
games than we lost and had gained lots of points for style, advancement,
good sportsmanship and having a lot of fun during practice and on the playing