Hello U6 and U8 Intramural Parents,
In an effort to give our younger soccer players the training necessary to become better soccer players, AYSA has decided to change the way we run the U8 Intramural program.
Starting with the 2015 Winter Indoor Intramural program and continuing with the 2015 Fall Intramural Program the format will be changed to build on the format we currently have in the U6 program where we spend the first part of the session working on skills and the second part of the session playing games. We feel that this format, along with the regular team practice that the coach will run, will give all players an opportunity to grow their skills.
For 2015 Winter Indoor Intramurals, we will not divide the kids up into teams. Players will be assigned a session time, not a team.
For 2015 Fall Outdoor Intramurals, we will divide the kids up into teams and teams will be assigned a coach and a schedule produced as in past years. Sessions will be extended to 75 minutes to accommodate the skill work that will be introduced. Games will be played during the second half of the session. Scores will not be kept. Standings will not be kept. There will be no playoffs. (This is the same way the games were run in 2012)
The focus of the program will be to build individual skill with tactical game play being secondary.
We understand this is a significant change to the program and that people may not agree with this approach. However, we as an organization feel strongly that over time, this will improve the quality of play across the entire organization and allow kids to build much better individual skill as well as help develop our coaches.
We have prepared a FAQ page that hopefully will answer many of your questions (click HERE to see the list of questions) however, if you have additional questions; please feel free to reach out to us.
Thank you all for your participation in our program and for your support as we work to improve the level of instruction your kids get from our program.
Aston Youth Soccer Board of Directors
To continue on to our registration portal, please click HERE!
U8 Program Change FAQ
Q: What’s all this about building individual skill, I just want my kid to play games and score goals!
A: We all want our kids to score goals, but without the proper skill instruction no one will learn how to pass the ball to another kid who won’t know how to shoot the ball. It’s about building individual player skill.
Q: What’s the point of playing if there aren’t winners and losers and championships?
A: This will happen, but only when the kids get older. The focus at this age has to be individual skill supplemented with some game day tactical instruction.
Q: I still want to coach my kid’s team, will I be able to do that?
A: Yes! And we strongly encourage you to volunteer. In addition to the kids working with the trainer, we will be giving coaches training during those sessions as well. So it will be a good opportunity for new coaches to get some instruction as well. In addition, if you want to take the formal E License class, AYSA will reimburse you once you pass!
Q: What happens when they move up to U10?
A: They will then be in the “traditional” set up with teams and games. The training portion will be removed. Unless that is something the U10 coach wants, then we will work with them to continue the training.
Q: If the sessions are now going to be 75 minutes and include a trainer, how much more will it cost?
A: It will cost $0 more than 2014.
Q: Will my kid still get a t-shirt?
Q: Will my kid get a trophy or medal?
A: All U8 players will receive a participation medal, just like they used to before we implemented playoffs.
Q: Who will be the primary point of contact, the trainer or coach?
A: The coach will be the primary point of contact.
Q: Will there still be regular team practices?
A: Yes, the coach will still be able to hold regular practices.
Q: Will my child be on a team or just lumped into a timeframe/group?
A: For 2015 Winter Indoor, they will be assigned a time frame. For 2015 Fall Outdoor, they will be assigned a team.
Q: Who are the trainers that will be working with my kid and his coach?
A: For 2015 Winter Indoor it will be Juan Vintimilla, our Director of Player and Coach Development along with the 2015 U9 Club Coaches. For 2015 Fall Outdoor, we have yet to determine who will be the trainers.
Q: What are the credentials of the trainers?
A: Juan holds the USSF C National Soccer Association license. AYSA now requires all new U9 coaches to hold the USSF E license, so those coaches will have those qualifications. For Fall 2015, we will require the trainers to have at least the E license or be working towards it.
Q: How will this change impact the older age groups and how they are structured?
A: For U10 and above, there will be no change to the structure.
Q: Who will referee the games after the training on Saturday?
A: The U8 games will be refereed by the coaches or their assistants.
Q: What is the ultimate goal for U8 players?
A: The goal is to learn all basic movement skills by building overall individual motor skills and ignite a passion for the game that makes them want to continue to play and learn.
Q: What is the ultimate goal of the Intramural program?
A: The goal of the intramural program is to give the younger players a place where they can learn individual skills to then be able to take those skills into a game situation. If that leads them to the Club Program, great! If that leads them to want to stay in the Intramural Program, great! As long as the kids keep playing and LOVE the game, then we will be successful.
Q: What if my kid really only wants to play games — can I bring him/her just to the second half of the Saturday sessions?
A: No. We will not allow this as it circumvents the process we are trying to implement.
Q: I did not realize the age group format would be changing and I do not like this new format — how do I go about getting a refund?
A: If you feel that strongly about not having your child learn the skills necessary to succeed you can request a refund by emailing email@example.com.
Q: I am totally on board with this! Where can I register?
A: You can click HERE and register for 2015 Winter Indoor AND 2015 Fall Outdoor. If you register now for 2015 Fall Outdoor, you will receive a $10 discount per child!!
US Youth Soccer (which our organization is a member of) has an excellent document that explains the Youth Soccer Development Model. This is the model we are trying to align with. It is quite a lengthy document, but also quite excellent. The link to the document is below. We encourage you to read through it.
2015 Winter Indoor Soccer
Please click on the link below to take you to the on-line registration portal
Starts January 31, 2015 and runs through March 16, 2014
Cost is $35 per child (no family maximum)
Program is open to all kids – Pee Wee, U6, Intramural or Club
Kids will play in the same age group they played in the 2014 Fall Outdoor season
|Age Group||Location||Day||Times||Start End||End Date|
|U6 – Co-Ed||Northley||Saturday||10am||1/31/2015||3/14/2015|
*** U8 kids will be assigned a session time. The first half of the session will be focused on skills training and the second half kids will be divided up into teams and will play a game. Sessions will be run by our Director of Player and Coaching Development, Juan Vintimilla and our new U9 Club team coaches. ***
Saturday January 10,
Deadline for Registration is Saturday January 17. Late registrations will only be accepted on a case by case basis and will come with a $10 late fee per child.
2014 Intramural Champions
(click on logo for team picture)
|U8 Girls Champions|
|U8 Boys Champions|
|U10 Girls Champions|
|U10 Boys Champions|
|U12 Boys Champions|
|U13 Girls Champions|
|U15 Co-Ed Champions|
Over the past few years, late registrations for our fall program have caused significant issues in trying to get our season started up on the first weekend in September. Close to 40% of our entire Intramural program (excluding Pee Wee and U6) registered after the June 30th cut off and 15% of the entire program (60 kids – which to put in perspective is the size of our ENTIRE U8 Girls program) registered in August. As you can guess this makes it very difficult to set team rosters and find coaches in less than a month while everyone is on vacation.
So, this year, we will be making some changes to our registration process to address several of our challenges.
First, if you register on-line before December 31, 2014 for the 2015 Fall Season and pay by credit card you will receive a $10 discount per child!
Second, we will no longer be accepting check payments with online registration. If you need to pay by check, you will need to mail in your registration with payment. It was too difficult to chase people who chose pay by check on-line for their payments.
Third, in an effort to get more people to volunteer to coach, anyone who volunteers to coach a team and participates in two 90 minute training sessions with our Director of Coaching and Player Development prior to August 1st will receive a $30 discount on their registration per team they coach.
Fourth, the late fee for registering after June 30th will be raised to $25 per child.
We will still hold walk-in registrations in May and June like we normally do.
If you do not want to pay by credit card, you can print out the appropriate form and mail it to us WITH PAYMENT.
AYSA is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 new U9 Boys and Girls Club Team Coaches.
Please click the link below for the application. Applications must be received by December 15.
Coaches do NOT need to have the US Soccer National “E” license, however, if you do not have the license, you will be required to get it as soon as possible if you are chosen to be the Head Coach.
If you are chosen as the Head Coach, you will also be required to organize the U8 Winter Indoor program as this will be a very good opportunity to get to see some of the potential candidates for the 2015-16 team. It will also give you an opportunity to market tryouts.
The application must be typed and submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact us via the above email address.
Aston Youth Soccer brings on Juan Vintimilla as Director of Players and Coaches
Aston Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) announced today that the club has brought on Juan Vintimilla as the club’s Director of Player and Coaches Development, effective immediately. His coaching and teaching philosophy comes from the heart. Vintimilla states, “Being a responsible coach is to have goals, and by including sports to educate and prepare children for life, helping them have fun, teaching technical skills of the game and striving to win.” He also adds, “Soccer must be kept in perspective in the overall development of youth. They should play soccer because they want to, not because they feel forced.”
The addition of Mr. Vintimilla will raise the level of player development and enhance the coaching methods within the organization. Please look for opportunities over the winter to train with Juan as we will be adding these sessions to our regualr Winter and Spring sessions.
About Juan Vintimilla
Juan comes to AYSA with 20+ years of coaching experience, which includes a USSF C National Soccer Association license and former DOC of East Stroudsburg Youth Soccer Club where he lead multiple boys and girls Premiere teams to undefeated and championship seasons, as well as the JAGS U13 Girls Premiere team to an undefeated, championship season which was ranked #13 in the state.
Here is the schedule for the weekend.
Keep your fingers crossed that the rain Thursday doesn’t affect this schedule.
Saturday – Nov 8
Outlaws – Regular Season game – 1:00 – Pennell
Union– Playoff Game – 10:00 – Varsity Field
U8 Boys Championship
United v Timbers – 8:30 – Field 9A
U8 Girls Championship
Red Stars v Reign – 8:30 – Field 9B
Liverpool v Man City – 9:00 – Northley
Newcastle v Everton – 10:15 – Northley
Aston Villa v Tottenham – 11:30 – Field 12
Fulham v Chelsea – 12:45 – Field 12
3rd/4th place game
Palermo v Roma – 9:00 – Field 12
Napoli v Milan – 10:15 – Field 12
Real Madrid v Barcelona – 11:30 – Northley
Athletic Bilbao v Athletico Madrid – 12:45 – Northley
Pee Wee & U6
Sessions will run at their normal Saturday times
Sunday – November 9
Devils – Playoff Game – 1:00 – Pennell
3rd/4th place game – 12:00 – Northley
Newcastle v Liverpool
Championship – 1:15 – Northley
Manchester City v Everton
3rd/4th place game – 12:00 – Field 12
Chelsea v Tottenham
Championship – 1:15 – Field 12
Aston Villa v Fulham
3rd/4th place game – 2:30 – Northley
Barcelona v Athletico Madrid
Championship – 2:30 – Field 12
Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
Continuing our tradition of raising awareness of breast health and breast cancer, Aston Youth Soccer has partnered with Superior Plus Energy Systems and Crozer-Keystone Health System to bring you Pink in the Park 2014.
All teams will receive a soccer ball and all coaches will receive specially designed t-shirts for the occasion and all kids will receive a cancer awareness bracelet courtesy of Superior Plus. Crozer-Keystone will have a table with free breast health information and will have “Kick and Juggle for a Cure” contests staffed by Sun Valley High School soccer players.
Sun Valley Soccer players will be there selling paper cleats for $1 to post on our board of support. All proceeds will be donated to Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Cancer Program. Last year, between AYSA and Sun Valley Soccer, we were able to donate over $500 to their program. Let’s see if we can beat that this year!!
PICTURE DAY IS SEPTEMBER 20
Please arrive to your pictures 15 minutes before the scheduled time and ready to go!
Pictures will take place against the fence by the 2 baseball fields at Sun Valley.
PEE WEE and U6 PICTURES WILL BE AT THE PEE WEE FIELD!
We are working on securing an indoor location in case of rain.
PEE WEE PICTURE TIMES (please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your session)
Pictures will be taken at the Pee Wee Field
Pee Wee 9am session – Pictures will be at 8:30am (Pee Wee Group A – above)
Pee Wee 10am session – Pictures will be at 9:15 (Pee Wee Group B – above)
U6 11am AND 12pm Sessions – Pictures will be at 10:30 (Pee Wee Group C – above)