Picture days, apply for All-Stars 

What you need to know:

Double-check your game schedule for Saturday, as some games had to move around. 

If you'd like to share any feedback about a volunteer this weekend, send an email, or fill out the form at ayso13.org/feedback/



It'll be hot. Star hydrating yesterday.

Apply now for All-Stars. Tryouts are October 29th, November 5th, and November 12 (in case of rain). There will be a game each Saturday and Sunday from mid-Jan to the first week of March.

Come to NEXT for more competitive games, and Sunday Soccer for technical skills, pickup, and goalkeeper academy, at Blair from 3:30-5:30. Come, even if you forget to RSVP.

Need a soccer ball? Stop by the tent at Victory Park.


Team pictures will be Sat Oct 15, Sat Nov 5, or Sat Nov 12 at Victory Park.

COVID seems to be back. Please report at ayso13.org/safety/ and stay home if you're sick!

If you want to be texted about future rain cancellations, send START to 626-702-AYSO.

If your team has the first game at Victory Park, please sign up one parent from each team to come early and set up.

Please remember to set your coaches up for success, and let theirs be the only voices directing the kids what to do during games.

De-accessioning old soccer jerseys? Bring them to Victory Park. Maybe we can get some complete sets to give to teams in other countries.


Please assess players by EOD Friday by filling in the Ratings tab of your team spreadsheet. You'll repeat the assessment again in November.

Save the date: October 18, 7:15pm for a zoom meeting to discuss a policy proposal affecting teams in 10U and older. You're at the table, or you're on the table.

Now that your players have some ball skills (scissors, sole rolls, etc.), make sure to focus on another equally important skills like empathy, persistence, and goal setting!

Here's a suggestion: Team circle-ups are a helpful tradition. Ask the players to hold up to 1 to 5 fingers to represent how they're feeling about their progress (this is a quick way to get feedback, and it allows for nonverbal expression). Next, ask the players to name one thing about soccer they would like to get better at. For more on best practices for team development, check out Keep Girls In Sport - it works for everyone!

Plan to attend the coaching seminar Monday, October 30 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in person at the AYSO Region 13 Clubhouse. Highly recommended for aspiring All-Star coaches.

Report injuries at ayso13.org/safety. Share feedback at ayso13.org/feedback/.


Remember to confirm your assignments in inLeague by noon on Thursdays. After then, assignments are up for grabs.

Share feedback at ayso13.org/feedback/.

Team managers

If you have an 8:00 or 8:30 game at Victory Park, delegate one parent to set up Victory Park at 7am. Some people pay to go to the gym. AYSO offers weight lifting for free.

If you have the first game of the day, please remind all the other parents to arrive at least 30 minutes early to set up the goals.

If you have the last game on your field, please supervise the parents putting the goals away neatly. The storage bin at Victory Park is starting to look like a teenager's closet.

Pop quiz! What's the call?

Take your best guess, then scroll down for answers.

1. Yellow #3 gives the ball a mighty whack, the ball hits the referee, and ricochets out of bounds. The referee is startled, but unhurt. What's the call?

2. Red #8 takes a throw-in, stepping over the line as she does so. Yellow #5 reflexively swats the ball away from her nose with her hand. What's the call?

3. Yellow #1 takes an otherwise good-looking throw-in, and the ball has a strong spin to it. What's the call?

The road ahead

See more by subscribing to the Region 13 calendar. The board meeting is usually the first Thursday of each month.

Oct 18 Coach meeting on Zoom, 7:15 pm
Oct 30 Coach seminar with Barry Ritson, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Clubhouse
Nov 2 Board meeting on Zoom, 7:15 pm

Balanced Teams

Player assessments provide the information for Region 13 to balance the teams. Obviously, it's not perfect, but the better the data, the better the result. How does one evaluate a 7-year-old soccer player? Find the guidelines at ayso13.org/coach/.

Picture of the week

There will be a Best Team Name contest. Winners get to put their banner on the clubhouse wall.
Send your pictures to info@ayso13.org or tag @aysoregion13 on Instagram to be in next week's newsletter.

Quiz Answers

1. It's a throw-in. If the ball crosses the touch line, even after bouncing off the referee, it's a throw-in.

2. A throw-in is awarded to the other team, since the invalid throw-in preceded the handling offense. 

3. Play on! You're allowed to spin the ball, so long as your feet are on the ground on or behind the touch line, the ball starts behind your head, and is released over your head.

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