YUMA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
2018 YYSA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES NAMED
Please join Yuma Youth Soccer Association as they congratulate all Yuma area senior on their pending graduation this May. Two 2018 YYSA players were each awarded $1000.00 each to go toward any personal expenses, or tuition they wish for this Fall.
Ms. Katie Gronbach a player on the 2018 YYSA Scrubs team was the winner for the female applicant; while Ruben Martinez, a Cibola High student, was awarded as the male applicant. Each were accepted to the University of Arizona for 2018 Fall, in Tucson Arizona and both have a long history of playing for Yuma Youth Soccer Association.
There were five submissions for this year’s scholarship program. Criteria was: student must have been a current YYSA player (at time of submission), must be a senior in high school, must have had at least a C average and must have intentions of attending a traditional college, trade school or military enlistment. All scholarship funds were generated through snack-bar revenue and raffle tickets sales.
Yuma Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit, mentor led, recreational soccer league led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. YYSA has served the youth of the greater Yuma area since 1976 and had over 140 teams in 2018, nearly 1300 youth players and over 200 volunteer coaches. Season of play is January-march and registration takes place in partnership with the City of Yuma Parks and Recreations Department starting in August of each year. Please follow the YYSA FB page to stay abreast of YYSA news.
If you would like more information about YYSA, please email email@example.com
2017/2018 Registration Information---NEW CHANGES TO AGE GROUPS
YEAR Two…..REQUIRED CHANGE TO AGE FOR REGISTRATION
Yuma Youth Soccer Association is an affiliate of Arizona Youth Soccer Association, whom is member of the US Youth Soccer Association. Youth player/participant guidelines have changed; effective season of play January 2017 player registration eligibility is determined by child’s birth year ONLY (meaning we no longer will be going by month, date and year of birth). For registration, a child must have born between 2014 to 1999 (if 1999, must be in high school 2017/2018 school year).
All registration to take place at the City of Yuma, Parks and Recreation Department (please be mindful of “Dark Fridays” when City hall business is not in operation).
Early Registration: August 21-September 15, 2017 $80.00 per participant
Late Registration: September 18-October 05, 2017 $100.00 per participant
YYSA FACTS, 2016/2017 Season
Here are a few facts about 2016/2017 season…
-2016-2017 was the 41st anniversary of formal, recreational soccer in Yuma!
-More than 1,300 recreational players from 3-19 years of age
-Total teams, 180
-Just over 1,300 games were played this season
-Over 350 Background checked, cleared Coach’s and Assistant Coach’s
-Over 40 Team Sponsors
-Kept business as local as possible
-Honored to be a co-sponsor organization of the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department; we appreciate the
immaculately kept fields year-round (some of the best in the State of Arizona)!
As always, an ALL VOLUNTEER Board of Directors!
Header Policy--Took Effect 2015/2016 Season
Per the announcement from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) on November
9th, AYSA announced that our Board of Directors decided to adopt the USSF changes
immediately with regards to heading the ball.
On December 2nd, USSF announced a clarification/update to this rule change - Heading
is now banned for the Under-11 age group and younger. This change will take
immediate effect for all AYSA games and organized team events. They have also
updated the rule which limits heading in the Under-12 & Under-13 age groups. These
changes can be found below:
UNDER-11 AGE-GROUP & YOUNGER:
- No player in any age group from Under-11 and younger is allowed to head a ball in
any activity sanctioned by Arizona Youth Soccer Association. This includes any and all
practices, matches, and training activities. Affected persons shall include all players in
the above-mentioned age groups who are members of Arizona Youth Soccer
Association, its member leagues, clubs, affiliates, and tournaments.
- This heading rule will pertain to the use of any and all types of balls, regardless of
construction, size, material, or hardness.
- AYSA hereby instructs all sanctioned events to add the following into its event rules:
"No heading in age groups Under-11 and younger is allowed. If, during the course of a
match, a header is performed, play will be stopped and will resume with an indirect kick
for the opposing team."
- AYSA hereby instructs all sanctioned entities (clubs, leagues, etc.), to place into effect
a similar rule banning heading during practices, training, etc.
UNDER-12 & UNDER-13 AGE GROUPS:
- Heading training is to be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more
that 15-20 headers per player, per week.
- All coaches should be instructed to teach and emphasize the importance of proper
techniques for heading the ball.
- Headers during AYSA sanctioned games are permissible for age-groups Under 12 and
In addition, the United States Soccer Federation has introduced a comprehensive player
health and safety program called Recognize to Recover. The first-of-its-kind program
aims to reduce injuries in soccer players of all ages and promote safe play by those on
and around the field. To visit this webpage, please click here > http://bit.ly/21NfYxk
Arizona Youth Soccer Association
Respect The Game
Be Kind.....on the Sidelines
•The spectator's job is to enjoy the game! Keep comments positive and
general, rather than directed at individual players. Be supportive of both
•The coach's job is to coach the players! Additional coaching from the
sidelines distracts players and may affect their performances.
•The referee's job is to officiate the game. Respect the difficulty of this
position by allowing the refs to work without interruption.
•The soccer field is a learning environment for players. Spectators serve
as powerful role models for good sportsmanship.
2017 YYSA Raffle Winners:
1st Place, Ticket # 100085
Jorge Delgadillo, $1,000
2nd Place, Ticket # 107408
Nia Rivera, $750.00
3rd Place, Ticket # 081783
Amelia Moncure, $500.00
Note: Ms. Amelia Moncure has donated 100% of her raffle winning back to YYSA in the name of
“Mr. Will Holiman”
WINNERS----Top Three Coaches with Highest Raffle Ticket Sales
-Coach Ernesto Morales, U8 Attack Squad
-Coach Curtis Priest, U5 Dust Devils
-Coach Matt Magdaleno, U9 Roadrunners
Each of the THREE WINNING Teams won….a FREE City of Yuma Park Ramada Rental for End of Season party and a gift card
After prize deduction and highest team sales….YYSA generated just over $20,000 which will be used to offset referee costs and purchase of new soccer goals at the Valley Athletic Park. YYSA would like to respectfully thank all that participated in our fundraising….Thank you!!!!
Yuma Valley Park (Parking Directions)