YUMA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
"Laws of the Game" CHANGE a.k.a. "Rules" ---EFFECIVE 2019-2020 Season!!!!
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Arizona Soccer Association Adopts "SafeSport" Program
Safe Sport Program makes National Debut...YYSA adopting too!
What you need to know:
YYSA cares about our players and their whole being beyond the skill and sport of the game. YYSA is actively embracing the new "Safesport" Program that has been adopted by Arizona Soccer Association, our parent organization and partner of the US Youth Soccer Association.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. We endeavor to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of the nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability.
Following is some brief information on the program:
•All Arizona Soccer Association coaches, assistant coaches and team managers will be required to complete the US Center for SafeSport online course prior (prior to the 2019-2020 season start
•Club Presidents and Directors of Coaching must complete the US Center for SafeSport online course for the teams within their club for the club to be eligible for State Cup and President’s Cup participation. The completion of this online training is also HIGHLY encouraged for all board members (your YYSA Board is currently completing there certification).
•If a coach, assistant coach or team manager does not complete Safesport prior to Cups, the individual will not be allowed to participate as a coach…..during practice or games.
•SafeSports certificates will expire after 2 years.
•There are no fees to take the course or obtain the SafeSport trained certificate.
•Beginning with the 2019-2020 season it will be required that ALL coaches, team managers and board members are to complete the SafeSport training course to receive an ASA pass (credential to coach).
•Safesport Training covers all youth sports
•Safesport consists of 3 phases and all phases must be completed
Frequently asked registration questions:
1) What does YYSA mean by “Foothills”?
Generally speaking, we refer to all incorporated and unincorporated areas East of Avenue 3E in Yuma as “Foothills”
2) Is there team placement in the Foothills area and what does “Practice in the 3E/Foothills area preferred” mean?
On the player registration form there is a section that asks if player placement on a Foothills team is “Preferred”. This means one PREFERS to practice in the Foothills area, if there is a team created in that requested area. Team creation in this area is strictly based off of volume of requests, for that area in any given age group. There is NO GUARANTEE!
3) Are there “GIRL ONLY” teams?
All team creations are based off of volume of player registrations in any age group. If there are NOT enough girls in any one age group to create at least four separate teams, girls will be equally distributed amongst the boys and added to those teams.
4) When and where will my child practice?
Practice dates, times and location are at the discretion of your child’s VOLUNTEER coach. This is one of the HUGE benefits of coaching your own child; you work soccer practice around YOUR family schedule!
5) I would like to have my child be on the same team as their friend/neighbor/ cousin to make it easier to transport to practice, how do I go about this?
The ONLY way to ensure players are on the same team is to have your child “Buddied” with another (minding the Buddy rules). *TRANSPORTATION CAN NOT AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WHEN PLACING PLAYERS ON TEAMS*
6) When will games be played and when will we get the game schedule?
Historically all age divisions U6 and below have been on Saturdays ONLY. All other age divisions play a mix of weekday evenings and Saturdays. Game schedules will be issued to your VOLNTEER Coach sometime in late December for distribution to parents. Schedule will be for entire season, with the exception of divisions U12 and above (as they will have play-offs and All-star games)
7) What is included in my registration fee?
Each player registration fee includes: game jersey, shorts and socks; picture package and referee fees.
8) How much do the Board members and coaching staff get paid each season?
YYSA Board of Directors and Coaching staff are 100% volunteers. Freely giving of their time without any expectation of anything in return. The only YYSA affiliated people that get paid are the Referees and the Referee Assignor.
9) Can I register an entire team (bring in own team to compete)?
No, one CAN register an entire team. YYSA is a recreational league only. Returning Coaching staff are eligible to “Pick” up to three registered players. Should a Coach bring in their own sponsor, the team is eligible for an additional pick. Should a Coach possess higher learning credentialing such as US Youth Soccer Association Class/Grade E, or higher certification they are eligible for an additional pick. With that said, the most a Coach, utilizing all eligible placement opportunities, could have 5 picks conceivably. Please note: this is for age group U-10 and above ONLY.
10) If a few players on a team are busy with other activities, can a game be rescheduled, if the other team agrees?
Although this may seem like a simple request, it is not. YYSA only has access to field from January-early March of any given year, as other sports and activities use the same fields.
2019 Academic Scholarship Winners
YYSA Announces 2018/2019 Scholarship Awardees
April 29, 2019-Yuma, AZ: YYSA would like to wish our 2018/2019 Scholarship winners the best of luck in their future and THANK them for being part of the YYSA family for so many years. We are Proud of you!
On Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the monthly April Board of Directors meeting, League President Joe Kochis and fellow volunteer board members recognized the 2018/2019 YYSA scholarship beneficiaries.
Winning seniors were: Kimberly Ambriz, Yuma High School and Thomas Bergmann, at Cibola High school. Both players played this past season on the U19, Co-Ed “Sternco Engineer’s Strikers”. Each earned $1000.00 in unrestricted scholarship funds to aid in their future academic and social ambitions. Aid is able to be used for anything the student finds necessary i.e., travel expenses to school and from school, books, tuition, outfitting dorm room etc.
Ms. Ambriz, upon graduation, will attend the University of Arizona in Tucson and plans on majoring in dentistry. Mr. Bergmann, upon high school graduation will be actively participating with a Christian overseas mission organization, “Youth With A Mission” in Paris, France. After his mission service he will attend Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA.
About the YYSA Scholarship: Requirements: Applicant MUST be a senior in high school (public, private, on-line or home school); MUST have played with YYSA in the 2018/2019 season; MUST have had a at least a “C” average or, greater on 2018 yea-rend report card and MUST be an applicant for any educational institution, trade, or military branch/institution, etc.
About YYSA: Yuma youth Soccer Association, first incorporated in 1976, has been meeting the recreational soccer needs of Yuma area youth for over 43 years, all run by a volunteer Board of Directors. In fact, that equates to over 46,000 children and nearly 8,000 volunteer Coach’s over the years whom have been impacted by recreational youth soccer.
This past season, YYSA had over 40 sponsors, nearly 1300, youth between the ages of 3-19 and nearly 300 volunteer coaching staff (all volunteer).
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Wondering what the participation numbers looked like for the 2018/2019 YYSA Season?
-Over 1200 youth players U-4 to U19
-146 individual teams in 10 age divisions (U4, U5, U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U12, U14 and U19)
-Over 2000 games played
-Over 300 VOLUNTEER Coach's
2019 All-Star Tournament-Saturday March 16, 2019
2019 Yuma Youth Soccer Association All-Star Games
March 12, 2019 Yuma, AZ-Please join Yuma Youth Soccer Association as they showcase the 2018/2019 Season All Star players in age division U12, U14 and U19 this Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Keegan Field.
YYSA families and soccer aficionados are encouraged to attend the end of season celebration by cheering on players as they compete for All-Star glory, bragging rights and shiny new 1st or 2nd place medals. Spectators are encouraged to bring breakfast or lunch (brown bag) and a chair or blanket to sit on, as they enjoy the FREE soccer atmosphere. Player’s were chosen by their respective season coach for a myriad of reasons: soccer skill-set, level of coach ability, attitude team spirit; etc. Times for each age group are as follows:
U12- 09:00 am
U19 1:00 pm.
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. Season 2018/2019 boasted more than 140 teams, nearly 300 volunteer Coach’s and played over 1500 games. From January-March 2019.
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2019 YYSA Annual General Meeting
2019 YYSA Annual General Meeting
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Forms are located on this website, under "Forms" tab, "Reference Material" ...titled "Bylaw Amendment Form"
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.
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YYSA FACTS, 2017/2018 Season
Here are a few facts about 2017/2018 season…
-2017-2018 was the 42nd 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 300 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.
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