Fall Season Kicks Off September 12th

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First matches of the season begin on the weekend of September 12th-13th.  There will be a season kick-off event at Glendale Community College on September 13, details to be posted in August. Read more »

Team Practices begin on or after August 1

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Practice fields are available for weekly practices starting August 1st.  Coaches will notify their teams of the practice schedule and first practice date at a parents/coaches meeting.  The time and location of this meeting will be determined at the coach’s discretion. Read more »

Team Coaches to Contact Players by August 1

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Coaches will contact their assigned or drafted players, and their parents, between July 15th and July 31st.  If you have not heard from your coach by August 1, please email your child’s Division Coordinator. Their contact information can be found at http://ayso88.org/about/board-of-directors/ Read more »

Shopping Day at Dick’s

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Time to get your soccer gear for the upcoming season. Join us this Saturday, August 1, 2015 for Region 88’s exclusive Shop Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pasadena. Bring the coupon and receive 20% off throughout the store. Dick’s is located at 3359 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Download the Flyer Read more »

Concussion

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WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung, ” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. To read more go to concussion for parents or if you are a coach, also go to concussion clip board Read more »

Heat and Hydration

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Hydration Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all serious (in some cases fatal) heat-induced conditions. It is imperative for the safety of your players and volunteers that you and your coaches know how to identify and treat them. Heat Cramps When a body loses too much water and salt through sweat, muscles tend to cramp (particularly in the abdomen and legs). Players suffering from these painful “heat cramps” should: Rest in a shady spot. Sip one glass of cool water every 15 minutes until the pain relents. If the player’s parents are on hand, have them help by: Massaging the affected muscles. Applying cool, wet cloths to help relax the muscles. Heat Exhaustion Players with cool, moist, or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, or muscle cramps may be experiencing heat exhaustion. This condition occurs when, because of high humidity or restrictive clothing, sweat is not properly evaporated and the body cannot cool down. To assist a player experiencing heat exhaustion Have the player lie down in a shady spot and elevate his or her feet. Remove the child’s shoes, shin guards, and socks. Apply cold packs to the armpit and scalp areas. Have the player drink water or an electrolyte solution. Dampen the player’s skin with cool cloths. Fan the player to help evaporate excess sweat. If the player’s parents are on hand, have them: Remove the player’s shirt. Apply cold packs to the groin area. Heat Stroke When a body completely loses the ability to cool itself, the internal temperature continues to rise resulting in heat stroke. If a player’s temperature rises too quickly, brain damage and/or death may result. Players suffering from heat stroke may have hot, dry skin — those with fair complexions may appear red, while darker-skinned individuals may appear gray. Victims may also experience a very rapid pulse and extremely high body temperature. In some cases, victims of heat stroke may seem confused, unresponsive, or even suffer from seizures. Recovery from heatstroke depends on the amount of time it takes to return the body temperature to normal, so immediate medical attention is imperative. If you suspect that a player is suffering from heat stroke Call 911 immediately. Follow the recommended treatment for heat exhaustion. DO NOT attempt to give any liquids. Contact the player’s parents. Professional soccer players lose seven and a half pounds of sweat during a game. In order to avoid serious heat-induced conditions, players must drink enough fluids to replace that sweat. Every player should carry his or her own sports bottle to practice, and coaches need to stop for drink breaks every 15 minutes during the summer. Symptoms of dehydration may include Dry lips and tongue. Sunken eyes. Dizziness or a loss of energy. In addition to staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in light colors will help keep the body cool. Coaches must remember to conduct shorter, easier practices in the summer. Read more »

Recycle Tip

Instead of throwing away a plastic bottle (or two) of water of sports drink each week, have your parents buy you a nice thermos to reuse each week. It can keep your drink cooler and it also helps out the environment. Thanks. (see ) Read more »