U6-U12 Coaching clinics

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Region 88 will be offering Under 6 through Under 12 Coaching clinics on May 14. They are free of charge and open to everyone. Please email rc88@ayso88.org if you are interested in attending any of these clinics and instructions will be sent to you. Read more »

Volunteering

AYSO Region 88 is an all-volunteer organization. The volunteers within this Region are committed to creating a well-run, child-first environment so the children that participate may play soccer, meet friends, and grow into healthy, confident adults.  Every facet of what we do has “what’s good for the kids” at its core.  We volunteer to serve the children, your children. Read more »

U4 Soccer Division

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Registration deadline is March 25. The program focuses on fundamental motor skills with an emphasis on age appropriate fun and creative play through group-led activities. A six week ground-breaking child development program designed for preschoolers. Register your child today! Read more »

Safe Haven

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A Safe Haven certification is a requirement for every AYSO volunteer and it only needs to be attended once. No one is allowed to help at AYSO practices or games without this certification. Also, starting next fall season all team coordinators will have to attend this course. Please email rc88@ayso88.org if you are planning on being a volunteer and sign-up instructions will be sent to you. What is Safe Haven Safe Haven is a program instituted by AYSO to comply with the Child Protection Act of 1993. Each team must have a certified coach that has taken this class. AYSO requires all volunteers be certified through the Safe Haven Program. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer. Becoming Safe Haven® certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their children’s safety is worth it. Safe Haven® is both a child and volunteer protection program. It was the first of its kind in youth sports. The child protection aspect is intended to prevent child abuse, promote education and awareness, enforce policies and screen and train volunteers. It includes proactive steps that promote a positive, healthy environment for children. Volunteer protection is the result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified and act in accordance with a written job description and AYSO’s policies and guidelines. Not volunteering, but still interested in what Safe Haven does for our program? We will soon be providing more information for Safe Haven for Parents.  Note that Safe Haven Information for Parents is not sufficient training for volunteers. Read more »

Fall registration

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Registration will be discontinued for a couple of weeks, at which time we will inform everyone of an added registration event. 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. (see ) Read more »