La Mesa Notice
La Mesa will be CLOSED for practice on Thursday Sept 22.
For this week only, the school is allowing practice on Friday Sept 23 from 4.30pm - 7.30pm.
Please note that SOME schedules have changed. Please see the schedules to see UPDATED match schedules.
SHUTTERFLY is NO longer an affiliated sponsor of AYSO. No team web sites will be set up automatically for your this year. You are welcome to use Shutterfly, you will just need to create the account yourself. We just became aware of this, we apologize for any inconvenience. There is no requirement that you use a team web site. You are welcome to use any service that offers a FREE team web site. It must be a site that is private to your team and only those that you allow to view it.
Congratulations to Canyon's U10 Boys tournament team for earning 7 Straight tournament medals! Coach Daggs and Mejia are very proud of them as they earned these medal while playing in the top flight of every tournament, playing All Star and Extra teams including the Western States Champion Extra Team.
Notice that we have a new "Notices" page.
Here you will find notices that we need to post...and you need to notice.
Nov 7th ...NEW notice about BU10 pools.
Our sponsors, Nissan of Valencia congratulates:
Robert Benavidez and Sergio Quintero stand proud of their teams efforts.
Robert is coach of the Canyon Country BU19 team. Sergio is coach of the Canyon Country GU19 team.
Both teams won the Area Playoffs on Nov 8th, and Region 677, Canyon Country has two teams to represent Santa Clarita (Area 10S) at the Sectional Playoffs in Bakersfield. Well played ladies and gents.
The GU19 team from Canyon Country shown below with their coach, Sergio Quintero.
Canyon Country, (Region 677) was also well represented in the GU16 Semi Finals.
Mike Daniels and his team went down in a hard fought match against the Blues from Saugus.
Well done ladies and congratulations to the Saugus GU16 team moving on to Bakersfield.
Letter from a Coach (not one of ours)
But it still rings true....
Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field. My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don't know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received angry emails, full of "suggestions," about who should be playing where and how I... lost that day's game for the kids. I thought I'd write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I'll start it this way: "I am a volunteer."
I'm the one who answered the call when the league said they didn't have enough coaches. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I'm not retired. I'm busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I've already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I've never seen you at a practice. I'm sure you're plugging away at the office. But I'm out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.
I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I'm not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there'd be no team for them to play on. I'm part of this community too and it's no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It's a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.
And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I'm harder on my own son than on the others? I'm sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I'm making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we'd do that, I'd give them the chance.
After this game is over, I'll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the field, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I'm sure you've already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn't been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?
If I sound angry, I'm not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you're at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don't choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.
We are in dire need of volunteers.
We need volunteers to help at the start of the day.
We need volunteers at the end of the day.
Actually...we need volunteers all day. Please email RC@ayso677.org
National Referee, Joe Lloyd and U8 Girls.
We love a good Advantage call. (Showdown Tournament 2014, U14 Girls)
Happy Volunteers !! (must be before the match)