Saturday 9/10 at 9am: Soccer Jamboree and goal moving at the High School

This fall we have an extra week before the season starts so we’re revisiting a program we started last year:

AYSO Jamboree: This Saturday (9/10) for kids in the U6, U7, U8 and U10 divisions we’ll have the Super Soccer Stars trainers at the High School at 9am for a fun (& free!) Jamboree session.

No teams, just kids playing soccer in groups run by professional trainers.

Uniforms not required, though all players MUST wear shinguards & socks and NO jewelry.  Bring a ball if you have one.

We’ll meet on Field B (the one directly ahead as you drive in). Come and play some soccer!

Goal Moving: Many of our coaches will be in Armonk taking age-specific coach training this Saturday. As they spend their weekend getting ready to coach our kids, we can help by getting the fields ready for play.

Please help us move the goals and sandbags onto the High School fields from their storage position.

We will meet on field B at 9am and begin once the Jamboree kids get going. Many hands make light work!

See you Saturday!

Why Kids Hate Soccer!

From AYSO.org: Why Kids Hate Soccer, February 29, 2016

Well not hate, necessarily, but according to a survey reported in the Wall Street Journal, what kids dislike the most about soccer is the car ride home. Too often, the first thing a parent may say after a game is a critical remark, an accusatory question or offer “you should haves!” to their kids. This can cause any player to lose interest in playing and start to dread anything to do with participating in sports.

Parents often don’t realize the impact of their words and forget that kids seek approval and want to impress them during games. When players feel put down, they can lose their love for soccer. Consider the following when talking to your kids about their performance on the field:

Parents Do’s: 

  • Be their biggest fan. Make sure to maintain a positive attitude and environment for your child by cheering and showing them support. After all, a child is trying their best to impress their parents, so show them they’re appreciated!
  • Focus on the positive. Great shot! Nice dribble! Amazing pass! Wow so close! These are all great ways to express to kids that they’re doing a good job and it will motivate them to try even harder.
  • Let them make mistakes. Making mistakes is the best way to get better. Don’t try to correct the mistakes by yelling directions from the sideline. Instead, let them try their moves and work on them next time you’re on a field together.
  • Encourage goal setting and measure progress. Aside from staying active and having a great time, kids strive to become good soccer players. Encourage players to talk about ways they can improve and offer methods or ask a coach to help them improve those things.

Parent Don’ts: 

  • Don’t talk about negative things on the ride home. There are much better ways and places to communicate what your kids could have done better than questioning their actions during the car ride home. They are still learning the game and are likely aware that they didn’t have a great game. Try taking them to a park over the weekend and work on things to help improve their game in a fun, loving environment instead.
  • Don’t offer excuses. Putting blame on a ref, the field, weather or a coach for a bad performance may offer short-lived comfort, but this attitude can backfire. Kids will fail to take accountability and will instead learn to blame other factors when things don’t go their way.
  • Don’t yell instructions during games. This causes confusion and annoys other parents, coaches and players (including your own!). A player develops best when they are allowed to make their own decisions on the field, figuring out what works best and working on those things at practice.
  • Don’t criticize refs in front of the kids. Always remember that AYSO refs are volunteers and have given up their time to make the game possible. Kids will learn from their parents so be aware that yelling at a ref is one of the things they will pick up. And pro soccer players can tell you that yelling at the ref DOES NOT make them change their mind!

Letter in support of the June 14 School and Library bond

To our fellow Chappaqua Central School District residents,

As the leaders of our town’s youth sports organizations, we are writing to you in support of the proposed school and library bond that will be voted upon on June 14 at Horace Greeley High School.

We support the bond proposal because the CCSD Administration, guided by the School Board, with input from others in our community, have put forth a plan to benefit all students through:

Academics
The primary component of the bond proposal focuses on academics – the 21st century flexible learning environments across all schools will create spaces to support teaching through active learning practices. These instructional strategies have been demonstrated to have a significant positive effect on student success, better preparing them for post-secondary education and the world at large. Students will have the opportunity to work together in teams, to build self-confidence, to create, and to be challenged and engaged. We encourage you to seek full information on these new spaces at: http://www.ccsd.ws/district.cfm?subpage=2070180

Athletics
This bond is also about providing our student-athletes with safe fields to play on through improvements at Bell and Seven Bridges and at Horace Greeley. Our sports organizations rely heavily on the CCSD fields, and through the bond, our children will play on fields that our programs have desperately needed for years. Two new lighted synthetic turf fields and improvements to existing grass fields will significantly relieve stress on field availability and overuse, and in one case – field hockey – finally will provide our girls with the surface on which the sport is played universally.

Community
We also applaud the CCSD Administration for proposing improvements to the Chappaqua Library, an asset that provides benefits to everyone in our community, and for comprehensively addressing vital infrastructure needs in our schools.

The bond is being responsibly financed.

We encourage you to vote YES on June 14 at Horace Greeley High School.

Respectfully,
Gary Abrams, President, New Castle Youth Basketball Association
Alex Goldstein, President, New Castle Baseball and Softball Association Christy Hill, Vice President, Greeley Sports Boosters
Bill Hriskonich, President, Greeley Youth Football Association
Matt Laurence, President, New Castle Ice Hockey Association
Suzanne Lodge, President, Greeley Youth Lacrosse
Charlie Steinhorn, President, New Castle Field Hockey Association Jonathan Taub, Commissioner, Chappaqua AYSO
Jeff Tochner, David Stern, Directors, Chappaqua Youth Soccer Club

Chappaqua AYSO Newsletter and Photos

It is time for you and your kids to get creative in writing and photography!
 
We are working on a Chappaqua AYSO Newsletter and a corresponding Photo Album which will be available for all of us at the end of the season.
 
Send your best soccer photos of the season to photos@chappaquaayso.org
 
And if your literary vein is sinking in, we would love you to write an article on a soccer related issue, some ideas below:
 
- Ask your kids to write a positive experience they had playing AYSO.

- Send us great quotes that you have heard on the fields.

- Did your kids' coaches ever said something that really made you think or laugh? Let us know.

- Tell us a story about something you have learned by following professional soccer.

- Tell us about something that impressed you recently in any top-flight league in the world.

- Can you share with us a learning experience for your kids while by playing AYSO this past year?

- We want to hear that great story about some unexpected success achieved by your kids' teams.

- Any other interesting soccer experience.

Please email all photos and articles to photos@chappaquaayso.org NO LATER THAN JUNE 13.
  
We will edit all the material after this date to prepare the Newsletter & Photo Album.
 
Volunteer your talent for Chappaqua AYSO!

Memorial Day Parade

Come march behind our banner in the Memorial Day Parade! 

Wear your uniforms and meet on Ridgewood Terrace (off 117) & Elm at 10:30am Monday morning. 

We’ll be marching just behind the Chappaqua Elementary Schools Marching Band.

Tell your teammates!

Winter Soccer Skills Clinic

Chappaqua Winter Soccer Skills Clinic 

Time: 5-6pm (ages 5-10)
Location: Boys & Girls club of Northern Westchester
351 Main St, Mt Kisco, NY 10549
Dates:
January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 27
March 5, 12, 19
Players will train at the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in the gym. There will be eight sessions starting on January 16th and continuing through March 19th. The fee will be $225 for all 8 sessions.
Please bring indoor soccer shoes or sneakers, shin guards, a soccer ball and water to the training sessions.
To sign up please email Shawn Podell at podells25@gmail.com
with your child’s name, age and date of birth.
Send a check for $225 to Shawn Podell
Mailing address: Shawn Podell
                            546c Heritage Hills
                            Somers NY 10589
See you at the Boys and Girls Club!
Shawn Podell

Saturday 9/12 at 9am: Soccer Jamboree and goal moving at the High School

This year we have an extra week before the season starts so we’re trying something new:

AYSO Jamboree
This Saturday (9/12) for kids in the U6, U7, U8 and U10 divisions we’ll have the Super Soccer Stars and U10+ trainers at the High School at 9am for a fun (& free!) Jamboree session.

No teams, just kids playing soccer in groups run by professional trainers. Uniforms not required, though all players MUST wear shinguards & socks and NO jewelry. Bring a ball if you have one. We’ll meet on Field B (the one directly ahead as you drive in). Come and play some soccer!

Goal Moving:
Many of our coaches will be in Armonk taking age-specific coach training this Saturday. As they spend their weekend getting ready to coach our kids, we can help by getting the fields ready for play.

Please help us move the goals and sandbags onto the High School fields from their storage position. We will meet on field B at 9am and begin once the Jamboree kids get going. Many hands make light work!

See you Saturday!

Want to be a Referee?

Another season of soccer will be upon us soon! If you wish to be added to the referee list for the 2015 Fall season and receive notifications about training and refereeing opportunities, please fill out the contact form below.

There will be an opportunity to earn Basic Referee certification at the Fall SuperCamp on September 12 in Armonk. The BASIC REFEREE ONLINE COMPANION course will be offered, which is a three-hour live session that complements the self-paced BASIC REFEREE ONLINE course. The online portion must be completed prior to the live session, and proof of completion will be required.

Please read the following FAQ to learn how this works and follow these instructions to sign up for the online BASIC course. Then sign up at eAYSO.org for Roster number 201504502, the live ONLINE COMPANION course. You must be registered as a volunteer for AYSO first and provide your AYSO ID to sign up for the courses.

More information about the course will be delivered on the AYSO 3T training page as it becomes available.

http://www.aysoarea3t.org/training.html

Looking forward to seeing you all on the fields this fall.


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Tom Pile | Chappaqua AYSO Referee Administrator

Area 3T – Region 139