Remember - Fall Picture Day!
Families - please note, Fall Team Picture Day is
tomorrow, Saturday September 24 at Linden Grove Elementary
between 9am-2pm. The full schedule is available here.
photographer will be set up in the cafeteria with the
entrance around to the rear of the building. Linden
Grove is located adjacent to the Drake Rd Complex on
Arboretum Parkway. Please let us or your coach know of
Happy Tuesday Soccer Families! We had a great first
weekend of play, thank you everyone for all of your
take another look at the schedules - there has been a
field assignment change to U8-Coed, and U10-Girls
games have been moved up 30 minutes to start at 11am.
also note the Field Map we have if you had any trouble
finding your field or want to be prepared for this
First Weekend Updates!
Please be sure to check the Game Schedules,Concession
and Field Assignments here.
There have been a handful of minor changes and updates
to concessions and fields - don't worry, no game times
weather forecast for this weekend looks fairly wet -
please remember we play rain or shine - however,
thunder and lightening will suspend play for at least
For those of you still looking to register, please
know that the following divisions are now closed and
on waiting lists - U5, U6, U8Girls and U8Coed. There
are a handful of openings in the upper divisions!
Player Schedules Updated, Soccer Season is Here!
At long last, we have secured all needed coaches and
have posted most game schedules here.
Many teams are
holding practices this week, and our first games will
be this Friday night/Saturday morning!
We will have our final pre-season Region Store night
tomorrow, September 6, from 6-8pm, at the Drake
Road Soccer Complex. Any coaches who have
yet to pick up equipment or uniforms (if applicable)
can do so during this time, and parents who need to
purchase shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, or any
other supplies are welcome to stop in as well!
Ready for Some Soccer? Thank you
Thank you so much for those of you who spent this
rainy Saturday morning at Coach Training! Your
commitment to our kids is so appreciated. We are
excited to share that we have trained 20 coaches in
our region so far this year!
Most coaches now have their rosters and will be
contacting parents soon, if they haven't already.
Practices may start this coming week, but may not
start until the following week depending on coach
assignments and schedules. We are finalizing game
schedules and will post them here when they are done.
We STILL need several U8 coaches and at least one U14.
If you can help with this, please contact Blake
Crocker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kristin
Marschner (email@example.com) immediately so we can
get you certified and set up with a team!
Thank you all! It's going to be a great season of
Our final coach training is this Saturday, August
27th, at SoccerZone in Oshtemo from 8am to Noon.
Please sign up through eAYSO, or send us an email!
Coaches who are trained and do not have their rosters
yet can pick them up there during this time.
Our Regional Store, located at the Drake Road Soccer
Complex, will be open August 30 and September 6th for
equipment purchases and pickup for coaches from
6-7:30PM each evening.
We are still looking for coaches in the following
divisions - U5(1 coach needed), U6(2), U8(6),
U8Girls(2), U12(2), U14(1). If you haven't heard from
your coach yet, they either still need training before
they can pick up a roster, or there isn't one assigned
yet! Please consider signing up for training on
Saturday if you are able to help!
We are getting close to kicking off a great season,
thank you for all your support!
We have scheduled an additional coach training for
Saturday, August 27th, from 8am - 12pm at Soccer Zone
in Oshtemo. Please see our Facebook for more details.
We STILL desperately need more coaches! If you are
planning to stay for the games, there is a good chance
you have time to coach, and we will teach you
everything you need to know. Please let us know if you
have any interest in helping with this, and we will
get you to the right people.
all divisions are still open, if you haven't
registered your player yet, sign up today at
2016 Season Updates!
training tomorrow, August 13, begins at 8am at Soccer
Zone in Oshtemo. Please see our Facebook for more
details. The previously scheduled Referee training for
tomorrow has been cancelled due to a conflict with the
trainer's availability. You will be contacted with
more information about this separately.
We desperately need more coaches! Many of you have
already offered to assist and RSVPd for the training,
and we thank you for that! If you have given any
thought to coaching and have availability tomorrow
morning, please come to Soccer Zone for training. At
this point, we need approximately the following number
of coaches per division:
- U5 - 9
- U6 - 5
- U8 - 15
- U10 - 6 or more
- U12 - 6
divisions - TBD, but definitely need more!
- We are waiting to see
what additional signups occur through this weekend
for U10 Girls - at this point, we do not have a
enough for girls only teams, so that is the reason
the coach number is not set - we have not finalized
the number of teams and won't until this decision is
made after the weekend.
We may have additional coaching training later in the
month, but we have to secure a trainer. If you are
willing to consider coaching but cannot make it
tomorrow, please let me know and I will keep you on
the list to be contacted about subsequent training.
Also, if you are interested in coaching, you MUST go
to eayso.org and register as a volunteer.
For non-coaching parents, practices will begin the
week of August 29 - you will be contacted by your
coach prior to that with practices
days/times/locations. Games will start the week of
September 10. There is a great deal of support needed
on game days as well, please let us know if you are
interested in helping with field support, concessions,
etc., and we will put you in touch with the right
are planning to have the store open this month on
August 16th & August 18th from 6-8PM each day to
Thank you so much your help in making this a great
season for our kids!
Registration is Going on Now!
it's not too late to register! This is the most
popular question this week, so we want to answer it
for everyone. We are in the process of confirming
coaches, forming teams, and of course seeking more
volunteers! If you are thinking about registering a
child and registering yourself to volunteer, you can
do it all at eAYSO.org!
our program is run entirely by volunteers, so whether
you have an hour a month or you want to offer a solid
40 hours per week of work, we want to hear from you!
Save the Date for 2016/2017 Coach Training!
you know already that you will be one of the
phenomenal coaches or referees making this season a
success, or if you are still just thinking about it,
please pencil in the following dates on your calendar:
Training - Saturday August 13
volunteer communication will be coming to you by email
in the coming week or two. However, if you have not
already filled out a volunteer application at eAYSO.com,
please do this as well, as it allows us to complete
the required background check!
always, please let us know of any questions or
concerns as we prepare for this season of soccer fun!
Registration Deadline for Fall 2016 Approaching;
Free Clinic with Kalamazoo FC!
AYSO Families and Friends-
registration began May 20th and has been a
great success! Take time this week to make sure you
enjoy the benefit too - your chance to save $25 per
registrant ends this Friday, July 1. Please go
to www.eayso.com, register, and pay online! The
registration flyer is here.
Please be advised that our coaches are still required
to have paper copies of your registration forms on the
field during play, but we will make it easy for you to
drop them off!
am excited to invite your players to a complimentary
soccer clinic with the Kalamazoo FC! New and veteran
players alike will enjoy an hour of drills and fun
provided by real Kalamazoo FC players! Parents will
also have the opportunity to drop off registration
forms and learn about volunteering!
are the important details:
When – Wednesday July 6th
Form Drop Off from 5:30-7:30PM,
Clinic from 6-7PM
– Drake Road Soccer Fields, 901 South Drake Road,
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
– No need to RSVP for form drop off, but please let us
know if you plan to participate in the clinic.
more soccer in your summer? Plan to attend Kalamazoo
FC’s last regular
season game July 10th!
and Prayers with Jenn Johnson
Kalamazoo AYSO Families and Friends-
All of us here at AYSO 211 are shocked
at Tuesday night’s crash involving a group of
bicyclists in Kalamazoo. The Registrar for AYSO
Region 211, Jennifer Johnson, was among those
riding and injured in the tragic event and
currently she is listed in fair condition.
Jennifer is a valuable member of our regional
board and we ask that the AYSO community keep
Jennifer and her family, along with all of those
affected by this tragedy, in their thoughts and
Registration for 2016/2017
Kalamazoo AYSO Families and
We have had a great Spring Season.
It is time to start registration for next
year - Fall 2016 / Spring 2017. We are
excited to announce complete online
registration is available. Please go to
www.eayso.com and register. The registration
flyer is here:
/2017 registration flyer
We are excited to announce that
online payments will be accepted this year-
we will continue to accept other forms of
payment as described in the flyer, but we
encourage everyone who is able to submit
their payment online. This will make
registrations and team assignments much more
efficient for everyone!
It is also time for the Board to
nominate volunteers for next year's season.
We need you! Please help us in supporting
our program. Ask Board members or staff
members what you can do to help and we will
find a place for you.
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