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North Park AYSO Region 785

RC Update Week 1

North Park AYSO Welcome Message (Week 1)

Greetings North Park AYSO players and parents,

*** Before I forget, this weekend, the traffic at Morley Field will be crazy since there is a Cross-Country meet happening there in addition to our usual soccer festivities.  If you haven’t been here before during this time, the parking becomes a nightmare since our usual parking area is blocked off from 7am – late afternoon (1 or 2pm).  For those who are playing at Morley, I recommend you park either on Upas St or in the back maintenance area, to the south of Morley Field.  I’ve attached a map showing the entrance off of Pershing Drive.  I’m working to make sure the gate is open by 7:00am ***

*** Also, the public restrooms tend to get over-used with the increased amount of traffic, which usually leads to a toilet paper supply shortage, especially in the women’s bathroom.  Park Rangers will increase their rounds slightly, so I don’t imagine the problem will go away.  So, for this weekend, we will help our players and parents by having our own stock of toilet paper available.  We will have some toilet paper stored at the snack shack and we’ll also have some extra rolls at the referee tent (for those using the restroom facility next to the Velodrome).  We have not done this in season’s past, but I’m hoping our process will help a little bit during these busy times.  Just mention that you’re with AYSO when asking for toilet paper. ***

Ok, so we’ve completed our first official week of the Fall soccer season, which is always a huge accomplishment.  Overall, a successful weekend.

Our Jamboree (Schoolyard) program is always fun to see.  Master Coach Nestor Suarez does such an excellent job of herding all our future talented players into a 50ydx50yd area.  If you get a chance, you can see them doing their thing on Field #3 at 9:10am.  If you’re good with 4 year olds, and would like to help, please contact Coach Suarez at [email protected].

Our (Matrix) competitive teams did a nice job of representing NP AYSO as they start their first year’s journey.  Thanks to John Metzger (Matrix Coordinator) for coordinating, and thank you to all the coaches who have committed their time to lead our teams into higher level play.

We got see our little snack shack being opened, thanks to Terri Hughes-Oelrich (Evan’s mom) for helping spear-head the effort.  If you want to reach out to her, contact her at: [email protected]

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Because our Region is growing, we’ve expanded our playing areas to other fields.  For this season, most of our older teams will have their games at either Colina del Sol Rec Center or North Park Rec Center.  We will use Colina for the next few weeks, and then switch over to North Park Rec Center who will open their fields (the week of Sept 25th).  Due to a water main leakage during this past Spring, North Park Rec Center underwent construction to the fields.  The completion date was originally scheduled for November, but the city was able to expedite and get the job done earlier, so we’ll be able to use the fields for games starting on Sept 30th.  Next season, I hope to have Morley Field and North Park Rec established as two good community venues for our teams to play on.

Practice space is a big issue for us, so if you have other fields you know of that we could get permits for, please let me know so I can pursue.  I’ve look around the immediate area and what we have is what is available.  Golden Hill Rec Center would be a good practice option, but their fields are booked during the weekdays for flag football.

Speaking of growth, our North Park AYSO family (800+ players) is strong and continues to grow.  But, do remember, it is a 100% volunteer organization…the coaches, the refs, the organizers, the field painters, etc!  We can’t do this all by ourselves, which is why we need your assistance to keep North Park AYSO going strong.  We have opportunities for lining the fields, set up and take down of fields, refereeing, coaching, website content manager, etc.  Or maybe you have something that is not listed that you think would be helpful?  Let me hear about it.  You’ll be seeing some e-mails requesting for volunteer sign-ups so please jump right in.  I encourage you to join in and get to know your fellow neighbors.  Please let us know how you would like to help by e-mailing me at [email protected]

Since AYSO is an all-volunteer organization, it’s important to make sure all the people who interact with our children have the appropriate background check and certifications, whether coaching, refereeing, or helping out with practice sessions.  So if you’re doing any of those activities, then you need to make sure you have a volunteer form on file and have completed the “Safe Haven” online training (  Upon completion you will receive a Safe Haven certification, which will be updated in your volunteer record.  If you don’t have the volunteer form and Safe Haven course completed, then you cannot be out there helping with the practice sessions.

Speaking of AYSO volunteers, I want to make sure everyone understands our 6 philosophies that create the foundation for our wonderful program.  AYSO is built upon (1) Everyone Plays, (2) Balanced Teams, (3) Open Registration, (4) Positive Coaching, (5) Good Sportsmanship, and (6) Player Development.  I tend to focus a lot on #4, #5, and #6.  A positive coaching style can teach kids to learn good sportsmanship and become better developed players.  The passion for the sport continues, for both the coach and player.  A negative coaching style can leave a negative image for the player and make them not want to come back to soccer.  As a coach, you have so much influence and impact on the players you are helping to develop.  Is your style congruent with those of our AYSO philosophies?  If not, then I ask that you take a round-turn and re-evaluate why you are coaching.  Are you doing more harm than help?  Self-reflection is such an important attribute for coaches to have, so please take the time to think about who you are and what kind of influence you want to have on your players.  Although my statement is directed towards coaches, it really applies to all of our adults (referees and parents).  We must all choose to work towards being a positive influence for our children.  That is the type of mindset that we want to foster here at North Park AYSO.

As you know, we have a great program at North Park and I want to see it get better and better.  Every year, we reach max capacity, as kids continue to flock to our program.  We’ve expanded our footprint to include a more competitive component (Matrix), so that we can keep our community kids here while offering the opportunity for competitive matches.  We have very good soccer players, that’s true, but more importantly, the kids continue to come back to North Park AYSO because of the community, the friendships, and the family atmosphere promoted by our Region and by the awesome families who have chosen to stay with us!  Thank you for making North Park AYSO a wonderful place to play soccer.

See you on the field!


Chhem Young-Pen
Regional Commissioner
AYSO Region 785 – North Park
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