Wow, what a week!! I was based at Riverside for 8 days for the AYSO National Games, plus the 50th Anniversary of AYSO.
It was a long week of 14 hour days, but well worth it, made new friends from all over the country, learned and organized Soccerfest which was so much fun. During soccerfest as a coach you get to coach players from all over the USA, and as a player you are teamed up with players from all over the USA and a different coach.
Here is Scott Nord’s BU12, Region 88 account of his experience in Torrance where all the Core teams were playing. If you were part of a team and have pictures please send them to me so I can post them.
” Well I have recuperated from the National Games and just wanted to fill you in
on the experience. First, I have to say that it was quite a thrill to be with
kids who play AYSO soccer from across this country. We were fortunate to play
against players from as close as Hollywood and as far away as Trinidad. We
(Ara, Serge, and myself) had dinner one night with coaches from Hawaii and
coached against coaches from Michigan and Idaho and talked to other coaches,
RCs, refs and volunteers from all parts of this country. It was good to see
the shared AYSO philosophies in practice on a larger scale than just our Region
As for our team, the U-12B played their hearts out. Unfortunately, they came
up a little short in the Championship game and lost 2-1. Overall, we played
10 games (2 scrimmages, 5 pool play and 3 medal round games) in 5 days. The
boys gave up only 4 goals in 8 competitive games. The boys had a blast at
Soccerfest (where they basically mix and match the kids from teams all across
the country). They all got National Games jersey’s to wear. They also
traded pins with kids from other teams and not a child left that field without a
Region 88 Sticker (or 2 or 10). Lets just say the U12G had some fun plastering
our boys with Region 88 stickers.
As I told them, it was a once in a lifetime experience and they should hold
their heads up and remember the entire National Games experience for the fun and
enjoyment it was. ”