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By Diane Sieker

AYSO soccer season kicks off


Last updated 8/22/2018 at 3:18pm

Elizabeth Greene

American Youth Soccer Organization players receive instruction from Brooke Blackmore at practice Thursday, Aug. 9, at the athletic fields at Hamilton High School.

The American Youth Soccer Organization Region 1641 season will begin Saturday, Aug. 25, in Anza after earlier games had to be delayed due to weather and other issues.

"It is with regret that I inform you that our opening day must be postponed, because of the weather and some teams not being able to practice even once together, and the fact that the grass field was too wet to paint this evening," AYSO 1641 Regional Commissioner Brooke Blackmore said on the organization's Facebook page. "We are forced to postpone opening games."

The established practice schedule, however, will continue as normal or as prescribed by coaches or assistant coaches, Blackmore said. Games will be held at the Hamilton High School baseball field and middle school athletic fields.

AYSO divides teams by age groups to ensure fair play. Player development is one of group's core philosophies as coaches take the talent the children bring to the field and teach them to use it to the team's advantage to score goals.

The season will end in November. Games begin 8:15 a.m. every Saturday and continue all morning depending on the number of organized divisions. Start times are subject to change as the season gets underway.

Elizabeth Greene

Children learn important soccer skills at practice Thursday, Aug. 9, at Hamilton High School.

The local AYSO 1641 board of directors includes Regional Commissioner Brooke Blackmore, Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate Elizabeth Greene, Treasurer Debbie Scott and Registrar Natalie Daniels.

"We have a lot of awesome volunteers that we love and appreciate," Greene said. "We say 'It's for the children,' because it really is. The board sacrifices hours and days and days of their time to give these children a great experience. We even go to training and hold meetings and work on things all year long. We've been working hard all year to bring the players a great soccer season."

Cut off for player registration is in mid-September, according to Greene.

"Registration is still open, but they need to sign up fast before it closes," Greene said.

For more information on the AYSO program, visit

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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