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PCJSL Winter/Spring Season – Registration is open!

PCJSL Winter/Spring Season – Registration is open!

Dear PCJSL Soccer Clubs, Coaches, Parents and Players,

The Winter/Spring 2018 soccer season is just around the corner and we are excited to continue moving forward with changes to improve your soccer experience as we move into the second half of the 2017-18 season!

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN!

www.gotsport.com/forms/app/?eventid=63983

Please see the important dates below, listed in two sections based on the age of the players involved. It is extremely important that we adhere to this schedule in order to allow appropriate time for the scheduling process, so please understand that we won’t be able to make any exceptions to these dates.

For both flighting and scheduling feedback, we developed a Google Form that must be filled out completely and submitted before we can consider your input. Emails, text messages and voice mails will not be utilized to make adjustments to the flighting or the draft schedule. Please help us do a better job giving you what you want by using these forms to provide us with the information we need. Links to both forms will be provided in future emails regarding flighting and the draft schedule, and will also be posted at PCJSL.COM.

All U9 and U10 teams should note that you will be placed in divisions for the winter/spring based on the games you played in Fall 2017, but all winter/spring games will be scheduled at the beginning of the season and we will not be using the Play Block format that created two separate sets of games – there will be no re-flighting in the middle of the Winter/Spring event .

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2nd HALF OF 2017-18 SEASON (WINTER/SPRING 2018)

All U9 – U14 teams

* Dec 16 – Registration closes
* Dec 18 – Flighting Google Doc posted with proposed flighting (coaches/managers emailed)
* Dec 18-21 – Accept feedback re:flighting requests/changes using
Google Form
* Dec 21 – Operations Committee meets (only if necessary) to
FINALIZE flighting for U9-14
* Dec 22 – Scheduling coordinator begins scheduling U9-14 teams
* Jan 4 – “First Draft” U9-14 schedule published for identification
of errors (coaches/managers emailed)
* Jan 7 – Errors requiring schedule adjustments must be posted
using Google Form
* Jan 8 – Final Schedule LOCKED
* Jan 20 – First play date for U9-14 teams

All U15 – U19 teams

* Feb 3 – Registration closes
* Feb 5 – Flighting Google Doc posted with proposed flighting
(coaches/managers emailed)
* Feb 5-7 – Accept feedback re:flighting requests/changes using
Google Form
* Feb 8 – Operations Committee meets (only if necessary) to
FINALIZE flighting
* Feb 9 -Feb 18 – Scheduling coordinator creates schedule
* Feb 18 – “First Draft” schedule email sent for identification of
errors (coaches/managers emailed)
* Feb 22 – Errors requiring schedule adjustments must be posted
using Google Form
* Feb 25 – Final Schedule LOCKED
* Mar 10 – First play date for U15-U19 teams

WINTER/SPRING 2017 Play Dates

It is PCJSL’s desire to schedule four games for teams during the winter/spring of 2018 – Due to resource issues (referees and fields), the league has decided not to schedule games on any tournament weekends (Shoot-out – Jan 12-14; Jacobs – Feb 9-11; CDO – Apr 6-8). Games will also NOT be scheduled on Rodeo weekend. Because games are not being scheduled on three tournament weekends in Tucson, only one black-out date will be allowed.

When possible, fields and referees will be made available for teams that choose to use any of the dates above for any needed make-up games. In addition, after your team has completed its four scheduled games, if you have indicated your desire to play more than four games by checking the box on the registration application, your team will be matched with other age-appropriate teams and allowed to schedule friendlies/scrimmages on Saturdays where fields and referees are available.

The change from six scheduled games to four scheduled games is only being made this winter/spring session due to a lack of resources (fields and referees) and we are hoping that things will be back “to normal” next fall.

U9 – U14 Play Dates
* Allowed one Saturday blackout date
* Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31

U15 – U19 Play Dates
* Allowed one Saturday blackout date
* Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31, Apr 14, Apr 21, Apr 28, May 5,
May 12

We look forward to a great second half of the season!

Sincerely,
Jeff Welliver
PCJSL VP of Competition

Pima Cup 2018 is Coming!

Pima Cup 2018 is Coming!

The Annual Dick Giebner Pima Cup will be held March 2-4 and it’s going to be better than ever. We are addressing the problems from last year, including late release of game schedules, late notification of needed volunteers, volunteer training and lagging score keeping.

We’d like your input on any other problem areas you feel need to be corrected.

Pima Cup is a joint effort of all our clubs. It provides the funds that allow PCJSL to add to the scholarship monies and help meet the needs of our clubs. The proceeds also serve to keep League fees as low as possible. We need the support of you, your volunteers and your teams. We will be asking for a list of volunteer field marshals in January, so please start securing volunteers. We will share with you the number needed and the fields where they will work as soon as possible, but in the meantime please use last year’s request as an approximate number of people we’ll need.

Most important, please encourage coaches and their teams to participate – the registration application is open now and can be accessed at <http://pcjsl.com/pima-cup2/> . We want to return Pima Cup to its standing as the Southern Arizona Championships for our players at both the recreational and competitive levels. The Pima Cup trophy from year’s past will be on display and we’ll have a new Cup listing the winners starting this year. Working together, we can return Pima Cup to a great end-of-the-year experience with excellent flighting and a tournament that celebrates soccer in Southern Arizona.

Your Giebner Pima Cup Committee

Maggie Barton

Pat Dunham

Connie Gardner

Respect the Game Program and Field Marshal Video

Respect the Game Program

NEW PROGRAM DESIGNED TO IMPROVE OFFICIATING AND REDUCE SIDELINE ABUSE:

What began as an experimental program in Tucson a year ago, was met with such enthusiasm and experienced such success that AYSA has decided to implement the program statewide on a voluntary basis.

VIDEO THAT DESCRIBES THE PROGRAM

All AYSA players, parents and coaches will sign a new Code of Conduct this Fall promising to end bad behavior and abuse of game officials. Failure to comply can result in mandatory Anger Management and fines. Reminders in the way of signage and trained sideline field marshals reminding everyone to, “RESPECT THE GAME” will be employed to assure compliance.

At the same time coaches will have the ability to evaluate referee performance using the new “Rate-a-Ref” on line program. These evaluations will assist our referee administrators in mentoring and educating referees and rewarding those who exceed standards. Similarly, referees will be encouraged to evaluate the coaches in the new “Rate-a-Coach” program which will assist DOC’s in their education and mentoring of their coaches.

In conclusion, the program is designed to aid in recruiting new referees and properly recognizing and rewarding those who excel.

Be Kind…..on the Sidelines

The spectator’s job is to enjoy the game! Keep comments positive and general, rather than directed at individual players. Be supportive of both teams.

The coach’s job is to coach the players! Additional coaching from the sidelines distracts players and may affect their performances.

The referee’s job is to officiate the game. Respect the difficulty of this position by allowing the refs to work without interruption.

The soccer field is a learning environment for players. Spectators serve as powerful role models for good sportsmanship.

HAVE FUN AND BE KIND!

FIELD MARSHAL INCIDENT REPORT FORM: [Download PDF]

Fall 2017 season for PCJSL

Fall 2017 season for PCJSL

Dear PCJSL coaches, team managers and team contacts,

The time has come to get registered for the Fall 2017 season, but there are two different closing dates depending on the age of your team.

U15 – 19 teams – Registration closes August 5, 2017
U9 – 14 teams – Registration closes August 28 (if there are U9 or U10 teams that cannot be formed by August 28, you may register later, but will only be scheduled in Play Block 2, which starts on Nov 11 and you will only play three games in the Fall 2017 season.

This year, before you are allowed to complete registration you will be required to acknowledge that you have read and understand the PCJSL Handbook, which I have attached here . Although there is a link in the GotSoccer application that will also allow you to obtain a copy of the handbook, that link won’t be functional until later this coming weekend after our Communications Commissioner returns home and is able to place the handbook on the web site.

If any of you have trouble getting the link in this email to work, you can send me an email and I will try to send a copy to you directly. You should NOT acknowledge that you have read the handbook until you actually do so because you will be held responsible for all of the information presented there and your failure to follow rules, policies and guidelines set forth in the handbook may create issues for you and your team.

The link for registration is https://www.gotsport.com/forms/app/?eventid=48871 and it will also be available on the PCJSL web site later this weekend. Please be sure to follow the directions in the handbook for selecting your black out dates because not all age groups are allowed two dates due to the limited number of Saturdays available to play league matches.

U15 – 19 teams only get to select ONE black-out date. If you need a second date for a tournament, you may get one, but only by following the rules in the handbook at page 13.

U9-10 teams also only get to select ONE black-out date in Play Block 2 (no blackouts allowed in Play Block 1). You may, however, get a Black-out date in Play Block 1 to attend a tournament, but only by following the rules at page 13.

Failure to follow this policy will prevent your team from being accepted until the issue is resolved.

We are very excited about our continued efforts to improve your soccer experience with PCJSL and we look forward to the upcoming season. A standings list from the last season will be posted in the next few days and I will follow up with another email containing a link to a Google Doc where you can look at how your team compares to others that played during that season.

Until the next email, respectfully yours,
Maggie Barton
PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator

How to find a place for your child to play Soccer in Pima County

How to find a place for your child to play Soccer in Pima County

We receive many inquiries from parents either new to soccer or new to Pima County about how to get their child started in soccer and onto a team. As you will see, you must work with one of the many fine soccer clubs that operate in Pima County, not with the PCJSL organization itself.

If you are interested in your child playing soccer in Pima County here are the steps you should follow.

    First, look at our page http://www.pcjsl.com/club-directory/ , or even the AYSA page http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/aboutus/FindaClub/?F_STATE=AZ where you will find out which clubs are operating in which area of town. You can also find web pages, email addresses and phone numbers for these clubs.

    Second, you should go to the web page of the different clubs you saw on the club directory and investigate where they practice, their history, their philosophies, etc.

    Third, reach out to the clubs you are interested in and determine which one is the right fit for you and your child.

    Lastly, pick one of those clubs and register your child directly with that club.

Pima County Junior Soccer League (PCJSL) is the managing body for all soccer in Pima County. We are a sub organization of Arizona Youth Soccer which is a sub organization of US Youth Soccer. We do not have teams or players. All team and players fall under a club that is in our Club Directory.

We hope this helps and have fun with Soccer!