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AYSO playoffs set to begin

South Lake Tahoe AYSO is winding down another action-packed, fun-filled season.

The Under 6 and Under 8 divisions will finish their seasons Oct. 13. The U10, U12 and U14 leagues are focused on the playoffs, which started Thursday for some and begin for most on Saturday.

The U6 teams have five players each and play three to a side on the field. They play 15-minute halves with a quarter break for substitutions. There is no goalie. The youth learn to direct a ball toward a goal.



In this introductory league, the players, coaches and parents have a great time, according to AYSO publicity director Andy Braun. See them the next two Saturdays at Al Tahoe Elementary School.

The U8 teams consist of 10 players and play seven at a time. There is a goalie and the teams learn to move the ball down the field. This is the league that inspired the term, “Bumblebee Soccer.” The players swarm the ball as it moves downfield, with players from both teams striking the ball.




The youth learn basic ball fundamentals, sportsmanship and teamwork, according to Braun. At the end of each game there is a cheer for the referee and the other team and, of course, hearty refreshments. They finish the season at either Al Tahoe Elementary or Kingsbury Middle School.

The U10, U12 and U14 teams have recently concluded regular-season play and start the playoffs no later than Monday.

The season itself is precursor to the playoffs. The games are unofficial with no records or standings being kept. The idea is to develop the players and teams in an informal environment, Braun said. These three divisions have teams of between 12-14 players and play 11 a side. They play 25-, 30- and 35-minute halves respectively, with a quarter break for substitution. Everyone must play at least one half.

The U10 leagues focus on ball skills, passing and teamwork. Over the course of the season, players learn the requirements and responsibilities of different positions. By the end of the regular season they have usually found a niche for themselves. They often play that position throughout the playoffs.

U10 boys playoff games will be played Saturday at Meyers. The U10 girls play Saturday at Kingsbury Middle School.

The U12 leagues build on the skills learned in the younger leagues, Braun explained.

“They still teach ball skills and passing, but a greater emphasis is on teamwork and field management to produce goals,” he said. “Familiarity with teammates and practice are very important in this division. Many of the coaches and players spend league and practice time honing their skills for specific positions on the field they hope to exploit in the playoffs.”

The playoffs for U12 boys will be played at the Babe Ruth Field starting Saturday.

The U14 leagues blend and mesh all the skills learned to this point into the complete soccer players and teams. “At least that is what we hope for,” Braun said.

Emphasis is on continued development of all personal skills along with the full understanding of the team play, field management and strategies of the game. This is the stepping-stone to high school and advanced club soccer teams. The U14 boys and girls will play their playoff games at Kahle Park.

The end-of-season tournaments will produce champions, but more important it is the culmination of a season of companionship, learning, fun and sportsmanship.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE AYSO TOURNAMENT BRACKETS

BOYS

Under 10 Division

Saturday’s Games

At Meyers Elementary School

Blue Lightening vs. Turquoise Turbulance, 9 a.m.

Pythons vs. Light Blue Lightening, 10:30 a.m

Green Dragons vs. Silver Snakes, noon

Snow Leopards vs. Tigers, 1:30 p.m.

Raptors vs. Goldfinger, 3 p.m.

Coach Mattison’s team vs. Tornadoes, 4:30 p.m.

Under 12 Division

At Todd Fields

Coach Caro vs. Coach Winslow, 9 a.m.

Coach Burns vs. Coach Leonard, 10:30 a.m.

Jalapeno Poppers vs. Coach Arevalos, noon

Coach Hayes vs. Coach Olivo, 1:30 p.m.

Coach Stephens vs. Coach Walker, 3 p.m.

Under 14 Division

Monday’s Games

At Kahle Park

Gang Green vs. Lizaola, 5:30 p.m.

The Browns vs. Red Tail Hawks, 7 p.m.

GIRLS

Under 10 Division

Saturday’s Game

At Kingsbury Middle School

Blue Thunder vs. Peach Pounders, 9 a.m.

Purple Stars vs. Blue & Black Soccer Attack, 10:30 a.m.

Flaming Dolphins vs. Emerald Strikers, noon

Cheetahs vs. Super Shooters, 1:30 p.m.

Orange Crushers vs. Lightening Bolts, 3 p.m.

Under 12 Division

Saturday’s Games

At Kahle Park

Chillchicks vs. Green Chili Peppers, 9 a.m.

Fuscia Flames vs. Purple Poison, 10:30 a.m.

Burgundy Bad Girls vs. High Altitude, 1:30 p.m.

Shooting Stars vs. Gladiators, 3 p.m.

Under 14 Division

Thursday’s Games

At Kahle Park

Coach Parsons vs. Coach Prestella

Coach McKool vs. Coach Teevan


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