Monday Night Open Practices (MOP)
Back for our fourth year in the 2014 Region 76 season is our very popular Monday Night Open Practice, or MOP for short.
Our first week of MOP will be Monday, 9/15, on the La Cienega East field - same location every week - we will go for 8 weeks and see if you want any more or if you have all had enough for this season.
This year we are back with Coach Asaf Kolin, who has been up late, working hard to create even more fun and challenging soccer practices for our kids to enjoy and give them the chance for more touches and improvement every week. Joining Asaf will be some of our best professional trainers to work with your kids.
For those of you who are new to our MOP, it is designed to give those kids who want to the chance to have an extra practice each week - we work on a number of different skills and give our kids a lot more touches on the ball. We also give all our volunteer coaches the chance to come out, jump in, do some coaching, learn some new drills to take back and use at practice, and earn those oh so valuable volunteer points along the way!
Once again we will have a professional GK coach with us each week, so if your daughter or son is a GK, wants to learn to be a GK, or even thinks they might want to play GK, we offer a great training opportunity.
Here is how it all works and what you need to do to have your child participate - it is very simple!
What does your child need to bring?
- A wet signed Medical Release form, signed by you in red or blue ink - but only the first time they attend MOP - you can download and print a Medical Release form by logging onto our Regional Website and going to your family page.
- A soccer ball with his or her name written on it with permanent ink - permanent being defined as ink that will not come off in two weeks.
- Some water or a sports drink.
- Each child should come ready to play soccer - whatever that means to you - long pants are okay if it ever gets cold again, and SHIN GUARDS ARE REQUIRED - did you get that? SHIN GUARDS ARE REQUIRED. No jewelry, unless you are bringing us a present.
When you arrive, you will check in at our check-in table (stay with me, it gets more challenging). We will collect your child's Medical Release Form and sign them in - then they will be all set to practice. When your child comes back again, and again, and again, (because they are having such a blast) they will be able to check themselves in because we only need to get a Medical Release the first time they come.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
U7's and U8's - (boys and girls):
- 3:45 check-in
- 4:00 to 5:00 Practice
U10 players (boys and girls)
- 5:00 -5:15 check-in
- 5:15 to 6:30 practice
U12 and U14 players (boys and girls)
- 6:30 to 6:45 check-in
- 6:45 to 8:00 practice
GK Training for U10, U12 and U14 divisions:
- 5:15 to 6:15
If you are still reading this and you are a properly registered and certified AYSO Region 76 coach, we need you to help us out and run some of our stations at MOP. For those of you who did this last season, you know how much fun it is, and for those of you who are new or were not able to join us last season, we encourage you to give it a try - all you have to do is come out and jump in - it is not hard and we promise that you will learn a lot of fun, practical drills that you will be able to take back to your team - in fact, we will give you a handout showing how to set up the various drills and games at your practice - but wait, there's more - if you work one session, you will receive one volunteer point, which you can use toward your team's required points to make it to the playoffs - if you work two session, you will earn 2 volunteer points, So please consider coming out and helping us.
NOTE TO PARENTS
You are welcome to drop your kids off (U10 and above) or stay and hang out with us while your child practices, but what you are not allowed to do is enter the training area! That is just for kids and is an essential part of our MOP philosophy - no parents, no outside coaching or encouragement, nothing except a pressure free environment for your kids to practice, relax, try new skills, make mistakes and have fun while they improve their soccer game - that’s it - no parents allowed in the training area!