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Unified Practices

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What are Unified Practices?

Balanced Teams

Balanced Teams is one of ASYO's 6 Philosophies. Unified practices is our Region's time to have coaches look at players and do our best to ensure no team is significantly stronger than the other at the start of the season. Coaches will run drills and scrimmages to evaluate players. Players just play soccer and have fun.

Is it a try-out?

In a sense yes. But nobody is getting cut. There's no pressure to make the team. In most practices, players will likely not even notice that they are being evaluated.

When will my child be placed on a team?

Unified practices will run from July 31 through August 11. Coaches will then meet and hold a blind draft where coaches are randomly assigned to teams after they have been divided up evenly. Once coaches have their teams, they should be contacting players throughout the weekend so practices with the team can start on August 14th.

Does it work?

Evaluations aren't perfect and there are a lot of factors that determine a team's success. Unified practices work well when coaches get as much time as possible to evaluate as many players as possible. The more we know, the better it works.

Will you move players if team balance doesn't work?

Moving players is very rare and is done only in extreme circumstances be done with careful consideration for the players involved. This won't be done for the sole purpose of fixing team balance.

When/where are the Unified Practices?

DivisionLocationTimeUP1UP2UP3UP4
5U/6UEndeavorUnified Practices held during first 2 weeks of games.
8U BoysEndeavor5:30 PM to 7:00 PMJul 31Aug 3Aug 7Aug 10
8U GirlsEndeavor5:30 PM to 7:00 PMAug 1Aug 4Aug 8Aug 11
10U BoysAsbury Harvest5:30 PM to 7:00 PMJul 31Aug 3Aug 7Aug 10
10U GirlsAsbury Harvest5:30 PM to 7:00 PMAug 1Aug 4Aug 8Aug 11
12U BoysHarvest Baptist5:30 PM to 7:00 PMJul 31Aug 3Aug 7Aug 10
12U GirlsHarvest Baptist5:30 PM to 7:00 PMAug 1Aug 4Aug 8Aug 11
14U BoysCalvary Baptist5:30 PM to 7:00 PMAug 1TBAAug 7Aug 10
14U GirlsCalvary Baptist5:30 PM to 7:00 PMAug 1Aug 4Aug 8Aug 11
16/19U BoysMonrovia Middle5:30 PM to 7:00 PMJul 31Aug 3Aug 7Aug 10
16/19U GirlsMonrovia Middle6:15 PM to 7:30 PMN/AN/AAug 8N/A

NOTE: Divisions that do not have enough players to form more than one team will begin practice as soon as coaches are ready instead of holding Unified Practices.

What do I need to do and bring?

  1. Players must be registered to participate. If they are not, register them now!
  2. All players must have shinguards completely covered by socks. We also recommend bringing water.

Does my child have to attend? What if I have a conflict?

We get it... multiple kids in multiple locations? Got to work late? Life happens and we know we aren't going to get 100% participation. We'd prefer to see everyone at all practices but if everyone can make two, it will help us immensely with balancing teams.

How can I help?

Running a unified practice well requires a lot of volunteer help. Here's what we need:

Setup/Tear-down

Need parents to help set up goals and equipment before practice and put everything away after practice.

Check-in/Field Assigner

Players will be assigned to fields prior to the practice. We need parents to sit at a table, check players in and direct players to thier assigned field.

Evaluators

Coaches need to be part of this process but anyone is welcome. The more opinions we have, the better our evaluations will be.

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AYSO Region 894

PO Box 210 
Harvest, Alabama 35749

Email Us: rc@ayso894.net
Phone : 256-213-1969
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