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AYSO Region 1112 receives Platinum Award

Posted on Feb 16 2010 at 10:51 PM
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American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 1112 of Cedar Rapids, Marion and surrounding cities has been awarded a Platinum Regional Assessment Award for the 2008-09 AYSO season. The award honors Region 1112 for overall excellence and its commitment to serving its communities and other AYSO Regions.

AYSO has almost 1,000 Regions which are the national soccer organization’s community-based leagues. Only 135 AYSO Regions in the nation received the Platinum Award. Region 1112 is the only Region in Iowa that has been awarded the Platinum Award.

The Platinum Award is the highest award that AYSO Regions can receive. Platinum Regions represent the best of the best that AYSO has to offer. These Regions model AYSO’s philosophies and commitment in providing the best family-friendly youth soccer experience for all players and parent volunteers. They nurture the generous spirit of their participants plus devote extra effort to providing assistance to worthy charitable causes.

Platinum Regions represent the best of the best that AYSO has to offer. These Platinum Regions model AYSO’s philosophies and commitment to providing the best family friendly youth soccer experiences for all players and parent volunteers throughout their immediate communities and beyond. They nurture the generous spirit of their participants and devote extra effort to providing assistance to many worthy charitable causes. Our AYSO Region is one of these excellent regions!

To qualify for the Platinum level, a Region must complete 78 requirements, including all requirements for other award levels. Additional requirements to attain the Platinum level include providing assistance to a new, disadvantaged or sister AYSO Region, having a community relations program in place and utilizing short-sided games to enhance the soccer development of its players.

The Region Assessment Program is an evaluation of a Region’s performance compared against a list of best practices from Regions across the country. There are four award levels—Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

About American Youth Soccer Organization
The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is the largest single-entity youth soccer association in the U.S. with nearly 600,000 players and 225,000 volunteers. AYSO develops and delivers quality youth soccer development programs in a fun, safe environment based on the Six Philosophies of Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. For more information contact Sahar Milani at 310-727-5421, saharmilani@ayso.org or visit www.AYSO.org.

About AYSO Region 1112 – East Central Iowa
AYSO Region 1112 has currently 1,387 players on 141 teams, 46% boys and 54% girls. Players come from Cedar Rapids, Marion, Mount Vernon, Robins, Hiawatha, Vinton, Anamosa, Central City, Lisbon, Toddville, Center Point, Palo, Olin, Shellsburg, Hopkinton, Alburnett, Coggon, Urbana and Ely. Region 1112 has been experiencing a steady 5% annual growth in player numbers for the last four years. Games are typically played on Saturdays at the Tuma Sports Complex located at County Home Road & C Ave. Extension. Teams are coordinated around zip codes as enrollment figures support. Each child, regardless of talent, plays at least one-third of every game. Girls and boys play on separate teams. For more information contact Regional Commissioner Henk Rook at (319) 743-0104, h.rook@mchsi.com or visit www.ayso-cr.org  

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