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Area Playoffs - lower divisions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Schlabotnick   
Sunday, 16 November 2014 17:23

We would like to congratulate the following lower division teams that will be advancing to Area playoffs

B10 - David Campa  / B10 - Eric Torres / B10 - Kelly Asada

G10 - Melissa Avila / G10 - Mauricio Hernandez

B12 - Joe Avila / B12 - Tom West

G12 - Peter Lupercio / G12 - Rosendo Gomez / G12 - Jaime Arakawa

B14 - Leo Alvarez / B14 - Roque Banuelos

G14 - Gilbert Luna / G14 - Chilo Rodriguez / G14 - Ben Marquez

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 14:44
2015 Spring Recreational Training PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Schlabotnick   
Sunday, 09 November 2014 21:11

Spring Recreational Training will be back in February of 2015.  The program will be limited to U5 through U12 players.

The proposed fee is $70 for players that participated in the Fall 2014 program and $90 for all others. 

The program will run about 10 weeks, weather permitting, from mid February to mid April.

Sign ups will begin Saturday 11/22/14 at Walnut Ranch Park. 

For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 10:30
Spring Select Coach Applications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Schlabotnick   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:46

Each Spring Walnut AYSO participates in a Spring Select Season. 

The Spring Select season is limited to U10 through U19 players.

Current players are invited to participate in the season, usually from February through summer. 

These are not existing teams moving forward into spring, teams are rebuilt

Coaches that have an interest must submit an application by Oct 25

to their Age Coordinator. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 13:56
A brief history of AYSO - LA Times PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Schlabotnick   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:49

Text from an article in the Los Angeles Times


AYSO was born 50 years ago this fall, in a little garage on Talisman Street in Torrance, in one of those "The Wonder Years" neighborhoods where the dads all arrived home at 5 p.m. and the houses were so close you could smell if someone's mom had just baked a pie.

Registration fee? Five bucks (now it's $150 and up). If a player came to sign up and dad had a foreign accent, they recruited the old man to ref.

In the first couple of years, there were no age groups, so the 8-year-olds played on the same teams as the 12-year-olds. Territorial to a fault, baseball coaches kept backing up cars and pulling down the wooden soccer goals. One of the soccer dads solved it by ordering three truckloads of oil field pipe. The first time one of the goons tried to pull down a steel goal, the engine dropped right out of the butt end of his VW.

Like Jim Rome and Jose Canseco, AYSO was born in 1964, when Southern California was bursting with foreign-born engineers who came to work in aerospace. They pooled their knowledge of the game, obsessive skill sets and love for their kids into a grass-roots movement to bring soccer to America.

Hans Stierle, a graphic artist from Germany, designed the first league logo

"My mom cleaned all the team uniforms," recalls Stierle's son, Paul, who played on one of the original four Torrance teams. "She's the one who brought the very first orange slices."

Soccer moms. Orange slices. Trophies no matter what. All that was born a half century ago this fall in Torrance, when AYSO's pioneers insisted: "If you do not let everyone play, you will ruin the program."

To this day, it is America's most enlightened sports league. Sure, AYSO should probably bite the bullet and hire referees rather than rely on parental volunteers. But AYSO is not every other youth league. Fifty years later, it remains the gold standard.

How much influence has it had? Without AYSO, there would be no Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Landon Donovan, all of whom got their start there. Derek Jeter played AYSO. So did my own kids. And probably yours too.

Some of our fondest memories are fall Saturdays with the Blue Dolphins or Green Slime. I can't even manage to throw my kids' worthless plastic trophies away. They reside in the basement, with high school yearbooks and toy trains. Worthless? To anyone but me.

Yep, 50 years later it's almost impossible to picture America without AYSO on a Saturday morning, when half a million children trot out on the fields in their Day-Glo uniforms.

"There was so much prejudice against soccer when it started," recalls one of the league's first players, Joe Bonchonsky Jr., whose dad ordered the oil field pipe.

"We were like strangers in our own land," recalls Kurt Stierle, younger son of Hans Stierle. "We were the only American kids playing soccer."

"We were called everything from communists, to Nazis … for playing soccer," says his brother Paul.

Yep, even the Wonder Years had a nasty edge. But soccer's founding fathers persevered. The league's first president, Hans Stierle, was vital in those early days, as were Joe Bonchonsky Sr., Bill Hughes and AYSO's first coach, Scotty Kay.

It was a humbling start. Looking to stir interest, Stierle would walk across the street to Jefferson Elementary (now a middle school) and juggle a polka-dot soccer ball, trying to entice the neighborhood kids to try this new pastime.

In the fall of 1964, the dads organized the league. In that inaugural season, there were nine teams — four in Torrance and five in Culver City. One kid showed up to the first practice in metal baseball cleats.

In the very first game a few months later, the Hornets beat the Bullfrogs, 4-1. Former UCLA and Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, now coach of the Seattle Sounders, played fullback on one of the first Torrance teams, the Firefighters.

Another Southern California coaching fixture, Marine Cano, also got his start that inaugural season.

"I was 9 or so, a shy little runt with asthma," remembers Cano, now men's soccer coach at Soka University. "One day our goalkeeper didn't show up and they put me in and I made a diving catch. The rest is history."

For Cano, it was the start toward a long career coaching college soccer and running youth camps across Southern California. To this day, he still trains AYSO players.

"I love AYSO because it gives kids their start," Cano explains.

"Soccer is the best vehicle for teaching kids about life," he says.

And he's still got that first trophy too — worthless to anyone but him.

Picture Day 2014 schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roger Hoang   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:56

Picture Day is September 27, 2014

Here is the schedule for your team's picture day. 

It will be a very busy day, so plan to get to the Ranch early.

click here to download schedule

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:17
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