Does USA Youth Sports do a background check on all of it's volunteers? My daughter was playing at St. Augustine where the season ended in June after relocating to Tucson earlier this year. I noticed the referees were wearing ankle monitors as I was not the only parent who noticed it. As a single mother, I'm very concerned as to who will be around my daughter. I do not know what crimes these referees committed nor was any parent notified.
Ed mentioned scholarships above. I do not remember seeing or it being mentioned about scholarships to any parent when I registered. I do not know if I would have qualified. Also, the season schedule is never posted at the beginning of each season. I was notified about my daughter's first game in about a day and a half and it took almost halfway into the season to get the entire season schedule. Also, I did not have to provide my daughter's birth certificate when I registered. My daughter is not the tallest but also there are kids who looking and the possibility older than the age group they are playing.
My daughter is playing in another league where it's run more efficiently than USA Youth Sports and at the same time they have done the necessary background checks. Every league has its own issues but I recommend other parents do their homework and check out other leagues before registering their kids at USA Youth Sports.
Way to go Brad. Nice to see you in the Weekly.
Looking to start with side tournaments, then work into a $1500 NLHE event.
What events are you playing?
@Andy Morales: When's the last time you saw an 80-minute UA softball game? Been a while for me ...
hour and 20 minute games is a huge reason
This column had me crying with laughter, "thwarted" and "tongue-lashing." Pedersen, were you watching too much BBC this week?
You are like the anti-Hansen.
Since when has a city or its citizens been obligated to support any form of entertainment? It is up to the teams and the venues to attract the fans and their loyalty. They are not "owed" anything, much less that they extort subsidies more and more. Did they expect subsidies and money-making attendance when Casa Grande was a spring training site? Did they complain so much about the travel time and conditions when Yuma was included? Times and expectations have changed, Tucson has been abandoned for places with (for now) more money and enthusiasm, and life goes on. If I were to be uncharitable about El Paso (and I will be here), what other sports teams do they have to cheer for? The traditionally hapless UTEP Miners?
I can't really disagree that Tucson hasn't been very supportive of pro sports lately, but let's not discount the possibility that this is a blowback effect from the cavalier treatment of Tucson by Jerry Reinsdorf and The White Sox for abruptly leaving and effectively destroying spring training for Tucson. Lots of dollars left with them. I can't get too excited about MLB or their farm systems after being left behind by the baseball owners. Why support those who don't support us?
When cities started trying to outdo each other to attract the teams and the teams took advantage of this Tucson was out of the market. Hey...its Tucson! LOL Then add Grivalja and his supporters who put Kino where it is and you have a dance of Death. No way we could compete in that situation.
I used to work for an agency that would deal with visitors coming to Tucson. They would fly to Tucson and stay in hotels and buy tickets and food and visit the city. The winter visitors who were already here would also be part of that.
Guess we could fill Kino with soccer kids. Yea.
I totally agree, Jonas.
Brian, I've been a part of all of this failed baseball attempts as well as two failed ice hockey teams as their announcer. Although I love Tucson for many reasons including all of the wonderful people, it really is a pathetic community when it comes to supporting sports teams that don't bear the U of A logo. It really is sad. Everyone moans and complains that Tucson City Council can't accomplish much because they drag their feet. Tusconans are no better when it comes to supporting a professional sports alternative.
I wish him well. In fact, I think his chances of being drafted are excellent. One of his former adversaries, Kemba Walker (who played point guard for my almamater's UConn Huskies) is about the same size; he's had a stellar season with the Charlotte Bobcats - averaging 18 points a game, 5.7 assists, and about 5 rebounds.
Providence plays aggressive basketball. When UConn was in the Big East, the Friars always gave the Huskies a hard time, unlike the Wildcats who have never managed to beat the Huskies. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Thanks for the response, @usayouthsports. And thanks for completely ignoring the queries regarding the amount of "other" expenses that USA Youth Sports reported on its 2012 tax return without itemizing what those "other" expenses are. And for ignoring the note that no 2013 annual report has been submitted to the Arizona Corporation Commission yet.
Thanks for your comments. I disagree with your comments that USA is the worst run. You are basing you comments on your opinion with out going out and researching your facts. I have heard many horror stories from parents about other leagues. They are thankful for what we provide. Every season, I tell parents that we give more power to the parents to run their teams. I also tell them that their experience is going to be based on the effort they put in. USA is one of the more flexible and understanding organizations to parents. Also one of the most affordable. We do not hire coaches or ask for coach fees. We want families to participate.
In the short time that USA has been in existence, we have done great things for many kids and families. You are concentrating on the 0.01% of the league. the other 99.99% is very positive.
We have been working with some schools by offering sports clinics
We have build a relationship and support with U of A Women's soccer and basketball.
We encourage kids to do well in school.
We offer scholarships for low income families. (about 30% are low income in our league)
We hire youth and USA alumni to help with running games and setting up for game days.
We offer soccer camps during the summer
We helped Joe Blair in providing players to participate in one of his basketball camps.
We recently sent 9 youth referees to get their certification in soccer.
We are offering a chance for coaches to get trained at no cost for soccer through AYSA.
We teamed with City of Tucson Parks and Rec and sponsored a hot shot competition in basketball.
etc... I can keep going.
Each site is designed to be similar - baseball, soccer and Flag football are all done at each site and is designed for parents to be able to be at 1 place and allow their kids to participate. On the baseball field, tball plays first, then coach pitch then kids pitch.
In soccer, 3-4 yr olds have their own field, 5-6 yr olds have their own field and 7-8 Yr olds and 9-10 year olds have their own fields. We use the dimensions that pcjsl uses in club soccer. 11-13 year olds will either have their own field or will wait til field opens up after the little kids play - this is dependent on our parks permit. Flag football has their own field, we also, like baseball, start the younger kids first.
Unfortunately, Basketball gyms are at a premium in this town. City of Tucson Parks & Rec Gyms are so overused, a program like ours has a hard time to find play time. I'm my opinion, we, the community needs to help find more money to build gyms for our Youth. We now have the Sporting Chance Center, which has 5 basketball courts and is a top notch facility located in NW part of Tucson, but it is not enough for this town. We need to more courts in South Tucson, East Tucson and Sahuarita.
Contrary to your opinion, I do not run it all by myself, I have many people help. I have over 30 referees we contract. Gym costs are very high compared to the other sports. I do have many volunteers that are helping me, and I have been trying delegate. But as you know, when you delegate, there is always a learning curve.
Yes it is a lot for 1 person, fortunately we have many parents that volunteer to help out. We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors. I would like to ask the community, if you would like to become part of a our organization, please contact me directly by email. firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to thank Tucson Parks & Rec, Pima County Natural Resourses, TUSD, Vail school District, Sunnyside School District, Sahurarita School Districtt, Faith Lutheran Church, Aardvark Printing, Awards to go, all the charter schools, Sporting Chance Center, U of A rec Center and all the vendors, sponsors, volunteers and staff for all you do to help me run USA youth sports.
President of USA Youth Sports, A Charitable Non Profit 501 c3 organization
The best multi-sports youth league in Pima County
You are breaking my heart. It is all of 100 miles from Tucson to much of Phoenix. My son went to a 5A school in northern Arizona. This applies to the equally to when Yuma had two 5A school. These schools had to travel to Phoenix FOR EVERYTHING, because there were no 5A school anywhere near them. And AIA was rigid in their numbers game for 5A. I figure by the time my kid graduated from high school he had made 100 3-4 hour trips to the Phoenix area in his 4 year high school career. So don't cry too much it could be worse. The Rim teams travel tons also. I agree on one thing, AIA is always Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler centric. I would bet it was not Buckeye or Cave Creek who had a skin rash. It had to be Chandler or Mesa. I have proposed for years the basketball solution, All teams are in the tournament, like Michigan or Indiana. At the end of three weeks you have gone from hundreds of teams to 4 or 5 State Champions, with the finals on a Saturday please. And the finals are rotated, in Arizona they could rotate from McHale, to ASU, to the Skydome. It builds tremendous excitement Statewide, Michigan has been doing it since the 1920's. But I am sure AIA would have 100 excuses why they could not do it.
Obviously, I have made it clear that I disagree with Mr. Pedersen. But now I can share my organized, written argument via my Tucson Weekly Guest Commentary here:
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