A History of The Bravehearts

The first Bravehearts team was formed in the winter of 2007. It was a BU-10 All-Star Gold Team. AYSO Select All Stars is a program that allows players who were registered in the Fall recreational divisions of U10, U12, and U14 a chance to play additional games in a more competitive environment. The teams play similar teams from the local Central Orange County area in Area 11-Q.

This program is coach-driven and as such are not subject to any tryouts or formal procedures other than the submitting of resumes for coaches, approval of those coaches by the board of directors, and the coach's selection and approval of his team.  Each coach may have their own strategy for selecting specific players in their system or planned method of attack.

The number of teams depends on the talent level available in each division. Usually there is one Gold level team in each division, then one silver team in U12 and between one and three silver teams in U10.

Our first appearance was at the Costa Mesa (Region 120) Classic Tournament December 28-29-30 2007. The Bravehearts defeated Corona Del Mar 5:3, Costa Mesa 4:0, Mission Viejo 7:0 and in the final game, Tustin 4:3. This whole beautiful event was memoralized for ever in an amazing video created by David, one of the parents. (link to youtube video)

In the Fall of 2008 the Bravehearts became a PLUS team. The PLUS/FLEX EXTRA program is designed to provide a more competitive level of play (comparable to club play) to those players who possess the appropriate skills and abilities while maintaining the AYSO philosophies of Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching and Good Sportsmanship. The team was formed during the AYSO Region 213 (North Irvine) open tryouts in Spring of 2008. About thirty boys showed up for a two day tryouts. Three independent coaches were evaluating the players. Only ten boys were selected for the PLUS team to represent North Irvine – AYSO Region 213 in this (U-10) age group for the Fall 2008 season. The games were played in 7 vs. 7 format.

The Bravehearts finished the Fall 2008 season as the Champions by winning all 10 games with an impressive score of 44:8 goals - 4.4 goals per game ratio. Fall 2008 Matches

Currently, the Bravehearts are preparing for Fall 2011 PLUS/FLEX EXTRA season in the U-13 age group. The team was formed during open tryouts in February of 2011. Fifteen players were selected among 36 boys to represent Region 213 (North Irvine). This season we will play teams from Area 11-Q (Central Orange County), 11-L (South Orange County) and 11-K (West Orange County).

The Bravehearts team has five coaches. Two main coaches are required to be Advanced certified by AYSO - the highest rated training and comparable to a USSF D license. Coaches were selected by an executive committee based on experience, background, and their standing as qualified representatives of Region 213.

We are proud to be a part of AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) and Region 213 (North Irvine).

If you would like to join the Bravehearts come to our next tryouts in Feb. 2012 AYSO North Irvine Plus/Flex Program

We invite all the good people of North Irvine and soccer enthusiasts to come and enjoy watching our games, cheer for our Team and help us have another fun and wining season.

Thank you for taking your time to learn more about AYSO, Region 213 and the Bravehearts.

Please address any questions/comments to Coach Bo at bo@braveheartssoccer.org


A History of Region 213 – North Irvine, California

Our Region is one of seven regions that make up Area 11-Q which encompasses central Orange County.   Area Q, in turn, is part of Section 11 which includes Orange, San Diego and southern Los Angeles counties.   There are thirteen other Sections in AYSO covering the entire United States, and even foreign countries.   There are over 1,000 regions nationally, which are responsible for the local “grass roots” programs.   

Chartered in 1979, North Irvine AYSO is Region 213, and includes all of the City of Irvine northeast (inland) of Irvine Center Drive.   Our sister Region 144 covers the rest of the City of Irvine southwest from Irvine Center Drive.

At the Regional level, AYSO relies entirely on volunteers for its operation.   From coaches and referees to field painters, division coordinators, team parents, picture day coordinators and all the other tireless volunteers who keep the program working, we all do so out of a love for kids and our desire to see them succeed as adults.   We strive to teach such values as teamwork, effort, cooperation, fair play and both winning and losing graciously, all while ensuring that our kids can play in a Safe
, Fair and Fun environment.

Commissioner: Jonathan Smith
Coach Administrator: Oleg Chaikovsky Referee Administrator: Brian Foster

A History of AYSO

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization in a garage. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players. It also employs 50 people at its National Support and Training Center in Hawthorne, California.

Over the years, AYSO has created many valuable programs and concepts. Most notably, AYSO revolutionized youth sports with its "Everyone Plays" and "Balanced Teams" philosophies. In AYSO, each child who registers is guaranteed to play at least half of every game. To help create evenly matched games, all AYSO players are placed on new or "balanced" teams each year. These decisions are made based on each player's skill level and the overall ability of the team.

Since its establishment, AYSO has continued to grow and offer its membership relevant programs.
In 1971, two San Fernando Valley residents developed AYSO's first girls program. Today, a corporate sponsor has joined with AYSO as the organization's first official sponsor of its national girl's initiative. Currently, 40 percent of AYSO's players are girls.

In the mid 70s, an AYSO coach chartered new territory as he welcomed the organization's first player with Down Syndrome. As a result of this landmark union, soccer was introduced into the Special Olympics. Today, AYSO offers its membership the Very Important Player (VIP) program for kids with special needs. VIP boasts 75 programs and 1,500 players.

In 1995, two AYSO parents established the first AYSO program in Moscow. Today, AYSO programs exists in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and interest continues from Americans abroad looking to bring the values and philosophies of AYSO to expatriates and local communities alike.

AYSO is supported by more than 250,000 volunteers. Parents donate their time as coaches, referees, team parents, administrators or sponsors. In 1998, AYSO unveiled its new Coach Certification and Safe Haven programs. Each was designed to strengthen the organization's role in child protection. Although AYSO is primarily a youth sports organization, it realizes the importance of providing a safe and healthy atmosphere for children. AYSO is continually working to improve the education of its volunteers in the fields of child development, human behavior, and sports psychology. A strong emphasis is placed on ethics and sportsmanship and the development of the whole child.
AYSO is a National Association of the United States Soccer Federation. Through the years, the organization has also maintained relations with organizations such as the National Council of Youth Sports, Girls Scouts USA, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, People to People, Optimists International, Police Athletic Leagues, the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, the United States Soccer Federation, and the Character Counts program. In addition, AYSO works closely with 20 corporations that are part of the organization's National Team of Sponsors.

AYSO has been the leader in establishing groundbreaking youth soccer programs in the United States. The organization is proud to have paved the road for youth soccer and looks forward to meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

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