Monday Open Practice (MOP)

Back for our ninth year in the 2019 Region 76 season is our very popular Monday Night Open Practice, or MOP for short.

Our first week of MOP will be Monday, 9/16, on the La Cienega East field - same location every week - we will go for 8 weeks and see if you want any more or if you have all had enough for this season.

This year we are back with Coach Asaf Kolin, who has been traveling the world and staying up late, working hard to create even more fun and challenging soccer practices for our kids to enjoy and give them the chance for more touches and improvement every week. Joining Asaf will be some of our best professional trainers to work with your kids.

For those of you who are new to MOP, it is designed to give those kids who want the chance to have an extra practice each week - we work on a number of different skills and give our kids a lot more touches on the ball. We also give all our volunteer coaches the chance to come out, jump in, do some coaching, and learn some new drills to take back and use at practice.

Once again we will have a professional GK coach with us each week for our 10U (2009 birth year) and older divisions, so if your daughter or son is a GK, wants to learn to be a GK, or even thinks they might want to play GK, we offer a great training opportunity.

Here is how it all works and what you need to do to have your child participate - it is very simple!

What does your child need to bring?

  • A wet signed (original signature) Medical Release form, signed by you in red or blue ink - but only the first time they attend MOP - you can download and print a Medical Release form by logging onto our Regional Website and going to your family page.
  • A soccer ball with his or her name written on it with permanent ink - permanent being defined as ink that will not come off in two weeks.
  • Some water or a sports drink.
  • Each child should come ready to play soccer - whatever that means to you - long pants are okay if it ever gets cold again, and SHIN GUARDS ARE REQUIRED - did you get that? SHIN GUARDS ARE REQUIRED. No jewelry, unless you are bringing us a present.

When you arrive, you (or your child) will check in at our check-in table (stay with me, it gets more challenging). We will collect your child's Medical Release Form and sign them in - then they will be all set to practice. When your child comes back again, and again, and again, (because they are having such a blast) they will be able to check themselves in because we only need to get a Medical Release the first time they come.

Schedule Of Events

7U (2013 birth year) and 8U (2012 birth year) boys and girls:

  • 3:45 check-in
  • 4:00 to 5:00 Practice

9U (2011 birth year) and 10U (2010 birth year) boys and girls

  • 5:00 -5:15 check-in
  • 5:15 to 6:30 practice

12U (2008 and 2009 birth year) and 14U (2006 and 2007 birth year) boys and girls

  • 6:30 to 6:45 check-in
  • 6:45 to 8:00 practice

GK Training for 10U, 12U and 14U divisions

  • 5:15 to 6:15

Volunteer Coaches

If you are still reading this and you are a properly registered and certified AYSO Region 76 coach, we need you to help us out and run some of our stations at MOP. For those of you who did this last season, you know how much fun it is, and for those of you who are new or were not able to join us last season, we encourage you to give it a try - all you have to do is come out and jump in - it is not hard and we promise that you will learn a lot of fun, practical drills that you will be able to take back to your team.

However, in a change from prior years, we are no longer offering volunteer points - it just got too messy with coaches coming out to the field dressed for business, talking on their cell phones, and not really being a part of the program. We still need you and still want you, but now it’s for the best reason - to be a part of an amazing program, grow as a coach, and learn some things to be a more effective coach in your own team practices.

Note To Parents

You are welcome to drop your kids off (10U and above) or stay and hang out with us while your child practices, but what you are not allowed to do is enter the training area! That is just for kids and is an essential part of our MOP philosophy - no parents, no outside coaching or encouragement, nothing except a pressure free environment for your kids to practice, relax, try new skills, make mistakes and have fun while they improve their soccer game, make new friends and build on existing friendships - that’s it - no parents allowed in the training area!!!

We look forward to seeing your kids and you at MOP!