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DOE's Athletic Director highlights rules & regs

tony@samoanews.com

As the American Samoa High School Athletic Association’s 2015 Football Season nears opening day, its director, Tumua Matu'u, in an interview with Samoa News, highlighted ASHSAA’s rules and regulations concerning any unsportsmanlike conduct from a player, team, coach, or spectator, as well as discussing players’ eligibility rules

 

For the rules and terms of conditions for players who will participate in the upcoming season, Matu'u explained "ASHSAA rules require athletes to 1) be of age for his/her division (i.e.16 and under for JV, and 18 an under for varsity); 2) have a cumulative GPA that must not be less than 2.0;   3) not have participated more than four consecutive years in high school sport;, 4) complete and pass a physical examination, and; 5) have a parent consent form on record at the ASHSAA office, signed by a parent/legal guardian.”

 

She added, “Therefore, prior to each team's first competition, my office will check all forms to ensure that players listed on the Official Team Roster (OTR) have met all ASHSAA requirements. Those who do not, will not be eligible to compete until requirements are satisfied. Any team violating these rules will forfeit each game that it allowed an ineligible player to compete in, and the school will be slapped a fine on top of that."

 

Samoa News used the incident between Faga'itua and Tafuna in the final game of round 2 in the last season (where police became involved and started arresting Fagaitua fans on their own sideline) — as an example to ask what sort of consequences a team would face if an incident similar to this was to surface this year.

 

Matu'u told Samoa News, "As situations arise, ASHSAA will review them. ASHSAA meets weekly, usually every Thursday, during the football season to address incidences that occur throughout the Fall sports season. The issue mentioned was reviewed and addressed by the ASHSAA Board and Fagaitua was fined accordingly for that incident." She said, "It will be the same system this year for any team — if this matter repeats itself this season."

 

The director of ASHSAA also pointed to pre-season preparations her office has been doing for the upcoming high school football season.

 

"Trainings for our football officials have been ongoing for several weeks now,” she said, and noted that "in order for our office to effectively review rules with teams and to also train our officials, especially new recruits, we need to get the officials on the field working scrimmages.”

 

Matu’u continued, “We are fortunate to have access to the football stadium for our scrimmages/jamboree this year because the stadium is not always available outside of ASHSAA football games. During the season, football officials meet weekly, usually every Mondays, until the end of the season to discuss concerns/issues raised the weekend prior to, coaches are always welcomed to attend these weekly meetings."

 

According to the Athletic Director, ASHSAA also has certain rules and regulations for coaches to abide by throughout the season.

 

"ASHSAA rules require coaches to 1) complete First Aid Responder training, 2) complete the NFHS Concussion Certification, and 3) have a signed Coaches Code of Conduct form on record at our office.Therefore, we are currently tracking our coaches to ensure that they have met these ASHSAA requirements. Any coach not meeting these requirements are not eligible to coach in ASHSAA competitions."

 

Regarding the official football season schedule, Matu'u told Samoa News that throughout their preparation process, they had to hold off releasing the schedule early, because "as much as our Athletic Division would like for all game schedules to be released at least six months in advance, we cannot, because schools especially those with smaller enrollments (i.e. Fa'asao Marist, Nuuuli Voc Tech, Kanana Fou) are not consistent with the number of teams they field each year."

 

She explained, "for example, last year Nuuuli VocTech, did not have a JV football team, but this year they do. It is difficult for the coaches of smaller high schools to forecast the makeup of their team because the makeup of students enrolling each year varies.

 

“The same problem affects all other ASHSAA leagues (i.e. volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball). Otherwise, our Athletic Division would be able to release game schedules for the new school year at least six months in advance.The Director approved the football schedule a week or so ago, so the schedule is now set."

 

She said, "We kick off on September 11th."

 

THANK YOU

 

On behalf of the DOE's Athletics Department, Matu'u told Samoa News, "I want to take the time to thank all ASHSAA coaches for all sports for the sacrifices they continue to make to develop our athletes.The stipends they receive (if any) are never sufficient to compensate their time, money out of pocket, hardships experienced, challenges, etc., nevertheless, they continue to do it for our athletes.

 

“To the players I want to say— please take the time to say thank you to your coaches and those parents who are constantly surrounding you during practices, scrimmages, and games. These people invest so much for you — please take the time to say thank you," she said.

 

Matu’u also thanked the booster clubs from all schools for working so hard to support their football teams. “It takes selflessness to provide the kind of support boosters as well as coaches give our football teams, but even more so when you've only a handful of parents and coaches providing that support. These types of parents and coaches are gems no doubt to our ASHSAA sports program."

 

In conclusion, the ASHSAA director said, "I want to thank Director Toleafoa Henry Tavake for his patience and support with our use of the stadium.

 

“I also want to thank the ASHSAA Board for their sacrifice as well. ASDOE policy requires that an administrator from each school is present at all of his/her school's ASHSAA competitions. Consequently, without pay, ASHSAA principals spend countless hours attending many games throughout the school year.

 

“I also want to thank all the businesses who have supported ASHSAA sports and individual teams like Fagaitua's football team that recently visited Hawai’i, and the most recent donation we received from Panamex” during the recent Jamboree.

 

“I also want to thank our Administrators, Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau and our Deputy director, Kingdom Faaui Vaitautolu, who oversees the Athletic Division, for their support of things we are trying to do to improve our sports program. Fa'afetai tele lava!"

 

 

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DOE's Athletic Director highlights rules & regs

tony@samoanews.com

As the American Samoa High School Athletic Association’s 2015 Football Season nears opening day, its director, Tumua Matu'u, in an interview with Samoa News, highlighted ASHSAA’s rules and regulations concerning any unsportsmanlike conduct from a player, team, coach, or spectator, as well as discussing players’ eligibility rules

 

For the rules and terms of conditions for players who will participate in the upcoming season, Matu'u explained "ASHSAA rules require athletes to 1) be of age for his/her division (i.e.16 and under for JV, and 18 an under for varsity); 2) have a cumulative GPA that must not be less than 2.0;   3) not have participated more than four consecutive years in high school sport;, 4) complete and pass a physical examination, and; 5) have a parent consent form on record at the ASHSAA office, signed by a parent/legal guardian.”

 

She added, “Therefore, prior to each team's first competition, my office will check all forms to ensure that players listed on the Official Team Roster (OTR) have met all ASHSAA requirements. Those who do not, will not be eligible to compete until requirements are satisfied. Any team violating these rules will forfeit each game that it allowed an ineligible player to compete in, and the school will be slapped a fine on top of that."

 

Samoa News used the incident between Faga'itua and Tafuna in the final game of round 2 in the last season (where police became involved and started arresting Fagaitua fans on their own sideline) — as an example to ask what sort of consequences a team would face if an incident similar to this was to surface this year.

 

Matu'u told Samoa News, "As situations arise, ASHSAA will review them. ASHSAA meets weekly, usually every Thursday, during the football season to address incidences that occur throughout the Fall sports season. The issue mentioned was reviewed and addressed by the ASHSAA Board and Fagaitua was fined accordingly for that incident." She said, "It will be the same system this year for any team — if this matter repeats itself this season."

 

The director of ASHSAA also pointed to pre-season preparations her office has been doing for the upcoming high school football season.

 

"Trainings for our football officials have been ongoing for several weeks now,” she said, and noted that "in order for our office to effectively review rules with teams and to also train our officials, especially new recruits, we need to get the officials on the field working scrimmages.”

 

Matu’u continued, “We are fortunate to have access to the football stadium for our scrimmages/jamboree this year because the stadium is not always available outside of ASHSAA football games. During the season, football officials meet weekly, usually every Mondays, until the end of the season to discuss concerns/issues raised the weekend prior to, coaches are always welcomed to attend these weekly meetings."

 

According to the Athletic Director, ASHSAA also has certain rules and regulations for coaches to abide by throughout the season.

 

"ASHSAA rules require coaches to 1) complete First Aid Responder training, 2) complete the NFHS Concussion Certification, and 3) have a signed Coaches Code of Conduct form on record at our office.Therefore, we are currently tracking our coaches to ensure that they have met these ASHSAA requirements. Any coach not meeting these requirements are not eligible to coach in ASHSAA competitions."

 

Regarding the official football season schedule, Matu'u told Samoa News that throughout their preparation process, they had to hold off releasing the schedule early, because "as much as our Athletic Division would like for all game schedules to be released at least six months in advance, we cannot, because schools especially those with smaller enrollments (i.e. Fa'asao Marist, Nuuuli Voc Tech, Kanana Fou) are not consistent with the number of teams they field each year."

 

She explained, "for example, last year Nuuuli VocTech, did not have a JV football team, but this year they do. It is difficult for the coaches of smaller high schools to forecast the makeup of their team because the makeup of students enrolling each year varies.

 

“The same problem affects all other ASHSAA leagues (i.e. volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball). Otherwise, our Athletic Division would be able to release game schedules for the new school year at least six months in advance.The Director approved the football schedule a week or so ago, so the schedule is now set."

 

She said, "We kick off on September 11th."

 

THANK YOU

 

On behalf of the DOE's Athletics Department, Matu'u told Samoa News, "I want to take the time to thank all ASHSAA coaches for all sports for the sacrifices they continue to make to develop our athletes.The stipends they receive (if any) are never sufficient to compensate their time, money out of pocket, hardships experienced, challenges, etc., nevertheless, they continue to do it for our athletes.

 

“To the players I want to say— please take the time to say thank you to your coaches and those parents who are constantly surrounding you during practices, scrimmages, and games. These people invest so much for you — please take the time to say thank you," she said.

 

Matu’u also thanked the booster clubs from all schools for working so hard to support their football teams. “It takes selflessness to provide the kind of support boosters as well as coaches give our football teams, but even more so when you've only a handful of parents and coaches providing that support. These types of parents and coaches are gems no doubt to our ASHSAA sports program."

 

In conclusion, the ASHSAA director said, "I want to thank Director Toleafoa Henry Tavake for his patience and support with our use of the stadium.

 

“I also want to thank the ASHSAA Board for their sacrifice as well. ASDOE policy requires that an administrator from each school is present at all of his/her school's ASHSAA competitions. Consequently, without pay, ASHSAA principals spend countless hours attending many games throughout the school year.

 

“I also want to thank all the businesses who have supported ASHSAA sports and individual teams like Fagaitua's football team that recently visited Hawai’i, and the most recent donation we received from Panamex” during the recent Jamboree.

 

“I also want to thank our Administrators, Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau and our Deputy director, Kingdom Faaui Vaitautolu, who oversees the Athletic Division, for their support of things we are trying to do to improve our sports program. Fa'afetai tele lava!"

 

 

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DOE's Athletic Director highlights rules & regs

tony@samoanews.com

As the American Samoa High School Athletic Association’s 2015 Football Season nears opening day, its director, Tumua Matu'u, in an interview with Samoa News, highlighted ASHSAA’s rules and regulations concerning any unsportsmanlike conduct from a player, team, coach, or spectator, as well as discussing players’ eligibility rules

 

For the rules and terms of conditions for players who will participate in the upcoming season, Matu'u explained "ASHSAA rules require athletes to 1) be of age for his/her division (i.e.16 and under for JV, and 18 an under for varsity); 2) have a cumulative GPA that must not be less than 2.0;   3) not have participated more than four consecutive years in high school sport;, 4) complete and pass a physical examination, and; 5) have a parent consent form on record at the ASHSAA office, signed by a parent/legal guardian.”

 

She added, “Therefore, prior to each team's first competition, my office will check all forms to ensure that players listed on the Official Team Roster (OTR) have met all ASHSAA requirements. Those who do not, will not be eligible to compete until requirements are satisfied. Any team violating these rules will forfeit each game that it allowed an ineligible player to compete in, and the school will be slapped a fine on top of that."

 

Samoa News used the incident between Faga'itua and Tafuna in the final game of round 2 in the last season (where police became involved and started arresting Fagaitua fans on their own sideline) — as an example to ask what sort of consequences a team would face if an incident similar to this was to surface this year.

 

Matu'u told Samoa News, "As situations arise, ASHSAA will review them. ASHSAA meets weekly, usually every Thursday, during the football season to address incidences that occur throughout the Fall sports season. The issue mentioned was reviewed and addressed by the ASHSAA Board and Fagaitua was fined accordingly for that incident." She said, "It will be the same system this year for any team — if this matter repeats itself this season."

 

The director of ASHSAA also pointed to pre-season preparations her office has been doing for the upcoming high school football season.

 

"Trainings for our football officials have been ongoing for several weeks now,” she said, and noted that "in order for our office to effectively review rules with teams and to also train our officials, especially new recruits, we need to get the officials on the field working scrimmages.”

 

Matu’u continued, “We are fortunate to have access to the football stadium for our scrimmages/jamboree this year because the stadium is not always available outside of ASHSAA football games. During the season, football officials meet weekly, usually every Mondays, until the end of the season to discuss concerns/issues raised the weekend prior to, coaches are always welcomed to attend these weekly meetings."

 

According to the Athletic Director, ASHSAA also has certain rules and regulations for coaches to abide by throughout the season.

 

"ASHSAA rules require coaches to 1) complete First Aid Responder training, 2) complete the NFHS Concussion Certification, and 3) have a signed Coaches Code of Conduct form on record at our office.Therefore, we are currently tracking our coaches to ensure that they have met these ASHSAA requirements. Any coach not meeting these requirements are not eligible to coach in ASHSAA competitions."

 

Regarding the official football season schedule, Matu'u told Samoa News that throughout their preparation process, they had to hold off releasing the schedule early, because "as much as our Athletic Division would like for all game schedules to be released at least six months in advance, we cannot, because schools especially those with smaller enrollments (i.e. Fa'asao Marist, Nuuuli Voc Tech, Kanana Fou) are not consistent with the number of teams they field each year."

 

She explained, "for example, last year Nuuuli VocTech, did not have a JV football team, but this year they do. It is difficult for the coaches of smaller high schools to forecast the makeup of their team because the makeup of students enrolling each year varies.

 

“The same problem affects all other ASHSAA leagues (i.e. volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball). Otherwise, our Athletic Division would be able to release game schedules for the new school year at least six months in advance.The Director approved the football schedule a week or so ago, so the schedule is now set."

 

She said, "We kick off on September 11th."

 

THANK YOU

 

On behalf of the DOE's Athletics Department, Matu'u told Samoa News, "I want to take the time to thank all ASHSAA coaches for all sports for the sacrifices they continue to make to develop our athletes.The stipends they receive (if any) are never sufficient to compensate their time, money out of pocket, hardships experienced, challenges, etc., nevertheless, they continue to do it for our athletes.

 

“To the players I want to say— please take the time to say thank you to your coaches and those parents who are constantly surrounding you during practices, scrimmages, and games. These people invest so much for you — please take the time to say thank you," she said.

 

Matu’u also thanked the booster clubs from all schools for working so hard to support their football teams. “It takes selflessness to provide the kind of support boosters as well as coaches give our football teams, but even more so when you've only a handful of parents and coaches providing that support. These types of parents and coaches are gems no doubt to our ASHSAA sports program."

 

In conclusion, the ASHSAA director said, "I want to thank Director Toleafoa Henry Tavake for his patience and support with our use of the stadium.

 

“I also want to thank the ASHSAA Board for their sacrifice as well. ASDOE policy requires that an administrator from each school is present at all of his/her school's ASHSAA competitions. Consequently, without pay, ASHSAA principals spend countless hours attending many games throughout the school year.

 

“I also want to thank all the businesses who have supported ASHSAA sports and individual teams like Fagaitua's football team that recently visited Hawai’i, and the most recent donation we received from Panamex” during the recent Jamboree.

 

“I also want to thank our Administrators, Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau and our Deputy director, Kingdom Faaui Vaitautolu, who oversees the Athletic Division, for their support of things we are trying to do to improve our sports program. Fa'afetai tele lava!"

 

 

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VIDEO PREVIEW: ASHSAA FOOTBALL SEASON 1ST KICK OFF – SEPT 11, 2015

Call goes out “ … especially college grads” to tryout as an official, referee
tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) is scheduled to open this year’s football season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with one of the most exciting matches to kick off the season – the reigning Champion Fagaitua Vikings, who will face the Tafuna Warriors in both JV and Varsity.
 
Leading the DOE ASHSAA Department is Director Tumua Matu'u, who told Samoa News that ASHSAA has been working hard to prepare their officials and referees for the upcoming season. “Football officiating is not a simple nor an easy task. There are a lot of rules, mechanics, etc. that an official needs to know. Hence, officials need to be smart,” she stated.
 
Tumua added, “We hold training at least a month prior to the start of the season every year, and the training is held for several days a week. We send an announcement prior to that, but more than often, the same people come out with a few new recruits who often times bow out when they realize how much time, training, knowledge, and commitment it takes to be a football official”.
 
Matu'u told Samoa News that training officials every year isn't an easy task for ASHSAA.
 
“They not only need to be able to understand the rules but also need to understand nuances and exceptions to the rules, and recognize when to apply these, depending on the situation at hand."
 
She added, “officiating any sport is difficult. Retaining officials to officiate football is even more difficult.”
 
The director of ASHSAA wanted to stress the fact that everyone who is involved with football – especially the fans and spectators, need to know that their job on the field isn’t easy, “It is important for the public to know how difficult it is to train and retain football officials.”
 
With ASHSAA Football season right around the corner, Matu'u wanted to encourage the younger generation on island to come and tryout as an official. “We invite young adults to come out, especially college students, to be trained by Mike White", who is the Head Football Official leading up to the season.
 
She siad, “Mike is a veteran official who has been with our program for several years now. I depend on him to train officials to ensure that they understand the rules and know how to apply them and the mechanics of the game during competition.
 
She noted, “I depend on him to respond to inquiries from the ASHSAA Board and to ensure that official's do their job effectively to ensure the safety of athletes and fairness in competition.”
 
Ene Kapisi, who is also one of the leading officials for ASHSAA, has been a key factor for the officiating crew throughout the years, and Matu'u told Samoa News how much she depends on him to ensure the coach trainings are going according to plan.
 
“Ene is also an experienced and very good football official. I need him to oversee the family of football officials and to ensure fair and effective coordination and assigning of officials to games.” 
 
She added, “I prefer not to have him on the field. Only when we are short of officials, then I am okay with him stepping on the field. But as long as officials are readily available, I prefer him to step down to allow other officials the opportunity — which is why you do not see him on the field as often anymore. He is my right hand guy when it comes to the coordination of football officials and he has done a great job in the past years.”

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VIDEO PREVIEW: ASHSAA FOOTBALL SEASON 1ST KICK OFF – SEPT 11, 2015

Call goes out “ … especially college grads” to tryout as an official, referee
tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) is scheduled to open this year’s football season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with one of the most exciting matches to kick off the season – the reigning Champion Fagaitua Vikings, who will face the Tafuna Warriors in both JV and Varsity.
 
Leading the DOE ASHSAA Department is Director Tumua Matu'u, who told Samoa News that ASHSAA has been working hard to prepare their officials and referees for the upcoming season. “Football officiating is not a simple nor an easy task. There are a lot of rules, mechanics, etc. that an official needs to know. Hence, officials need to be smart,” she stated.
 
Tumua added, “We hold training at least a month prior to the start of the season every year, and the training is held for several days a week. We send an announcement prior to that, but more than often, the same people come out with a few new recruits who often times bow out when they realize how much time, training, knowledge, and commitment it takes to be a football official”.
 
Matu'u told Samoa News that training officials every year isn't an easy task for ASHSAA.
 
“They not only need to be able to understand the rules but also need to understand nuances and exceptions to the rules, and recognize when to apply these, depending on the situation at hand."
 
She added, “officiating any sport is difficult. Retaining officials to officiate football is even more difficult.”
 
The director of ASHSAA wanted to stress the fact that everyone who is involved with football – especially the fans and spectators, need to know that their job on the field isn’t easy, “It is important for the public to know how difficult it is to train and retain football officials.”
 
With ASHSAA Football season right around the corner, Matu'u wanted to encourage the younger generation on island to come and tryout as an official. “We invite young adults to come out, especially college students, to be trained by Mike White", who is the Head Football Official leading up to the season.
 
She siad, “Mike is a veteran official who has been with our program for several years now. I depend on him to train officials to ensure that they understand the rules and know how to apply them and the mechanics of the game during competition.
 
She noted, “I depend on him to respond to inquiries from the ASHSAA Board and to ensure that official's do their job effectively to ensure the safety of athletes and fairness in competition.”
 
Ene Kapisi, who is also one of the leading officials for ASHSAA, has been a key factor for the officiating crew throughout the years, and Matu'u told Samoa News how much she depends on him to ensure the coach trainings are going according to plan.
 
“Ene is also an experienced and very good football official. I need him to oversee the family of football officials and to ensure fair and effective coordination and assigning of officials to games.” 
 
She added, “I prefer not to have him on the field. Only when we are short of officials, then I am okay with him stepping on the field. But as long as officials are readily available, I prefer him to step down to allow other officials the opportunity — which is why you do not see him on the field as often anymore. He is my right hand guy when it comes to the coordination of football officials and he has done a great job in the past years.”

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Bored this Summer? Come play some Handball with the ASHA

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is holding daily handball clinics at the Veterans Memorial Stadium every evening, as a introduction program for the kids who want to learn the sport of handball, leading up to their summer program which kicks off next month, August 2015.

 

Samoa News had the chance to speak with ASHA Head Coach Carl Floor Sr., and he told Samoa News that now is the perfect time for interested youth and adults out there who want to learn the sport, to participate in their daily clinics – it's an introduction or preparatory clinic for those who are curious and interested in participating.

 

"As of right now, what we offer is to learn the game of handball everyday, from Monday to Friday 3:30p.m. here at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. It's open to all ages, girls and boys, as well as adults who are interested in coaching or officiating the game of handball – for free" said Floor.

 

He added, "this sport is a real athletic game, it requires a little bit of everything from basketball skills, volleyball skills, soccer skills, and even a little bit of rugby – so we're looking for athletes with those kinds of attributes and framework to play handball."

 

According to Floor, they have a policy that "everybody plays no matter what, and we never say no to anyone – the main thing about this sport and any other sport is to have fun."

 

Samoa News asked Floor how Handball made its way to American Samoa, and he replied "handball itself has been here for quite sometime, where going on two years – I brought the game here after I saw the game off-island when I went to attend my son's graduation in college."

 

He stated, "when I saw the game being played at the college level, I realized that this is a great sport for Samoans, because of the diversity in skills that have to be put into the game – especially with the athleticism of American Samoan children, I knew that this would be a game that they would really enjoy playing."

 

 Coach Floor mentioned to Samoa News that Handball is an Olympic game – it supports itself financially "because some of the fundings come our way, so we don't really have to fundraise as much. We have the advantage of getting balls and goals without coming up with the funds."

 

Floor told Samoa News that he took the ASHA to compete in the Cook Islands last year, "and we actually beat them 31 - 19, and they have been playing handball for 17 years. So when we defeated them and lost two games by just one point against other teams who have been playing handball for over 10 years – I knew that with the athleticism of Samoan kids and the dedication my staff and myself have, we feel very confident that we can put together an Olympic team."

 

He added, "I know the process is not going to be overnight, so that's why when you see us playing with the age group 12-13 kids, they will be the ones that will be ready to represent American Samoa in the 2024 Olympics – we have a long term goal for this sport being in the lives of our Samoan kids."

 

Floor told Samoa News that the next competition ASHA is preparing for is the "2018 Youth Olympics which is going to be in two years and from there, we will determine the level and outcome of the sport here in American Samoa."

 

"The mission and goal of the American Samoa Handball Association is to provide opportunities for the kids of American Samoa in sports and academics – handball right now is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and because of that, more colleges are starting to add handball into their NCAA programs."

 

He stated, "and there's not that many handball players in the US, so maybe we can be just like football, and have the United States look to American Samoa for their football players and handball players. Of course we would love for one of our kids to grow into the sport and play professionally in Europe and make millions of dollars but at the same time, if we can reduce the amount needed for their education to attend college and come back to the island with a degree, then to me we would be very successful."

 

In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge and thank "all the parents that believe in our program and understand what we're doing. “The most important thing to me is the parent support – to have the kids get the support of their parents from the sidelines, it boosts their egos and encourages them to work hard because mom and dad are watching."

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) led by Head Coach Carl Floor Sr. (2nd from left) posing for a Samoa News group photo at the conclusion of their handball clinic last Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. [photo: TG]

 

He also pointed to the Stadium Director, thanking Tole'afoa Henry Tavake “for allowing us to utilize the stadium for our daily clinics, thank you Henry, without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Bored this Summer? Come play some Handball with the ASHA

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is holding daily handball clinics at the Veterans Memorial Stadium every evening, as a introduction program for the kids who want to learn the sport of handball, leading up to their summer program which kicks off next month, August 2015.

 

Samoa News had the chance to speak with ASHA Head Coach Carl Floor Sr., and he told Samoa News that now is the perfect time for interested youth and adults out there who want to learn the sport, to participate in their daily clinics – it's an introduction or preparatory clinic for those who are curious and interested in participating.

 

"As of right now, what we offer is to learn the game of handball everyday, from Monday to Friday 3:30p.m. here at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. It's open to all ages, girls and boys, as well as adults who are interested in coaching or officiating the game of handball – for free" said Floor.

 

He added, "this sport is a real athletic game, it requires a little bit of everything from basketball skills, volleyball skills, soccer skills, and even a little bit of rugby – so we're looking for athletes with those kinds of attributes and framework to play handball."

 

According to Floor, they have a policy that "everybody plays no matter what, and we never say no to anyone – the main thing about this sport and any other sport is to have fun."

 

Samoa News asked Floor how Handball made its way to American Samoa, and he replied "handball itself has been here for quite sometime, where going on two years – I brought the game here after I saw the game off-island when I went to attend my son's graduation in college."

 

He stated, "when I saw the game being played at the college level, I realized that this is a great sport for Samoans, because of the diversity in skills that have to be put into the game – especially with the athleticism of American Samoan children, I knew that this would be a game that they would really enjoy playing."

 

 Coach Floor mentioned to Samoa News that Handball is an Olympic game – it supports itself financially "because some of the fundings come our way, so we don't really have to fundraise as much. We have the advantage of getting balls and goals without coming up with the funds."

 

Floor told Samoa News that he took the ASHA to compete in the Cook Islands last year, "and we actually beat them 31 - 19, and they have been playing handball for 17 years. So when we defeated them and lost two games by just one point against other teams who have been playing handball for over 10 years – I knew that with the athleticism of Samoan kids and the dedication my staff and myself have, we feel very confident that we can put together an Olympic team."

 

He added, "I know the process is not going to be overnight, so that's why when you see us playing with the age group 12-13 kids, they will be the ones that will be ready to represent American Samoa in the 2024 Olympics – we have a long term goal for this sport being in the lives of our Samoan kids."

 

Floor told Samoa News that the next competition ASHA is preparing for is the "2018 Youth Olympics which is going to be in two years and from there, we will determine the level and outcome of the sport here in American Samoa."

 

"The mission and goal of the American Samoa Handball Association is to provide opportunities for the kids of American Samoa in sports and academics – handball right now is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and because of that, more colleges are starting to add handball into their NCAA programs."

 

He stated, "and there's not that many handball players in the US, so maybe we can be just like football, and have the United States look to American Samoa for their football players and handball players. Of course we would love for one of our kids to grow into the sport and play professionally in Europe and make millions of dollars but at the same time, if we can reduce the amount needed for their education to attend college and come back to the island with a degree, then to me we would be very successful."

 

In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge and thank "all the parents that believe in our program and understand what we're doing. “The most important thing to me is the parent support – to have the kids get the support of their parents from the sidelines, it boosts their egos and encourages them to work hard because mom and dad are watching."

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) led by Head Coach Carl Floor Sr. (2nd from left) posing for a Samoa News group photo at the conclusion of their handball clinic last Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. [photo: TG]

 

He also pointed to the Stadium Director, thanking Tole'afoa Henry Tavake “for allowing us to utilize the stadium for our daily clinics, thank you Henry, without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Bored this Summer? Come play some Handball with the ASHA

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The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is holding daily handball clinics at the Veterans Memorial Stadium every evening, as a introduction program for the kids who want to learn the sport of handball, leading up to their summer program which kicks off next month, August 2015.

 

Samoa News had the chance to speak with ASHA Head Coach Carl Floor Sr., and he told Samoa News that now is the perfect time for interested youth and adults out there who want to learn the sport, to participate in their daily clinics – it's an introduction or preparatory clinic for those who are curious and interested in participating.

 

"As of right now, what we offer is to learn the game of handball everyday, from Monday to Friday 3:30p.m. here at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. It's open to all ages, girls and boys, as well as adults who are interested in coaching or officiating the game of handball – for free" said Floor.

 

He added, "this sport is a real athletic game, it requires a little bit of everything from basketball skills, volleyball skills, soccer skills, and even a little bit of rugby – so we're looking for athletes with those kinds of attributes and framework to play handball."

 

According to Floor, they have a policy that "everybody plays no matter what, and we never say no to anyone – the main thing about this sport and any other sport is to have fun."

 

Samoa News asked Floor how Handball made its way to American Samoa, and he replied "handball itself has been here for quite sometime, where going on two years – I brought the game here after I saw the game off-island when I went to attend my son's graduation in college."

 

He stated, "when I saw the game being played at the college level, I realized that this is a great sport for Samoans, because of the diversity in skills that have to be put into the game – especially with the athleticism of American Samoan children, I knew that this would be a game that they would really enjoy playing."

 

 Coach Floor mentioned to Samoa News that Handball is an Olympic game – it supports itself financially "because some of the fundings come our way, so we don't really have to fundraise as much. We have the advantage of getting balls and goals without coming up with the funds."

 

Floor told Samoa News that he took the ASHA to compete in the Cook Islands last year, "and we actually beat them 31 - 19, and they have been playing handball for 17 years. So when we defeated them and lost two games by just one point against other teams who have been playing handball for over 10 years – I knew that with the athleticism of Samoan kids and the dedication my staff and myself have, we feel very confident that we can put together an Olympic team."

 

He added, "I know the process is not going to be overnight, so that's why when you see us playing with the age group 12-13 kids, they will be the ones that will be ready to represent American Samoa in the 2024 Olympics – we have a long term goal for this sport being in the lives of our Samoan kids."

 

Floor told Samoa News that the next competition ASHA is preparing for is the "2018 Youth Olympics which is going to be in two years and from there, we will determine the level and outcome of the sport here in American Samoa."

 

"The mission and goal of the American Samoa Handball Association is to provide opportunities for the kids of American Samoa in sports and academics – handball right now is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and because of that, more colleges are starting to add handball into their NCAA programs."

 

He stated, "and there's not that many handball players in the US, so maybe we can be just like football, and have the United States look to American Samoa for their football players and handball players. Of course we would love for one of our kids to grow into the sport and play professionally in Europe and make millions of dollars but at the same time, if we can reduce the amount needed for their education to attend college and come back to the island with a degree, then to me we would be very successful."

 

In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge and thank "all the parents that believe in our program and understand what we're doing. “The most important thing to me is the parent support – to have the kids get the support of their parents from the sidelines, it boosts their egos and encourages them to work hard because mom and dad are watching."

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) led by Head Coach Carl Floor Sr. (2nd from left) posing for a Samoa News group photo at the conclusion of their handball clinic last Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. [photo: TG]

 

He also pointed to the Stadium Director, thanking Tole'afoa Henry Tavake “for allowing us to utilize the stadium for our daily clinics, thank you Henry, without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Special Olympic Team of Am. Samoa — ready to compete for Gold

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The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa is looking fit and ready, as they prepare to compete in the Special Olympic Games that will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 24, 2015 to August 3, 2015.
 
Samoa News was able to meet with the team last week, Thursday evening, and had the chance to speak with some of the players as well as the coach for the track and field team, Valusia Talataina.
 
The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa continues to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for competition in two sporting categories at the Special Olympic Games this month, and according to Athletic Coach Talataina, they will be "taking eight athletes for the Soccer or Football categories of competition, and the Special Olympic players will team up with some of the regular athletes, so they will unify in that part of the competition."
 
He stated, "for the athletic or track and field category of the competition, we will be taking six athletes — three females and three males. Three of them will be competing in the 100 meter, and four of them will be competing in shot-put. We also have a 4x1 relay team, and we are trying our best to train them to the best of their learning ability."
 
Talataina noted that during their previous Special Olympic Game appearance in Australia two years ago, three of their team members won Gold Medals – "and we are also taking them again on this trip to California."
 
He said they have been preparing for this event "since the last three months up to now, and for the last two weeks, we've been trying to train everyday — but due to the weather, we have to cancel practice every now and then for the safety of our players."
 
The Track and field coach, Talataina told Samoa News that this upcoming event, is a very serious competition because, "the competition we participated in Australia was only for the Asia Pacific Region, but this Special Olympic Games in L.A. will be a worldwide event, so we need to stay on top of our game, and continue to work with the kids."
 
The Special Olympic competition will be divided into all the competing categories – American Samoa will compete in the Track and Field (also known as Athletics) competition, and it will be hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) Stadium, and will stay there throughout competition.
 
He added, "for our football (soccer) team that will be going, their competition will be hosted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Stadium, and their group will also be staying at the UCLA complex throughout their period of competition."
 
Talataina said "there are about 24 of us from the American Samoa delegation that will be going up for this event, which includes our Head of Delegation Tafa Tupuola, and Assistant Head of the Delegation Marilyn Ho Ching Tolmie."
 
He stated, "We have two coaches that will be managing and supervising our soccer team – but myself and Deanna Fuimaono will be coaching and managing our athletics team."
 
Talataina mentioned that some of the parent of the players will also be flying up with the whole American Samoa delegation to support our team.  “We are honored to have Senator Afoa Lutu traveling with us, along with his wife and some of the other parents. It's going to be exciting."
 
Comparing the present Special Olympic team of American Samoa to the last group they took to Australia, Talataina told Samoa News that there are quite a few changes and adjustments that they had to make in comparison to the last team they had.
 
"We certainly have some new athletes or players joining the team this year, and this will be the first time that they will be traveling off-island to compete and represent American Samoa,“ adding “we are trying to get them ready to compete in front of a huge crowed. Our trainings might be an empty field every evening, but when we get up there, we want our players to get used to playing and focusing on the game with millions of people watching them – it will definitely be a tough mental competition for them as well, so we are trying our best to prep them for that stage."
 
According to Talataina, the toughest part of this upcoming event will be the 4x1 relay – it's something new to them  “This event will require only the players to be on the track, which means they won't have us coaches around or beside them to mentor them throughout their intercept stations."
 
“Right now in our training,” he said, “we have some of the parents and coaches stationed at the different points of the track to remind the players of when to pass the baton and encourage them to run and stuff like that, but when the real event come around, we won't be allowed to assist them – that is one of the challenges for us as of now, in trying to adjust to this new sport."
 
Samoa News asked Talataina about the goals or mission of their approach to the Special Olympic Games this year.
 
He replied "our goal is to at least come back with something, this is going to be a big deal to all of us – these children, they need our help, and I'm forever grateful and blessed that I have the opportunity to work with them."
 
"One of our other goals leading up to this event is –even if we don't win anything, we pray and hope that they will return happy and that they enjoyed themselves, knowing that they were part of a worldwide event to represent American Samoa."
 
The Special Olympics coach concluded with acknowledgements and thanks to those who have been working hard to make this trip possible for our kids.
 
"I'd like to thank Tafa Tupuola who is one of the members who's put a lot of time into this program, I would also like to acknowledge Taotasi Archie Solia'i and members of the board, and especially the parents that come around to support and help out with our training."
 
He concluded, "I would like to send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to stadium manager Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, for allowing us to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Every time we come to the track, it's always open for us to use – and many other supporters out there, we thank you.”

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Special Olympic Team of Am. Samoa — ready to compete for Gold

tony@samoanews.com

The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa is looking fit and ready, as they prepare to compete in the Special Olympic Games that will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 24, 2015 to August 3, 2015.
 
Samoa News was able to meet with the team last week, Thursday evening, and had the chance to speak with some of the players as well as the coach for the track and field team, Valusia Talataina.
 
The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa continues to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for competition in two sporting categories at the Special Olympic Games this month, and according to Athletic Coach Talataina, they will be "taking eight athletes for the Soccer or Football categories of competition, and the Special Olympic players will team up with some of the regular athletes, so they will unify in that part of the competition."
 
He stated, "for the athletic or track and field category of the competition, we will be taking six athletes — three females and three males. Three of them will be competing in the 100 meter, and four of them will be competing in shot-put. We also have a 4x1 relay team, and we are trying our best to train them to the best of their learning ability."
 
Talataina noted that during their previous Special Olympic Game appearance in Australia two years ago, three of their team members won Gold Medals – "and we are also taking them again on this trip to California."
 
He said they have been preparing for this event "since the last three months up to now, and for the last two weeks, we've been trying to train everyday — but due to the weather, we have to cancel practice every now and then for the safety of our players."
 
The Track and field coach, Talataina told Samoa News that this upcoming event, is a very serious competition because, "the competition we participated in Australia was only for the Asia Pacific Region, but this Special Olympic Games in L.A. will be a worldwide event, so we need to stay on top of our game, and continue to work with the kids."
 
The Special Olympic competition will be divided into all the competing categories – American Samoa will compete in the Track and Field (also known as Athletics) competition, and it will be hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) Stadium, and will stay there throughout competition.
 
He added, "for our football (soccer) team that will be going, their competition will be hosted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Stadium, and their group will also be staying at the UCLA complex throughout their period of competition."
 
Talataina said "there are about 24 of us from the American Samoa delegation that will be going up for this event, which includes our Head of Delegation Tafa Tupuola, and Assistant Head of the Delegation Marilyn Ho Ching Tolmie."
 
He stated, "We have two coaches that will be managing and supervising our soccer team – but myself and Deanna Fuimaono will be coaching and managing our athletics team."
 
Talataina mentioned that some of the parent of the players will also be flying up with the whole American Samoa delegation to support our team.  “We are honored to have Senator Afoa Lutu traveling with us, along with his wife and some of the other parents. It's going to be exciting."
 
Comparing the present Special Olympic team of American Samoa to the last group they took to Australia, Talataina told Samoa News that there are quite a few changes and adjustments that they had to make in comparison to the last team they had.
 
"We certainly have some new athletes or players joining the team this year, and this will be the first time that they will be traveling off-island to compete and represent American Samoa,“ adding “we are trying to get them ready to compete in front of a huge crowed. Our trainings might be an empty field every evening, but when we get up there, we want our players to get used to playing and focusing on the game with millions of people watching them – it will definitely be a tough mental competition for them as well, so we are trying our best to prep them for that stage."
 
According to Talataina, the toughest part of this upcoming event will be the 4x1 relay – it's something new to them  “This event will require only the players to be on the track, which means they won't have us coaches around or beside them to mentor them throughout their intercept stations."
 
“Right now in our training,” he said, “we have some of the parents and coaches stationed at the different points of the track to remind the players of when to pass the baton and encourage them to run and stuff like that, but when the real event come around, we won't be allowed to assist them – that is one of the challenges for us as of now, in trying to adjust to this new sport."
 
Samoa News asked Talataina about the goals or mission of their approach to the Special Olympic Games this year.
 
He replied "our goal is to at least come back with something, this is going to be a big deal to all of us – these children, they need our help, and I'm forever grateful and blessed that I have the opportunity to work with them."
 
"One of our other goals leading up to this event is –even if we don't win anything, we pray and hope that they will return happy and that they enjoyed themselves, knowing that they were part of a worldwide event to represent American Samoa."
 
The Special Olympics coach concluded with acknowledgements and thanks to those who have been working hard to make this trip possible for our kids.
 
"I'd like to thank Tafa Tupuola who is one of the members who's put a lot of time into this program, I would also like to acknowledge Taotasi Archie Solia'i and members of the board, and especially the parents that come around to support and help out with our training."
 
He concluded, "I would like to send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to stadium manager Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, for allowing us to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Every time we come to the track, it's always open for us to use – and many other supporters out there, we thank you.”

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