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NOW HIRING! Amherst Youth Soccer Administrator

The Amherst Youth Soccer Association seeks an organized, motivated independent contractor to provide support and administrative services for its travel and recreational soccer program. We are looking for a person that understands the value of youth sports and will enthusiastically help grow the youth soccer community. Services to be provided will include the following: 

  • review, route and respond to email inquiries 
  • update website and social media sites 
  • support equipment and uniform ordering and delivery 
  • administration of volunteer coach credentialing
  • volunteer coordination and outreach 
  • onsite attendance at programming events 

The bulk of services will be provided during our spring and fall seasons, which run for approximately 12 weeks each, from early March through the end of June, and from late August through to early November. Applicants for this contract should have competence with spreadsheets and will be able to pass a CORI background check. 

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and three references to president@amherstsoccer.org. Applications will be reviewed starting November 30, 2021, until such time as the contract is awarded.

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AYSA November Board Meeting

The AYSA Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

All elected officers and eligible members are invited to attend. AYSA members are “parents/guardians who have a child currently playing in an AYSA soccer program or parents/guardians who have had a child playing in an AYSA soccer program within the last 6 months or coaches of an AYSA team.”

Please use the following link to access the meeting:   https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94492511899

Travel Soccer – tryouts required

The soccer season is days away and the last date to sign up for Fall 2021 soccer (tryouts) is August 30. Our final tryouts begin on Tuesday August 31 (see the schedule below for your age group).


There is no fee for the tryouts.

Please see below for more information –

2021-2022 Tryouts are held at:

Plumbrook Recreation Area

Potwine Ln, Amherst, MA 01002


Please find the appropriate tryout date for your child:

Tuesday Aug 31, 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM

U8 (2nd grade) Boys

U8, U9 (2nd & 3rd grade combined) Girls

Tuesday Aug 31, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

U9, U10 (3rd & 4th grade combined) Boys

U10, U11 (4th & 5th grade combined) Girls

Tuesday Aug 31, 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

U11, U12 (5th & 6th grade combined) Boys

Wednesday Sep 1, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

U12 (6th grade) Girls

Wednesday Sep 1, 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

U13 (7th grade) Boys

These tryouts are for new players and returning players from last season who were unable to tryout in June. There are between 2 to 5 spots held open on the Division 1 (most competitive) team rosters from the results of the June tryouts.

For Returning Players Who Did Not Yet Tryout:


New Players Who Are Trying Out For The First Time:

These players are not yet assigned to any roster. They will be competing with all of the other players to make the Division 1 team. They are also competing with all of the not-yet-rostered players to make the lower division (developmental) team. However, if all roster spaces are filled by higher scoring players, then the player will be invited to play Rec. This is all done according to the player’s evaluation score.

For Players That Are Already Rostered On A Lower Division Team:

This applies to all players who accepted their invitation and completed their registration after the June tryouts. All of these players are still eligible to make the Division 1 team. They will be evaluated at the same time as the other players during these tryouts and take their better score from either the first tryout in June or the present one. These players are already rostered on a team and are not in any danger of losing their current placement. The only possible move is to be invited to play on the Division 1 team.

What Is The Tryout Format?

These makeup tryouts are interwoven into the first training/practice for the developmental teams. Our Director of Coaching will be evaluating the players while the Staff Coaches and team coaches guide the players through the training.

What Do I Need To Bring?

Each player will need cleats, shin guards, an appropriately sized ball, and water. At this time masks are not required but this may change between now and Aug 30. We operate according to the guidelines and directives of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.

Ball Sizes:

U8 through U12 (grades 2 – 6): size 4

U13 & U14 (grades 7 – 8): size 5

What Is The Procedure When I Arrive?

Arrive early.

Players who are not currently rostered on a team will check-in at the table to receive a numbered pinnie. If the player is not checked in, their attendance may not be recorded, and it is very likely that they will not receive a score and subsequently miss out on being placed on a team. Please do not skip this step.

After receiving a pinnie the player will join the other players of his or her age group.

At the designated start time the players will be called over by their coach to begin the training.

When Will I Know The Results?

There is an Amherst Jamboree on Saturday September 4th that all teams and players are invited to attend. We will be sending the team placement invitations on the following day, Sunday September 5th. All players will have one day to accept the invitation and register by Monday September 6th.

Any unfilled (not registered) roster spots will then be offered to the next player in line.

The final team rosters for the season will be in place on Tuesday September 7th.

The first games of the season are on Saturday September 11th. There is no margin for error regarding the one-day registration deadline.

What Do I Need To Register?

Players are required to register on our system by accepting the invitation to join the team. The invitation is sent via email. In addition to filling out the registration information, including insurance information, a headshot photo and birth certificate must also be uploaded into the system.

The registration fee for the season is $217 + a processing fee. There are discounts available for players who receive a free or reduced lunch from school. And there are also scholarships available. If you will be requesting a scholarship, contact traveldirector@amherstsoccer.org immediately to make the arrangements ahead of time.

What About Uniforms?

For players that already have a uniform from last season – including players who ordered last season and have not picked up their uniforms – you are all set. If there happens to be a number conflict from player moves, there are blanks available (numbered jerseys with no name).

For brand new players – you will be provided with a blank jersey for the season.

Shin guards, cleats, a ball, and water are required. Mask is optional.

Fall 2021 Recreational Soccer Registration

Dear AYSA Soccer families,

AYSA is excited to announce that we have opened registration for our fall recreational soccer program! You can find information on the schedule and registration by following this link: https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=537042

The soccer season will begin on Saturday, September 11, so please mark your calendars.

Please also note that this season we are offering at $10 early registration discount for those who register before August 27th. Early registration helps us plan our programs and get equipment ordered in time, so please take advantage of the discount while you can. Further discounts are also available for families on reduced or free lunch school programs. More information on these programs can be found at the above link.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to soccer this fall!


Desmond Fitz-Gibbon
AYSA President 

Last week for Recreational Soccer

Just a reminder that the last day for our rec soccer program will be Thursday, June 24 (for the Thursday preK program) and Saturday, June 26.

We hope you have all enjoyed getting out to play this spring. We look forward to welcoming you back for our Fall soccer program in September. Announcements for that will be posted here.

Stay safe and have a great summer!

Travel Team Tryouts

Hello Amherst Soccer Families,

We’re all set for the tryouts for next year’s travel teams. All kids are welcome to participate. And all players must tryout in order to be placed on a team next year, regardless of their current status. Please follow this link to sign-up:


Tryouts will be held at Plumbrook Recreation Area at the dates and times listed for each age group and gender on the registration page. There is no fee for the tryout, but you must register so that we have your information. Walk-ons will not be accepted.

Team placement notices will go out on 6/21.

Please see our Travel Team FAQs (link above) for more information.

Please share this message with your neighbors and friends. Kids of all skill levels are encouraged to tryout.


Keith Payne
Travel Director, Amherst Youth Soccer Association

Saludos Familia del Fútbol en Amherst,

Estamos listos para tomar las pruebas para formar los equipos de juego competitivo del próximo año. Todos/as están invitados/as a participar. Todos/as los/as jugadores/as, sin importar su estatus presente, requieren registrarse para ser colocados en un equipo para el año próximo. Por favor haga click en el link siguiente,


Las pruebas tendrán lugar en el campo de Plumbrook llamado: Plumbrook Recreation Area durante los días y horas indicadas para cada edad y género en la página de registro. No se requiere ningún pago por las pruebas, sin embargo es necesario registrarse para poder participar y contar con su información. Quien asista sin haberse registrado no será aceptado.

La información sobre la colocación en equipos será publicada el 21 de junio.

Por favor comparta esta información con sus vecinos y amistades. La participación de niños/as de cualquier nivel de habilidad es bienvenida.


Keith Payne
Travel Director, Amherst Youth Soccer Association